Negotiations started in August for a new three-year contract, Gray said. The original contract was extended, but then expired on October 7 without an agreement. The lockout started the day after, and employees have been without pay since Oct. 11, Gray said.
Among the topics in the negotiations is the union’s desire for 5% salary increases for employees each of the next three years, while the company, according to the union, asked for concessions on overtime pay and more management power in the future contract.
“Throughout this time, we have been negotiating in good faith with IBEW to reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” DuPont said in a statement issued by a spokesman on Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, we do not have a contract and are disappointed that this case remains unresolved,” the company said. “To ensure that our people and our site continue to function securely, we made the difficult decision to lock out IBEW-represented employees on the site. We remain committed to reaching an agreement with IBEW as soon as possible. is for the benefit of our employees, our website, our business and our community in the long run. “
In the absence of maintenance technicians, the company said it uses “experienced and trained contractors” to perform the maintenance roles.
Gray said a mediator at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has been involved in negotiations.