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Badger Foundry workers on strike

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WINONA, Minn. (AP/KTTC) -- About 150 workers at a Winona foundry are on strike and are picketing their employer.

But, the union leaders at Badger Foundry won't say why. Earlier this week they voted to reject management's proposal for a new contract. The company says its offer would have allowed employees "to continue to receive excellent pay and benefits."

Allied Worker's International Union local is picketing at the plant. Some hold signs that say "On Strike UnFair."

The last time Badger Foundry workers struck the company was in September 2006.

Plant Manager Jeff Schaetz issued the written statement on behalf of the company. "On September 19, 2012, the Union representing employees of Badger Foundry Company rejected the Company's offer for a new contract and commenced a strike against the Company on September 20, 2012," he wrote. "The Company feels strongly that its offer would have allowed our employees to continue to receive excellent pay and benefits.  No further negotiations are scheduled."

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