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Striking machinists could consider offer Friday

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — A union official says striking machinists at the Manitowoc Co. could vote on a settlement offer as soon as Friday.

Gary Miller said the company is reviewing the proposed contract which will be forwarded to Local 516 and distributed to about 200 Manitowoc Cranes machinists on strike since Nov. 15.

Union member Leon Gauthier told the Manitowoc Herald Times that he understands the company’s offer still includes the controversial provision that allows workers to opt out of union dues. The Manitowoc Co. has offered a four-year contract with a two percent raise each year. Gauthier said the strike is not about money, it’s about protecting the union for future generations.

According to the union, about a dozen members have crossed the picket line and returned to work.

Information from: Herald Times Reporter,

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