Continental Carbon, union end 3½-year lockout

PONCA CITY, Oklahoma –A new contract for workers at Continental Carbon Co.’s Ponca City carbon black plant has ended a 3½-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…

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