Strike continues, no talks scheduled

Strike continues; no talks scheduled
 
Date June 14, 2004
Section(s) Local News
   
 
By JOHN JENNINGS

NDN Staff Writer

As the United Auto Workers Local 997 strike with Maytag Corporation enters its fourth full day, no talks are scheduled and both sides appear entrenched in their positions, ready for a long strike.

UAW members have been manning all entrances to at both plants and at the corporate offices throughout the weekend, expressing their unity and determination to remain on strike until the corporation agrees to further talks.

Bargaining talks broke off abruptly Thursday afternoon, and picket lines were quickly formed. In a press conference Friday following a meeting of UAW membership, UAW President Pat Teed said the two sides were still far apart on a few key points, including job security, the pension plan and drug and medical benefits.

Maytag contends that they have offered a fair package to the Newton plant employees, and that if the offer had been accepted by UAW membership, the Newton Laundry Products facility would have remained open for the duration of the proposed contract.

The current strike is the first at Maytag since the one-day strike in 1974. Longer strikes also occurred in 1971 and 1938.

Striking UAW members will be paid $200 per week.

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