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Strike begins at Bemis plant in Indiana

July 27, 2009
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According to the Associated Press, hundreds of workers have gone on strike at a western Indiana factory after union officials say members overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer. Strikers started a picket line outside the Bemis Co. plant in Terre Haute that mostly makes packaging for the food industry. Workers Unite Here local vice president Noel Beasley says members objected to the company''s proposals for greater use of temporary employees and that it be allowed to make insurance changes at any time. Bemis spokeswoman Kristi Pavletich says the Neenah, Wis.-based company has contingency plans in order to meet the needs of its customers. She said she did not know whether a contract resolution could be reached soon. The plant opened 1956 and has about 740 union workers and between 150 and 200 salaried workers.
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