READING, PA. - Workers at Polymer Corp.'s Wytheville, Va., plant voted to affiliate with the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers International Union, company officials said. A count on Jan. 18 showed 64 in favor and 58 against OCAWI certification following voting the two previous days, according to Raymond Peters, human resources director for the Reading firm.
Wytheville extrudes and casts nylon and acetal stock shapes that are sold for further processing. Hourly wages average $11 at the plant. Peters said the 250 hourly employees at Polymer Corp.'s main plant in Reading have not indicated any plan to unionize.
Wytheville plant employees voted against OCAWI certification about three years ago, according to Peters. The facility is adjacent to a Morton International Inc. powder coatings plant that is OCAWI-certified.
Polymer Corp. is a unit of DSM Engineering Plastic Products Inc., itself a unit of DSM NV of Sittard, the Netherlands.