(9/21/12) Foundry workers are on strike just across the Wisconsin border in Winona Minnesota – but they refuse to say why.
About 150 members of the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics, and Allied Workers' International Union walked off the job at midnight Wednesday night at the Badger Foundry. The union rejected a company contract offer, and neither side would give any details. Union international representative Jerry Cotton told the Winona Daily News quote, "We will work it out between the company. We have a good relationship with them, but we have bumps in the road, and we will work it out from there." Several of the picketers carry signs which simply read "On Strike, Unfair." Badger Foundry manager Jeff Schaetz said the company's offer quote, "would have allowed our employees to continue to receive excellent pay and benefits." He also said no further talks were scheduled. Six years ago, about 130 Badger Foundry employees in Winona went on strike over health care benefits.