We only met for two (2) hours today in Collinsville because the Company refused to give us their entire package again. The Company continues to refuse to counter any of our proposals on term of the agreement, wages, pensions or 401K. They also keep demanding that we bargain over their concessionary proposals to determine what the membership will give away before they make an offer to pay for it. The discussions are becoming more aggressive and the Company is attempting to accuse the unions of refusing to bargain. They even accused us of being threatening by saying that we would not be working without a new contract in place on July 1st. We will be here to take them on again tomorrow if they are willing to bargain in good faith.
We are bringing you a package to reject! The Company has insisted that the you vote on their “Final Offer” that the Systems Council received on Friday morning. The Company is even throwing a $1,000 ratification bonus on the offer in hopes that it will buy your vote. Watch for meeting notices to vote and be there to cast your rejection ballot. We have agreed to extend the current agreement until July 18, 2022 for the purposes of voting and counting ballots, and then scheduling additional negotiation dates.