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April 3, 2007 9:15 AM, EDT
Strike Continues at Cummins Crosspoint

Negotiations between Teamsters and a distributor for diesel engine maker Cummins Inc. continued Tuesday, two days after workers at a West Virginia facility went on strike, the Associated Press reported.

The 43 workers went on strike over a contract dispute that shut down operations at the South Charleston, W. Va., Cummins Crosspoint plant.

Dave Smitson, president of Indianapolis, Ind.-based Cummins Crosspoint, said Monday that the company is negotiating with workers at the facility, AP reported. Operations are on hold until the strike is resolved, he told AP.

Since the plant was purchased by Cummins Crosspoint in September, the company has refused to honor the collective bargaining agreement in place at the time of the sale, one union official said, AP reported.

Smitson said Cummins has offered a generous package to workers that included $1-per-hour raises, plus a three-year, 3% salary increase, AP reported.