SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Forty-three employees of engine part manufacturer Cummins Crosspoint in South Charleston are on strike.
The Teamsters Local 1-75 members set up picket lines at 6 o'clock Sunday morning.
Luke Farley is a business and attorney for the local. He says since the operation was purchased by Cummins Crosspoint in September, the company has refused to honor the collective bargaining agreement in place at the time of the sale.
He says Cummins Crosspoint has tripled the amount employees must pay for health benefits, failed to recognize the seniority rights of long-time employees and refused to pay for tool repairs.
Farley says the union workers -- which include all employees of the factory except for supervisors -- are prepared to continue their strike as long it takes.
Negotiations are scheduled for tomorrow.
Cummins Crosspoint employees work on and provide parts for engines, generators and other equipment.
The company is a subsidiary of Indiana-based Cummins Incorporated.
Messages left at the South Charleston plant and Cummins Incorporated's corporate office were not immediately returned.