A federal judge has approved a $6.2 million settlement for more than 150 sheet metal workers in a 37-year-old lawsuit against a union notorious for racial discrimination.
More than 150 workers sued Local 28 of the Sheet Metal Workers International Association for denying equal work opportunities to minorities. The settlement covers lost wages from 1984 to 1991. The EEOC is still pursuing claims of lost wages since 1991.
Over the course of the lawsuit, Local 28 was found in contempt four times for failing to comply with court orders to end discrimination. The court noted a persistent “statistically significant disparity between hours worked by white and nonwhite members of Local 28.”