Strike continues at Windham facility

WINDHAM — Workers at HarbisonWalker International continued to strike Tuesday after the United Steelworkers International Union and USW Local 8565-03 rejected the company’s latest contract offer.

Unionized workers had continued working under terms of their previous labor agreement that expired Sept. 15. However, some 90 people walked off their jobs at the company’s Windham facility at midnight Saturday.

Leaders at HarbisonWalker, based in Moon Township, Pa., stated in a news released they are disappointed the union has voted down two comprehensive proposals since negotiations. Those contract offers included “wage increases and a continuation of highly market-competitive benefits package,” the news release states.

“The offer is intended to continue providing secure and attractive jobs for more than 90 people in the Windham community and surrounding area, while also enabling the company to remain competitive in the global market,” the release states.

The company, a supplier of refractory products and services, said it remains willing to continue operating under the terms and conditions of the expired collective bargaining agreement while negotiating a new contract, but has implemented a contingency plan, in full compliance with all labor laws, to fulfill current orders.

Union leaders did not immediately respond to Tribune Chronicle requests for comment.