Norwalk Furniture keeping recliner line, cutting worker benefits

NORWALK The recliner line at Norwalk Furniture was supposed to move to the company's Livingston, Ten
Cory Frolik
May 24, 2010

 

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The recliner line at Norwalk Furniture was supposed to move to the company's Livingston, Tenn., facility -- resulting in the loss of about 20 local jobs.

But in a vote earlier this month, the majority of union employees decided to accept concessions sought by the company in exchange for the promise the recliner line would not be moved for at least one year, another union member said.

While the vote was treated as a victory by some, a long-term Norwalk Furniture employee who spoke only on the condition of anonymity said this is not something worth celebrating.

"They are going to pay us less for doing the same work," said the employee, who was one of 141 employees who voted against it. About 161 employees voted in favor of accepting the concessions, which include a reduction in pension and a hike in insurance costs.