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05.29.07

Pantex Guards Strike Is Over

"I feel the only reason we got a fair contract this time not because they care about us but because they need us," says Vivian Harvon "I feel the only reason we got a fair contract this time not because they care about us but because they need us," says Vivian Harvon
"I don't think anyone will ever say they'll get everything they want during contract negotiations, but we felt we got enough that we could live with it," says Frank White, the PGU President "I don't think anyone will ever say they'll get everything they want during contract negotiations, but we felt we got enough that we could live with it," says Frank White, the PGU President

Mixed emotions... That's what some Pantex guards are feeling tonight after the union voted to accept a contract from the company and end their six week strike.

NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports on what that contract entails, and why some guards are on the fence about the strike being over.

Most guards agree the contract that passed today was fair. They say it just took longer than it should of, to get to them.

"We finally managed to get Pantex to meet us in the middle on our medical coverage and benefits versus the hard line they'd originally drawn we were able to get them to meet in the middle, the membership was appreciative of that," says Frank White, the PGU President.

Appreciative... But not happy. Vivian Harvon, who has been a guard at the plant for 20 years says Pantex offered the contract because they had no other choice.

"I feel the only reason we got a fair contract this time not because they care about us but because they need us," says Harvon.

Harvon says if the union was presented this contract 6 weeks ago, they never would've gone on strike. We're told it offers the medical benefits and seniority rights guards hit the picket line for to begin with.

"I don't think anyone will ever say they'll get everything they want during contract negotiations, but we felt we got enough that we could live with it," says White.

And now guards like Harvon are looking forward to getting back to the daily grind.

"The plant population out there you couldn't ask for a better place to work, I love my job I've been out there for 20 years it's the best job I've ever had," Harvon says.

White is hoping all the guards will be back to work by Monday. Some of them should even be at the plant before the end of the week.

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