NEW YORK A striking worker was
injured when struck by a car operated by a security guard at
Cascade Steel Rolling Mills in McMinnville, Ore. Thursday
In response, the USW is
demanding an investigation into the incident. "We are shocked
and outraged that the driver was merely given a traffic
citation, even though the evidence is clear that he stuck the
USW picketer with his vehicle on purpose," USW International
President Leo W. Gerard said in a statement Friday.
Operations at the Schnitzer
Steel Industries Inc. subsidiary were suspended six days ago
after unionized workers launched an unfair labor practices
strike. Mediated negotiations this past week have so far failed
to produce a contract to replace one that expired April 1.
"Cascade is urging mediation
over the weekend so that everyone can get back to work as soon
as possible," a company spokesman told AMM.
He declined to comment
specifically on the injured worker.
"Our members are calmed down,
but theyre mad," USW Local 8378 president Joseph Munger
told AMM. "Theres no reason to get back to work
until theres a tentative agreement in place. Our members
will be on the picket line this weekend ... right now, (the
company is) making it impossible to negotiate."
The security guard is employed
by an outside contractor and is not a Cascade Steel employee, a
national USW spokesman said.
The USW worker, Lee Frakes, sustained a serious injury and
is recovering at home after being hospitalized, the USW
The company and union
representatives resumed negotiations Monday afternoon following
a weekend break, Munger said.