Ted Lockman (left) and other members of the
USW Local 138 at Anchor Glass Container's
Greendale plant picket along State Road 1
Thursday, September 2.
Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Greendale, Ind.) – The strike for United Steel Workers Union employees at Anchor Glass facilities ended Tuesday.
About 150 workers at Anchor Glass Container Corporation’s nine facilities nationwide, including Greendale, had gone on strike when their collective bargaining agreement with the company expired August 31.
The union leadership and Anchor Glass executives agreed to a new two-year contract Tuesday evening.
Eight members with USW Local 138 at the Greendale factory spent each day picketing at the plant’s entrance along State Road 1. The members appeared there with their signs through twenty-one days whether it was rainy, sunshine, or scorching hot.
Healthcare benefits to employees - the focus of the strike – will remain the same as the last collective bargaining agreement for current employees. New hires, however, would see fewer health benefits.
“Employees will continue to share in a small portion of the cost of their health insurance with no increase in deductibles, out-of-pocket maximums or co-pays and limited increases in weekly contributions throughout the contract’s duration,” a USW press release said.
The agreement is retroactive to September 1. Employees covered will receive 50 cents an hour raises in each year.