Moncure Plywood workers who have been striking for several months have been replaced, but continue their protest outside the plant in Chatham County, North Carolina
Melvin Montford, business adviser to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local 369, said the main issue was Moncure’s proposal to require employees to work 60 hours a week, up from 50, forcing some to work six or seven days in a row.
With North Carolina’s unemployment rate at 7%, there is no shortage of people willing to take the striking workers’ jobs.
But Jeff Matuszak, the plant’s sales and marketing manager, said the company was committed to reaching an agreement with the union based on its final offer and that talks between the two sides were ongoing.