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Timken Union Workers Reject Contract

Workers voted against a contract that would have increased wages and secured a $225 million expansion, citing concerns over pensions and health care.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio workers for industrial components supplier Timken Co. have rejected a tentative agreement that included wage increases and would have secured $225 million plant expansion.

Various media outlets report the United Steelworkers of America Local 1123, representing workers at three plants, voted 917-608 Sunday to reject the agreement.

Local 1123 President Joe Hoagland said the contract offered job security, protected health care and provided decent raises. It would have run to September 2017. The current contract expires next year.

In a statement, a Timken executive says the company will evaluate other investment opportunities around the world.

The Canton-based company manufactures bearings and specialty steel products.

Hoagland says some union workers were unhappy with provisions involving early retirement offers and pensions and health care benefits for new workers.

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