Union Workers From Tri-Cities Lab Picket For A Better Contract
RICHLAND, Wash-- Protestors from Tri-Cities Lab lined Stevens Dr. asking for a better contract, but they weren't the only protestors.
In April, TCL employees in the United Food and Commercial Workers Union voted to reject a new contract, now they've taken to the streets, but so have other workers that disagree.
TCL provides some of the lab work for the three hospitals in the Tri-Cities. Right now the company is divided between union workers on one side who say they want better wages and benefits. There's also workers on one side saying the status quo is just fine.
UFCW union members say they are paid $2 to $3 less at TCL than similar labs in the State of Washington. TCL employee Gidget Silvers hopes the informational picket sends their management a message.
"That we want a fair contract, a wage scale, and a union language, a union shop," said Gidget Silvers, TCL employee and union member.
Another union worker, against the protest, Steven Rampy, says it's a battle between people who want a union and don't want a union.
"I don't want a union because TCL does pay us good they also treat us very well," said Steven Rampy, TCL Courier.
Jobs at TCL include courier's, medical technologists, and phlebotomists.
The union workers say they'll go back to bargaining with the company next week