(OOLITIC) - A striking worker outside the Indiana Limestone Co. suffered minor injuries after being struck by a vehicle while he was walking the picket line Friday morning.
36-year-old Danny Stephens II, was injured after a pickup driven by 51-year-old Franklin Bault, of Spencer, hit him. Stephens told Lawrence County Police that he was hit by the vehicle and was flipped onto the hood.
Stephens was taken to a local hospital with shoulder and arm pain. He was treated and released. According to family members he is doing better, but is bruised and sore.
Bault told police he didn't hit Stephens, but that someone hit the side of his truck as he was leaving the lot. The incident is under investigation.
Members of Millworkers Local 8093 have maintained a picket line nearly every day since the strike began at 5 a.m. Nov. 16. Union members, who make between $17.51 and $18.76 per hour, have said wages are not at issue.They have objected to proposed contract changes that would affect seniority rights, sick days, time off and tardy rules.
Company officials have declined to comment and have said the company offered a contract it believed was good for workers and would allow Indiana Limestone to remain competitive.
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