TORONTO Davis Wire Corp.
and the Teamsters union remained at loggerheads Monday as
workers at the companys Kent, Wash., facility remained on
strike after negotiations failed to produce "meaningful"
results, a union official told AMM.
Fridays meeting between
union and company representatives "hadnt gone well" and
saw "no meaningful bargaining," said Brenda Wiest, contract
campaign coordinator for Teamsters Local 117, which represents
workers at Kent.
Bryan Cave LLP senior counsel
Harry R. Stang, who represents the company, said no further
talks were scheduled. He said a federal mediator heard both
parties sides Friday and then released them with no
Stang noted that the strike at
Kent has not impacted Davis customers. "Were
meeting customers requirements from Kent and other
facilities," he said, adding that production at Kent has been
possible despite the strike thanks to management personnel and
replacement workers hired since the strike began.
Members of Teamsters Local 117
have been on strike since May 21 (AMM, May 25).
Irwindale, Calif.-based Davis buys more than 300,000 tons of
wire rod per year. About one-third of Davis material is
shipped as industrial wire (AMM, June 15).