Simpson Stockton strike ceases

Simpson Strong-Tie announced an end Oct. 17 to the work stoppage at its Stockton, Calif., plant.

The company said that it has reached an agreement with its union workers over the contract negotiations that triggered the work stoppage last week. They expect to operate all scheduled shifts Thursday.

On Oct. 3, the company had announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that it was negotiating a labor contract renewal at the Pleasanton plant and that the company anticipated the possibility of a brief work stoppage during the process of the negotiations.

At 5 a.m. on Oct. 10, the 270 members of the Sheet Metal Workers Union local 162 walked off the job, after voting 220-2 to authorize a strike. The members were looking to negotiate a contract that takes higher health care rates and cost of living increases into effect.

The company said it did not experience any significant interruptions in service to its customers.

Simpson Strong-Tie, which is headquartered in Pleasanton, Calif., is a major manufacturer of fasteners and venting systems.