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Last updated on Tuesday, January 10, 2012
(OOLITIC) - The strike is over at Indiana Limestone. Millworkers and company officials reached an agreement Monday.
According to Millworkers Local 8093 President Tim Spreen, workers will start returning to work on Wednesday. All workers should be back to work by Jan. 20. Some workers have to return and get things going, before other can return to work.
Indiana Limestone Co. is owned by Resilience Capital Partners of Cleveland, which bought the company in November 2010. Officials declined to comment on the strike or the new contract.
Union members have been on strike since November 16, after workers and officials could not agree on a contract. Wages were not an issue during the dispute, but seniority rights, sick days, time off and tardy rules were. They also say the plan would have forced 100 percent of any unfunded pension liabilities onto employees.
Union members will get to keep their seniority rights. The union agreed to a tighter attendance policy, meaning workers will have fewer unexcused days off.
Spreen says workers can use future raises toward the costs of pensions and insurance. And the company agreed to pay insurance costs until August, when rates will change. After August, the company will pay a percentage of the increase.
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