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Union workers at SUMCO on strike for more than 24 hours

UPDATE 2:08 p.m. – WISH-TV has been told by union leaders that an apparent deal has been struck. The agreement will be voted on by the union on Saturday morning.

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Union workers at SUMCO have been on strike for more than 24 hours outside the Indianapolis company.

It started around 5 p.m. Wednesday and is an effort to get the attention of their employer. The United Steel Workers 1999 union’s contract expired January 31, but have since been working under their old contract terms.

One union worker said that contract was not very good to start with and the workers want to negotiate a new one.

“We’re hoping to show the company that it ain’t all about corporate profit, corporate greed. We’re showing them that it’s about the little guy. We are trying to move people up to the middle class, not take them down anymore than we already are,” said Kenny Hommel, union employee at SUMCO.

He said they will continue to walk the picket line until they get a new contract.

“They are going to have to run slower. They are not going to be able to maintain the lines as well as we can. They will probably have to use more personnel per line than what they normally would,” Hommel added about the impact of the strike.

Union workers are expected to meet with SUMCO officials at 6:30 a.m. Friday.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at info@southbendart.org, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.

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