Ryan meets with Phillips officials over 4-month strike


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-17th of Niles, met with George Kubat, president and CEO of Phillips Manufacturing of Niles, Kubat’s management team, the United Steelworkers International Union and local union representatives Thursday in an effort to end the 4-month strike at Phillips Manufacturing.

“I want to thank Mr. Kubat and his team for making the trip from Omaha to help work towards resolving this labor dispute,” Ryan said in a written statement. “We had a constructive exchange of ideas with both sides offering creative solutions to the pending issues. While there is not yet an agreement, both sides demonstrated good faith and agreed to meet again in the very near future.”

The 44 members of United Steelworkers Local 4564 went on strike at the Walnut Street plant Sept. 13 after an impasse in contract negotiations.

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