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Mayors weigh in on union strike

City leaders discuss impact of the strike on their communities
Claudia Wigglesworth, Mayor of Daleville, acknowledged the process for union workers to voice their concerns to their company, Army Fleet Support.
Claudia Wigglesworth, Mayor of Daleville, acknowledged the process for union workers to voice their concerns to their company, Army Fleet Support.
Union workers picket at the corner of Daleville Road and Highway 84 on day four of the strike.
Union workers picket at the corner of Daleville Road and Highway 84 on day four of the strike.
Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell addressed the impact the strike has on familes in the community.
Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell addressed the impact the strike has on familes in the community.
Cities like Enterprise, Ozark, Daleville and Newton may be small in size, But the people living there serve their communities in a big way, a large number of them serving in the military or working at Fort Rucker.

"The civilian workforce means a great deal not only to the local economy, but also the military as carries out its missions," said Mayor Kenneth Boswell.

He expressed his concerns about the ongoing strike.

"It's unfortunate for both the employee and also the company, the mission that it provides for our soldiers, it’s very difficult for everyone concerned.  But at this particular point, it’s really early in the game," Boswell said.

A lot has been put on hold for military workers, their families and the students who rely on the aviation training.

"We are the schoolhouse for student pilots, and naturally, the longer this goes on, the longer it will be before students are able to graduate, and the longer it will be for students to start their training," said Boswell.

"Any event that impacts the workforce at Fort Rucker, whether it’s even a weather event that closes Fort Rucker, sequestration that reduces the number of hours that individuals work, or even something like this, it does have a negative impact on the city of Daleville,” said Daleville Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth.

But she says she's optimistic the strike will have a positive outcome.  She also says the workers have a right to voice their concerns.

"If they’re not satisfied with it, this is their process.  And whatever the negotiations require, as long as they work in good faith, I see no reason why they can’t have a resolution," Wigglesworth said.

"It impacts not only the mission at Fort Rucker, but it impacts the families," said City of Ozark Mayor Billy Blackwell.

He doesn't expect to drag out much longer.

"These people are going to negotiate in good faith on both sides and come to a resolution.  After all, they work together every single day.  It’s not just the economics of it.  It’s also the personal and friendship side of it," Blackwell said.
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