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Proposed contract may avert strike set at Adell Plastics

An expected strike of 85 workers at Adell Plastics in North Linthicum could be averted if employees agree to a proposed contract negotiated Tuesday by the president of the workers' union local and the company president.

Workers at the Annapolis Road plastics recycling plant were to vote today on a new contract in which the company agreed to nearly all the terms employees had sought for more than a year, said John Clemens, president of Local 557 of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

After months of stalled negotiations between the local's previous officials and the company, Mr. Clemens said he and company President Arthur F. Dellheim agreed on a new contract in about an hour over breakfast, without the company's chief negotiator.

Mr. Clemens said he believed the company president had refused to meet with the union previously because he had misconceptions about the Teamsters as a group of "goons and bullies."

He said Mr. Dellheim agreed to joint employee-company committees to work on health and welfare issues and to act as a grievance panel. He also agreed to allow a closed union shop, which would require employees to join the union, and to revise a management rights article that the union felt gave management free rein.

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