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Employees at Lebanon automotive parts factory back to work after strike

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LEBANON, TN (WSMV) -

Striking workers at TRW Automotive in Lebanon returned to work Wednesday night after union members ratified a new contract.

Workers were set to return to work at 10 p.m. Wednesday and a full day of production was to resume Thursday.

Hundreds of workers at TRW Automotive in Lebanon walked off the job on Aug. 26 and hit the picket line after they said the company proposed unreasonable cuts to their health care and pension plans.

"We'll be out here until the company comes back to the table," said Kevin Huddleston, one of the workers. "We want to bargain fairly. We're not asking for the moon. We're just asking for our fair share."

Employees took concessions in 2008 when the economy was struggling to help the company.

"We took about $15 million in concessions," said Huddleston. "The company said they needed it to be competitive and to help 'em out. Since then the company's made money, and all we're asking for is our fair share."

The company is now asking for its employees to take another round of concessions, so the employees decided to strike.

"I started (with) this company 20 years ago, and the wage that I started at 20 years ago - people are making less money now than I made when I started 20 years ago," said Huddleston. "We would actually like for them to let us have some time off to enjoy our families. We work seven days a week, 12 hours a day a lot of times. We're just asking for our fair share."

Channel 4 News reached out to TRW Automotive for comment. While a spokesperson said they don't discuss contract negotiations, the company did issue a statement: "We continue to negotiate with the union in good faith and are seeking to reach an agreement in hopes of ending the strike."

According to the company's website, TRW has the broadest portfolio of active and passive safety technologies of any supplier. The company produces advanced active systems in braking; steering and suspension; and sophisticated occupant safety systems, including airbags, seat belts and steering wheels. TRW has over 65,000 employees working in more than 185 locations in every vehicle-producing region worldwide.

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