CLYATTVILLE -- A vote by Packaging Corporation of America union workers will allow them to strike.

The three unions on site -- electrical, maintenance and paper-- have been negotiating a contract with the manufacturer since August 2003, said Ed Martin, a union worker and representative, earlier this week.

"We were fairly satisfied, but the problem is in the wording," Martin said. "This is not about pay. This is about language in the contract about healthcare, insurance premiums and attendance policies."

In August, workers took a vote on whether to accept the contract. Martin said 99.2 percent rejected it. Another vote Tuesday also rejected the contract by 95.6 percent.

Union workers voted at the Union Hall in Clyattville on whether to strike.

A vote to strike does not mean the workers will go on strike, but gives the workers the right to do so, Martin said.

"This strike is a last resort," Martin said. "We hope to have this resolved without it, and hope we can sit down at the table and come to a decision if the company is willing."

About 270 hourly workers are affected.

PCA officials were not available for comment.

Martin could not be reached for further comment by press time.

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