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No Movement Achieved in ACTWU, Healthtex Talks

NEW YORK -- No progress was reported Tuesday in talks between the striking Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union and Healthtex Inc.<BR><BR>On Monday, more than 1,200 members of ACTWU struck Healthtex, a children's apparel manufacturing unit...

NEW YORK — No progress was reported Tuesday in talks between the striking Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union and Healthtex Inc.

On Monday, more than 1,200 members of ACTWU struck Healthtex, a children’s apparel manufacturing unit of VF Corp. The union had been seeking to renew a three-year contract that expired Saturday. Further talks haven’t been set.

The ACTWU said workers at VF’s Danville, Va., Centreville, Ala., and Warrenton, Ga., plants walked out when VF eliminated language from a proposed contract that would require the company to maintain current job levels at its unionized facilities.

On Jan. 31, in response to ACTWU complaints that Healthtex was transferring work out of these facilities, an independent arbitrator ruled Healthtex could not reduce the number of jobs at the unionized plants. The union said that on March 4 Healthtex agreed to abide by that decision but then on Friday reneged on that agreement.

A Healthtex spokesman said the firm had no comment on ACTWU’s charges, but noted that “regardless of the length of time necessary to reach an agreement, the company is confident that it can meet customer demands for product and service.”