Following is a copy of a letter we just received from Bob Matters (USW Bargaining Chair):
As you are no doubt aware, we are now scheduled to begin Mediation with the IFLRA November 14.
The actions taken thus far by the members in 1-2017 have been instrumental in getting us to this stage.
The Interior Bargaining Committee is grateful and, on behalf of them, I thank you, your Officers and, most importantly, your members for their conviction and solidarity.
That said, given that the Committee is scheduled for mediation, I, on behalf of the Committee, request that Local 1-2017 suspend job action at this point in time.
Bob Matters USW Staff Representative USW Wood Council”
As such, Local 1-2017 is abiding by the Bargaining Committee’s request and we ask you to suspend all job action at this point (ie. We are withdrawing our Overtime Ban and there will be no rotating picket lines while we wait for mediation).
Brian O’Rourke President