. . . .The chief management negotiator for Merck is a former military officer who has a condescending attitude towards workers. The negotiations were bogged down for several weeks by this manager’s insistence that the USW accept a new 12 hour shift schedule working with rotating days off. This would replace the current 8 hour work day, 40 hour week. This was a definite strike issue and was widely rejected by membership. On 29 April management finally removed their demand to the 12 hour shifts.
Now since they’ve wasted so much time trying to ram the 12 hours down the union’s throat, there are several other issues that need to be negotiated. The union is quite united and unlike previous years the USW negotiators are not bringing a lousy contract back to the membership for a vote. It appears there will be no vote until all issues are correctly negotiated.
May 1, 2013 at 9:37 PM. . . .
Of course, should management wish to respond, I will print that as well. We will keep you apprised.