An early morning negotiating session with Erie Strayer and its striking ironworkers didn’t last very long and didn’t result in any tangible progress.
This is now the fourth week that members of Ironworkers Local 851 have been off the job. They are looking for a new contract that addresses the company’s dental plan, wages and the current rules on attendance.
The two sides met for about an hour Tuesday, but a Union Representative tells Action News the talks ended when company negotiators refused to consider a union counteroffer.
No new talks are planned yet.
“They wouldn’t even want to meet in person even over Zoom. They didn’t even want to do that. They said that they felt intimidated by us waiving to them all the time. So they didn’t even want to talk to us in person. They just didn’t have the mediator go back and forth between Zoom calls,” said David Miller, Representative.
The next negotiation is November 10th.
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