Shutdown Info

Local 8-957 takes the fight to Charleston

Viatris Update 06.11.2021

As our local committee and the International continue with effects bargaining with Viatris, we are also taking the fight for our facility to the streets this coming week.

On Tuesday, June 8, we will be meeting at the Morgantown Mall at 8:00 A.M. and heading to the Governor’s Mansion in Charleston for a solidarity rally.

We want to thank everyone who attended our local union meetings this past Tuesday, where our local committee was joined by leaders from the International union, including Vice President Fred Redmond.

We continue to engage in bargaining the effects of Viatris’ decision to close our facility, working toward an agreement that reflects our hard work, service and dedication. We have exchanged proposals with Viatris, with the most recent being a counterproposal that we presented to the company last week.

Our local bargaining committee this week continued its work on effects bargaining. We received the company’s response to our opening proposal on April 22, and this week, after much careful, deliberation, we submitted our counterproposal.

Our local bargaining committee this week continued its work on effects bargaining. As you should already know, we gave the company our proposal in late March, and on April 22, we received a response. Late last week, we met with the company by video so we could discuss this response.

This week, our local bargaining committee met with representatives from the International to formulate a counter-proposal. We will be scheduling a meeting with Viatris soon so we can present our counter-proposal to the company.

Last Friday, you should have received a video message from USW International Vice President Fred Redmond in which he provided multiple updates about our campaign, including information on effects bargaining.

Among the information he shared was some background on how effects bargaining typically works and the process the local bargaining committee is following in exchanging proposals with the company.

If you missed the video, you can access and view it here.

Bargaining Continues

As we wait for a written response from Viatris to our proposal, we want to make sure you’re aware that our local website has been updated. It includes information you may find useful, including a detailed explanation of effects bargaining and information regarding Union Plus Hardship Assistance.