“… they came after us. Local threatens to strike as short-term deal is struck

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HIGH EARTH, Ind. (WTHI) – Amcor says it extended a contract with a union.

Union 1426 originally planned to go on strike Wednesday night at 11:00 a.m. The union had called an emergency meeting to negotiate a collective agreement.

Local 1426 president Kirk Smith said Amor was once the place to be, but the new leadership has changed their minds.

“It used to be one of the best jobs. Over the two years, we recruited a new plant manager and a new human resources manager, and their specialty is downsizing and downsizing. factories. And they came after us, ”Smith said. .

He told us that the factory was understaffed and that created uncomfortable working conditions.

“It’s tough to be good in there. We work in a hundred degree heat or months at a time. We’re on concrete 12 hours a day,” Smith said.

We contacted Amcor. We gave them the opportunity to speak to us via Zoom or to give us a written statement.

Just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Mark Hein of Amcor told us that the union’s contract had been extended until 11 p.m. Friday.

See their full statement below:

“Amcor’s Terre Haute employees have worked closely with plant leaders to build a business that thrives and grows in an extremely competitive space. We are proud of everything our Terre Haute team has accomplished.

Our current contract with Terre Haute Local 1426 has been extended to 11 p.m. ET on Friday, July 2, to allow for a vote on the company’s final offer. We negotiated what we believe to be a fair and competitive contract offer that includes salary increases backed by a superior benefits package, as well as a signing bonus.

We understand that the possibility of a strike weighs heavily on the hearts of our employees and their families because of past results. We believe we have the capacity to come to an agreement and avoid any work stoppage. That said, we have an obligation to our customers and take appropriate precautionary measures to guard against the impact of a strike. “


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