Heaven Hill employees enter week 4 of strike, dad and mom are pressured

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Heaven Hill members have held the picket line for over 528 hours, over three weeks standing in opposition to the proposed contract and hoping to vary it.

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — Heaven Hill members of native 23D enter week 4 of their strike Monday. 

Native 23D President Matt Aubrey mentioned the union believes the contract, “makes cuts to time beyond regulation and threatens to divide its employees with unclear and probably unfair scheduling.”

For greater than 22 days, greater than 400 members have held the picket line. They go with out insurance coverage or earnings from Heaven Hill. The wait is weighing on Bardstown households. 

“My son had an incident final week the place I really needed to take him to the physician,” Ashley Walsh mentioned. She defined his faculty known as to let her know he was sick and he or she needed to go to the physician with out insurance coverage.

She described one value including on prime of one other, all sudden. The only mom of two mentioned she’d pay something to maintain her youngsters. “I am telling you proper now, they’re my world,” she mentioned 

To become profitable as she waits for the strike to finish, Walsh took a job working the graveyard shift at one other firm. 

Nonetheless, she makes schedules for the picket line; lots of of different members who’re carrying related issues from the identical strike.

“It is irritating,” Brittany Spalding mentioned, holding onto her sister’s little one, standing subsequent to her personal. 

Brittany’s sister, additionally on strike, is seven months pregnant and caught COVID. So, Brittany has been watching her nephew David till her sister finishes quarantine. “We have been collectively, and it has been tough,” she mentioned.

Brittany has a brand new job lined up because the strike continues on. She begins Monday however would favor to be again at Heaven Hill. 

The corporate despatched out a letter to members lately, with a duplicate of the identical contract they voted down in September. The letter defined some potential misconceptions from the contract. It mentioned present members wouldn’t be required to vary to non-traditional schedules. However members, together with Ashley Walsh, say they do not belief that the letter really explains the content material of the contract. 

As an alternative, she mentioned, she’ll proceed with the strike till she is aware of for positive that the contract will not take away time together with her youngsters. She to show them a lesson within the course of, “that should you battle for what’s proper, it will work out in the long term.” 

Since day one, union members have mentioned they will strike for “so long as it takes.” Greater than three weeks later, they’re nonetheless out at a number of areas 24-hours a day, 7 days per week.

► Contact reporter Tom Lally at TLally@whas11.com or on Fb or Twitter.

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