PONCA CITY, Oklahoma –A new contract for workers at Continental Carbon Co.’s Ponca City carbon black plant has ended a 3Â½-year lockout.
Members of Local 5-857 of the Paper, Allied-Industrial, Chemical and Energy Workers International Union ratified a new five-year contract Dec. 2 by a 3-1 margin. The lockout of 86 workers began May 8, 2001, after the previous three-year pact between the company and union expired.
It was the longest labor lockout in the history of Oklahoma, PACE said.
The labor dispute began over economic issues, but…