the employer has since folded on that point once a strike was threatened. as the union leader has indicated
the mediator has now stepped in and extended the span of the current contract until february 6, because other aspects of the contract - the eight hour work day requirement and the requirement of a lashing crew - remain unresolved. the extension buys time under the existing contract to hash out the language on those two other outstanding issues
the employer wanted to keep the money - the royalties - that it had previously agreed to pay the union workersBut the bigger picture here. These Unionized workers were threatening strike not because working conditions were horrific, or because safety was compromised, nor were they upset because the owners wanted to bring in child labor or any of that pap. No, they were threatening a strike because the owners wanted to freeze their pay and benefits at $125K per year....Oh yeah...Nothing but money....Same old story as far as I am concerned, they want more, and more, and more until the businesses that provide their jobs in the first place goes under.
so, yes, it was about money. money the employer wanted to keep from the employees
but that 7% sure seems to be getting a lot of headlines lately, where it keeps pushing back against management's efforts to become more profitable at the employees' expense. i don't see the employers winningBut hey, keep defending this sort of thing, and I am sure we can see even less than the current 7% membership in this country.