Twenty five of the company’s employees are currently on strike and have been since June and it doesn’t appear there will be a resolution soon.
The local union president Alan Sprague said the union and company appear to be at an impasse, as the company has also filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging the union and employees have acted threateningly and inappropriately toward Hendrickson staff and customers.
Sprague argues that the company’s customers have been the ones acting inappropriately and threateningly toward the employees.
This back and forth disagreement has continued throughout the negotiation process.
“The employees haven’t had an hourly wage increase since 2002,” Sprague told Michigan Live. “We’ve done everything we can to assist the company.”
In return, the company said that each year costs climb and they need employees to make sacrifices. Hendrickson is asking its employees to make some concessions. The company is asking employees to contribute to their health insurance and a few other sticking points.
Meanwhile, Thomas Hendrickson said the company has hired new employees and continues to do so.