Milbank employees ratify contract, return to work

Unionized Milbank Manufacturing employees returned to work at 6 a.m. this morning, according to Dale McCoy, an international representative for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Worker of Local Union 2284.

Their return marked the end to a five-day long lockout that began when the union refused to ratify a new contract before the midnight Feb. 6 deadline. They cited issues in their health insurance premiums and the attendance policy.

On Monday, the union ratified a new contract, McCoy said. Neither McCoy, nor a representative for Lavon Winkler, Milbank chief executive officer, would comment on whether the employees’ complaints had been resolved in the new three-year contract.

More in tomorrow’s News-Times.

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