Tsubaki strike keeps police busy

Associated Press Modified: March 10, 2011 at 8:25 am •  Published: March 10, 2011
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The U.S. Tsubaki strike is getting ugly.

In the past week, strikers have engaged in several activities that resulted in police reports, according to copies of the reports.

All the incidents allegedly involve strikers harassing the replacement U.S. Tsubaki employees.

U.S. Tsubaki began hiring new, permanent workers to fill the void left by about 100 striking workers. The strike began Jan. 31.

Jason Miller, who started three weeks ago, became accustomed to hearing shouts of "Scab!" everyday when passing by union members picketing in front of the plant.

"I've been laid off for two years and those people have a good job," Miller said. "If I don't take your job, you don't think someone else will take it behind me?"

But Miller won't tolerate harassment. When he left work Monday, two strikers allegedly began following him in a car.

As Miller drove away, attempting to avoid a dangerous situation, a striker followed him while shouting from a car. The situation culminated at a Tiffin Avenue gas station, where Miller questioned why the striker was antagonizing him.

"You guys have every right to yell on the line when we come into work," Miller said. "But you are not going to disrespect and follow me through town."

Miller reported the incident to police Tuesday, though no criminal charges have been filed.

Read the full story in Thursday's Register.