|Production resumes today at Federal Mogul|
|Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:09 PM|
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - The strike by United Steelworkers Local 14742 against Federal-Mogul Corporation lasted just over 72 hours. The rank and file voted Wednesday to accept the offer worked out between the two sides on Monday. Production was scheduled to resume with first shift today.
At midnight early Monday, 396 members of the United Steelworkers walked off the job after rejecting the last offer from the company. Picket lines were established in two spots along West Main Street as negotiations resumed later in the morning. The two sides agreed to hammer out agreements on all major sticking points if possible before ending the session for the day and managed to do just that by Monday evening. The ratification vote was scheduled for Wednesday.
According to the president of the local Pat Herman, the new deal is for three years between the company and the union. The specific voting results of the contract were not released. Herman stated that he was very happy to have the strike concluded and union members back on the job.
Specific concessions were also not named. Originally, Herman had mentioned wages, pension, insurance and the use of part-timers when full-time workers were on layoff.
Federal-Mogul Corporation employs approximately 460 workers, making it the second-largest employer in the county, behind Eaton.
This week’s strike is the first major labor dispute in Van Wert County since Kongsberg Manufacturing locked out workers in 2008 and moved the factory out of the country in 2009.