IUOE Local 302 Labor Dispute Update
I am receiving reports from all areas within our jurisdiction that the picket actions are being well received and that our picket captains and picketers are adhering to their instructions, and conducting themselves both professionally and respectfully. We are hopeful that these actions are clearly communicating the resolve of the membership.
There are many reports in the media about our efforts and I know many may be frustrated that the Local has not engaged the media or the public in our dispute. As I’ve reported before, this dispute is between our members and contractors signatory to our Western Washington Master Labor Agreement. The Local will not distract from the negotiation process by litigating its positions in the media. After this dispute is settled our membership will once again report to work for our contractors.
We were clear from the outset of the parties’ negotiations about the membership’s expectations. Despite our May 31st contract expiration date, our members continued going to work as the Local’s leadership bargained in good faith towards an agreement that would be approved by the membership. With the tentative agreements falling short of those expectations, the membership voted down the agreements, leaving us where we are today.
The parties will be meeting on Monday, August 27 to resume negotiations with every intention of reaching a mutually acceptable resolution. In the interim, I ask all IUOE Local 302 brothers and sisters stay respectful and united.
International VP & Business Manager