Union Leaders Threaten CU's Viability In Ongoing Strike
Tensions increased between management at Madison County FCU and the Office and
The striking workers were joined on the picket lines by sympathetic members of several unions sponsoring the credit
Union representatives threatened to encourage unions with the credit union and their members to pull deposits and
James Hensley, chief negotiator for the local, said he has agreements with two local credit unions also represented by
"We hate to do this because it's going to destroy that credit union. But if they're going to destroy the union and fire
Some Replacements Hired
CU representatives said earlier they have hired permanent replacements for several of the striking workers and will
Credit union officials could not be reached for comment last week.
Still, Hensley described a mood change in bargaining sessions held last week, including a brief meeting New Year's
"We're making some progress because we finally got the board involved in the negotiations. We got the attorney out
"We agreed to some minor things and we're pretty close on some other minor things," said Hensley. "But these are
"Hopefully, they'll hold up on hiring replacements," he added.
The workers went out on strike three weeks ago after rejecting the credit union's final contract offer, which was
That contract called for 3% raises for each of its three years and increased employee contributions on health