Update Tuesday 6/28

Today we received the company’s second economic offer. While the offer does show positive progress, we aren’t there yet. The Committee is pleased that the company has decided not to attempt to freeze the pension, and gave some positive movement, although there is still a ways to go. The company also decided to drop its plan for forced overtime, and that’s a positive move, too.

Your Committee believes these moves are because your voice has been heard on the shop floor by the company, and they know you are behind your Committee.

As we move forward, your Committee believes that while there are many important issues still outstanding, the Committee is focusing on the most important issues from the surveys, including increased wages, improving our pensions, keeping health care choice and cost control.

Note that in the company offer, if it says “T/A”, that means “Tentative Agreement”, that both sides have agreed and set aside for the moment those items. Everything else remains open for further negotiation.

We also discussed Article 7, Grievance Procedure.

This pass was a step forward in some areas. Please keep up the pressure in the shop, because the only way we can bring an offer to you that this Committee can recommend is with your help and support.

Update 6/27

We met with the company several times today, speaking mostly on mutual agreements still outstanding. The company told us that they planned to give us their second economic proposal some time tomorrow afternoon.

Loren Almeroth, IAM economist from headquarters’ Strategic Resources Department, arrived yesterday and is now at the table on the Union side. He will be here for the duration of the economic negotiations, crunching the numbers on the company proposals.

Keep the date – we will be presenting the company’s proposal at 10 AM on July 9th at Will Rodgers Coliseum. The Firemen and the Nurses will meet at the Union Hall.