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Dozens of IAM members at AstenJohnson on strike

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Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 5:24 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers says dozens of union members are on strike in Appleton regarding contract negotiations.

According to a release on the association’s website, 89 Machinists Union (IAM) Local 1855 members at AstenJohnson began striking Friday at 7 a.m.

The release states IAM Local 1855 members rejected contract proposals on October 14 and September 30, saying workers are looking for reasonable healthcare expenses and cost sharing.

AstenJohnson creates specialty fabrics, filaments and paper machine clothing.

Company officials issued the following statement late Monday afternoon:

“We have a long history of working with our associates and expect to resolve the dispute as quickly as possible.  We have excellent wages and benefits with very little turnover and provide safe and comfortable working conditions. Like most industries at this time, the paper industry is experiencing downtime and permanent closures.  In spite of this, we have made a very fair offer.  As a contingency, we will continue to serve all our customers with our network of Global Operations.  As always, if our associates would like to return to work, we will continue to listen.”

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