Archives 2012

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District 98 Social – Guide Dogs Fund Raiser November 17, 2012

The Social was a fund raiser for Guide Dogs of America. The proceeds from the Social will be donated to the Guide Dogs of America.  Many prizes were given out during the event.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a another success and to those who donated prizes. Everyone had a good time even those who did not win a prize.

 

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Local Lodge 2448 on Strike – Clarion Sintered Metals

 

The Members of Local Lodge 2448 employed by Clarion Sintered Metals in Ridgway, PA., have been on strike since April 30, 2012. The main issues involve equal percentage wage increases and a better pension for all. The Company has offered skilled members 3% and the unskilled 2%.

Union members showed up for a Rally at the picket line wearing Black during the morning shift change when the scabs and Company salaried employees were arriving for work.

 Submitted by: District Lodge 98 Business Representative Bob Miller.

 

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 District 98 sponsored a Steward Training Seminar with Eastern Territory Education Representative Donna Perinetti on March 17, 2012 at Local lodge 1842 Hall, Franklin, Pa

The seminar was a success . The response was enthusiastic with 34 members attending from Local Lodges 52, 1060, 1211, 1671, 1842, 1968, 2430 and 2439. These locals are from Pittsburgh to Erie and as far East as Emilton and Butler. The locals are represented by Timothy Buck ADBR, Todd Fichera BR, and Robert Miller BR. The seminar was held on March 17, 2012 from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.

District 98 staff would like to thank Eastern Territory Education Representative Donna Perinetti –  her expertise, knowledge, wisdom and input provided much appreciated education to all that attended. Sister Perinetti is truly an asset. The staff would also like to thank everyone for attending, and Local Lodge 1842 for the use of their Hall.

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Submitted by Timothy P. Buck, Asst. Directing Business Representative IAMAW District Lodge 98

 


   Memberships of LL1211 and LL1968 vote to Secure Jobs

Members of Local lodge 1211 which represent 240 IAMAW members and Local lodge 1968 which represent 24 IAMAW working at Lord Corporation in Erie, Pa ratify four (4) year extension on their current collective bargaining agreements that was to expire January 10, 2014.

Lord Corporation which is a Global recognized company that manufactures Aerospace , for the military and commercial industry, electrical, and mechanical . Lord is the second largest employer in Erie.

The Erie facility is the largest employer and only union shop of Lord Corp, that is represented By Timothy P. Buck Assistant Directing Business Representative of District 98.

The company contacted the union representatives in September of 2011 that the 90,000. Square foot facility that has been in Erie for 70 plus years is not large enough to continue there .

The company requested to meet and negotiate economics and an extension of the current agreement as a commitment from the union for stability while they were looking to achieve a one million square foot facility in Erie.

This would be a committed investment from the company of investing sixty to one hundred million dollars. In purchase, renovations and upgrading machinery at a new facility which was a previous manufacturing site in Summit township.

There were many local politicians and state wide politicians that were involved, up to the governor’s office that supported the retention of these jobs in Pennsylvania, as well as company CEOs from Lord .

The skilled memberships from the locals surely were a key factor in retaining the facility. Which according to the company will grow with the possibility of 100 additional jobs.

The Local lodge 1968 contract was ratified on November 13, 2011.

Local lodge 1211 rejected the first proposal on November 13, 2011, on December 5, 2011 they voted on and ratified a four (4) year agreement that would be in effect until January 10, 2018.

 Changes include:

3% wage increase each year

Health care improvements while no increase on the memberships agreement percentage

Dental improvements

A $4.00 Increases in the pension multiplier

Increase of ½ day personal day. to 3 ½ days each year

Increase 25 more members from second tier level to first tier would be to 200 members in LL1211

LL1968 increase additional equity increases $.10 per hr each year.

The locals’ negotiating teams were instrumental in securing the ratified agreements for their memberships.

Congratulations!

Submitted by: Timothy P. Buck

Asst. Directing Business Representative

IAMAW District Lodge 98

 


 

Further proof it pays to belong!

The grievance committee of Local Lodge 2171 and District Lodge 98 Business Representative Robert Miller settled a grievance on behalf of Barry Hostetler a member L.L. 2171. Mr. Hostetler had been unjustly suspended from his job by his employer Lockheed Martin Aeroparts, Inc. in Johnstown Pa. on October 6th, 2009.

The settlement called for Mr. Hostetler to be returned to work in August of 2011 with all seniority rights. Mr. Hostetler received $71,000.00 in back pay. He also received all of other benefits under the contract including accrued flex time which amounted to 183.48 hours. Mr. Hostetler is further proof that it pays to belong.

 

LL 2171 Committee members  L-R John Belinda, Gene Nichols and Tim Williamson

LL 2171 Committee members
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Congressman Jason Altmire receives MNPL Donation

IAM members Todd Fichera, Bill Hollowood, and John Workmeister presenting Congressman Jason Altmire with a MNPL campaign contribution. Congressman Altmire recently voted with labor on all three free trade agreements. With Congress constantly trying to hurt middle class America it is vital that we support our congressman that support us.

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Submitted by: Todd R. Fichera, Business Representative, IAMAW District Lodge 98

Please note that MNPL donations are NOT from DUES dollars, they are paid from voluntary donations from our members. If you are interested in learning more about the MNPL and/or how to donate you should talk to your Local Lodge officers or your Business Representative, or click here to go to the IAM MNPL page.

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