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Police Break Up Curtiss-Wright Picketing In PA

Mon, 08/27/2012 - 2:04pm
The Associated Press

HARMARVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Police have broken up a picket line that briefly kept vehicles and non-striking workers out of a Curtiss-Wright Electro-Mechanical Corp. plant near Pittsburgh.

The Valley News Dispatch in Tarentum (http://bit.ly/Ojure0 ) was reporting Monday that police were called after more than 100 strikers blocked the plant in Harmar Township, about 15 miles northeast of Pittsburgh.

Dan Callendar, vice president for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1914 says the picketers were holding a "peaceful rally" when the police were called about 9 a.m. Union officials say they're unhappy with wage and other concessions in a new proposed contract.

The company isn't commenting on contract terms, but the plant's security manager says Curtiss-Wright plans to keep the plant operating during the strike. The plant makes pumps for nuclear reactors and has about 700 workers.

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