Wabash workers reject contract terms

Nov 18, 2005 | 12:13 PM | Paul Schaffer

Wabash workers reject contract terms

Locked-out workers at the Wabash, Ind., smelter of Wabash Alloys LLC have voted down the company's contract proposal, in a version softened slightly by the federal mediator.

With only two-thirds of the 193 eligible workers voting, the proposal was rejected by 90 to 38. One ballot was disqualified.

The secondary aluminum alloys producer wants annual wage and benefit concessions of between $2.5 million and $3 million at the Wabash plant. The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has rejected cuts that deep, saying most of its members would have to take pay cuts of $4 an hour.....

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