Friday will be the last day on the job for most workers at Quad-City Die Casting in Moline.
Company officials have continued to decline comment on the closing or events that have led to the decision. In all, more than 100 employees will lose their jobs. The only employees expected to remain after Friday are maintenance workers and management.
Leah Fried, an organizer for United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America, which represents members of Local 1174, claimed Monday that the shutdown will occur without those workers receiving "pay and benefits they have earned and are legally due."
In a related matter, the National Labor Relations Board announced it will issue a complaint on non-payment of pay and benefits. The federal agency found merit to charges filed by the union earlier this summer and is seeking a voluntary settlement of money owed workers, Fried said.
Union workers went to a Wells Fargo branch in Rock Island on Monday to publicize their claim. Fried has contended that Wells Fargo told the company it cannot pay workers who are owed pay and benefits.
However, a Wells Fargo representative denied that the bank is involved in such decisions.
"The recession has affected many companies and we certainly empathize with the employees who have lost jobs and businesses that are struggling," Wells Fargo spokeswoman Angie Kaipust wrote in an e-mailed statement.
"The issues raised today about pay and benefits, however, are between management, the union and the employees. Wells Fargo does not decide how a company should meet its obligations to its union members."
A representative of U.S. Rep. Phil Hare, D-Ill., has attended past rallies. Hare has sent Wells Fargo chairman Dick Kovacevich a letter on behalf of the company and its workers.
"As a recipient of TARP financing during the recent banking crisis, I urge you to help use the financing you were provided to protect and preserve American companies and jobs," Hare wrote.
"The economic impact of this business and its employees is substantial. The amount of money the employees spend at local shops, auto dealers, and home purchases (some through Wells Fargo) is significant."