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Valley communities came together this week to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty during Peace Officers Memorial Week. The Athens Police Department honored fallen officers by raisingMore >>
Valley communities came together this week to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty during Peace Officers Memorial Week.More >>
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The National Weather service confirmed two EF-0 tornados touched down Friday in Limestone County. Showers and storms moved in around 10 a.m. A few of those storms intensified as they tracked eastwardMore >>
The National Weather service confirmed two EF-0 tornados touched down Friday in Limestone County.
Union members will vote on the proposed deal Thursday night at the Ninth Grade Academy in Old Central High School in Fayetteville at 6 p.m., according to a union news release.
The release stated that a majority vote to accept the offer would effectively end the strike.
Company officials declined to talk with WAFF, but earlier on Wednesday, WAFF 48 News spoke with a union spokesperson. Just hours before the announcement, he expressed hope that a deal was near.
There were several issues that had to be worked out according to the union. Health care prices were one of the main points of contention.
"You can call us greedy, but that's just not the case." said IAM spokesman Bob Wood. "The folks here have given up concessions, their pensions have been frozen, because they understood that it's important to keep the jobs here. We've given a lot, and so, workers need to stand together now."
Wood also pointed out that he's seen a lot of backing for his workers from the community. Cars honked in support as they drove by the picked line during our interview. "The community has been very supportive of us, we've had lots of donations from local businesses, we've had bottled water out here for the strikers and food and things like that. So this is a community effort."
In a statement from Goodman Manufacturing, officials said the deal would include "increased wages, improvements in employee contributions on medical coverage, an improvement in the two-tier wage scale from the previous offer, and improvements in pay for employees on continuous shifts."