- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 26, 2017

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) - A battery plant in Arkansas has locked out its employees following a deadlock in union contract negotiations with employee representatives of IBEW Local 7000.

The Southwest Times Record (https://bit.ly/2qft4oF ) reports the “lock out” of Exide Technologies Tuesday came after the union rejected working under the conditions of the company’s final offer. The union’s contract expired on Monday.

In a news release, the union said that Exide’s final offer “will have a substantial negative impact on Exide employees’ and families’ livelihood.”

The company, which has more than 200 employees, has been in negotiations with the union since March 27.

Exide Technologies spokesperson Christina Scavone said in a statement that the company declines to comment until negotiations are complete.

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Information from: Southwest Times Record, https://www.swtimes.com/

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