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Goodman Manufacturing Employees Prepare To Strike

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By Jason Lamb

FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. -- More than 700 union workers at the Goodman Manufacturing air conditioning and heating plant are prepared to go on strike.

They say their bosses aren't paying them fairly, and increases in health insurance have wiped out their ten cent raises this year.

Members of the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union voted on Saturday night to strike beginning Sunday.

"They shifted too much of the burden, cost of medical care on the employees," said Jerry Benson, the union's business organizer.  "They have not had a real wage increase in eight years."

NewsChannel 5 asked executives at the Goodman plant for their reaction to the impending strike, and they told us to expect a statement sometime before midnight.

No one from Goodman's headquarters in Houston, Texas replied to NewsChannel5's messages Saturday night.

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