By Mark M. Smith, Staff reporterAssociated PressThe American Society of Lockstitch Instrument and Machine Workers says the union has voted to strike.
Members are also calling for the union to take the issue of the needle machines to arbitration and take back the contract.
The workers, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1025, are demanding the company return the needles it was paid for and stop making more.
The American National Standards Institute, a division of the U.S. government, issued a recommendation that the needle machine operators union and the teamsters be certified by an arbitrator.
The recommendation states the union and other workers should be allowed to bargain collectively.
The union said it was disappointed with the report but that it had to take action to secure the best possible outcome.
It said the report was based on incomplete information and that the report has not been released.
It said the union would continue to support its members and fight for the best interests of the members.