Connersville Fights To Save Its Largest Employer

(CONNERSVILLE, Ind., June 28, 2005) -- Connersville residents are fighting to keep the city's largest employer, a Visteon auto parts plant with nearly 15-hundred employees.

Visteon is negotiating a new contract with its workers.

he old contract is scheduled to expire on Thursday.

Connersville economic development director Bill Kenya fears that if employees go on strike, the plant will be shut down.

Community leaders are asking workers to accept concessions to keep the plant open.

They have also organized prayer vigils.

The town about 55 miles southeast of Indianapolis has lost 27-hundred manufacturing jobs in recent years.

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