Displaced Workers Win A Big One

As many as 1,500 workers who lost their jobs when American Home Products shuttered a plant in Indiana will share a $24 million settlement reached on July 29 between AHP and the Oil, Chemical & Atomic Workers International Union (OCAW). The union filed suit for $1.1 billion, claiming that AHP improperly won tax benefits for moving work to Puerto Rico.

The settlement, which awaits final approval, sets aside as much as $10.5 million for workers and former workers in Elkhart, Ind., and three other downsized plants. The rest will cover fees and expenses, including up to $2 million for the OCAW and up to $8 million for lawyers, led by Philadelphia attorney Allan Kanner.

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