Oscar Caught in Chicago Wages Fight

Oscar Caught in Chicago Wages Fight

December 9 - NBCChicago.com
By Lisa Balde

Hollywoods's most coveted prize is caught up in a wage dispute.

Federal mediators met Wednesday with union workers and Chicago-based R.S. Owens & Company, long-time manufacturers of Oscar statuettes, to discuss a contract that reached a stalemate.

Members of Chicago Teamsters Local 743 say R.S. Owens denied them wage increases from 2007-2011 and proposed wage freezes for the next three years. Cuts to vacation and bereavement benefits prior to the Feb. 26, 2012 Oscars also are on the table, the union said Tuesday.

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