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Talks Break Off as Strike Grows at Nevada Test Site

September 17, 1987|From The Associated Press

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Talks aimed at ending a strike at the nation's nuclear testing grounds and a secret Stealth aircraft base broke off Wednesday as more than 2,800 union workers honored picket lines.

Negotiators for the Nevada Test Site's largest contractor and the striking Culinary Union met Wednesday afternoon but talks broke down with no progress reported.

Jim Arnold, secretary-treasurer of Culinary Local 226, said the contractor, Reynolds Electrical and Engineering Co., "presented no new proposals and that's what we came here for."

Company officials countered that Culinary workers at the test site make more than their counterparts at Las Vegas hotels and the company wants that gap narrowed.

Union officials said late Wednesday that the walkout could be a long one, with no new talks scheduled.

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