Employees Picket Bonham Business

8-30-04 – 184 employees of one of Fannin County's oldest and largest companies are on strike after breakdown in negotiations over a new contract.

Union workers at General Cable walked picket line Monday, protesting the proposed contract which they say would decrease benefits and eliminate seniority.

Employees say the proposed three-year contract will cut benefits, mandate overtime and eliminate seniority. With a majority of the vote Sunday, workers decided to go on strike. The strike will take effect immediately.

The current contract expires Monday.

Employees say negotiations with the company broke down and Sunday nearly 180 Union members cast their ballots at the Bonham V.A. Hospital.

Members say they notified the company immediately of the strike, but so far, there is no word whether there will be a negotiation meeting.

General Cable develops wire and cable products for communications, energy, and industrial companies.