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The debate continues over unionization at Vallourec

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A civil rights attorney says this week's vote at Vallourec is important to workers at the plant and at other companies in the region.

Attorney Staughton Lynd says when companies pay more in wages and benefits it can help bring other wages up.

We talked with him about the vote, plus those for and against organizing workers at the plant.

"I feel if there could be a turnaround at this particular place it would energize the whole trade union movement in the area," said Lynd said.

"It's an extra step of protection. At least you have a bargaining process, you have a grievance process, stuff like that in the union," said Chuck Lepowsky, Vallourec employee.

"It won't allow us to be as competitive as we are now, and we can lose a lot of our orders to other companies that are producing the same product," said Pat Harmon, Vallourec employee.

The unions representing Vallourec workers in France and Europe emphasize the only companies that don't have a union are in the United States.

They tell us workers there get five weeks paid vacation, an additional 11 paid holidays, and guaranteed bonuses based on a transparent formula.

Workers at Vallourec in Youngstown will vote this week.

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