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LOCAL 201 REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH VEOLIA

 

LOCAL 201 REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH VEOLIA ON A NEW 3 YEAR CONTRACT
 
MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS & VOTE THURS., MAY 23 12:30PM and 3:15PM @ UNION HALL 112 EXCHANGE STREET, LYNN
 
On Friday May 17, 2013 Local 201 reached a tentative agreement on a new 3 year Contract with Veolia Water. Negotiations had hit a “standstill” on April 26 but with membership meetings, actions and solidarity showed by members, the Union finally was able to secure an agreement despite a tough economic negotiating environment. The agreement was reached 17 days past the official non-extended expiration date of our 2010-2013 Labor Agreement. The agreement contains 3 wage rate increase built into the base pay and no unpopular lump sum bonuses.
 
Following is a SUMMARY of the Key Points of the Agreement:
 
WAGES
 
May 1, 2013 - 1.75% (for ALL members and retroactive to May 1, 2013)
 
May 1, 2014 - 2.25% * (see note #1 below)
 
May 1, 2015 - 2.50% * (see note #1 below)
 
• Note #1: Second and Third year wage increases not applicable for employees whose license is below that which is required for their position. If operators with G2 license achieve a G4 license during this contract, their wages would increase 13.7% over the 3 contract years! If operators with no license achieve a G4 license during this contract, their wages would increase 17.1% over the 3 contract years! This means that almost one third of the workforce has the opportunity to secure huge wage increases during this 3 year agreement.
• Note: # 2: New Rate chart established for O&M Techs with license requirements lowered and an opportunity to secure additional rate increases beyond the 3 general wage increases above. Also, the old O&M II rate become new O&M III rate (G6 license required) giving one member an $0.88 per hour rate increase before any of the 3 general wage rate increase are even applied.
• Company will schedule and pay 50% up front for the cost of a G4 license preparation class at the plant if a minimum of 8 sign up. Members pay the other 50% but will be reimbursed if they pass the G4 exam within 6 months of completion of class. Members will be also reimbursed for the cost of the G4 Test if they pass.
MEDICAL
 
• Members in EPO or PPO medical plans, who become “Wellness participants”, shall have premium rates locked in at 20% of the plan costs for the 2014, 2015 and 2016, rather than paying the standard company non-union premium rates which range all the way up to 25% of plan costs. Requirements to be a Wellness participant, especially for 2014, are extremely simple and all members are urged to participate and lock in the reduced rate.
• Members electing not to participate in “Wellness” and choose to stay in the EPO Medical plan would pay premiums between 25.8% and 27.8 % of plan costs OR could switch to the cheaper PPO medical plan to hold down their premium payments.
• For all members- If the Medical premiums members pay rise over 25% from today’s premium rate over the life of the Contract (as a result of Plan cost increases), members on payroll and participating in the plan for 3 years shall receive a one- time payment January 1, 2016 based on their current plan election as follows: Individual = $100; Employee + 1 or children = $200; Family = $300.
PENSION AND 401K
 
• To maintain participation in the Defined Benefit Pension Plan at the current monthly benefit rate, the Company will increase their current $0.85 per hour payment for members to $0.97 (May 1, 2013), $1.10 (May 1, 2014), and to $1.25 (May 1, 2015). These payments maintain the current benefit level and do not increase it.
• No changes in the 401K plan
JOB SECURITY
 
• Our NO LAYOFF CLAUSE remains in the Contract, modified to allow an exception if there is a MAJOR change in the scope of services implemented by the LWSC and provided that such layoff does not also violate any provisions of the Company’s contract with the LWSC. As members are aware, the LWSC voted recently NOT to make a major scope cutback and shall continue to use incineration. This was a right decision and supported by the Union.
 
