August 1, 2006 – After two months on strike, IAM negotiators and representatives of PPG Industries are returning to the bargaining table at the request of the federal mediator. Nearly 900 members of Local 470 have been on strike at the chemical company’s Lake Charles facility since May 26.
“Our negotiators have been ready and willing to negotiate since we hit the bricks,” Southern Territory GVP Bob Martinez told the members at a rally Saturday in Lake Charles. “This strike is affecting not only the workers, but the entire community.”
Also present at Saturday’s rally was 11-year-old Genie Burton, daughter of Dan Burton, a member of the Local 470 negotiating committee. She wrote a letter to the editor that was read on the air on KPLC-TV in Lake Charles. GVP Martinez thanked the Burton family, saying, “Make no mistake, the next generation has a stake in this fight too. Let’s do what we can to provide a future for the workers here today and for the next generation.”