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Teamsters Local 992 strikes

May 02, 2001

Teamsters Local 992 strikes



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Members of Teamsters Local 992 shut down production and walked off their jobs at midnight Tuesday after they failed to reach an agreement with management at Casting Technologies, Inc., a union official said.

Union members set up a picket line in the driveway leading to the Clayton Avenue foundry as soon as the walkout began, said Darryl Bowman, union shop steward.

Bowman said wages, working conditions and better health insurance for workers were issues in contract talks with the owners, which collapsed before the union voted to strike.

Casting Technologies makes castings for other industries, Bowman said. Production at the foundry stopped with the walkout, Bowman said.

"They can't do much work with just three supervisors," Bowman said.

The company has a total of 32 employees, including office personnel, Bowman said. Included are 28 union production members, 24 of whom are on strike. Two union members are on sick leave, one is on layoff and one is a new employee whose dues haven't caught up yet, he said.

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The vote to strike, taken after the collapse of contract negotiations, was 18-6, Bowman said.

Casting Technologies was founded in 1987 by Al Cogan and his son, Mark Cogan, when what used to be Landis Tool Co. closed its foundry during a company restructuring, Bowman said.

A secretary in the company's office said Mark Cogan sent down instructions that he would have no comment on the strike. "He said to let the union talk for him," the secretary said.

Casting Technologies operates in the same building where Landis Tool ran its foundry, Bowman said. "I've been working in that same building for 28 years, the last 14 for Casting Technologies," he said.

Union negotiators failed to work out a new contract agreement with the Cogans and their attorney, Bowman said. There were no attempts at mediation or arbitration, he said.

Bowman said the average hourly wage is about $11, with a range from $9 to $12.50.

"That's not much money for the kind of work we have to do in there. It's hard and it's hot," Bowman said.

Bowman declined to elaborate on the differences separating the sides on the issue of working conditions. "Let's just say it's been an issue for years and that it's time to make a stand," he said.

Bowman said the union members are prepared for a long strike, if necessary.

"Nobody wants a long strike because nobody wins, but we're out here now," Bowman said.

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