 
TIME-OFF
 
• Defended our time off program as related to Perfect Attendance. Beat back a Company proposal to eliminate members earning extra days off and change the program into a bonus program. Also, secured a provision that one instance of tardiness will not disqualify a member from the days off awards.
• Sick time now can be taken in one hour increments(currently only 4 or 8 hour increments) when a member has a medical appointment, gets 24 hour advance approval and provides documentation from a qualified medical provider.
• New language allowing the use of funeral leave days when a death occurs while one is on a pre-scheduled vacation.
• No additional restrictions on use of time off, as Company proposals aimed at doing such were withdrawn.
 OVERTIME PAY CALCULATION
 
• Beat back a hated company proposal that would have eliminated vacation days, holiday, PA days, Personal Days and Floating Holidays for counting as time worked for the purpose of OT pay calculations. Our language stays the same!
OTHERS
 
• Swampscott pager premium increased from $50.00 to $75.00.
• Tool allowance (every other year) increased from a net $100 to a net $125.
• Shift premium increased from $1.15 to $1.20 (swing shift) and from $1.40 to $1.45 (third shift) on January 1, 2014.
• Safety Program modified and Quarterly bonus amounts increased from $75.00 to $100.00. Extra annual bonus increased from $100.00 to $150.00.
• Clarified language that a member gets paid the higher rate on the first day when assigned temporarily to a higher rated classification.
• CMV and Hydraulic Bonus amounts will be now paid out within 2 pay periods at the end of the contract year and members will be eligible for pro-rated payments in the event of an employee resignation, retirement or medical leave during the annual period
• No agreement on Medication Grievance Settlement still applying –will have to be settled in grievance procedure or even at Arbitration.
 
 
Your Union Negotiating Committee is recommending acceptance. Please attend one of the information meetings this Thursday for information, discussion and a ratification vote.
 
 
 
IUE-CWA Local 201 Veolia Negotiating Committee
 
(5-20-13)
 
 
 
 
 
 

VEOLIA CONTRACT UPDATE

 

IMPORTANT IUE-CWA LOCAL 201 VEOLIA

MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Tuesday April 30, 2013

12:30 PM and 3:15 PM (2 sessions)

@ UNION HALL

 

Local 201 is calling an emergency meeting for all our Veolia members. Contract Negotiations have hit a standstill. On Friday April 26, 2013 the Company presented what they said was their “final offer” or “close to final offer”.

 

It is unacceptable to your negotiating committee. We have not reached any tentative agreement and there will be no official ratification vote. We told the Company we did not think our members would approve this company proposal. We will go over the entire proposed package with members on Tuesday. We want your opinions on it.  Below is what we see as the major negatives.

 

  1. The Company Wage proposal is extremely low.
  2. The Company Medical Offer strips all our current contractual safeguards, which gave members at least a “bit of relief” from the danger of huge medical premium increases.
  3. The Company Medical proposal also penalizes members with huge premium increases, if they do not go join the Wellness program
  4. The Company proposal takes away vacation days, holidays, PA days, Personal Days and Floating Holidays for counting as time worked for the purpose of overtime pay calculation.
  5. The Company proposal would make it highly likely that our members would lose our current quarterly/annual Safety Bonus, with disqualification if there is any OSHA Recordable injury or accident (even if there was no lost time as a result).
  6. The Company proposal eliminates all safety “make up” meetings and thus subjects members to increased risk of discipline.
  7. The Company proposal provides no increase in CMV and/or Hydraulic Bonus amounts.
  8. The Company is stating they will not honor the grievance mediation settlement of Case #55 anymore. This has to do with protecting the Operators job classification from infringement by the Lead Operators classification under certain circumstances.
  9. The Company is rejecting a Union proposal for time and one half pay when there is State or Federal declared emergency.

 

OVER

 

 

 

                                                        (2)

 

Your negotiating committee feels this is an unfair proposal. This is a multi-national French Company that makes billions of dollars each year. This is a Company that was granted a 20 year operations agreement back in 2001 with the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission (LWSC), which was supported by the Union and majority of union members.  As employees, you perform an important job for the community and maintaining our ocean’s water quality. You work around raw sewage and not in the healthiest of environments. Due to “barebones” staffing, you often can’t take your entitled days off when you want. You must work in weather event emergencies. You deserve a fair proposal.

 

The union has shown good faith in these negotiations by withdrawing all our proposals for additional paid time off and pension improvements. The Union also addressed in contract language important Company concerns regarding excessive costs they would have to bear, should the LWSC cut back a significant scope of services Veolia performs at the plant.

