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Strike continues

Zoe Greszler • Updated Sep 15, 2017 at 10:10 PM

The Maple City Ice drivers’ strike that started Sept. 1 “after countless hours of negotiations and bargaining” continues, according to local union leaders.

The strike goes on despite Teamsters Local 20 and Maple City Ice owners meeting a couple times during the week, including Friday. 

Another source verified that negotiations will continue today, adding they thought it was “not looking good” for the drivers. They said there were only eight drivers still on strike. If true, this would mean seven drivers have returned to work.  

“Maple City Ice is bargaining in good faith,” owner John Hipp said Friday evening.

“Although this is never something these hard working men wanted to endure, we are all deeply thankful and humbled by the continued support from the community,” the Teamsters said in a press release the same day. 

“Thank you to all of the fellow union brothers and sisters who have stopped out to join the strike in solidarity. Thank you to everyone in the community who has driven by and honked in support and thank you to all of the men and women who have come by to donate meals, beverages, snacks and firewood.” 

Members of Teamsters' Union Local 20 have been set up on the lawn in front of the strip mall at 134 Cleveland Road and the Ohio BMV Driver Exams Services as well as in front of Maple City Ice. The strike reportedly comes as a result of the business backing out of a failing pension system with the Teamsters union.

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