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October 19, 2017
WOUB Local News
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Governor will urge Meridian to negotiate in good faith
(2007-01-27)
(WOUB) - Governor Ted Strickland says he will be contacting Meridian Automotive Systems to try to bring an end to a labor dispute at the company's plant in Jackson.

Strickland says he will urge the company to negotiate in good faith when talks are held February 9twith the United Steelworkers Union.

Union members were locked out of Meridian's Jackson plant last April when their contract expired.

Strickland traveled to Jackson yesterday to see if he could help with what he calls "a sad situation." He met with union representatives, community leaders and state legislators from the area to get an update on the labor dispute.

The governor says the company was invited but declined. He says workers' families and the community are suffering and he wants to see what the state can do to help. He says the more than 300 union employees were getting unemployment benefits but those have expired.

Strickland says the workers want to get back to their jobs and, at the same time, it's not in the best interest of the company for the dispute to drag on.

The disagreement between Meridan and the union centers on health care benefits.
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