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[FEB. 19, 2005]  Text of a letter sent by Lincoln Mayor Elizabeth Davis to Gov. Rod Blagojevich:

February 18, 2005

Governor Rod Blagojevich
IL State Capitol, Room 207
Springfield, IL 62706

Dear Governor Blagojevich:

I am writing you on behalf of the Myers Industries, Inc. (MII) strike currently going on in Lincoln, IL. There are approximately 115 employees and their families affected by this strike, as well as, the peripheral business community. This strike has being going on for over three months and management of MII is not responding to anyone's telephone calls, correspondence, media attempts, etc.

I understand my hands, as well as our City Council's, are tied in taking sides on this very important matter because it is a private negotiations issue between an employer and the employees involved. I have called the CEO Mr. Elvin Schmidt at 217/735-1241(O) and 217/732-7351(H) and he has not returned any of my numerous telephone calls. I have, though, met at least four times with Chief Union Steward Troy Poole of the Local #644 Carpenters' Union who has expressed the union employees' grave duress with this impasse. You may reach Mr. Poole at 217/735-2697(H) and 217/314-0418(Mobile).

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As you know, the City of Lincoln has lost approximately 200 jobs in 2002 when Lincoln Developmental Center (now known as Lincoln Estates) was closed and with this additional loss of striking jobs due to lost work/product orders, the city and surrounding communities will suffer and are suffering as I write this letter.

Is there anything you, as the Governor of this great state, can do to intervene and offer a more expedited resolution to this unfortunate issue? Please respond as soon as possible. I may be reached at 217/735-1612(O), 217/732-2144(O-TDD), 217/737-5272(Mobile), and 217/735-1287(FAX).

Thank you for your time and interest in assisting the City of Lincoln, County of Logan's economic status.

Mayor Elizabeth A. Davis

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