Hutchinson Dillon Stores has submitted a final contract offer to striking advertising workers, union and company officials said.
Union members could vote on the proposal as early as today, said Chuck Mosqueda, president of Teamsters Local No. 795. He said advertising employees met Wednesday to discuss the contract.
Mosqueda said Dillons set the deadline at midnight Monday for accepting the contract. However, he said: ``The opinion of the union is that it's lacking.''
He said the proposed contract allows subcontracting and outsourcing, which he said would undermine the workers' job security. Newspaper advertisements already have been outsourced to a Wichita company, he said.
Dillons spokesman Dennis Gaschler declined to comment on the status of the company's newspaper advertisements. He confirmed a final offer had been made to the advertising workers but said he was not aware of a deadline.
Jackson Ice Cream workers went on strike March 22. Dillons advertising employees joined them the next day. Dillons bakery and warehouse employees are honoring the picket lines.
Insurance is one of the biggest sticking points in the proposed contract, Mosqueda said. Under the old contract, Dillons was required to offer insurance equal to or better than a current Teamsters plan. Mosqueda said Dillons no longer wants to offer health insurance under those guidelines.