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United Auto Workers Union On Strike In Lebanon

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LEBANON, Tenn. – More than 400 members of the United Auto Workers union in Lebanon went on strike Sunday evening after failing to come to terms with their employer.

Kevin Huddleston, a spokesperson for the UAW, said the strike went into effect at 9:01 p.m. after workers and TRW Automotive could not reach an agreement. 

Officials said with medical premiums rising, workers are protesting for an increase in wages and more time off.

Huddleston said the union took concessions in 2008 when the company was going through difficult times, but now that the company is making more of a profit, union members want the company to share the wealth.

"We've been working seven days a week. If you would look back at the CEO of this company he made $26-million last year, so we're just asking to share the wealth," Huddleston told NewsChannel 5.

Union members said they plan to strike around the clock until they can reach an agreement with TRW.

The TRW Automotive plant in Lebanon manufactures steering systems for commercial trucks. It is effectively shut down until the strike ends.

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