Locals 480 & 9705
Strike Vote to be Held Next Week
Talks had been progressing through monetary issues over the last week, with both sides trying to work towards an agreement. Monday, June 5th, the Company informed us that the Trail Operations Bargaining Committee had reached the end of their mandate. Your bargaining committee believes that this offer fell short of what is needed to achieve a fair collective agreement.
Your Bargaining Committee has discussed all of our options and are confident that the best course of action moving forward is to go to mediation. Presenting our case to the mediator will give us the best opportunity to encourage the Company to move off of their position.
In order to put forth the strongest possible argument to the mediator, we need to show that we have the full support of our membership. We will be calling on you to give us that support in the form of a strong strike vote.
We need a very strong vote from you, the membership, in order to help us achieve our goals and force the Company’s hand.
Special membership meetings for both Local 480 and Local 9705 will be held at the Charles Bailey Theatre on June 13th, 2017 at 3:45 pm and 6:30 pm. The Strike Vote will take place immediately after the meeting and will close at 8:00 pm that evening. The voting will continue at the Local 480 hall on Wednesday, June 14th and Thursday, June 15th, starting at 8 am until 4 pm both days.
This is an extremely important meeting and we strongly encourage every member to attend.
Locals 480 & 9705 USW,
2017 Bargaining Committee