May 21, 2024

Union workers on strike outside Thombert in Newton

Contract negotiations take a turn for the polyurethane wheel and tire manufacturer

Thombert Inc. employees and members of the United Auto Workers Local 997 union went on strike Tuesday, Aug. 1 outside the Newton facility.

Employees of Thombert, Inc. and members of the United Auto Workers Local 997 union went on strike this afternoon outside the Newton factory over contract negotiations. Although the workers on strike directed all media questions to the president of the union, they told passersby they were unhappy with their pay.

Thombert is on the world’s largest manufacturers of polyurethane wheels and tires for narrow aisle lift trucks, according to the company’s website. The manufacturer has been in business for more than 60 years and has production facilities in both Newton and Brooklyn.

Newton News will post more updates as this story progresses.

Thombert Inc. employees and members of the United Auto Workers Local 997 union went on strike Tuesday, Aug. 1 outside the Newton facility.
Christopher Braunschweig

Christopher Braunschweig

Christopher Braunschweig has a strong passion for community journalism and covers city council, school board, politics and general news in Newton, Iowa and Jasper County.