Casting Technologies strike enters third week
By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro
Police were called Monday morning to escort owners and supervisors into Casting Technologies Inc. after striking picketers blocked the entrance to the plant as the strike entered its third week.
There were no other incidents Monday at the Clayton Avenue foundry. Later in the day, representatives of the union and management met with local police officials inside the plant to plan strategy should things get out of hand on the picket line, said Waynesboro Police Chief Ray Shultz.
At midnight on May 1, 24 members of Teamsters Local 992 walked out off their jobs protesting wages, benefits and working conditions.
Casting Technologies was founded in 1987 by Al Cogan and his son, Mark. The foundry makes castings for industry.
The company has 32 employees, including three supervisors, a secretary and 28 union production workers.
The two owners, three supervisors and secretary are the only ones working during the strike. Production has been shut down by the strike, union members said.