Sixty-Three Belshaw Adamatic employees, who are members of IAM Local Lodge 79, have been walking the picket line at the Auburn, WA plant since March 24.
Belshaw management has agreed to a medical plan proposed by IAM representatives that would save the company over $20,000 per month, but won’t up wages in return. The members of Local 79, who manufacture high-quality bakery equipment around the world, have unanimously agreed to not accept a proposal that allows Belshaw to keep permanent replacement workers.
IAM District Lodge 160 Directing Business Representative Dan Morgan said he has faith the two sides can come together.
“I hope at the end of the day we can find common ground,” Morgan said. “This is not solely an economic strike. It contains a lot of work issues that, in my opinion, can be worked out if the employer would see some common sense and some common ground. I think we can find it.”
IAM District Lodge 160 has sent a letter asking for support by donating to their strike fund.
TCU President Bob Scardelletti said’ “these hard working men and women are putting it on the line for their rights and benefits. They need all the support we can give.”
TCU/IAM members are encouraged to help their IAM Local 79 Brothers and Sisters in three simple ways:
Click here to read the letter and find out how to donate to the IAM District 160 strike fund.
Click here to visit the IAM Local 79 website and find out more ways to support the striking members.