Kennametal workers rally for new contract

Workers concerned about wages, health care benefits

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Dozens of workers rallied outside tool and industrial product maker Kennametal’s Greenfield plant Thursday afternoon.

About one hundred Union workers rallied at the gates of the Kennametal factory in Greenfield. Members of Local 274 of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers are negotiating with the company over a new contract (as their last contract has expired), and workers are concerned about wages and health insurance benefits.

They say the company hasn’t been fair in negotiations. Along with a fairer contract, they demand higher wages, more affordable health insurance, and equality at work.

Chad McGinnis, Union Rally Organizer, told 22News, “Our workers are working harder and faster than ever before and the company is demanding concessions from UE local 274.”

Kennametal released the following statement to 22News:

“We are currently in standard contract negotiations with the United Electrical Workers union related to the contract for 74 union workers at our Greenfield, MA facility that has expired. We respect the right of the union and its members to communicate their position regarding bargaining through informational picketing so long as it does not interfere with operations. Kennametal has bargained in good faith and negotiations are continuing. We remain hopeful that a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached soon.”

They’re hopeful a new collective bargaining agreement will be reached with the workers union soon.