At the end of the day on August 21, 2019, the Court sustained our objection to the Company's proposed reorganization. The Court agreed with our legal argument that the Debtors cannot get their plan approved without first either getting our agreement to modify our CBAs or getting the Court's approval to reject them. The Court overruled ALL of the other objections to the Plan and told the Debtors that but for the issues with us, the Court is ready to approve their Reorganization Plan, which would allow them to emerge from bankruptcy within the next few months. Based on the reaction in the packed courtroom, I don't think it ever occurred to the Company that we could stop them from moving forward with their multi-billion-dollar deal.
This is a tremendous victory for Local 29 and Local 270 - and, most likely, for everyone else who works for the Company. Although we still have work to do, we can see the finish line. I want to thank our attorney Joyce Goldstein for the passion in which she has fought for our members to get what they deserve. Glenn Camp has been there every step of the way making sure Joyce understood exactly what our members should be getting. We had some tough decisions to make on whether to take a lesser offer or continue to fight for everything, so along with Joe Kristian, Shaun majors, Bill Lacy, Glenn and myself we decided to fight and it has paid off. The last piece of the puzzle was the support by the members that sent the message to the Company that we are sticking together and want what we deserve. -Kenn Bradley