LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 13)—The president of United Steelworkers Local 5-2002, representing workers at the DuPont Performance Elastomers L.L.C. facility in Louisville, has written Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep. Anne Northup (R-Ky.), asking their help to keep the polychloroprene rubber operations at Louisville open.
DuPont Performance Elastomers plans to close those operations in December 2006, putting more than 200 employees out of work, and consolidate all its U.S. polychloroprene manufacturing operations at its plant in Pontchartrain, La.
Most Louisville workers aren't of an age to receive full pensions from DPE, said Local 5-2002 President Carl Goodman, and the company won't enhance their pensions as it did for laid-off workers at the DPE plant in Maydown, N. Ireland, which closed in 1998.
"Management admits that the closure of Louisville will result in the end of many of the different types of neoprene currently produced by the company," Goodman wrote in the Dec. 12 letters. "This anti-customer attitude of DPE will have a significant impact on other businesses across the country."