KDNA Radio and Union Members Make Settlement after a 26 Day Strike
GRANGER, Wash.- After 26 days of striking, employees from Granger's KDNA radio agreed to a settlement. Employees started their strike after two employees were allegedly fired for unfair reasons.
As a part of the settlement, the nine employees on strike will return to work on Monday. This decision came after radio executives and union members agreed to let the two employees fired go before an arbitrator.
KDNA employees say this is a big step towards what they've been fighting for. Employees say they were hoping to have the two employees hired back on. Instead, the two employees will have a third party judge examine why they were fired and decide whether or not this violates fair labor practices. KDNA employees say this could swing in their favor. Employees are also seeking a grievance procedure and fair labor. Regardless of how the arbitration turns out, employees say the last 26 days have been worth it.
"To reach fairness and justice and really hope people will see when something is being done and there not a reason for it hopefully they will fight for it," said Jesus Sosa, who is the production manager for KDNA.
Employees say the union and radio executives are currently working on a contract. They are discussing whether or not more employee benefits will be added. Meanwhile, the two employees that were fired are waiting for their arbitration to be scheduled.