Nov 16, 2020 12:38 AM

Silgan Containers strike ends, abruptly

Posted Nov 16, 2020 12:38 AM

By BRENT MARTIN

St. Joseph Post

It appears the strike against Silgan Containers in St. Joseph has come to an end, abruptly.

More than 130 union workers at Silgan took to the picket line 17 weeks ago, complaining about a number of changes the company made, including changes in work schedules and administration of workers’ retirement plans.

Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 2 rejected a contract offer on July 6th and began the strike on the 18th.

Striking workers say they were undercut by their national union representatives from the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers who negotiated a settlement on the local union’s behalf and they contend without their input.

The strike officially ended Friday afternoon.