Strikers decline to identify themselves

Pickets appeared today outside Simpson Strong-Tie's corporate headquarters in Pleasanton (CA) as the strike by 270 Sheet Metal union workers against its Stockton manufacturing plant endured into its fourth day with no immediate end in sight.

"We're here for the duration," 60-year-old shipping clerk Leon Byrd said today on the strike line as several of his co-workers - who declined to give their names - nodded their heads in agreement.

Since the strike began Wednesday, another 21 higher-paid tool-and-die makers, who work for Simpson but belong to another union, have honored the picket line. Their work is critical to the continued manufacturing processes that go on inside the sprawling 800,000-square-foot plant.


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