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Local 799
Has Productive
Meeting with
State Representative


State Representative Jon Peterson met with members of UE Local 799 employed by Delaware City Schools at the May membership meeting and promised to intervene in an ongoing dispute with the employer. Local 799 Pres. Nina Williams and Vice Pres. Shirley Thrush had met with Peterson’s aide during the UE political action day in Columbus Feb. 17.

UE members were pleased to learn that Peterson joins them in strong opposition to any efforts at privatizing the State Employees Retirement System (SERS).

Nina Williams and Trustee Jerry Miller joined other members in telling Peterson about their employer’s efforts to thwart the contract by refusing to pay the guaranteed step wage increases. This refusal has forced the union to sue the employer in court; the employer is spending far more on fighting the union than the cost of wage increases. Meanwhile, Shirley Thrush and others explained that the employer waged a strong anti-union campaign when the workers decided to organize. The employer is simply continuing its anti-union campaign by refusing to abide by the contract, Thrush pointed out.

In response, Peterson agreed to contact the employer’s attorney and attempt to get some settlement talks going.

Although he did not seem overly concerned about globalization and the loss of manufacturing jobs, UE Local 799 was pleased to have Representative Peterson at the union meeting. Both the union and Peterson expressed a hope that this was the beginning of a productive relationship.

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