Metro Workers: On site voting on the TA is coming up next week.
Tues September 2nd: Blue Lake Park – 2pm – 3pm
Wed September 3rd: Metro Zoo, Cascade Break Room 8-12:30pm, Oxbow Park – 2pm-3pm
Thurs September 4th: Metro Zoo, Cascade Break Room, 8-12:30pm, Facilities and Keepers Time Clock Area 1-4pm
Thurs Sept 4th: 3pm Borland Yard. An additional zoo vote time/location may be added after meeting with folks tomorrow Tues 26th.
Ballot will read:
YES – accept the tentative agreement
NO- reject the tentative agreement and authorize the bargaining team to call a strike if necessary
Only members of Local 483 can vote on union elections and ratification votes. So if you know people who have not yet filled out their membership card, they will need to do so before they vote. Union membership cards will be available at pre-vote meetings and during vote times.
TWO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
If I vote YES what happens next? We have come a long way but not all the way. A contract is a starting place not an ending place for building our union at Metro. We still will have work to do. Enforcing the contract, especially the hard fought for new language and rights. Building unity and strength to make our voices heard and respected every day.
If I vote NO will we be on strike immediately? NO, authorizing a strike does not mean that we will be on strike right away but gives the authority to the bargaining team to call a strike at any time with no further votes. While it does not mean we strike right away, a vote to reject the contract means that we need to be ready to take action. It is our actions (petitions, sticker days, delegations, community petitions, presenting at council) and the community support we have built that brought each step of movement at the table. Getting beyond where we are now will take a serious commitment to standing together and taking stronger action up to and including a strike.