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Davis Wire talks fail, workers still on strike

Keywords: Tags  Davis Wire, strike, Teamsters, Local 117, Brenda Wiest, steel wire rod, Michael Cowden

TORONTO — Davis Wire Corp. and the Teamsters union remained at loggerheads Monday as workers at the company’s Kent, Wash., facility remained on strike after negotiations failed to produce "meaningful" results, a union official told AMM.

Friday’s meeting between union and company representatives "hadn’t 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 significant developments.

Stang noted that the strike at Kent has not impacted Davis’ customers. "We’re 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).

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