The Homer Laughlin China Company Union Members Vote ‘Yes’ on New One-Year Contract


Newell, WV – The members of Homer Laughlin’s union have voted to approve a new one-year labor contract with Homer Laughlin. Union officials informed Homer Laughlin that voting by members of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers Union (GMP) Local 419 was completed today and that the agreements have been ratified.


Homer Laughlin President Elizabeth McIlvain said, “This ‘yes’ vote is good news for Homer Laughlin and it is good news for Newell, the unions, our employees and, ultimately, our customers. We are gratified that our represented employees have solidly backed this contract. It provides an excellent job package, but also allows for the continued manufacture of our high-quality dinnerware, made right here in West Virginia, USA.”


Union leaders and Homer Laughlin reached agreement on the labor contract in the early hours of November 16th, after two weeks of negotiations. Approximately 600 union-represented employees are covered by the approved contracts.


About Hall China

Homer Laughlin, Kenilworth/RAK, and Hall China comprise the HLC Inc. family of companies, and their diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets every conceivable need for discerning chefs and restaurateurs. The HLC companies bring to the table a nearly endless selection, including scores of dinnerware collections — infinitely customizable by pattern or color — from Homer Laughlin; fine porcelain dinnerware from RAK for sophisticated settings; and timeless and durable bakeware and accessories from the Hall China Company. Setting the tone — not just the table — is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its customers. For more information, please contact HLC Inc., 672 Fiesta Drive, Newell, WV 26050. Phone: (800) 452-4462. Fax: (304) 387-0593. Web: Email: