6/3/08

UAW calls strike at Henry Ford Museum

It's just collective bargaining as-usual

About 180 UAW-represented workers at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn approved a strike-authorization vote Monday, as negotiations for a labor deal continue before a June 9 contract expiration. Workers gave the bargaining committee strike authorization by an overall approval vote of 97%. Voting concluded at 6 p.m., and results were made available at 8:45 p.m.

With the authorization, workers gave their union leaders permission to call a strike that could pull 181 full- and part-time employees -- including maintenance workers, cooks and rail yard workers -- off the job during the museum's peak season.

"It's a normal part of the negotiating process. Talks are continuing, and they are friendly," said museum spokeswoman Wendy Metros.

But in the event of a strike, the museum would not close, Metros said. The Henry Ford museum employs 1,531 people and attracts 1.5 million visitors a year.

UAW Local 245 President Keith Brown declined to comment, citing the ongoing negotiations.

(freep.com)

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