Decision Time Is Near – Negotiations Completed

Decision Time Is Near – Negotiations Completed

April 29, 2003

On April 24 and 25, the Union and Company met in Idabel Oklahoma to resume negotiations for a new contract.  During these meetings the Union made several proposals to save the Company money on health insurance costs.  The Union’s proposals were geared towards giving the Company the savings that would be generated, through the plan design changes and premium sharing that it was proposing.  The Union’s proposals however, would not require changes in the current plan nor would the employees be required to share in the premiums.  The Company refused to move from its proposal.  They continue to want employees to pay more to go the doctor, as well as wanting employees to share in the premiums for health care coverage.

Company Submits Final Proposal To Union – On April 25, 2003, the Company submitted its final proposal to the Union.  During the next few days, the proposal will be shared with the membership for review prior to voting.

Voting Times Scheduled – Voting schedules are being prepared, and will be shared with the membership once completed.  Currently we are planning to vote beginning May 26 and finishing on May 30.

Watch for notices to be posted on bulletin boards for your voting schedule and meeting times.


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