Contact Us

Tank Farm Workers at Hanford Could Vote to Strike Dec. 13

Tank farm workers could decide to strike if agreement not reached
(Photo by Jeff T. Green/Getty Images)

The Hanford Atomic Metal Trades Commission (HAMTC) will ask workers to either approve a proposed collective bargaining agreement or give the nod for a possible strike.

Two recent proposals have been rejected by the union were offered by Washington River Protection Solutions. The most recent rejection was Oct. 9. This was the same agreement agreed to by HAMTC workers and four other Hanford subcontractors.

The new offer is the same except it doesn’t contain a bonus that would have been included for ratifying an agreement by Oct. 11. The HAMTC workers wanted the following in the new agreement:

*Eliminate mandatory overtime, continue existing premium pay and overtime practices, a $2,500 signing bonus, and to change the start time for hot weather days from 4 to 5am.

Washington River Protection Solutions rejected that plan, and countered with no guaranteed 40-hour work week, no Hanford-wide seniority or continuity of service, and other proposals. Union negotiators said those provisions were unacceptable.

If the workers vote no on the offer, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will strike. HAMTC officials say they have exhausted all of their negotiating resources.

 

More from Newstalk 870

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://newstalk870.am using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Register on Newstalk 870 KFLD: The Mid Columbia's Newstalk Leader quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!