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Union plans rally outside Wendt Corp. amid expected layoffs

Workers negotiating for a first contract at Wendt Corp. in Cheektowaga plan to rally outside the plant on Friday, as the company prepares to make temporary layoffs.

Hourly workers at the plant, which makes equipment for the scrap recycling industry, approved representation by the Ironworkers Shopmen's union last June and have been bargaining a first contract since then.

Wendt said it will lay off eight to 12 workers starting Friday, for an expected six to eight weeks, due to a production lull until new projects ramp up. The union contends the company has dragged out talks and is making layoffs in response to the workers unionizing.

A contract at the plant would cover 34 hourly workers. The 11 a.m. rally is expected to draw a number of union, clergy and elected leaders.

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