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Friday, March 16th, marks the 10th day workers from Porcelain Specrail have been on strike. Last week, roughly 40 people rallied around the 60 IUPAT workers who are demanding better wages, affordable health insurance, and a 401k retirement plan. The owners of Porcelen Specrail, whom reside in Cleveland, Ohio, are starting to feel the pressure from community support of the workers.

On Friday, 3/16/18, we hope to build a bigger presence with a rally featuring elected leaders and community activists. Let us send a united message to the company that we will not stand by as CT workers are treated unfairly.

If you cannot make the rally, your local can donate by sending a check to ULA (56 Town Line Road, Rocky Hill, CT 06067) with the memo "IUPAT strike."

We hope to see you there. Please share widely with your networks!

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The approximately 60 workers went out on strike last week for fair wages, affordable healthcare, and basic retirement benefits.

The workers, represented by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 11, voted to go on strike earlier this month. Their last contract expired in January and the contract extension expired on March 1, 2018.

Currently, the workers at Porcelen Specrail earn about $14.30 an hour on average. However, many of the workers at the low-end of the pay scale make just above minimum wage at $10.40 an hour. The company rejected the workers’ proposal for a 60 cent a year raise. The company also refuses to provide a modest 401(k) so the workers can begin making meager contributions to their retirement.

Their healthcare deductible is an astounding $3,000 for an individual and $10,000 for a family. With annual wages ranging from the low end of about $21,600 a year to the average of $29,700 a year, it makes it impossible for the workers to have affordable health coverage. Additionally, the company wants to increase their workers’ health care premiums to a high of approximately $600 a month for a family plan – that translates to a whopping 33% of the lowest paid workers’ wages just for health care premiums (and 24% of the average workers’ wages).

The IUPAT members at Porcelen Specrail are welders, aluminum fabricators, forklift drivers, and hold many other skilled jobs. They construct fences for many fence manufacturers and powder coat steel so that it may be turned into pots and pans.

To remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces.

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