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Thor Industries Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, is negotiating with union members to determine the fate of the Thor America towable plant in Middleburg, Pa., according to The Daily Item.
On Feb. 4, attorneys for Thor sent a warning letter to the approximately 120 union members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers stating the plant could be shut down by April 15. Negotiations were initiated due to an apparent “miscommunication” between Thor and the union.
Doug Dean, president of the machinist union’s Middleburg local, said Thor Industries re-opened the union contract in December. According to the newspaper, Thor issued a set of proposals on Jan. 7, but sent the proposals to a union member’s old e-mail address, which did not have a forwarding service.
Union workers at the Middleburg Chapter will see the new contract proposals for the first time on Thursday (Feb. 17).
Dean said he did not know what the proposals included, but assumed they involved wages and health care. The union’s three-year contract was signed in October of 2003.
Mike Stout, president of Thor America, confirmed Thor Industries sent the proposals, but he could not elaborate on the contents. “I’m just hopeful that they’ll respond to the proposal positively,” Stout said.
He added that the plant is still manufacturing units and taking orders.