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Strike at Chanute manufacturing plant is over

Updated May 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM CST:  A strike is over at a Chanute manufacturing plant.

About 40 union workers went on strike starting Wednesday at Thermoid, a company that makes air ducts and industrial hoses, among other items.

Thursday at about 4 p.m. the two sides came to a resolution that includes a raised percentage on 401K's and an additional $100 on signing bonuses.  The two sides also met halfway on raises.

 

Updated May 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM CST:  Union workers tell us they will be meeting with Thermoid at 3 p.m. to discuss their latest proposal.

We will post updates on the strike in Chanute as information is provided.

 

Posted May 1, 2013:  Union workers at a manufacturing plant in Chanute, Kansas are on strike.

Wednesday was the first day on the picket line for about 40 union workers of Thermoid, a company that makes air ducts and industrial hoses, among other items.

Workers say the company used be known in Chanute as one of the best paying jobs in the area, but union members say that's changed.

They say the company wants to increase payments for healthcare from $67 to $79 out of each employee's weekly paycheck.

The limit of out-of-pocket costs has gone up by $5,000.

"There's always a reason why something has to go higher, and they never gave us a reason why," says Jeremy Compton, the union liaison.

Workers say Thermoid also wants to require its employees have annual physicals.

"Usually, any other company I've been with, if you did annual physicals it was to lower your insurance rate - they raised it," says Compton.

Workers say Thermoid executives have offered in return a 20 cent pay increase, with a five cent increment over three years.

Union workers want a 50 cent increase, equally incremented over three years.

"It's a struggle now," says union member Travis Jones.  "So anything that can not improve the situation isn't acceptable."

The workers on strike say the only reason from executives for the kickbacks comes from an air emission cleaner.

"They told us in negotiations that this is the reason why, 'we put too much money into this and it takes too much to run this to give you guys raises,'" says Compton.

Workers disagree and say they'll picket until there is an agreed compromise.

Union workers also say the company wants to pay new hires $2 less and decrease vacation time for everyone.

As of the time this story aired, executives at the company had no comment on the issues raised by picketers.

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