It has several changes from the offer workers overwhelmingly rejected last week.
For Cornwell, the biggest change was “No overtime. That was really the sticking point that she was going to try to make it mandatory on Saturday. So that was a problem for a lot of people.”
The new deal also keeps health care plans for members the same as they were in the previous deal, which is another sticking point. A general wage increase of 20% will be guaranteed over a 4 year contract, with cost of living adjustments increased to a maximum of 3.5%. Members will also receive a $3,000 endorsement bonus.
Our union, as you know, supported him. “Then read the instant messaging app and I think it’s a good decision,” said another union member, Jacob Rucker.
While there is more support for this contract, it took a lot to reach the 50% majority for it to take effect. Less than 80% of the union members voted against the latter. Both Rucker and Cornwell believe that made it a close vote.
“It’s going to be a discussion among the guys who’ve been here longer,” says Rucker. “We understand why they want to go on strike and do what’s best for you, what’s best for their family and their things, but what’s best for me and my family is to go to work.”
Rucker says, “A lot of people feel like me, while people feel otherwise, they still want the best, they want more.”