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Striking Aurora workers on the verge of losing their jobs for good

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AURORA, OH (WOIO) -

Union workers have been on the picket line in Aurora for four months.

And soon they may not have the option of even going back to work because their jobs may be gone.

"We're trying to stand our ground," said one striker.

They've been standing their ground as even the seasons changed. It was snowing in January when 120 union steel workers at the Rotek Plant in Aurora walked out.

The company wanted them to take salary and insurance cuts because there is a decrease in demand for the huge bearings they make for the wind power industry.

"We have to work to stem financial licenses to make the plant more efficient and more competitive for the long term," said Kellie Harris, ThyssenKrupp of North America.

"20% wage cut for anyone is a major major cut. We've asked for financial's to verify it," said Bill Hyslip, Union rep local 8565.

Now the company has 500 job applicants waiting to take the 120 strikers jobs as early as tomorrow.

"Is there any chance at all you're going to walk back in there and get your job before someone else takes it before 5:00," asked reporter Dawn Kenderick.

"Hell no hell no. I will stay out here as long as it takes," said Daryl Lehman, with Rotek 28 years.

15 weeks on strike and they haven't negotiated in a month.

The company's legal team says they are well within their bounds to give these peoples jobs away. 

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