Steelworkers strike, week 5

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Strike pay won't make up for workers' losses

United Steelworkers at TYK America Inc., a brick-making refractory in Jefferson, have been on strike since Aug. 9 in a dispute over health care costs, said Dennis Fleming, a union staff representative. About 30 members of USW Local 5852-17 went on strike after working without a new contract since May 31, Fleming said.

The workers, who earn an average of $14 an hour, were offered wage increases of 40 cents an hour the first year, followed by hikes of 35 cents an hour and 40 cents in the following years.

The steelworkers balked at TYK's proposal for reduced health care coverage that would cost them a $125 per month premium. The plant is continuing production, a spokesman said.


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