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Armstrong Plant Workers Warn of Strike
Manufacturing workers at the Beverly, W. Va., plant of Armstrong World Industries' (Lancaster, Pa.) are threatening to stop working if management does not meet their demands for a revised labor agreement. In February, the Armstrong workers rejected a contract proposal that would that would have cut benefits and increased their health care contributions.

The workers rallied today to "warn investors of labor problems that could hurt the flooring giant's 2011 recovery efforts," according to a press release. Recently, counsel for the workers' union, Teamsters Local Union 175 in South Charleston, W. Va., sent a letter to Armstrong's investors detailing how the work stoppage in Beverly could spread to six other plants in 2011 that have expiring labor agreements, potentially affecting 1,500 workers. The stoppages could lead to "widespread service disruptions," according to the release.

"The last thing we want is a strike, but Armstrong's new management, under the direction of private equity, just continues to back our members into a corner," said Ken Hall, Teamsters International vice president and president of Teamsters Local Union 175.

On April 29, Armstrong will idle its Statesville, N.C. engineered wood flooring plant.
I think it is little difficult to give more when then are upside down... Those people should think they are lucky to have jobs.....

Tell Ken Hall to keep his workers home and go find some new workers..non union.... There are plenty of people in Oregon that would take that job and love it.....
Why should union people always get more... when do they give more than they cost????
Comment By scott At 3/21/2011 1:18 PM
I will never understand the union mentality. They can either participate in the recovery, or participate in the recession. Why choose the latter? Who would benefit?
Comment By Daddy Powers At 3/21/2011 1:29 PM
I'd put an add in the paper for help.

I'm sure there would be many willing to cross a picket line to get a paycheck.

I say don't renew the contracts.
Close all plants for a month and restructure the labor
Comment By Floorguy At 3/21/2011 1:45 PM
The union's and it's workers are being attacked to promote a political ideology. Private and public union workers have been taking pay and benefit cuts for years and are not the cause of the economic problems affecting our country and many other countries throughout the world. The problems involve insane trade policies and tax cuts/shifts to the working class over the last 2-3 decades. Corporate interests now pay less in taxes than any time since the early 1950's and wealth has been shifting to the a small percentage of our population. The question shouldn't be why do union workers have better pay and benefits than non-union workers, but why do we continue with the race to the bottom mentality that the corporate media has been feeding us since the 1980's? If all of the working people continue to cut their pay, who will be left to buy the products they are making!
Comment By Dave Rosen At 3/21/2011 2:24 PM
We have created our own monster it is the mentality of the sense of entitlement we want therefore we are entitled to it. Where does it stop.
Comment By mike g At 3/21/2011 2:32 PM
It would be interesting to know if Armstrong is asking it's top management for the same consessions they are asking from their workers. I'm with Dave Rosen on this one. Why would anybody in their right mind want to bid the work out to the cheapest workforce. After a while none of us would have a job: union or non-union. Enough of this race to the bottom mentality. (Thank you Dave Rosen) Let's not attack our working brothers and sisters. If anything let's support them. We working Americans should all be paid a decent living wage.
Comment By Melvin McBride At 3/21/2011 3:44 PM
Interesting to read the comments, ask the people who have been shafted, and out of work. Unions have to realize, the days of giving in is over. Just look at the auto industry, how many union unemployed workers are making big salaries?
Why do you think companies are going off shore? Cost of manufacturing is high in America. Housing sales are down, no new construction etc. You are in the flooring business...
Comment By Steve At 3/21/2011 4:10 PM
The program of Obama increasing jobs will be sure failed as the defective social system. No more plants can survive in the states as the higher and higher cost of employees, lawyers, insurance.
Comment By Victor At 3/21/2011 5:19 PM
Thanks for another nail in the coffin of the recovery. Just like a comedian, timing is everything. This is NOT the time to asking for more concessions. My staff has cut back, I have cut back, and now this union needs more. And just like with the comedian, if they are not funny, we will not buy from them again!
Comment By Jerry At 3/21/2011 6:19 PM
this is really bad timing , the unions should cut costs as well ,say the president or delegate making big $$ but not needing to work as all ,why is that? free dinners parties etc... and Armstrong play ball do whats fair reduce mgmnt and overhead, definitely restructure workforce ,lay off bad apples but keep going we all need this . I have been on both sides ,and yeah lets cut the race to zero
Comment By maurice At 3/21/2011 11:19 PM
Why did the article have to make it sound like the Armstrong workers were the culprit? It could have said, 'Armstrong is demanding its work force to make more health care contributions and also cut their benefits. So far the workers have rejected this insane proposal.' I expect Armstrong will move its operations to another country where wages are about one tenth of non-union wages here.
Comment By Melvin McBride At 3/22/2011 6:52 PM
I pay more for my healthcare contribution every year to, that's fair.
Comment By Marlin Yoder At 3/29/2011 8:05 PM
When will the people wake up and realize unions are the reason why they aren't forced to work 14 hr work days for minimum wage in deplorable conditions.... anti-union people are those that are too cheap to pay union dues and fight for a union and then cry and complain when others get better pay and benefits than they are. Ceo's and management need to get realistic about what THEIR pay should be. America is going to hell because of this corporate greed and the mentality of the anti-union idiots. Read your history ... is that where you want to be again??
Comment By Bett At 7/25/2011 10:17 PM
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