DUBUQUE, IA –According to the Globe Gazette, Flexsteel Industries Inc. has laid off 10 employees this month. Additionally, the plant’s upholstery division, maker of the company’s residential furniture, has reduced production to one line. Reportedly, Flexsteel cut its Dubuque payroll by two-thirds since 2001.

Merle Duehr, Jr., spokesman for the United Steel Workers of America Local 1861-U, said the layoffs indicate the upholstery division will be shipped elsewhere. “I’m in the process of going to upper management and asking what is going on,” he said. “The attitude of the workers in the upholstery division is it’s just a matter of time.”

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