In a totally not surprising move, the union refused to make any concessions thereby killing this ridiculous plan. Perhaps the union needs a history lesson. Take a look right here in NEPA. Techniglass begged the union there for concessions for three years. The union refused and actually asked for more from the company each and every year for those three years. Where is Techniglass now? That's right, the company closed the local plant. I know, no big deal, right? Wrong!! Down the drain went a couple thousand very good jobs from the area.
The funny thing is, they were only asked to match the non-union shops pay scale. How much of a cut were they asked to take from their hourly rate? Nothing. The concessions were to the pension and benefits plan. I hope they are happy as clams when they are unemployed. The other funny thing is, I would bet if the union members were allowed a choice to either keep their jobs by making concessions or lose them by refusing, I would bet a huge sum that they would want to keep their jobs. The union leaders and negotiators did the country a favor and a great disservice to their membership.