CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Some Mueller Company workers have gone on strike over contract renewals.
The company proposed alternative shifts, changing workers’ schedules from eight-hour shifts Monday through Friday to four 10-hour shifts per week.
Workers also say that Mueller is bringing in more workers and taking away their option of overtime pay.
Those on the picket line are part of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
Organizer Keith McFarland says the strike boils down to workers’ quality of life.
“If the company wants to move to an alternative work schedule, they want the right to be able to vote to determine whether or not they go on that schedule,” McFarland said.
The group says they almost unanimously voted to reject Mueller’s proposal but hopes to reach an agreement soon.