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HDI workers have been locked out of work for two weeks

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HDI workers were out passing out fliers on Thursday to inform them about the lock-out. (WFSB) HDI workers were out passing out fliers on Thursday to inform them about the lock-out. (WFSB)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford Distributors workers who have been locked out by their company have been visiting package stores that carry HDI’s products to let them know they are out of work and aren’t getting paid.

“A lot of people think we are on strike but we are not. We want to go back to work but he won't let us back in building and why is that? He wants to have certain things in the contract and that we don't agree with,” said union representative Chris Roos, who said this has gone on long enough and they want to come to an agreement with the company.

“We are hoping the consumer understands what's going on and calls Hartford Distributors," Roos said, adding that phone numbers are on fliers so customers can do that.

HDI workers part of the union have been off the job for two weeks. They have been in contract negotiations with the company, which locked them out of the building until a new contract is agreed upon.

Temporary workers have been hired to put out deliveries.

An HDI attorney said they feel what they’re offering is a good employee package plan. They said one thing not being agreed upon is less vacation time.

Under the new contract, a new employee would get four weeks’ vacation instead of five.

In the meantime, many are collecting unemployment.

“You're paying us as a taxpayer and we don't think it's fair that Mr. Hollander has you paying us on the line and we want to work," Roos said.

On Friday, they will start volunteering their time in local communities to help clean up parks and do other much-needed work.

On Thursday, the group met to talk about the contract and said nothing was agreed upon.

There is no word on when the next scheduled meeting will be.

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