Fairbanks union workers reject company’s offer

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(Host) Unionized workers at the Fairbanks Scales Company in Saint Johnsbury have voted to reject the firm’s latest contract offer. But workers are not yet ready to walk out, and they’ve asked negotiators to meet one more time. If they fail to reach an agreement, a strike vote could come Sunday.

Bob South is the President of the union local. South says the company offered a one year contract with no increase in wages. He says the company proposal would also freeze employee pensions and increase the employee share of health insurance payments. South says union negotiators have made a counterproposal.

(South) “Basicially, our counterproposal is we will not have our pension froze. We have a couple of other slight modifications to the company’s proposal, but the biggest is we’re not going to have our pension froze.”

(Host) South says he’s doubtful negotiators will reach agreement on a new contract. There are 81 unionized workers at the Fairbanks facility, which makes light capacity scales used to weigh packages.

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