Colorado

Mar 23, 2012 12:21 PM by Greg Boyce

Barbers on strike in Denver

DENVER (AP) - Eight barbers at an Air Force base outside Denver say their private employer wants them to take a cut on their paychecks, so they're on strike.

The barbers set up a picket line Thursday outside Buckley Air Force Base. They say Gino Morena Enterprises wants to shave their commissions even though the company is profitable.

The San Francisco-based company didn't immediately return a phone call.

The barber shop is still open. Mark Belkin of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 says one barber stayed on the job and managers are also giving haircuts.

Belkin says the barbers earn between $12,000 and $32,000 a year, depending on whether they work full- or part-time.

Buckley has only one barber shop. Workers at a separate beauty shop aren't involved in the strike.

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