Husky Workers to Vote on Offer, Leadership Recommends Rejection
By Jeff Fitzgerald, Senior Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
Four days of talks this week may have paid off related to the Husky Energy, United Steelworkers local 6-4 contract talks.
Will it be the last time we see this. It's possible if a Sunday vote by local 624 members goes in a positive direction.
Union president Mike Edelbrock says one of the major sticking points, Husky meeting the National Oil Bargaining Pattern, has been met with a modification to a date on the document. He has said in the past, if an offer is made the negotiating team would take the offer back for a vote.
The twist to this deal, Edelbrock says it's a bad offer that the negotiating team recommends is rejected.
The lack of support by union leadership puts the membership in an uncomfortable position. Do they take the deal on the table against their leaderships wishes? Or support the leadership and say no to the deal.
Husky spokesman Mel DuVall says the company hopes this is the beginning of the end of the strike. They want their workers back on the job.
Informational meetings and a ratification vote will take place Sunday at 1 and 6 pm at Laborers Hall on South Dixie Highway. The vote result is expected at about 8pm Sunday.