15-Week Strike Ends At Pennsylvania Plant

Employees walked off the job at garment manufacturer Tama plant after they learned they would have to start paying for health insurance.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A 15-week-long strike at a Lehigh Valley garment manufacturer is over.
 
A union leader calls the agreement with Tama Manufacturing a ''major victory.'' A lawyer for the company says ''both sides got a little something that they needed.''
 
A major issue was health benefits. Employees previously didn't pay anything toward health insurance. Union leader Gail Meyer says workers now will pay $12 a week, less than a third of what the company sought. In exchange, workers are foregoing a pay raise in the first year. They'll get 2 percent raises in the second and third years.
 
Workers walked off the job June 15 and were to report back to work Tuesday.
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