|By Matt Mencarini, Daily Gazette, Sterling, Ill.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Workers went on strike at
The two sides met for 3 hours on Friday and Sunday with a federal mediator, which was called for by
Mongan said he was "disappointed" with the position the company was taking, but was hopeful a deal could be reached Tuesday.
Mongan filed an unfair labor practice charge Thursday, he said, because
If the two sides agreed to a contract, Mongan said, it could be ratified by the union within 24 hours and the unfair labor practices charge would be dropped.
The charge will be reviewed by the
As of this afternoon, Mongan was yet to hear from the regional office, he said, but expected to in the next few days.
In an emailed statement on Friday,
On Friday, workers picketing said
Workers have been picketing outside the
The support from the community has been positive, Mongan said, and residents have honked in support, in addition to dropping off firewood, coffee or food.
The company says it employs 112 union workers.
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