Union Ratifies SNE Contract

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Union members in the 1594 gathered at the Marathon County Fairgrounds Saturday to vote on whether or not to accept a proposal that a federal mediator had put together.

However, SNE company officials have not had a chance to review this most recent proposal and have not yet approved it.

General Manager Mark Lang released this written statement Saturday, "This is a very unusual situation. This was not a company-approved proposal. We will be evaluating whether it will help or hinder the company's competitive ability."

Despite the fact that the Union did vote to ratify the contract, not all the members are happy with it.

Union spokesperson Larry Seay says he is not happy with the agreement because it doesn't represent a compromise between the Union and the company.

"I know there's some unhappy. There may be quite a few unhappy members, but that's the way it works. Majority rules and we have to move on," said Seay.

Seay says there were no significant differences between the contract that was ratified and the last proposal from SNE. Both proposals will reduce vacation, health benefits and retirement plans for the employees.

Seay says the Union ratified the contract for fear that the company would cut more jobs if a deal was not reached.

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