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STRAUSS DISCOUNT AUTO WORKERS TO RALLY FOR FAIR CONTRACT

March 25, 2009

MEGA AUTO RETAILER EXCUTIVES FAIL TO SERIOUSLY OR RESPONSIBLY NEGOTIATE FAIR LABOR CONTRACT FOR DEDICATED WORKERS

Workers from the Strauss Discount Auto stores (members of RWDSU Local 108) will rally against the renowned auto parts and service retail chain’s failure to negotiate a fair, equitable or responsible contract with its union, RWDSU Local 108.  The current contract expired in October 2008, and Strauss Discount Auto’s executives have refused to offer a contract that provides economic relief or fairness for its loyal and dedicated workforce despite the retail chain’s continued success.  Note:  Leading economists believe the impact of the current financial crisis on the auto parts industry is minimal.

Presenting their “final offer” last week, Strauss Discount Auto (owned by Autobacs Strauss Inc.) is offering zero pay increases, costly shifts in health care plans, elimination of pension plans and seniority rights, and no management sacrifices.  In addition, Strauss executives are seeking union-busting measures and planning on paying $600,000 in severence pay to executives.

Workers aren't the only ones disappointed with the actions of Strauss Management. Community Leaders and Elected Officials who have expressed support for the workers include Charles Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, Thomas P. Giblin, Essex County Assemblyman and President, IUOE Local 68, and U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne who released this statement of support.

Members of RWDSU Local 108 are scheduled to vote on a strike authorization on Sunday, March 29, 2009.  Strauss Discount Auto has 88 stores throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  A strike will impact over 500 mechanics and sales staff workers.

  For additional coverage on this story please visit the RWDSU website.

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