UPDATE: (11:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022) – Monday night, by a six to four vote, the Huntington City Council passed the resolution to support Special Metals workers on the picket line.
Councilman Pat Jones says the main goal for bringing this to the council’s attention is to help these workers get back on the job.
I think in the company there’s room for the company to move.Pat Jones, Huntington City Councilman
Jones says this is his personal opinion and he does not speak for the entire city council. We’ll continue to provide updates on the strike as more information becomes available.
HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – After nearly four months of striking, Huntington City Council members will meet Monday to vote either in support or against the Special Metal striker’s requests.
One city council member says he believes they have the six votes needed to support the strikers. He also says it’s time to get them off the picket lines and back to work.
“We’re not accusing the company of anything. You will see we’re trying to be even handed with this and say, ‘let’s quit being unreasonable, let’s get this thing settled, let’s get people back to work, and make people whole,’”Pat Jones, Huntington City Councilman
Strikers say these past few months have been tough for a lot of them and they are hoping this vote is the spark they need to get things moving in their favor.
“We’ve missed Christmas and Thanksgiving and it’s been harder on some people than others. Some people have spouses that have decent jobs and insurance and all that,” says John Lange, one of the picketers. “Hopefully this will light a fire under the company to actually get out and seriously negotiate with us.”
The City Council meeting is tonight at 7:30 p.m. and we will keep you updated as the story unfolds.