Truseal Employees Reject Company's Contract

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Over two hundred Eastern Kentucky workers say enough is enough and now they've overwhelmingly rejected their company's new contract.

The disagreement is at Truseal Technologies in Barbourville.

This disagreement is primarily over health benefits. Truseal employees say the cost of health insurance doubles, even triples for some in the new contract.

After hours of negotiations this week, workers voted late Friday afternoon to reject that contract. Truseal employees are still willing to work, but say they just could not accept rising insurance costs.

"Probably if we had more of a pay increase, that would help with our insurance costs. That's everybody's big concern, our insurance," said Truseal Employee Lisa Golden.

"I'm proud that the people stuck together behind the negotiating committee that we stuck together and maybe our voices will be heard," said Union Representative Gary Bowlin.

And apparently they're voices are being heard. Truseal will allow its employees to continue to work for now under their current contract.

A Truseal company spokesman said they feel like they offered a fair contract to employees but since workers rejected it, they would like to go back to the table Saturday morning and negotiate more and see if they come to an agreement with the more than 200 Truseal workers.

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