Why is Eugene textile strike still happening?
Eugene textile workers and their supporters continue to fight for better conditions at Eugene textile mills despite the strike at the Eugene Industrial Complex, a textile plant that employs nearly 1,000 workers.
The Eugene textile mill strikes have been ongoing for months, and the Eugene Labor Department says it expects more workers to strike at that plant this week.
The plant has been shut down for six weeks after union members and Eugene city officials accused Eugene plant managers of using unsafe conditions to cut corners and reduce pay.
The strike, which began on Dec. 4, was the latest labor disruption at a Eugene textile factory.
Eugene also recently shut down a textile mill after striking workers and city officials.
The state Department of Labor and Industries says it has been issuing new guidance and has updated its rules for textile manufacturing workers, including requiring the use of safe, quality, and humane methods to handle the construction and installation of textile manufacturing equipment.
The Department also said the use and distribution of hazardous materials, including asbestos, is a violation of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act and can lead to a violation for the employer.
The state also says employers can be sued if their practices violate the federal law.
Workers at Eugene’s mill have been trying to reach an agreement on wages, working conditions and a contract with the Eugene mill.
Eugene textile officials say they will not negotiate.