El Dorado workers locked out after contract talks fail
More than one-hundred workers have been locked out of the Milbank Manufacturing Company building in El Dorado after contract talks failed between the company and the union.
Milbank Manufacturing Company locked its El Dorado facility just after midnight to prohibit access by union employees.
The lockout will continue until an agreement is reached.
Union President Allison Howell has worked at Milbank for 26 years and was surprised by the lockout.
"We're going to come back and try to sit down with the company and try to resolve this issue because all our employees really want to go back to work," explained Howell.
In a company news release, the President and CEO Lavon Winkler stated that the company was very disappointed with the union's failure to ratify a fair contract.
Until an agreement is reached, Milbank's salaried employees will fill the roles and responsibilities of those vacated by the union labor force.
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