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Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Jim Hagedorn (MN-01)

October 29, 2020

Press Release

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Congressman Jim Hagedorn (MN-01) today wrote a letter to U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia asking him to investigate the legality of a California-based company threatening to close its three Rochester facilities and layoff nearly 500 workers if they do not renegotiate their less than one year old contract.

Last December, employees of Crenlo Engineered Cabs in Rochester signed a labor agreement to last until 2024. Crenlo’s parent company is now threatening to impose changes as soon as November 1 if the workers do not renegotiate their contract to include reduced scheduled pay raises, adjustments to health and dental plans, and revisions to overtime and holiday pay calculations. The company has also refused to pay for accommodations for the union to hold a vote to renegotiate at an offsite facility that allows for proper COVID-19 precautions.

“The conduct of Angeles Equity Partners is, at the very best, unreasonable and indecent, and quite possibly illegal. In a time of such uncertainty, when so many Minnesotans are struggling to make ends meet, it is our obligation to do all we can to protect and preserve the livelihoods of our honest, hardworking Americans and their families. That is why I am requesting that the U.S. Department of Labor step in and thoroughly examine this situation to ensure that all rights and legal protections of the Crenlo employees in Rochester are upheld and exercised through each step of this process,” wrote Hagedorn.

Congressman Hagedorn also discussed this matter personally with Secretary Scalia and hand delivered him the letter during the secretary’s visit to Le Center today.

The full letter can be read here.

Jim Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He grew up on his family’s grain and livestock farm near Truman. Jim’s father, former U.S. Congressman Tom Hagedorn (MN-02), grandfather, and great-grandfather were all southern Minnesota farmers. Jim currently resides in the rural farming community of Blue Earth. Hagedorn brings policy experience to Capitol Hill from time spent as a congressional aide to former U.S. Congressman Arlan Stangeland (MN-07) and a congressional relations officer for two non-partisan U.S. Department of the Treasury agencies. Hagedorn serves on the House Committees on Agriculture and Small Business to promote farming, Main Street enterprises and southern Minnesota’s way of life.