Williston: IAM Local Lodge 2704 on strike

From the International Association of Machinists, District 4, on Monday (9/30/19):

Seventy-seven members of LL 2704, employed by Velan Valve in Williston, Vermont, went on strike effective September 29th at midnight.
The members are highly skilled machinists, manufacturing high precision valves for customers such as the U.S. Navy and nuclear facilities.
District 4 Business Representatives (BR) Jay Wadleigh and Dan Loudermilk joined the negotiating committee comprised of the Local President David Littlefield, Vice President Gordon Davis, and the Recording Secretary Mark Thompson at the bargaining table.
The members rejected the company’s final offer in a ratification vote on Saturday, September 28th and the company has not returned to the tables since the downvote, despite the involvement of a federal mediator and the readiness of the bargaining unit to continue negotiations.
Members spent Monday on the picket line. According to BR Loudermilk, “Spirits are high and everybody is anxious to get back to the table to negotiate a fair contract.”
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