“I’d like to tell you it (the strike) would end today, but that all depends on the company and what position they take,” Weeks added. “We’re willing to go back to negotiations and go back and see if we can get a resolution to this.”
Jennifer Asbrock — a Louisville, Ky. attorney who has represented the company in matters before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — said Mikesell’s has asked the union “many times” to return to bargaining.
“The company has bargained in good faith the entire time,” she said.
Tension between potato chip producer and its union goes back nearly a decade.
In March 2018, the NLRB backed a federal judge’s order that Mikesell’s pay nearly $240,000 in backpay to union drivers and warehouse workers.
That ruling adopted an earlier recommended order of an administrative law judge. The order totaled $239,888.61, plus interest and backpay, to route sales drivers, over-the-road drivers and warehouse employees, named in a two-and-one-half page list.
Asbrock said Tuesday that all backpay has been paid.
Picketers were outside Mikesell’s Tuesday morning after walking off the job Monday.
There were about 12 picketers on Stanley Avenue outside the facility at around 8:30 a.m.
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Alan Weeks, a representative of Teamsters Local Union 957, previously told the Dayton Daily News that one warehouse employee and multiple route sales drivers and over the road truck drivers are on strike.
We will update this story as more information is available.