By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
More than 375 TRW Automotive hourly employees went on strike late Sunday night seeking better pay and benefits.
A number of those workers have been on the picket line outside the plant located on Baddour Parkway in Lebanon since the strike began.
A UAW (International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) representative who preferred to not be named said that employees simply want their employer to listen to their concerns.
When the economy took a fall, a lot of cuts were made in 2008 to make the company profitable and more competitive and these workers took those cuts, he explained, adding that the companys CEO John C. Plant earned an estimated base salary of $26 million in 2012. They have come back in five years they have made a comeback and made this company profitable and competitive. All these employees want is a fair share.
He added that employees were up in arms over a proposed contract that included new overtime pay rates and health insurance increases.
Local 343 UAW Chairman Mike Hollingsworth was in agreement with his fellow members opinions on the cuts. These workers deserve more, he said.
TRW employee Wayne Cripps was among those on strike and said that retirement plans and insurance benefits weighed heavy on his mind.
It is unfair, he said. We will be out here as long as it takes.
TRW officials, in a statement issued Monday, said they are continuing to negotiate with the union in good faith and are working to reach an agreement to end the strike. Officials said beyond that, they would not discuss the negotiations, noting that was between them and the union representatives.
TRWs website noted that the company, with headquarters in Livonia, Mich., had sales in 2012 of $16.4 billion.