- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

ARTESIA, N.M. (AP) - After three months of picketing, service workers at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia have voted to end their strike.

Gary Roeckel, an organizer for Operating Engineers Local 953, tells the Roswell Daily Record (https://bit.ly/1OFugeg ) that little was gained from the lengthy work stoppage. Striking employees have reduced union job protections as a result of a collective bargaining agreement approved Thursday. There are also reduced health insurance benefits.

About 50 service workers went on strike June 25 after their union was unable to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the Omni Corp., a new maintenance contractor at the facility.

Striking workers have been told they may not be able to return to their jobs, as the company hired workers during the strike.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, https://www.roswell-record.com


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