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Employees Strike at Conn-Selmer's Ohio Facility

On July 26, employees with Local 2359 of the United Auto Workers (UAW) went on strike at Conn-Selmer's Eastlake, Ohio, manufacturing facility.

The company's labor contract with the union expired on Feb. 15, and hourly employees have been working without a contract ever since.

The UAW represents approximately 230 employees at Conn-Selmer's Eastlake brass instrument facility. This equates to 28 percent of the band segment workforce.

According to a statement from Conn-Selmer, the company anticipates it will be able to meet most customer needs for several months with its existing finished goods inventory, production from its Indiana brass instrument facility and foreign sources.

"The company has been negotiating in good faith with representatives of the UAW for the past six months," said John Stoner, president of Conn-Selmer. "In light of the economic environment, we believe we put a fair offer on the table. While we have reached agreement in many areas, we are still divided on some issues. We hope to resolve the situation as quickly as possible."