USW in labor-state strike threat

Lansing, Mich.-area Comprehensive Logistics Inc. workers on Saturday voted down a new contract offered by the company. The Lansing State Journal reported that a 79-38 vote authorized a strike if necessary, United Steelworkers Local 2-921 President Joe Crum said. A strike authorization does not mean a walkout is imminent, but gives the union permission to call one.

The local is asking the company, based in Austintown, to negotiate further, he said.

When to pay time-and-a-half overtime rates was one sticking point of negotiations, Crum said. Workers currently get overtime pay after working 42.5 hours instead of 40, he said.

Comprehensive Logistics hauls parts for Detroit carmaker General Motors Corp.’s operations, including the Lansing Grand River assembly plant, and for Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co., Crum said. The Lansing Grand River plant makes the Cadillac CTS, STS and SRX.


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