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    Default Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    05:17 PM PST on Thursday, February 26, 2009

    By KING5.com Staff



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    Members of the Teamster's Union took to the picket line outside branches of Oak Harbor Freight Lines late last year.

    AUBURN, Was. - A five-month strike between Oak Harbor Freight Lines Inc. and its union has ended.

    Al Hobart, vice president of the Western Regional of the Teamsters International Union, says some employees returned to work today.

    "The union made an offer to unconditionally return to work, which we've done, but there are still major issues to be resolved," he said. "Even though we're back to work we still have ongoing issues with achieving the new agreement."
    Oak Harbor Freight strike over | Local News | KING5.com | News for Seattle, Washington

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    well it sounds like they have finally started calling drivers back. How many in Auburn have returned to work?

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    I heard all dock inbound and outbound are returning strikers and they started moving in the drivers (after their UA) today and line drivers tonight. It should be fully staffed by Teamsters within a couple of days.

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    I think you could very well see them out on the line again in the future how soon is the question! Go to thread OHFL Retaliates Against Returning Workers.

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    I'm glad the guys are back to work but to retaliate against the 13 drivers is BS!

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    Quote Originally Posted by dc428 View Post
    I'm glad the guys are back to work but to retaliate against the 13 drivers is BS!
    I think with all the tactics OHFL are pulling the guys could be back out very soon on an ULP Strike once again. It is not only the BS with the 13 drivers. This company just needs to go under as far as I am concerned!

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    You know for someone with a job at another company and not having lost all the money we have standing on the picket line for over 5 months it must be pretty easy to say company needs to go broke. Bobby Bare wrote a song a long time ago that was titled I'm a Winner. I think we all feel that way right now and if the VP's have the brains God gave a goose they must feel the same way. Hopefully the issues we are dealing with now will be resolved and the company can start to grow again. It used to be a premium job and I would love to see that happen again.

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    Quote Originally Posted by taildragger View Post
    You know for someone with a job at another company and not having lost all the money we have standing on the picket line for over 5 months it must be pretty easy to say company needs to go broke. Bobby Bare wrote a song a long time ago that was titled I'm a Winner. I think we all feel that way right now and if the VP's have the brains God gave a goose they must feel the same way. Hopefully the issues we are dealing with now will be resolved and the company can start to grow again. It used to be a premium job and I would love to see that happen again.
    I am sorry that I may have been a insensitive to the strikers on the picketline and their struggles. It was not meant to come out that way. I just think that even after you guys are all back they are going to be picking every single one of you off one by one. That seems to be the mentality of the owners of this company and many other companies. The DC manager at my work has already made it known that his main goal before he retires is to bust the union at the shop I work at and it sounds to be the same at OHFL.

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    Default how is the 174 strike fund holding out?

    I heard that local 174 had to cut back on weekly strike benefits due to the fund getting so low. Not sure if it is true, does anyone know?

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    Default Re: Oak Harbor Freight strike over

    As far as I know their is no longer a strike, benefits may have been reduced in the last week for some members that were on strike half a week then went back to work. I thought 174 had a pretty good war chest going, but that is just speculation on my part.

    This company is downright evil as I read some of their documents at oakhanswers.com. The BS they spew about respecting their employees to chose a union is so out their, specifically when you take their actions throughout this process into consideration.

 

 

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