Strike ends at Thomas Steel; workers ratify 5-year contract

Dec 23, 2008 | 12:08 PM | Corinna Petry

Workers at Thomas Steel Strip Corp., Warren, Ohio, ended their strike Monday with a 182-49 ratification vote in favor of a new five-year collective bargaining agreement.

About 260 workers, members of United Steelworkers union Local 3523, walked off the job July 24 after negotiations stalled on a contract to replace one that expired July 31, 2007. The company has been operating its manufacturing facility with replacement workers since then.

Talks were on-again, off-again over the past five months, and somewhat fractious, with the company filing an injunction against picketing workers in August (AMM, Aug. 18).

"I'm glad that it's over. I think we reached a settlement that serves the needs of the company and the employees. We welcome the guys back," Denny Wist, Thomas Steel's president and chief operating officer, said Tuesday.....

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