Tyler Pipe gets nod from union, but ‘South Plant’ idle through 2010

Dec 13, 2009 | 07:00 PM |

Tyler Pipe Co. has reached a new labor agreement with United Steelworkers union (USW) Local 1157, but one of the company's Texas plants will remain idle at least through next year, according to a company official.

The 4-year deal passed on its first vote, Richard Tatum, Tyler Pipe's vice president and general manager, said in an e-mail to Perspectives.

The new pact replaces a previous deal between the cast-iron pipe and fittings company and workers at its Tyler, Texas, facilities that expired Nov. 7. Workers at Tyler are represented by USW Local 1157.

Tatum said there were "no business disruptions" during the negotiating process but did not provide further details about the contract. A union official for USW District 13, which includes Texas, did not respond to a request for comment.....

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