After almost 11 weeks, employees are still continuing to protest and picket the CARQUEST Distribution Center.
Negations between the United Steelworkers Local 12934 and the company remain unresolved after Bay City employees were locked out with no contract on Sept. 24.
Since the initial lockout, employees have not received a paycheck and have no benefits. They were also unsuccessful in collecting unemployment benefits.
Local politicians have taken an interest in the lockout. Protestors have been visited by Bay City Mayor Charles Brunner, Sen. Jim Barcia, D-Bay City, and Rep. Jeff Mayes, D-Bay City, all showing support for the workers.
Picketers have also appeared at the CARQUEST locations in Saginaw and Midland since the union members were locked out. The hope is to steer customers away from CARQUEST brand parts until the contracts have been resolved.
According to the Bay City Times, an agreement has yet to form. But Dan Kennel, president of Local 12934-02, says progress is being made.
“We are 99.9 percent done with the language and our next two meetings will go into economics, which is a big plus,” he said.
The union and CARQUEST will meet again to discuss further contract negotiations on Dec. 17.