The Bargaining Committee met with the Company and passed additional proposals regarding layoff and termination allowances in Article 6 and Article 3. We also passed a proposal to include the Panel process in the contract and had much discussion around the current issues with the grievance process.
We have had lengthy conversations with the Company regarding scheduling/forcing our members 13 days in a row, and we have passed several proposals to address that issue. The bargaining team has advised the Company we will not accept anything less than new language in the contract to provide relief to our members.
There has also been much discussion regarding practices related to the safe operation of equipment used by Machine Operators and we have provided research and documentation to the Company that supports our position.
Currently, the Bargaining Team is caucusing to prepare counter proposals and formulate new proposals around issues important to our members.
Stay strong, work safe and support your Local, State and District mobilization efforts.
IT’S OUR TURN!
Your Bargaining Committee:
Billy O’Dell – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Ben Price – Kentucky
Gail Shewalter – South Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina