D-R talks resume

Staff reports

Dresser-Rand Group Inc. and union representatives returned to the bargaining table Monday as the sides attempted to negotiate a contract for 415 union workers who went on strike early last month.

The sides met Monday morning and continued negotiations into the evening hours.

Company officials did not return calls seeking comment Monday evening, and workers at the Electronic, Electrical, Salaried, Machine and Furniture Local 313 union hall would only say the sides were talking.

Before Monday, talks had not been held in more than a week.

The 415 union workers went on strike when their contract expired Aug. 3. Union members claim D-R committed unfair labor practices and has not negotiated in good faith.

Two weeks ago, D-R said it would hire permanent replacement workers.

Health care costs continue to be the major sticking point in the negotiations.

Since striking, union members have received approximately $200 a week from their IUE-CWA benefits. Also, members are eligible for approximately $400 a week in unemployment benefits on top of their IUE-CWA benefits.