 

Our current Contract was due to expire on 12:01AM Wednesday, May 1, 2013. However, it stays in effect per Article 42 until such time as one of the parties gives 5 days written notice that the Contract will terminate. No such notice has been given by either party. Please make sure you read the Strike Information material being distributed by the Stewards and fill out a Strike Benefit Card.

 

Ric Casilli                 Alex Brown             Pete Capano            Roger Moreau

 

 

                                                                                                                                  Business Agent          President                 Vice President           Chief Steward

 

(4/26/13)

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Latest on Union and GE strike "NOTICE" talks.

 

GE STRIKE “NOTICE” MEETINGS UPDATE

Friday, March 1, 2013

 

 

On ND #126, 864 involving the failure of the Company to adequately notify the Union of the transfer of ongoing production work out of Building 66 to Korea, the Company and Union met on Feb. 28. The Company presented some charts showing the work lost in Lynn and work gained in Lynn as a result of GE’s 2006 “Industrial Cooperation Agreement” with Korea. The Union asked many questions but at first glance it appeared that the work loss increased over the last 2 years and that the “deal” really has hurt Lynn in Plant IV, Plant I and Assembly and Test. There are going to be more follow up meetings on this to understand the details of this agreement’s impact and if there is anyway to restructure this agreement to make it more favorable to Lynn.

 

The new Plant IV joint company/union sub-committee met in a “training session” on Feb. 27. The meeting was to have UR/HR and the union BA to explain the process that was negotiated under this strike notice grievance to address farm-out notice problems, discuss farm in proposals and other related shop cost issues.   The union’s sub-committee members are Plant IV Board member Mark Workman, Bldg 66 stewards Rick Young, Helen Hughes, Mike McDermott, Karl Eddy, and Pat Ryan; and Bldg 32 Punch Press Wayne Murray. They will be involved in weekly meetings with their Plant IV shop management to attempt to get more work in the shop and address other issues impacting work. Their first official meeting to start addressing some of these serious problems will be Tuesday, March 5.

In a related development, BA Ric Casilli and VP Pete Capano, on Friday March 1 visited a number of first shift areas of Bldg 66 after requesting Plant IV Manager Todd Powers to join them to witness the shortages of work. The Plant Manager did such and listened to the serious concerns of many members, along with other business leaders and company HR. Stewards Young, Ryan and Hughes and board member Workman were also present and involved

 

The Company has NOT agreed to a Union proposal at this point to hire additional vertical boring mill operators and thus this grievance is still not resolved. It is hopeful that in the course of the upcoming meetings on the Korea work and/or the workings of the joint sub-committee that there will be a way to return some farmed out vertical boring mill and other classification’s work to the plant and hire some additional operators. Strike notice meetings of this grievance will likely be tabled for at least a month to let this process work.

 

On February 21, 2013 there was another meeting on strike notice ND# 126, 944, involving the failure of the Company to notify the Union of the transfer of gage calibration work out of Bldg. 76 to a vendor in Maine. The Union is waiting a Company answer as to why the union was never notified of a large list of gages that have been farmed out since June, 2012. The Company said they needed to research the issue more. The Union has made some suggestions on hiring 2 more gage inspectors without the Company incurring any additional indirect labor costs. The Company is still reviewing those suggestions. This case is likely to be scheduled again for discussion after Step II on Thursday, March 7.

 

Both Strike “notices” remain in active status, with no settlements reached at this point. The IUE-CWA Local 201 GE Grievance Board continues to  carefully monitor any progress being made on the two cases.

Strike notice update

 

GE STRIKE MEETINGS NOTICE UPDATE

Thursday, February 14, 2013

 

The Union and Company met on Wednesday February 13, 2013 over the two strike notice grievances regarding farm out.

 

On ND #126, 864 involving the failure of the Company to notify the Union of the transfer of ongoing production work out of Building 66 to Korea, the Company is setting up a meeting with company representatives that are involved in the “Industrial Cooperation Agreement” with Korea to explain the program and any latitudes they may have regarding where the work is performed. The Company also agreed with Union proposals regarding the formation of a joint company/union sub-committee in Plant IV to address farm-out notice problems and to discuss farm in proposals.Local 201 plans to call out Plant IV Stewards sometime during the next 2 weeks to explain the workings of this sub- committee , as the first step in getting it off the ground. The sub-committee will include the Plant IV Board member and somestewards in weekly meetings to attempt to keep more work in the shop.  

