Dear Editor: FLETC firm intransigent

August 7, 2015 • Dear Editor

The International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 953, and Omni Corp., conducted negotiations Thursday and Friday in Artesia, New Mexico.
The union proposed resolution of the dispute by inclusion of just a few provisions in parties’ collective bargaining agreement. The union’s proposals are standard and are nearly universal in collective bargaining agreements across the United States.
Unfortunately, Omni Corp. refused all reasonable settlement proposals and bargained in regressive fashion by reducing its wage proposals by 40 percent, and by pulling other proposals off the table that it had previously offered to the union.
Omni’s proposals are disrespectful to the hard-working janitors and maintenance workers. For example, Omni is demanding that all employees be available and ready to report to work 24 hours per day, seven days per week, or else be subject to discipline.
The union has proposed many concessions to resolve this dispute. Unfortunately Omni Corp. has refused to bargain on a fair basis, suggesting an unwillingness to enter into an agreement with the employees.
The union will continue to support the basic workplace rights of its loyal union members.
Gary Roeckel
Organizer, International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 953

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