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C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Workers Continue into Day 2 of Strike

Taylor Holt
Updated: December 17, 2018 07:05 PM

It's been two days now since workers with C.G. Bretting Manufacturing in Ashland walked off the job in a strike for a fair contract. They say they want to get back to work, but that the company is refusing to negotiate with them.

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About 200 workers with the company were out Monday morning, starting at 4:30 a.m. 

"We want fair wages for fair work," said Kyle Thompson, 22-year employee with the company. "We want to try and do right by our families and get a good contract."

Thompson was one of the workers with signs in hand calling for more fair wages, pension and health benefits from the company.

"It's very important. As you can see, the union has stood together. They have spoken. They want something fair," Thompson added.

Employees say the paper manufacturing company is a good one and it's sad that it has come to this.

"If it hasn't been a good company, we wouldn't have been willing to work here as long as we have been," said Thompson.

As of now, they say the company is refusing to meet after they rejected their contract offers Thursday.

"The company isn't willing to talk to us," Thompson said. "We would like to go back to the negotiating table, work this all out and get everybody back to work."

The company declined to go on camera, but sent a statement Monday afternoon, that read,

"We're disappointed that the union which represents many of our production employees has chosen to begin a strike that will only hurt its members. Our employees are an invaluable part of our team and our goal at the bargaining table has been - and remains - to ensure they remain among the highest-paid production workers in this area with a strong package of benefits, secure jobs and fulfilling careers. While the union decides if it shares this goal, we will continue to operate and we're confident our service to our customers will be maintained to Bretting standards."

"It is hard to understand why the union would choose to begin a job action in the face of a contract offer that would provide substantial increases in wages and would preserve benefits and to do so in the midst of the holiday season." 

 Employees tell us there are about 450 to 500 workers at the location..so 50 percent of their work force is on strike.

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