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Barbers strike ends

Barbers at the U.S. Air Force Academy, who went on strike for six weeks to protest a proposed pay cut, are back on the job.

The six barbers, who work in a salon at the Academy's community center, settled their disagreement with their employer, San Francisco-based Gino Morena Enterprises, on June 10.

Gino Morena runs the salon, as well as some 500 others at U.S. military installations worldwide, under contracts with the government.

The barbers, represented by Local 7 of the United Food and Commercial Workers union, hit the picket line on May 1 in response to their employer's proposal to reduce their commission on haircuts by nearly 10 percent.

Barbers had been paid a 64-percent commission on haircuts, which cost $6.45, but Gino Morena wanted to reduce their commission to 58 percent.

Under the agreement that ended the strike, the barbers will keep their current commission for the first year of a new, three-year contract. However, the commission will drop to 62 percent for the last two years.

Union spokesman David Minshall called the agreement a victory for the barbers. If the price of haircuts goes up, the amount earned by the barbers could remain steady even though their commission rate will drop slightly, he said.

"The employer wanted to go backwards," Minshall said.

A spokesman for Gino Morena did not respond to a request for comment.

-- Terje Langeland

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