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UMWA, Int'l Converter reached agreement on Monday

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Employees back to work as of Tuesday after three-week strike

CALDWELL, Ohio -- After three weeks on strike, employees of International Converter in Caldwell are back on the job.

Members of the UMWA Local 4826 on Monday afternoon ratified a contract with International Converter that a union representative says provides for wage increases, seniority provisions, and no increase in health care costs. Neither the union or the company would discuss the specifics of the contract.

UMWA representative Mike Caputo told AVC News on Tuesday that the negotiations would not have been possible without the solidarity of their members and support of the community:

25747 26 secs OQ: "...back on the job."

Jo LeMoine, Vice President of Human Resources for International Converter, also spoke with AVC News on Tuesday. She said that the company is glad to serve the customers at full capacity once more:

25748 15 secs OQ: "...who support all of us."

UMWA members first went on strike on May 14, after voting down a proposal by International Converter. Federal mediators met with negotiators twice in the past three weeks to help reach the agreement.

Z. Daniel Barnett

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