Pittsburgh Glass Works to extend benefits to early-departing workers
East Deer’s Pittsburgh Glass Works will accommodate workers who have new jobs or training lined up that could conflict with the company’s extended operations at the soon-to-be-shuttered plant.
PGW filed the required notices with the state and federal government for the layoff of its workforce of about 160 union workers when the plant closes for good at the end of July.
That’s instead of its original plan to close at the end of June, according to James Watt, international staff representative for the United Steelworkers.
Formerly owned by PPG, the Glass Works plant in Creighton is closing because it can’t keep up with increasing technological demands, PGW CEO and President Joe Stas has said. The glassmaker’s plant capacity for manufacturing is above market demand, he added.
But the company recently delayed the plant’s closing a month because they still have customer orders to fill, according to Jennifer Eck, senior director of human resources for Vitro Automotive Glass, the parent company of PGW.
“We are working with all employees on a case-by-case basis to accommodate other opportunities they are considering or obligations to which they have already committed,” she said.
Watt said that some employees are in the process of making new career plans after PGW.
“It’s very discouraging that the company continues to disrupt employees’ lives, however, the company is not in violation of any legal rights of the employees,” Watt said.
He said the employees will receive a productivity bonus for the extra work.
Additionally, PGW will release workers who already have a new job or training in place with the same benefits that laid-off workers will have, Watt added.