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Warren Truck and the contract vote

by David Zatz on

Warren Truck employees voted for the national agreement (53% yes) except for skilled trades, who overwhelmingly voted against it (64% no). However, they rejected the local agreement — 49% voting yes among the general population, 30% among skilled trades.

The contract under consideration would address a number of benefits and work-life issues, while slowly bringing the wages of recent hires closer to those of older employees — but still leaving a $5/hour gap at the end of four years. Union workers may approve a contract which does not address the gap between newer (“Tier 2”) and older (“Tier 1”) workers, as the Canadian union contract does.

While union leaders negotiate the contract, the members must approve it — not unlike the President negotiating treaties which must be ratified by the Senate, except at the national level, there is no vote by all citizens.

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