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May 8, 2012
Union members walk picket line this morning at TRW in Auburn
By: Charley Hannagan

Auburn, NY -- The two sides will return to the bargaining table Wednesday morning after 150 union members walked off their jobs at the TRW plant in Auburn early this morning.

About 22 workers who walked out of the plant at 12:01 a.m. were met by the negotiating team of the ICWU/UFCW Local 192 C and about 100 workers, said union president Greg Large.

Workers walked a picket line in front of the plant throughout the night.

This morning, their signs were soggy from the rain as they took a break in two tents located nearby the plant on Cranebrook Drive.

After the break about a half dozen union members wearing rain gear huddled in the rain in front of the plant.

Union members seemed resolute in not giving into the company's demands to be able to hire more temporary workers and to change shift schedules.

TRW wants to place some workers on four 10-hour shifts, and others on three 12-hour shifts, Large said.

"The shift change their asking for would really change people's lives," he said.

Employees working three 12-hour days would see a cut in pay by four hours, Large said.

Union members in voting Sunday overwhelmingly rejected the company's contract offer.

The union believes that management employees will be joined today by workers from a TRW plant out of state to continue running the Auburn operations, he said.

The Auburn plant makes remote locks and tire pressure sensors for the automotive industry.

In a contract signed three years ago workers gave up pay and benefits, Large said.



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