A lockout at El Dorado's Milbank Manufacturing plant has ended.
Officials of the company say that an agreement has been reached, but that they can't comment on its terms.
Milbank management says that they are pleased that both parties could come to an agreement and they are happy that employees will be able to return to work tomorrow.
The lockout stemmed from union employees being dissatisfied over the high insurance premiums and changes to the attendance policy causing them to vote no on the contract-resulting in Milbank having a lockout last Thursday.
Original story (February 7):
Dozens of workers have been locked out of the Milbank Manufacturing Company building in El Dorado after contract talks failed between the company and the union.
According to a release from Milbank Manufacturing Company, it locked its El Dorado facility at 12:01 a.m. today to prohibit access by union employees.
The plant is located on Prescolite Drive.
Milbank was not able to reach an agreement with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local No. 2284. The old contract expired at midnight. The lockout will continue until an agreement is reached.
"We are very disappointed with the Union's failure to ratify a fair contract," said Lavon Winkler, President and CEO.
Until an agreement is reached, Milbank's salaried employees will fill the roles and responsibilities of those vacated by the union labor force to minimize any impact to production.
Justin Polin, who works at the Milbank plant in El Dorado sent us a picture of workers outside the plant locked out.