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Union strike continues

Bob Wood, with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, spoke on behalf of union workers today.
Union workers says they will continue the strike until their complaints are resolved.
Union workers says they will continue the strike until their complaints are resolved.
Workers line the streets near all Fort Rucker gates and outside the union hall on day two of the strike, picketing in four-hour shifts around the clock.

They voted to go on strike after their company, Army Fleet Support, offered them a five-year contract with lower pay raises, and they say it doesn't address some of their key concerns, including inadequate training, seniority and overtime.

"There's a lot of problems with a lot of people being worked very heavy out there, They've had layoffs, but the level of work hasn't gone down  So, you're doing more work with fewer people,” said Union Spokesman Bob Wood.

But he says the strike is not about money.

"It's a lot about respect.  It's about dignity."

Far from a win-win situation, 3,000 workers are not getting paid, and 3,000 jobs are not getting done.  Workers are also losing out on benefits.

"Right now, as of the strike their insurance has been ended.  Everybody does not have insurance right now, and we’re working through those issues.ose issues,” said Wood.

Army Fleet Support says their negotiating committee had hoped workers would accept the contract.

Fort Rucker officials say the strike is impacting their ability to train aviators.

"The financial impact is huge.  The workers here fuel the local economy, they buy cars, and they go to stores,” Wood said.  They are the tax base, they fund the schools, they fund the police, so these jobs are very important."

Before workers would commit to a new contract, they wanted to make sure they receive what they value the most.

"What we're doing right now is we're talking with our members about the issues, and we’re also talking with the company and federal mediation to work toward a path to get back to the negotiating table and get everybody back to work," said Wood.

Wood confirmed there are no negotiations at this time.
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