Strike over at Williston valve plant

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A strike at a Williston valve manufacturing facility is over.

Union workers have returned to work at Velan Valve Corporation, thanks to ratification of a contract that increases company contributions to pension plans, which will increase employees’ retirement benefits.

The union — which represents 120 of the facility’s 156 employees — returned to work yesterday.

The company, which makes industrial steel valves, has a dozen manufacturing plants throughout the world, including five in North America. It employs 1,500 people.

Mark Nadeau, president of the union local, says workers stood up to protect their health care benefits and succeeded in doing so.

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