LOCAL 8-957 Morgantown, WV

What's Happening?

Viatris generic pharmaceutical facility in Morgantown, W. Va., formerly owned by Mylan, is slated to close July 31. The current owner, Viatris, was established on Nov. 16, 2020, when Mylan combined with Upjohn, a business spun off from Pfizer. Viatris announced on Dec. 11 that it would permanently close the Morgantown facility and lay off approximately 1,500 workers, including some 850 members of USW Local 8-957.

Your union has been fighting for you every step of the way and we will continue to fight for you. Stay tuned to this site for updates, sign up for our text alerts by texting USW8957 to 77820 and be sure to review the various resources here for you and your families, including information about unemployment and other assistance programs, connections to help with mental health or substance abuse issues, and a breakdown of benefits like free college for you, your kids and other eligible family members.

If you haven’t already, sign our petition calling on West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice to help save our jobs and pass it on. And please take a few minutes to review some helpful videos: USW International Vice President Fred Redmond with an update about where we are in discussions with the company and a tutorial from our USW Legislative Director Roy Houseman about the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and how it can help you prepare for the future. 

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"Effects Bargaining": The right to bargain over the effects of the company’s decision to close our facility is one of the last safeguards a union contract provides.

Recent News

Click the PDF file link to view the entire Memorandum of Agreement between Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., Viatris Inc. and the United Steelworkers International Union and its Local Union 8-957.

After months of hard work by your Bargaining Committee, we have reached a Severance Agreement with the company.  As we explained in the membership meetings we held on May 25, bargaining over the effects of a shutdown completely changes the dynamics of bargaining.  In short, the union faces a more difficult time because its usual leverage points are taken away.

Despite this, we were able to leverage the solidarity and support you gave us into the agreement we are describing below.  We are confident that we negotiated the best agreement possible and left nothing on the table. 

After months of tough bargaining, we have reached an agreement with Viatris addressing the severance and other benefits that will be paid upon the closure of our facility.

We will provide details to the members early next week, so please look for a summary document.

The solidarity shown by members of Local 8-957 gave strength to your bargaining committee and we will need that same solidarity as our campaign continues.

Stay strong and stay united.

Your local bargaining committee has been hard at work over the past week in continued effects bargaining with Viatris. The company and the International union are scheduling talks for next week in hopes of finalizing a severance agreement that reflects your years of dedication and service.

Though like we said before, there is nothing the company can give you that will make up for its decision to close our facility. But we will do everything in our power to ease the burden of this transition, whatever it may bring.

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