Union workers at TRW automotive reject tentative deal, continue to strike

Employees picket outside of the TRW plant in Auburn

Union workers at a Cayuga County automotive plant will continue to strike after voting down a tentative deal.

A TRW spokesman confirms the union rejected the deal that had been reached on Wednesday.

"All we are asking is for a little bit of money, pay us what we're worth and let us come back and do our jobs," said Bonnie Stevens who has worked at the facility for 30 years.

Friday, workers will collect their last paycheck until they reach an agreement with the company.

Calls out to the local union representative for comment have not been returned.

About 150 members of the International Chemical Workers Union Council

went on strike at the TRW plant in Auburn

when their three-year contract expired early Tuesday morning. Many of the workers braved the heavy rain as they stood in front of the plant with signs accusing TRW of corporate greed.

"We're fed up. We're not taking it anymore," said worker Christine Harmon.

Major issues in the contract talks were the company's demands to expand work shift hours and hire temporary workers.

Union president Gregory Large told CNY Central's Jim Kenyon that the company wanted to change shifts. The new shifts would require employees to work either four 10-hour days or three 12-hour days on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

"It's been a long haul. I just want my job and a raise," said worker Dawn Carragher. "Everything is going up and our paychecks are going backwards."

A spokesman from TRW said right now, there are no plans for future contract negotiations.