Lockout at South Slope Cooperative Communications following union contract expiration
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NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) -
A lockout is underway for union employees at South Slope Communications in North Liberty. The contract for union workers ended at midnight on October 31, 2013. Workers showed up for work Friday and were told they could not work without a contract.
According to Justyn Miller, the company's CEO, around 50 employees are covered by the union. The company's 40 or so managers are not union and are still working.
In an official statement posted to South Slope's Facebook page, the company wrote "The union contract expired at midnight on October 31st. We are disappointed that the union chose not to vote on our proposed offer which unfortunately led to a lockout. South Slope did not receive any further request for bargaining meetings to occur prior to expiration. We are waiting to receive an answer from the union on the outcome of the vote and end the lockout. Our cooperative members are our primary focus and we will continue to provide excellent service to them during this time."
Mary Kay Pence, a Communications Workers of America Representative, told KWWL that the union is scheduled to vote on a new contract Sunday. They hope to come to an agreement and plan to head back to work Monday.
"The members of the Communications Workers of America Bargaining Team at South Slope Coop are unanimously recommending rejection of the company’s last, best and final offer," said the press release.
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