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Bell Helicopter, union resume talks amid strike

Bell Helicopter, union resume talks amid strike

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Bell Helicopter and union representatives resumed negotiations today.

It's the second time talks have resumed since nearly 2,500 manufacturing workers went on strike nearly a month ago.

Members of the United Auto Workers Local 218 voted to strike June 14 after they rejected a 3-year contract proposal. They refused the plan because of proposed increases in medical costs and plans to outsource janitors' work.

Both sides met last week without reaching a resolution. Now, Bell Helicopter Textron has brought in about 1,000 temporary workers at plants in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where helicopter parts are made.

The helicopters are assembled at nonunion plants in Amarillo and Canada.

Meanwhile, striking workers have been marching with signs outside the nine plants as temperatures have reached 100 degrees or higher for nine days since mid-June.

Local 218 Vice president Paul Martinez says some drivers have thrown Bibles and cursed at picketers,but no one's been injured.

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