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As of the meeting on February 20, all contract aspects have been agreed upon by your Negotiating Committee and the Company except for wages.
Please read the full letter here for complete details and meeting information.
Please be sure to attend; your input is vital!
iMail, February 4, 2014
IAM members at Auto Truck Transport have won an arbitration case against the trucking company that is expected to spread a seven-figure back-pay reward among more than 600 drivers.
Members of Locals 641 in Cleveland, NC, and Mount Holly, NC; Local 166 in Laredo, TX; and District W24 in Portland, OR, were affected by the decision.
After more than two and a half years of arbitration, the company was found to have violated its collective bargaining agreement with the IAM when it unilaterally subcontracted some of its work to a third party beginning in 2010. Auto Truck Transport was also found to have breached its contract by not consulting with a union designee and not giving IAM drivers preferential dispatch schedules.
Click here to read more about the victory in the latest edition of “IAM Carhaul News.”
“This was a long and drawn out arbitration case, and a super victory for us,” said IAM Automotive Director Boysen Anderson, who presented the IAM’s case along with attorney Rod Tanner. “This case would not have been won without the testimony of clerical employees Aletha Dudley and Sophie Probst, who provided uncontested testimony, and Union Stewards Philip Calloway, Steve Campbell and Don Magill, and Business Representative Mark Hammond.”
The Thurston Lewis Mason Central Labor Council presented the negotiations committee at Bradken Chehalis with two signs on January 6, 2014 to use in their campaign to gain a first contract.
Pictured are Joe Kear, Lead Negotiator for the Union, Bob Guenther, President of the TLM Central Labor Council, Bradken Foundry workers and Negotiations Committee members Darren Wright, Sammy Williams and Joe Price.
New information is posted, as well as a new letter of support from AFSCME Local 3758 on the News page.
Current updates are available on Facebook! Visit here for information.
SEATTLE – Machinists Union members have voted to accept the Boeing Co.’s proposed eight-year contract with a 51 percent yes vote.
“Our members have spoken and this is the course we’ll take,” said Tom Wroblewski, the president of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, which represents more than 30,000 hourly workers at Boeing plants in Puget Sound.
The decision means Boeing will stop seeking alternate sites for its 777X aircraft program, the latest version of its best-selling widebody jet, and start preparations to start final assembly and wing fabrication in Puget Sound.
The union’s goal in coming years will be to fight to ensure Boeing lives up to its commitment to its workforce and keeps jobs in Washington state, Wroblewski said.
The vote to accept the contract came even though Wroblewski and the District 751 leadership team had unanimously recommended that union members reject Boeing’s offer, which included steep concessions on retirement and health care benefits and limits on future wage growth.
“All along we knew that our members wanted to build the 777X, and that it was in Boeing’s best interest to have them do it,” he said. “We recommended that our members reject the offer because we felt that the cost was too high, in terms of our lost pensions and the thousands of dollars in additional health care costs we’ll have to pay each year.
“Now, it’s up to all of us now to pull together to make this airplane program successful. I’m confident we will do that, because as we’ve said all along, this is the most-skilled aerospace workforce in the world.”
Local Lodge 63 organizing volunteers participated in four hours of classroom training on November 6th, 2013.
The interactive training exercises, led by Western Territory Communications Representative Josh Diaz, along with District W24 Business Representatives Will Lukens and Noel Willet, included interactive role play and discussion. It was followed by hand billing at several local machine shops.
"I'd like to thank Brother Diaz for coming up to work with our volunteers," remarked Lukens. "Improving our communication skills to get the message out about the strength of a bargaining agreement will help others seeking representation in the future."
IAM District 751 Directing Business Representative Tom Wroblewski issued the following statement: “Today, the democratic process worked and our members made the decision to not accept the company’s proposal. It is my belief that we represent the best aerospace workforce in the world and hope that as a result of this vote Boeing will not discard our skills when looking to place the 777X.
“We preserved something sacred by rejecting the Boeing proposal. We’ve held on to our pensions and that’s big. At a time when financial planners are talking about a ‘retirement crisis’ in America, we have preserved a tool that will help our members retire with more comfort and dignity."
The IAM represents more than 31,000 Boeing workers who are affected by this vote and is among the largest industrial trade unions in North America.
Ever since Bradken Engineered Products in Chehalis voted to join District W24, the parent company has stalled negotiations and appears to be unwilling to bargain in good faith with the employees' representative union, the IAM. We will attempt to keep links updated to information regarding negotiations, events and other support from the community at large on the News page.
