ALL SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORY
OPEIU, LOCAL 251 MEMBERS!
What’s Happening with the Bargaining between Sandia and Metal Trades Council?
The Metal Trades Council's membership has voted to authorize a strike after rejecting Sandia’s so-called “last, best, and final offer.” MTC's members conducted this vote following their scheduled negotiations on Friday night which stretched into the morning hours.
That said, this strike-authorization vote does not mean that a strike is certain. It empowers the MTC Execuitve Board to decide to strike, if and when their leadership deems it necessary to protect members' wages, benefits, health and safety, and other terms and conditions of employment at SNL. As of this writing, the MTC's Executive Board has NOT decided to strike, so no one is on strike.
What Happens Next, and how can I help?
MTC has represented 430 of our Fellow AFL-CIO Members at Sandia for almost 70 years. Now is not the time to allow an outside company that's taken control of Sandia National Laboratories to short change them or leave them standing alone without our support!
"Sandia is in the DNA of these workers. Generation after generation of trades workers have committed themselves to the national security mission at Sandia," said Jimmy Hart, president of the Metal Trades Department of the AFL-CIO, who was in Albuquerque supporting negotiations. "When a new company comes into town and doesn't really appreciate that, it lends itself to some disharmony." Honeywell, Inc. is that new company, and things are not business as usual at the bargaining table.
However, all Metal Trades Council workers are currently expected to return to work this Monday, October 2nd. This is called "working without a contract" in the labor movement. This means is that the MTC members will keep working under the terms and conditions of their expired contract, as it existed at the close of business on Friday afternoon. Honeywell is not allowed to make any unilateral changes to those terms and conditions of employment, unless and until it can legally declare impasse. Only then may it impose its so-called "last, best, and final offer," but doing so is very risky for Honeywell. If it declares impasse too early, then it will violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). So, currently, the NLRA is preserving the status quo.
Should a decision be made that changes this status quo, we will forward you that information as soon as we are aware of it and have an opportunity to do so. Should Honeywell Lock-Out MTC (as it recently did in its union-busting efforts elsewhere) that may delay your reporting for work and create confusion, hostility, and fear -- the three things that union-busters thrive on.
REMEMBER: a Honeywell-imposed Lock-Out is not the same thing as a strike.
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What should I do if MTC Strikes or gets Locked-Out by Honeywell?
Should a strike or a Lock-Out occur, maintain Solidarity!
- Solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers in MTC
- Solidarity with us -- your International Trusteeship Team
- And Solidarity with your Fellow Local 251 Members
True Solidarity is the ONLY thing that will defeat Honeywell's union-busting campaign.
Plan on participating in all of MTC's activities before and after your SNL-scheduled work shifts. But no member of OPEIU, Local 251 is permitted to skip work time to assist MTC or "honor" its picket line in either a strike or a Lock-Out. This is because our Local's Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expressly prohibits us from striking (i.e., missing work without your SNL Manager's express permission), and our CBA is in effect until next summer.
REMEMBER, YOUR PERSONAL SAFETY IS FIRST AND FOREMOST! IF YOU BELIEVE YOU ARE IN AN UNSAFE SITUATION, CALL THE UNION'S OFFICE IMMEDIATELY AT 505-916-0409 AND REMOVE YOURSELF FROM ANY UNSAFE SITUATION! SHOULD YOU GET THE MESSAGE SERVICE, PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME AND CELL PHONE NUMBER FOR A RETURN CALL!
In unity and solidarity,
Patt, Mario, & Shelia
OPEIU International Trusteeship Team