Thursday, your bargaining team worked on proposals based on the bargaining requests and surveys submitted to them by members and Locals.
Friday, talks opened with a presentation from the company discussing healthcare, benefits, and retirement costs. Within an hour of the Company assuring the committee of their continued commitment to “provide excellent middle class union careers with highly competitive wages and benefits”; they presented one of the most retrogressive health care and benefit proposals seen in decades. The bargaining team made it abundantly clear; health care and benefits are of the highest priority to our members and proposals like these do not live up to the Company’s rhetoric or their claimed commitment to bargain a fair contract.
The bargaining team will continue to work on their proposals and prepare for bargaining and meetings with sub-committees next week.