At 8:37 p.m. Wednesday night — in a completely unexpected and unsolicited move, hours after negotiations had concluded for the day — Osco management sent the union a contract extension proposal. The Teamsters Local 727 Bargaining Committee and Osco management have never once discussed a contract extension at the bargaining table.
“This came as a total surprise,” said John T. Coli, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 727. “As things stand, we have no interest in signing a contract extension agreement. We still have one full day of bargaining left. If the company listens to what we’ve been telling them all along and works with the union, we believe we can reach a fair agreement.”
Negotiations are scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Friday, April 29. The current contract expires on May 7.