Negotiations have begun toward a new contract covering 1,530 union workers at Maytag Corporation's Amana refrigerator plant in Amana, IA, U.S.
The workers at the plant are represented by Local 1526 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Their current contract expires Sept. 25, 2004.
The current contract was a result of a plant strike in September 2001, about 2 months after Maytag bought Amana from Goodman Global Holdings Incorporated. The 3-year contract boosted pay by about 10 percent and included a two-tiered wage structure that allowed the company to start new workers at lower pay. (AP)
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