Current updates are available on Facebook! Visit here for information.
IAM Members and covered spouses at Boeing's Portland facility in Gresham, Ore., will be asked to participate in an online health assessment again this fall. For more information, download the FAQ's here.
The 7th Annual Guide Dog Dash motorcycle ride and poker run, now named for Richard Martin, was held Saturday, August 24.
Fifty-three riders on 41 bikes turned out for the event, which began at the IBEW hall on Airport Way in Portland and ended at Lewisville Regional Park in Vancouver. The route was laid out by Linda Bender, music was provided by "Second Player Score" and Dan Newberry and family led the BBQ efforts again this year. Attendees also included Richard's family, a host of Guide Dogs and their puppy raisers, and retirees.
A special thanks to everyone who turned out for the event and our many volunteers. Your efforts are much appreciated!
Union workers at Daimler’s Swan Island Truck Plant ratified new contract terms Monday, after being on the strike lines since July 1. The strikers are members of Machinists Local 1005.
Members of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1094 had also been on strike and voted to accept the new offer on Saturday. The offer was also accepted by the International brotherhood of Teamsters and the Service Employees International Union, whose truck plant employees had been respecting the strike lines.
The new terms include an increase of $1.55 per hour over the 40 month labor agreements.
A total of 725 union workers will be returning to work at the truck plant beginning at 6:15 am Tuesday, July 23.
Union workers had been picketing around the clock at Daimler’s production facilities on Swan Island since midnight July 1.
Of the 725 union members returning to Daimler’s Portland Truck Plant, 521 are Machinist Union members working as production mechanics at the truck plant where they build Western Star brand vehicles, as well as mechanics working at the Pre-Delivery Inspection shop at another location on Swan Island.
Machinist Union members have been building trucks in Portland since Freightliner production began in 1947.
Click here for the official Media Release.
IFA Nurseries members in Canby, Ore. and Toledo, Wash. voted unanimously on June 24th and 25th to ratify a new three-year agreement.
The agreement adds additional job security language as well as spelling out a progressive disciplinary procedure. Also included is a 5% wage increase over the term of the agreement and additional holiday and vacation pay. New job classifications were also bargained, which reward employees with additional pay for their skill levels.
Business Representative Noel Willet led the negotiations, along with assistance from Business Representative Will Lukens and Local Lodge W130 President Jake Merkal. The bargaining committees from each respective location did an excellent job. Representing Canby were Jesse Cordova, Samual Hauck and Barry Bergquist. Representing Toledo were Landra Harris, Jean Wieher and Ron McGinnis. Congratulations to all of our members at IFA!
Story from the NW Labor Press
Guide Dogs of America (GDA) was the big winner at the third annual Salmon Fishing Derby May 4 sponsored by Machinists District W24. Unseasonably warm weather scared away the fish, but not fishermen and women, who donated $10,000 to the cause.
In three years the fishing derby has collected $34,000 for Guide Dogs.
The International Association of Machinists founded GDA in 1948 in Sylmar, California, to train and provide guide dogs to the blind, free of charge. The organization receives no government funding. “We depend solely on fundraising events like this, voluntary donations and bequests,” said Guide Dogs director and derby participant Dale Hartford, noting that to breed, raise and train one guide dog costs $42,000.
The fishing derby launched from the docks of RiverPlace Marina in downtown Portland at 5 a.m. For the next eight hours, 19 professional fishing guides steered four-person teams through the Willamette River in search of the big fish. The winning catch was a 13-pound salmon reeled in by Bill Trites. It was Trites’ first salmon catch ever. Winner of the sturgeon derby (for most total inches of sturgeon landed, catch and release) was Jon Holden, with 635 inches. Holden is a member of Machinists District Lodge 751 in Seattle.
President John Kleiboeker and Vice President Craig Moran installed a wheelchair ramp donated by Brother Moran at a home in Washougal, Wash. on April 6th. The grateful resident, Gary Christian, had seen the Machinists District 751 MVP program but found nothing locally for help. He contacted DL 751, who promptly notified District W24/Local 63 and the Local was happy to help! Pictured are VP Moran with the stairs (before) and President JK with the newly installed ramp and a grateful Mr. Christian.
Congratulations to Dale Puckett, for being the first Journeyman graduate of the LME Apprenticeship at ConMet!! ConMet is an aluminum diecast foundry located in Clackamas, Ore. The LME apprenticeship is fairly new to ConMet, and is their only apprenticeship. There are currently three others in the program.