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Strike at Nippon continues, no talks planned yet

March 21st, 2013 - 6:42am

(Port Angeles) -- The strike continues at Nippon Paper in Port Angeles.

About 130 hourly workers represented by the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers Local 155 and walked off the job about mid-day Wednesday setting up pickets.

The walk out comes two days after Nippon implemented a new contract that was not ratified by the union.

Union Vice President Greg Pallesen tells K-O-N-P about 130 hourly workers voted 100 percent to go out on strike. Pallesen says they plan to have at least six people walk the lines 24-hours a day.

He says the union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board claiming the company has failed to bargain in good faith.

He adds the N-L-R-B will take testimony from both the union members and the company to investigate the charges.

The company and union have been in negotiations for nearly two years on a new contract, but when an agreement wasn't reached, Nippon implemented the contract on Monday.

The union issued a strike notice against Nippon Wednesday morning.

Both sides could begin talks with a mediator as soon as next week.

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