200 workers at a Franklin County plant could lose their jobs by early next year. Johnson Controls announced those positions in their Waynesboro plant would be moved to Mexico. But, not without a fight from the local union. The Local UAW 1296 says there has been talk of layoffs since October but the official announcement came down from the company on Tuesday . The union and salaried workers would be affected by the transferring of operations to Mexico.
Union President Todd Scott says even though the announcement was made they are going to fight for these jobs and plan on meeting the company at the bargaining table.
“ The way our economy is today. we have a lot of people who have beeb here for 30 to 40 years and when their job comes to an end where are they going to find employment at and for us they gave their heart and soul to this facility and just to be taken out?, “ says Todd Scott, Local UAW 1296 President
A spokesperson with Johnson Controls FOX43 the employees who are eligible will receive severance packages , and that they will treat the employees affected with fairness and respect. In the meantime, the union is planning on meeting with the company next week to begin the bargaining process.