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U.S. Tsubaki strikers rally as deadline looms

Melissa Topey • Jan 5, 2012 at 10:40 AM

U.S. Tsubaki strikers and Machinists union leaders united in solidarity Wednesday outside the chain-manufacturing plant on Edgewater Avenue.

With the strike's one-year anniversary fast approaching, strikers and union officials are pushing U.S. Tsubaki to renews its willingness to negotiate a contract. The union has filed unfair labor practice complaints against the company, accusing it of failing to negotiate in good faith, among other alleged misdeeds.

About 100 U.S. Tsubaki workers went on strike Jan. 31 after negotiations failed to resolve disputes over wages, work hours and other employment issues.

They've been striking outside the plant 24 hours a day ever since, although Wednesday's event ushered in a strong showing of union leaders and strikers.

For more on the strike and what the important one-year anniversary means to the union's ability to negotiate with U.S. Tsubaki, pick up Thursday's Register at a local convenience store.

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