In an overwhelming majority, members of IAM Local 387 voted to grant the Negotiating Committee Strike Sanction Authority. This strike sanction vote does NOT mean a strike is likely. It shows support for negotiators that members are serious about getting a good contract.
These votes are typically held well in advance of the company’s last offer. The IAM Constitution requires a reaffirmation of strike sanction when members vote on GKN’s final offer January 24.
“Our members cast their votes today to show that they are united behind the bargaining committee, and to send a message to the company that they expect an essential contract,” said IAM Local 387 President Joe Blanke.
“This is the time to show strength through solidarity and send a message to GKN that we deserve a fair and equitable agreement, said IAM Aerospace Chief of Staff Jody Bennett, who is leading the negotiations with GKN Aerospace. “Nothing less is acceptable.”