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Steelworkers picket, cite stickers, drug tests


LORAIN — Members of Local 1104 United Steelworkers of America at Lorain Tubular plan to hold what they call an informational picket Thursday, saying the company is not abiding by some portions of the union’s contract.
The workers will gather at the intersection of Grove Avenue and East 28th Street in Lorain between 1 and 4 p.m. Thursday to let people know workers are being treated unfairly, said Joe Mendez, grievance officer with the union.
According to Mendez, the company has refused to negotiate on several issues, including absenteeism and drug testing policies.
He also said the company was forcing workers to break state law by making them place nontransparent, reflective stickers on the windshields of workers’ vehicles.
“They’re forcing workers to do some things that are beyond the law, or break the law,” Mendez said Monday.
John Armstrong, spokesman for Lorain Tubular, said the union’s complaint concerning the window stickers involves a security issue. Other complaints are personnel issues, he said.
“We simply don’t discuss personnel issues in the media, and that’s especially true when it comes to issues that relate to security,” Armstrong said.
Lorain Law Director Mark Provenza said state law prohibits reflective materials on a front, side or rear window of a vehicle.

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