A sense of optimism coming from the head of United Steelworkers Local 624 after late afternoon contract talks with Husky Energy.
Union President Mike Edelbrock says they presented a counter offer to Husky today, including the international agreement as it should be. He says they also made some concessions in the area's of personal days and sick time to help out the company. He says he believes it is a fair package that if the company would agree to, this strike could end.he says they held off on presenting a "return to work" document because they feel a contract is the first step before dealing with that document.
Edelbrock says after months of being at a standstill, at least the two sides have offers on the table and they are talking. Husky spokesman Mel Duvall late Friday said it is unfortunate the union leadership will not allow a vote on their offer. He says it does meet the national agreement. He says they are reviewing the unions proposal but it does not meet one key company component including the advancement of safety.
The two sides have agreed to resume talks on Monday morning.