NMB GRANTS REPUBLIC’S EXTENSION REQUEST TO RESPOND TO OBJECTIONS TO INFLATED VOTER ELIGIBILITY LIST
The National Mediation Board (NMB) has granted Republic management’s request to extend the deadline to respond to the IAM’s objections to the inflated voter eligibility list. The deadline is now November 24, 2020, seven days after the original deadline of November 17, 2020.
When we filed for a representation election on August 13, 2020, the NMB ordered Republic management to provide a list of all eligible voters in the mechanic and related classification. At the direction of its highly paid law firm, Ford and Harrison, Republic management submitted a list with every supervisor included and many other workers who are not in the mechanic and related classification, including clerical and stores workers. They did this to inflate the list in hopes of brining our percentage below the needed 50 percent. A further motivation was to delay the entire process in hopes that we become exasperated by the process and discouraged. Make no mistake, this is a strategy.
Simply put, Republic management does NOT want us to form a union. The reason is that, by law, Republic management would have to negotiate with us in good faith regarding wages, benefits and working conditions. Presently, Republic management holds all the power and they like it that way. They can change our pay, benefits and working conditions any time they like, just like they did when they cut our hours earlier this year.
We must remain united and focused on our shared goal of gaining a legally enforceable contract.
With unity comes power and ultimately fairness.
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