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Dean Dairy workers reject contract offer for third time

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SHARPSVILLE, Pa - Unionized employees at Dean Dairy continue working after rejecting a contract proposal from the company for a third time.

Doug Robbins of Teamsters local 261 tells 21 News that a majority of the 229 member union voted overwhelmingly this week to turn  down the latest offer from the dairy.

Robbins says that although drivers and mechanics voted to ratify pact, workers in the plant, which make up the majority of the local, rejected the contract offer.

According to Robbins, opponents object to what he describes as a proposal to implement forced overtime. He says workers are concerned that the policy would be abused, and could be used to force double shifts and result in layoffs.

The union is not threatening to strike and is seeking further negotiations.

Plant General Manager Jed Davis says he does not expect a strike, and believes that differences will eventually be settled.
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