Posted by Ars Technic on June 15, 2020 06:11:48An ironworker union in Eugene, Oregon is planning a strike after being denied a contract offer that would have raised pay by 10 percent.
According to the Eugene Register-Guard, the Oregon Labor Council (OLC) said on Monday that it had received a contract from the Oregon Steelworkers Local 819, but the union has been denied the deal’s stipulation that the union would negotiate a deal that would provide the same wage increases for all employees.
In addition, the OLC said it was concerned about the union’s “unfair” and “unlawful” treatment of its members.
The union’s proposal is contingent on an increase in the union membership by 30 percent, but that increase will not be paid by the state.
“We are going to strike,” a union representative said.
The OLC’s contract proposal includes a guarantee that the company would pay overtime for workers, including overtime hours, as long as they are employed on the job.
The union also said that the state’s contract provides for overtime pay, but it does not specify whether the state would pay that amount to workers.
The Oregon Department of Labor and Industries has not yet responded to Ars’ request for comment.