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Workers for NPL Construction Co. end strike

Workers for NPL Construction Co. in Medford ended a nearly two-month-long strike Tuesday citing unsafe work practices in the community during their absence, according to press release from the Utilities Workers Union of America.

Around 100 UWUA Local 609 members returned to work, according to the release.

“Although the strike is over at this time, our fight continues,” UWUA National President James Slevin said in the release. He said union workers, who have been on strike for seven weeks, recently witnessed field work that concerned them.

In a written statement, NPL said it was pleased union members had decided to end the strike and were happy to welcome them back to work.

“We’ll continue working to put a new contract in place and remain hopeful to soon reach an agreement that all can support,” NPL said in the statement.

NPL union members had been working without a contract since February, after negotiations between the union and company broke down.

Union members launched the strike in July in response to what workers said was the company’s poor track record of safety, unfair labor practices and unwillingness to pay a livable wage and provide basic benefits, according to a July UWUA press release.

Mail Tribune / Jamie Lusch Workers at NPL Construction Co. protest outside the company's headquarters off of Crater Lake Hwy on Monday.