Yokohama union employees host informational picket

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SALEM, Va. (WDBJ7) Union Employees at the Yokohama Tire plant in Salem made a lot of noise Tuesday.

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Dozens of them were across the street from the plant on Indiana Street with signs and a megaphone. This isn't a strike - just an informational picket. The union signed a new four-year contract recently.

But now the union feel's the company isn't holding up their end of the deal.

"The contract went fine we were able to get a contract with no work stoppage or anything like that and the contract went fine it's just from that period to up to here some changes in management, we've had some issues with management changes here," Local 1023 President Steve Jones said. "We've just had a lot of differences in the plant where we don't feel they're honoring the contract."

We reached out to Yokohama for comment but did not hear back. The union said it has had meetings with management, but they've ended in stalemate.

"If they can keep everything inside the plant they can keep it in there. We want to bring it out that they seem to think that there are only a few employees that have issues inside the plant as you can see there's more than just a handful of employees that have issues with what's going on in the plant," Jones said.