NEW HAVEN — As of 4 p.m., Friday, union workers in New Haven are still waiting for a response from officials at Felman Production, Inc., regarding negotiation of a new contract.
On Wednesday, the United Steel Workers Local 5171 met with the company and the company’s lawyer to discuss the three-year agreement contract, which expired Nov. 10. Employees have been working under an extension of the previous deal since then.
According to Kayla Wray, executive board member of the union, this is not typical of the company to delay in responding.
“The company’s lawyer asked (the union) what was needed in order to make the contract pass,” Wray said. She said the workers asked for five cents an hour in addition to the 50-cent raise the company has offered. Union members also want the company to reinstate a $400 signing bonus that was not included in the first contract offer that the union rejected.
Felman officials said “have proposed several offers; none of which the workers agree to.”
For now, Wray said that a strike or a lock-out is still possible.
“Perhaps we will hear something by Monday,” Wray said. “But if not, then we are going back across the road to speak with the officials once more.”