Marquette machinists on strike - KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Marquette machinists on strike

Posted: Updated:

Several dozen union workers are on strike at a Marquette manufacturing plant.

The workers say one of their main benefits is being changed by their company.

46 members of the International Association of Machinists Local 2908 walked off the job at the Gencor-Bituma plant in Marquette and onto the picket line at 5 a.m. Monday.

These workers say the company is changing their retirement plan from a pension to a 401k.

They also say wage issues also led them to strike.

The company is a construction equipment manufacturer for asphalt plants.

The union makes up about 40% of the workforce at the plant.

The union covers machinists, welders, cutters, and bonders at the plant.

Company officials say non-union workers are still able to work.

The company is based in Orlando, Florida but has been located along Highway 18 in Marquette for the last 40 years.

No negotiations are scheduled at this point, though officials on both sides say they'd like to come to an agreement soon.

This is the first time workers have ever gone on strike at that plant - which is one of the largest employers in Marquette.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2001 - 2014 WorldNow and KTTC, a Quincy station.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Jodi Neyens at (507) 280-5104. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at