It has come to our attention that there is a lot of misinformation being shared about the recently concluded Memorandum of Agreement negotiated with the AMPTP. Members have informed us that they are being told a “NO” vote is just a vote to send the bargaining committee back to the bargaining table and has no legal significance as a strike vote. This information is incorrect.
Article XII, Section 2 (b) of the International Constitution is very clear. If a majority of the bargaining unit votes “NO” on the Producers’ last offer as presented to the Membership, the result is a strike authorization. The Producers’ will have no obligation to sit down with our Local to bargain. Most, if not all, of the gains in our Memorandum of Agreement to increase wages, pension, health and the IAP will be off the table and could be reduced if we strike. It is irresponsible for those Members who say otherwise to mislead you to another conclusion.
Remember, if there is a vote to reject the contract:
1. The 13th and 14th checks to Retirees will be delayed and may not be paid.
2. Your retroactive wage increase will be in jeopardy.
3. Any delay in the increases to the health plan will be detrimental to the plans.
4. We may end up chasing work to other jurisdictions.
Local 399 wants you to vote your conscience. However, we want to clear up any misinformation being shared so that you can make an informed decision on your Contract.
Please feel free to reach out to a Business Agent if you have questions.
Source: “Black Book” MOA Informational Meeting Powerpoint Slide