Wednesday, December 21, 2011

MA Teamsters strike against CertainTeed

He's in Norwood, Mass., today
Whoa. It's a tough time to go on strike, but at least 90 of our Teamster brothers from Local 25 are out for the third day. The company, CertainTeed Saint-Gobain in Norwood, Mass.

The company said it made a fair offer (don't they always). Local 25 President Sean O'Brien said it was like getting coal in your stocking.

The Boston Globe reports,
“No one wants to strike in this economy - especially during the holiday season – but CertainTeed gave us no choice,” (O'Brien) said in a statement.
Members have continued to form a picket line since late Monday afternoon and plan to continue through December and into January unless CertainTeed agrees to negotiations.
"We’ll strike through the holidays and into the new year if that is what it takes to get CertainTeed to return to the negotiating table," O'Brien said.
CertainTeed, a roofing materials and shingles manufacturer headquartered in Valley Forge, Penn. has more than 7,000 employees nationwide. Teamsters Local 25 represents 11,000 members residing throughout Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Solidarity, brothers.