Representatives of striking workers and their employer are currently meeting with a federal mediator in hopes of ending a work stoppage that began Monday, according to the union web site.
According to a message posted on the IAM Local 2003 Web site Thursday afternoon, mediation has begun between the union and L-3 Communications/Army Fleet Support. The negotiations are taking place at an undisclosed location.
The union, which represents almost 3,000 workers at Army Fleet Support in Daleville, voted to strike Sunday evening. Union representatives say seniority and other contract language are sticking points.
“We are strongly requesting our membership not attempt to find out where these are being held. If members start showing up at the location, the company will leave the negotiations. We need our membership to give the GNC a chance to negotiate a proposal we can bring back to you,” states the message, posted by Robert Wood, IAMAW International Communicator for the union’s Southern territory.
“In the meantime, we need to make sure we act in a professional manner in our community and on our picket lines. There have been unconfirmed reports of people being followed and negative phone calls. We need to be sure this is not happening. Remember, this is our community, and we’re proud of it. We should all act in a fashion that makes our community proud of us,” the message further states.
The message states negotiation details will not be discussed with any outside party.
Posted in the Dothan Eagle – May 1, 2014
, Dothan Eagle Staff Writer