Deneen Stout

February 22, 2009

Editor's note: In response to President Barack Obama's visit to Elkhart, Ind., union organizer Deneen Stout wrote the following letter regarding UAW 364's three-year-old Conn Selmer strike in the North-Central Indiana community.


On April 1, 2006, a company called Conn Selmer, which was owned by the Steinway musical company, wanted takeaways. Our union, working with the big three headed up by UAW President Ron Gettlefinger, supported a strike when we could not agree to contract.

Healthcare, a decrease in wages, language in the contract that gave up major concessions was unacceptable, and the company would have total control.

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