They say they're not asking for much, just what is fair. And what they say is fair is what was in their contract. But that contract has now expired.
About one hundred fifty Chesapeake Energy Employees are taking their fight to the public – because they say they don't deserve the way they're being treated. At the top of their list is health care insurance for their retirement years.
Gail Branham and many others took time off from work to let Chesapeake Energy know they're very serious about their frustrations. She says, “It's been established practice of a lot of big companies, the first thing they cut is the retiree benefits and your medical, and it’s got to come to a stop. You go to the government and they're right behind the companies and stuff. They're the ones that allow the companies to do this and it's not right to the working man and woman.”
Chesapeake is headquartered in Oklahoma City and the picketing workers say they'll show up there the minute the union gives the word.
But union reps told us Monday's talks were the most productive they've had in the last 110 days, and the union is set to meet again with Chesapeake next week.
Scott Rotruck from Chesapeake issued a written statement saying, "We welcome the free exchange of ideas…while we work through some areas of disagreement, we look forward to reaching an agreement that is positive for both sides."
Rotruck said he believes the two sides will work together to have a contract soon.