Conn Selmer Strike Nears One Year Anniversary

On April 1, 2006, a strike against Elkhart musical instrument manufacturer Conn Selmer began.

And with the April first anniversary date approaching, there's still no end in sight.

Now, some of the workers who have spent the better part of the last year pressuring the company for a settlement…
are turning up the heat on their union.

While some feel the union has tried to negotiate a settlement…they feel it hasn’t done enough to try and force a settlement.

“The bargaining committee goes in to negotiate but if you're not getting a boycott going, if you're not getting news paper coverage about you, protesting at various places, why would they care? You're no threat to them,” said striking worker Ron Czarnecki.

Stacy Curtis has 19-years seniority at Conn Selmer and says, “I've done what I’m supposed to do, all I’m asking is for them to represent me, i just feel they're laying us aside basically.”

A spokesman for the United Auto Workers says the longer these things draw out, “the tougher they get to be.”

Larry Foster adds, “We still keep working at it, the committee still looking at what the options are still trying to put together something company will accept and the membership will accept.”

According to the union, the last negotiating session took place about three weeks ago.

There are no future sessions scheduled at this time.

Some workers have been surviving on $200 a week in strike pay from the U.A.W.

Others have apparently applied for unemployment
With mixed results.

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