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Striking machinists OK settlement at crane maker (UPDATE)

MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) – Striking machinists at The Manitowoc Co. have approved a settlement offer.

Union members approved the tentative agreement by a vote of 112-59 Thursday.

About 200 members of the International Association of Machinists Local 516 went on strike Nov. 15.

A main disagreement was the company’s proposal to let Manitowoc Cranes machinists decide whether they want to be in the union.

WOMT radio reports the latest proposal gives returning machinists seven days to decide whether to pay union dues and that the company would continue to recognize Local 516 as the machinists’ representative, no matter whether they’re members or not.

According to Manitowoc Cranes, it’s pleased union members followed union leaders’ recommendation and approved the deal.

The union had turned down the company’s latest proposal by a vote of 140-37 last Friday.

Information from: WOMT-AM, http://www.womtradio.com

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