9/29/07

Week 9: Prideful union bosses stick to strike

Striking members of Local 313 IUE CWA will meet Saturday at Corning West High School to discuss the status of negotiations with Dresser-Rand Co. Glenn Painter, chief plant steward, said today that the meeting will also include an update on court proceedings this week in Bath on an injunction Dresser-Rand is seeking to limit the number of pickets at sites in Painted Post, NY. It is scheduled to last from 10 a.m. to noon.

Painter said there will be no vote Saturday on what Dresser-Rand called its “final offer” to the union, which was rejected by the membership on Aug. 2.

The 400 union workers from the Painted Post plant of Dresser-Rand have been on strike since Aug. 4, when their previous three-year contract expired. The strike will enter its ninth week on Sunday.

Painter said the union members are “outraged” by a newspaper ads placed locally by Dresser-Rand on Thursday and Friday outlining the company’s position on the negotiations.

“The outrage is that the Dresser-Rand leadership team has decided to wage a media war with the local (union) to try and sway the community support,” Painter said. “The community has been well behind the local’s endeavor to get a fair contract.”

(star-gazette.com)

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