 

The Company has NOT agreed to a Union proposal at this point to hire additional vertical boring mill operators and thus the grievance is still not resolved. It is hopeful that in the course of the upcoming meetings on the Korea work and/or the workings of the joint sub-committee that there will be a way to return some farmed out vertical boring mill to the plant and hires some additional operators. Strike notice meetings of this grievance will likely be tabled for at least a month.

 

On ND# 126, 944 involving the failure of the Company to notify the Union of the transfer of gage calibration work out of Bldg. 76 to a vendor in Maine, the Union presented a large partial list of work farmed out since June, 2012 that we were never notified of. The Company presented a list of work that they contended we did not have the capability of doing in Lynn. There was debate over the 2 lists with both sides wanting to review them. The Union made some suggestions on hiring 2 more gage inspectors without the Company incurring any additional indirect labor costs, which the Company said they would review. Another “strike notice” meeting was scheduled for Thursday February 21, 2013 to continue discussion over resolutions to this grievance.

 

BuIlding 29 update

 

BLFDG 29 TO REOPEN TONIGHT (TUES. FEB 12) @ 11PM

 

The Bldg. 29 Plant leader has informed Local 201 that Building 29 will reopen for the small 3rd shift tonight at 11:00PM and will be open for the regular first shift at 7AM on Wednesday, February 13. The building had been shut down since late yesterday evening due to a roof problem.

STRIKE NOTICE UPDATE

 

GE STRIKE NOTICE MEETINGS UPDATE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2013

 

The Company and Union met on Monday February 4 over the two Farm-Out Strike Notice Grievances issued on January 24, 2013.

 

ND#126, 864 - Grievance protesting failure of the Company to notify the Union of the transfer of ongoing production work out of Bldg. 66 to Korea

 

The Company and Union have agreed in principle to form a joint Bldg 66/32 sub-committee of the Joint Competiveness and Growth Committee (formerly Jobs Preservation Steering Committee) referenced in Article XXII. After much discussion, the parties have agreed on most of the framework of the sub-committee. The Building 66/32 sub-committee will meet weekly, at least in the beginning, and discuss farm-in and farm out initiatives and notices. The sub-committee will be made up of 4-6 management members and 4-6 union representatives, including shop stewards. Except in emergencies, 24 hour notice on any farm-out will be provided the union committee to give the time for the union to make proposals on keeping the work in house if it so chooses. The Union has requested that this sub-committee begin functioning within the next couple of weeks, despite the grievances not being resolved. The successful workings of this sub-committee are a key ingredient if there is to be any settlement of this grievance.

The Company, to this point, has refused to return any work from Korea or hire any additional IR19 Vertical Boring Mill Operators, which were heavily impacted by the loss of that work. The union has requested a complete list of all parts sourced to Plant IV and a list of what is farmed out, including vertical boring mill work.

 

ND# 126, 944 – Grievance protesting the failure of the Company to notify the Union over the transfer of gage calibration work out of Bldg. 32 to a vendor in Maine.

 

The Company supplied some union requested information on their outside vendor costs but the information was unclear and the Union is awaiting clarification. The Union also is still requesting a list of gage calibration work vended to outside sources. The Company is still refusing to hire any more R22 gage inspectors to return to the manpower levels before the retirements.

 

Three Upcoming Meetings Scheduled

 

Local 201 representatives (BA, Board Member & Plant IV Stewards) have a meeting today Tuesday, February 5 with Plant IV management to be informed about the farm-out 2013 schedule for Plant IV.

 

The plant wide Jobs Competiveness and Growth Committee (JCGC) is scheduled to meet for 3 ½ hours on Monday February 11, 2013. This meeting involves all the River Works Business leaders, Plant Manager, Senior HR Manager, UR, HR, and the entire Local 201 GE Grievance Board.  Company negotiators have repeatedly “kicked” union grievance settlement proposals involving additional hiring to this meeting.

 

Negotiations over the strike notices will resume on Wednesday, February 13 following this site wide meeting.

 

This website will continue to carry updates of any significant development on these strike notices, which remain active until a date in July 2013, unless previously settled.

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