Indiana Limestone Workers Get Key Demands In Deal

Indiana Limestone Company workers were striking over a new contract they said could take away their seniority rights.

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Strikers in Oolitic, Indiana.

Updated 4:55 p.m.

Limestone workers in Oolitic have struck a deal with the Indiana Limestone Company after nearly two months of striking.

The workers, who have been on strike since November 16, say they plan to go back to work in the coming weeks after accepting a 3-year contact which union spokesman Dan O’Donnell says meets most key demands.

“This contract settlement preserves seniority rights and the just cause standard of discipline and these are key job security and fairness protections that are very important to these limestone workers,” he says.

O’Donnell says picketers did have to give up a few of their lesser demands. For example, the company will now allow fewer unexcused absences before employees are disciplined.

Indiana Limestone’s Senior Vice President of Operations Duffe Elkins would not agree to a phone interview but sent an email saying the company is happy the situation has reached a resolution and they are getting back to work.

You can read more about the strike in Indiana Public Media’s previous reports.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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