The Committee was represented at the Common Interest Table yesterday and we presented the Union?s counter proposal to their inadequate benefit package. Once again, the Company did not present a wage proposal.
Our latest meeting with the Company was another disappointing bargaining session. We were informed the Department will not cease and desist their misguided instructions to Machine Operators regarding performing bore operations in an unsafe manner. The Union advised the Company we have been left few options to protect our members? safety and collective bargaining rights and that we intend to pursue those to the fullest extent.
The Company seems to have no sense of urgency to reach an agreement at the Utility Operations table. It appears as though they may be protracting the process because of their lack of movement at the Main Table for the Southeast contract.
Your bargaining team caucused today in planning and preparation for our next move. We are planning to meet with the company tomorrow. The company has begun to bring in security guards and scabs in multiple locations across our area.