MLAWW Labor Day Update:
In just the past two days we have signed over 30 contractors to the Master Labor Agreement of Western Washington (MLAWW) with more in the queue for discussion, voting, and implementation. These contractors recognize that this is a fair and reasonable contract for the work that our members do. We intend to publish the list of these contractors by Tuesday, September 4th so folks know which employers have stepped up and are ready to get back to work after Labor Day.
Since September 5, 1882, the date the first Labor Day was celebrated, this day has been in recognition and honor for the working men and women of this country. With that, I want to say that I am honored to represent such a great group of men and women in the Operating Engineers and we are equally grateful and honored to have the support from the other crafts during this challenging time. We look forward to the day when we are all back to work.
For those of you able to enjoy and participate in the parades, backyard bbqs, community events, camping trips, and time with family over this Labor Day weekend I wish for you and yours safety and happiness. For any of you in need of support or assistance see our resources link: www.iuoe302.org/EmergencyResources or call the Hall.
I want to conclude with some rumor control. I’ve heard reports about questioning the lack of viability of the new MLAWW, our members’ strike reserves, and our general resolve in this effort. I can assure those that doubt any of these will be sorely disappointed. The MLAWW is taking hold and is continuing to grow. Our strike fund is very healthy and able to fund this effort As to our resolve, as any trades’ unionist knows, questioning our resolve is akin to insulting our mother. Not a good idea.
Finally, I’d ask that members be patient with my crew as we bring the MLAWW online, get some much needed rest, and keep up the good work!
International VP and Business Manager