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updated: 8/4/2014 10:02 AM

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.

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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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