Thursday, August 14, 2014
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Union accepts deal ending 4-month Indspec lockout

About 175 members of the United Steelworkers were locked out of the Indspec chemical plant in Petrolia, Pa. since April 5. (Photo from usw.org)
About 175 members of the United Steelworkers were locked out of the Indspec chemical plant in Petrolia, Pa. since April 5. (Photo from usw.org)

PETROLIA, Pa. (AP) - Union workers have ratified a three-year contract, ending a four-month lockout at the Indspec chemical plant in western Pennsylvania.

Ron Bowser, president of the United Steelworkers of America local that agreed to the deal, tells the Butler Eagle (http://bit.ly/1oggG4G ) that the contract includes concessions.

Bowser wouldn't detail the terms, but previously it was reported that the company wanted to cut the pay on 30 lower-grade jobs, reduce workers' personal days, and change scheduling and health insurance terms.

The union includes about 175 full-time workers at the plant some 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

Bowser says about 25 union employees retired during the lockout, and that the company is advertising for replacements.

Indspec is owned by Occidental Petroleum Corp. of Los Angeles.

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Information from: Butler Eagle, http://www.butlereagle.com

The Associated Press
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