To All Members Holding the Line: Thank You
Our strike in the ICI sector of the construction industry will continue into its second week.
The latest “news” from Friday is that the Employers still don’t want to meet yet. They say they need “more time to collect data about cost-of-living increases” before they can return to bargaining. We think that the current prices at the grocery store checkouts and at the gas pumps are all the information that anyone needs about the cost-of-living.
The Employers’ position sounded like a stalling tactic to us and so, just in case they really do need more time, we even offered them the possibility of the strike being “suspended” in return for any wage increases being made retroactive. Of course, the Employers refused to even talk about that.
Based on what they said and did on Friday, if it wasn’t clear before, it is now absolutely crystal clear that it is the Employers who want to keep the industry shutdown instead of doing the right thing and returning to the bargaining table to reach an agreement that our members believe is fair.
We know that what is going on is frustrating but your Union continues to express its thanks and gratitude to each and every one of you, the members, for the tremendous solidarity you are showing as we all stick together to get you the pay and recognition that you deserve.
We will post any updates to the Union’s various websites and social media feeds as they become available.