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Rotek says miscommunication led to employees being sent home; employee claims it was a 'lockout'

By Tim Troglen | Hudson hub times Published: January 16, 2013 4:00 AM

Eleven employees who showed up for the Sunday late shift at Rotek Inc., 1400 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora, were sent home because of what a company representative called a "miscommunication" with a new security firm.

"All shifts are reporting to duty as normal and all employees have access to the facility as normal," Kellie Harris, a spokesperson for ThyssenKrupp North America, which Rotek is a subsidiary of, said Monday. "Last night there was a miscommunication and some employees were sent home."

The employees who were sent home were compensated according to their individual collective bargaining agreements, Harris said.

She would not elaborate on the "miscommunication," except to say it was the fault of a security firm.

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"I think it was just new security," Harris said of the employees being sent home. "And they sent people home when they should not have."

Harris would not name the security firm.

At least one person said employees were locked out and "being turned away by hired security" and that the employee entrance was "completely blocked off."

Harris denied there was any sort of lockout.

"Rotek and members of the United Steelworkers local union 8565 recently concluded negotiations during which the union noted a strike as a potential option," Harris said. "A new contract with United Steelworkers has been implemented and all shifts are currently reporting as normal and have access to the facility as normal."

Rotek Inc. is a manufacturer of machine elements called slewing bearings, according to the company's website. It employs 300.

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anonymous Jan 28, 2013 10:59 AM

Boom you are misinformed. It was 2-3 dollars an hour for guys who are already making $25 an hour with no college degrees! They should be happy to still be making $20+ in this economy considering they are trained on the job.

anonymous Jan 16, 2013 5:12 PM

I know quite a few people that work there. The contract, that was voted down by more than 90% of the workers, has employees taking as much as a $5/hr. paycut, paying more for insurance, less paid holidays.