Just Born, maker of candy Peeps, sues union over strike

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 29, 2016 11:31 AM



Boxes of Marshmallow Peeps are lined up at the Just Born factory in Bethlehem. (AP Photo/Rick Smith)

(Bethlehem) -- The Bethlehem company that makes marshmallow Peeps as well as Mike and Ike candies has filed a federal lawsuit claiming a workers' strike is illegal. 

Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 6 workers walked off the job September 7. 

The lawsuit filed by Just Born Quality Confections says that violates a no-strike provision of a contract that expired June 18.

The company says the no-strike clause was still in effect until Sept. 18 under a contract extension. 

Ron Baker, the union's strategic campaign coordinator, says the lawsuit is frivolous and that the no-strike agreement expired with the contract. 

The company says the strike was timed to hurt production of Peeps, which are made in the fall for the following Easter.

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