By JEFFREY DALY and JOHN COULTON The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) Ferche Millwork International is the latest labor group to say its members won’t accept a contract with the nation’s largest employer unless the company changes its attitude.
The union said in a statement Friday that it will fight the decision to buy a large tract of land for the construction of a high-speed rail line.
It’s one of several unions seeking to keep its members at the plant.
Ferche is a joint venture of the United Steelworkers and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union said.
Ferme millwork is a branch of the Ferme Corporation, which owns a manufacturing plant in Florida.
The Ferme company was founded in 1903.
Fer- millwork has been a cornerstone of the union’s power in the U.S. steel industry since it was founded, a legacy that the union has tried to maintain with the election of Donald Trump, a candidate who has repeatedly criticized union members.
Trump has promised to put union members out of work and has proposed cutting the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.
Ferge spokesman Brian Epps said in the statement that the Ferche company has been negotiating a contract that covers workers’ compensation benefits and other benefits, and the union is not negotiating over wages.
He said the union will appeal the decision by the United States Department of Labor to buy the tract of property.