10/24/07

State denies uncivilized strikers' appeal

An appeals court has refused to throw out an injunction that sets standards of behavior on the picket line in the strike against Dresser-Rand Co. in Painted Post, NY.

The ruling came from the Appellate Division, Fourth Department, of state Supreme Court. Local 313 IUE-CWA, which is in the 12th week of its strike against Dresser-Rand, filed an appeal seeking to have the injunction set aside.

The injunction, issued by Acting Supreme Court Justice Marianne Furfure on Oct. 2, prohibits illegal, harassing, intimidating or disruptive behavior on the picket line.

“We are extremely pleased with this decision,” said Dresser-Rand spokesman Dan Meisner.

More than 400 members of Local 313 walked off the job Aug. 4 in a dispute over work rules and the cost of health insurance. About a half-dozen members of the union have crossed the picket lines to return to their jobs, said Local 313 President Steve Coates.

(star-gazette.com)

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