It sounds like all the paper work is in order and Bob Simpson was able to pull this deal together. The Water Board let the deadline extend until tomorrow at 10am. But this deal is pretty much finalized. Good news!
Yesterday our local met and we heard the deal our Union Standing Committee was able to make with David Tsang and Mr. Simpson. Evergreen agreed to pay up to $300,000 in outstanding medical bills that have been charged to workers who thought they were covered. The 8 Workers that were owed over $43,000 in wages were able to bargain $30,000. (That is alot better than .25 cents on the dollar if we forced them into bankruptcy with a wage injunction.) And the rest of the wage issue was bargained by the local taking possession of Evergreen's last physical asset, a wood chipper. Bob Simpson let our local know that he wants to bargain a contract and have an agreement in place before we start up. (Within 60-90 days hopefully. The media report was 100 to 120 days.)
And that, my dear people, is why you have a union! Without the leverage of legal counsel through the AWPPW, we would have had to try to fight individually for our rights and would have been left holding the bag!
Now let us all go back to work in a orderly manner in the near future.
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