We will have a strong voice with the help of the Teamsters negotiators to back us up when dealing with Armstrong. Why do you think we couldn't negotiate a contract similar to what they have in Beverly, WV. Their contract is up this February and they will be starting negotiations soon and if we go union and start negotiations also that will be better for us and them.<quoted text> not trying to run anyone down but when everyone says they want a vioce how much power will that give us. we can negotiate a contract on what we want but armstrong has the final word. they can counter offer and say that,s the final offer. we either except or go on strike.
Say we do go on strike, which happens in less than 2% of all contract negotiations. It would only take 1 person to go to Beverly, WV plant and hold up a picket sign and in the Beverly, WV contract it states they would not cross that picket line if they didn't want to. Then how much power do you think Armstrong would have in saying this is final offer. Also companies like UPS wouldn't cross our picket line. They would most likely get pressure from companies like Lowes or Lumber Liquidators to negotiate with us and get it resolved so they can get our product in their stores. There are a lot of avenues that can be gone down to get better negotiations from Armstrong besides going on strike.
If new Armstrong VP says they would negotiate in good faith in front of the whole group of mill employees, then what makes you doubt that. Yes they can and probably will try to get the best deal for themselves just like we will try to get the best for us. It all comes down to compromise on both sides that we can agree on. I for one don't want to strike and hope that if we vote to go union that we can reach an agreement that helps both us and the company. I think it is possible and will just take some negotiating.