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United Steelworkers Local 7-669 officials say they’re concerned by the arrival this morning of salaried and contract employees during contract talks at Honeywell’s Metropolis facility.

After an inspection, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has lifted the confirmatory order it placed on Honeywell Metropolis Works requiring upgrades to guard against natural disasters.

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Labor agreement negotiations at the Metropolis Honeywell Plant got off to a bumpy start as workers were ordered to remove their union stickers yesterday morning.   Union representatives claim the move violates the National Labor Relations Act.  United Steelworkers Local 7-669 President, Stephen Lech expressed his disappointment with the turn of events.


Contract negotiations begin next week between the Metropolis Honeywell plant and the local union.

The last contract negotiation began in 2010 and lasted more than a year with several workers taking other jobs during the work stoppage.

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has thus far found no issues in its two-year safety review of the Honeywell uranium conversion plant in Metropolis, Illinois.  

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The Illinois Attorney General has ordered Honeywell International, Inc. to pay a $90,000 civil penalty following three releases of hydrogen fluoride at its Metropolis plant.  The company is also required to complete a series of system upgrades in accordance with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.  

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Honeywell’s Metropolis plant is bringing back the remaining 11 workers on its recall list to meet its 2014 production targets. 

Plant Manager Jim Pritchett says the recall allows workers to get trained and recertified in time to support plant operations in January.  

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Officials for Honeywell’s Metropolis plant say the facility will begin full production of uranium hexafluoride this morning.  Honeywell made the announcement yesterday after the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s completion of a plant upgrade review last week. 

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Honeywell's Metropolis plant can resume full operations after receiving the go ahead from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The plant which converts uranium or to uranium-hexafluoride closed last year after failing to meet standards for natural disaster preparedness. 228 employees had been without work while the plant addressed the infrastructure needs. 

The Southern Illinoisan

The Honeywell Uranium Processing Facility is allowing some plant workers to leave while law enforcement and plant management continue investigating a report of an explosive device in the plant.

Honeywell went on lockdown after receiving the report this afternoon. Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe said law enforcement and members of the state bomb squad are on scene.