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Lockout continues at Illinois Honeywell plant

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METROPOLIS, Ill. -- A lockout will continue at least for a couple more weeks over a labor dispute at a southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel.

WSIL-TV reports that bargainers for Honeywell and the union that backs about 130 affected workers at the Metropolis plant won't resume talks until Aug. 18.

The lockout was put in place early Saturday. It comes after the company and the United Steel Workers union failed to reach a deal before the latest contract expired Friday.

Honeywell spokesman Peter Dalpe says the plant will continue operating with federally trained salaried workers until a deal is reached.

Union workers at the plant also were locked out of the site in 2010 for more than a year during a contract dispute.

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