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Strike Ends at Potomac Farms

November 21st, 2012 by WCBC Radio





Although those were the sentiments of many of the Potomac Farms Dairy workers when they went out on strike two months ago- indications are even though the union was signed a new contract, nothing was gained. The often times bitter nine-week strike ended Saturday when members of Teamsters Local 453 ratified a new contract with the company. The Galliker Dairy Co. of Johnstown, Pa., owns the Potomac Farms Dairy operation.  A previous contract expired at the end of February 2011, but both sides verbally agreed to continue negotiations. Union officials maintain that inn June, the company “imposed” its final offer.  Issues include company contributions to an employee pension plan, wage retroactivity and holiday pay. Getting information has been difficult with neither the union representative or the company returning numerous calls from WCBC News.  One union member did talk with WCBC under the condition that he not be identified. He said that anywhere from 10 to 15 union members crossed the picket line prior to the weekend agreement. The decision to go back on the job was done so on a union vote of 19-10. He said that the contract agreed to was essentially the same “final offer” deal that the company had placed on the table back in June.

One Response to “Strike Ends at Potomac Farms”

  1. November 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm, wil said:

    I truely hope you spoke to someone other than the scabs wife which is not part of the union. Want facts talk to the union rep. Larry W. Don’t speak to people who aren’t even in on the vote. I know me and other dairy workers famlies are very disapointed in the coverage of the strike.

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