PHENIX CITY, Ala. (Aug. 26)—The unionized work force at Continental Carbon Co.'s Phenix City carbon black plant has been working without a contract for the past 11 days after union and company negotiators failed to reach an agreement by the pact's expiration. Talks ended the night of Aug. 15, corresponding with the contract's lapse at midnight. The company had brought in a federal mediator to assist in the talks. No new negotiations have been scheduled, but Continental Carbon said it anticipates bargaining will resume in the near future. United Steelworkers Local 1122 represents 33 workers at the plant. Continental Carbon wants a "mutually beneficial" agreement enabling the company to remain competitive and provide for good jobs in the Phenix City area, the firm said. About 85 workers—represented by the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union—have been locked out at Continental Carbon's Ponca City, Okla., factory since May 2001.
USWA local working without contract at Continental Carbon plant
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