Day 2 2/09/2016 Update

snail boyWe were quite disappointed today. After we passed the company over a dozen non-economic proposals yesterday, the company came back at 11 AM this morning and asked questions on our proposals but were not prepared to respond to any items including simple things that are a matter of law.
We then asked for dates and times for further negotiations after this week. They nearly demanded that we break for the week, because they wanted to come up with counter-proposals to ours. They claim they have proposals on other items for us but refused to provide them. They wanted to meet next on Tuesday, Feb. 23rd for only one day.
We asked for them to give us some counters, and they said if we met this week, it would be Thursday morning, and that was for a few counters they called “housekeeping”. Nothing more until the 23rd.
They said they would get their “calendars” out and talk about dates. But the only date they would talk about was the 23rd, and just that day, not for the rest of the week. They then said they would give us some days on or around the 23rd, but not before then.
Sadly, folks, the slow-down hasn’t stopped. Our IAM reps, Joe Greaser and Larry Young have negotiated hundreds of contracts, many of them first contracts. Their “act” doesn’t work. It’s obvious the company is planning to meet just enough to keep from drawing charges. They want to delay your representatives just like they’ve delayed for you six years. But it won’t work.
Let’s be clear to everyone in E85 – this contract is a top priority for the IAM. Your Negotiating Team told the company we are available EVERY DAY IN BOTH FEBRUARY AND MARCH!!! Including weekends!
So, we refuse to sit still. We are moving ahead. First off, while we don’t have a contract yet, you DO have rights on the job since the IAM is the bargaining agent for E85. We are having a Union meeting for the membership. It will be at 9 AM on Saturday Feb 20 at the District Lodge 74 Headquarters, 5307 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. If you haven’t signed an application yet, they will be available at the meeting.
As we said, you have rights. We will be selecting stewards to represent everyone in E85. We are going to have a Union Steward’s training session the next Saturday, Feb. 27th from 9 AM to 1, lunch will provided by the IAM. Let us know at the membership meeting of the 20th if you wish to attend. We have a special guest, Mary McHugh, an instructor at the IAM Education Center, and former associate counsel for the IAM. She will let you know your rights in the shop, and how to ensure your rights are maintained.
Keep watching the FB and website. We’ll be posting more info on our website on your rights and education on our Union. More to come!

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Opening Day 2/8/2016 Update

Today was the beginning!

After six and one-half years, your Negotiating Committee met with company negotiators, led by Director of Labor Relations Debra Moore. It’s been a long time getting here, but this is an important day to flag in the path to a contract.

openerSouthern Territory General Vice President Mark Blondin flew in to attend today’s opening of negotiations. GVP Blondin covers the Southern Territory, which includes 14 states through the south and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In opening remarks, GVP Blondin stressed the importance of the negotiations to the IAM, and said “We’re here to get a contract. The IAM works in a businesslike and professional matter, and I pledge to the E85 workers the full support and resources of the territory as we move forward.”

The day was substantive and productive. We passed more than a dozen non-economic proposals across the table to the company. Non-economic proposal are those that have little or nothing to do with money. Union and company rights, seniority, grievance and arbitration proposals are the type of things negotiations normally starts with. Economic proposals are usually negotiated last. DL 74 DBR Larry and Southern Territory GLR Joe Greaser led the negotiations.

The bottom line today is that the company recognized that the time for refusing to recognize your choice to Unionize is over. Your negotiators sat down with the company as equals. We will be meeting with the company every day for the rest of the week, and we will give you updates every day.

We are accepting membership applications. If you haven’t gotten an application yet, message us and we’ll get one to you.

We are starting our monthly meetings this month, as we move toward becoming our own Local Lodge. It will be at 9 AM on Saturday Feb 20 at the District Lodge 74 Headquarters, 5307 E. Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk. The meeting will be informational and will have time for questions, and shouldn’t last more than an hour. EVERYONE in the unit is invited. Applications will be available if you haven’t signed up yet.

The Wait is Over! Our Time is NOW!

Photo: (l to r) GVP Mark Blondin, Latasha Greene, Aaron Lawrence, Shannon Briscoe, Tony Polisk, DBR Larry Young, GLR Joe Greaser.

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The Wait is OVER! Our time is NOW!

Negotiations start on Monday. We will be giving you updates via this website and our Facebook Page, facebook.com/e85labor2016. Feel free to give us comments as we move forward. We will work to perfect a strong communications system. We have a lot of things planned, and we pledge to be transparent during these negotiations!

DOGS (2)We are also trying to have a contact person in every shop so we can have 100% coverage of every shop to get stuff out to you, and back to the Committee. We did some surveys and have the results back already. If you didn’t get to fill out a survey, don’t worry, this won’t be the last survey we do as we move forward to negotiate a strong IAM Contract.

We need everyone to fill out membership applications. If you haven’t been contacted yet, please message us, we want to be in contact with 100% of our unit!

Many folks are watching this Facebook and website that aren’t part of the bargaining unit. Welcome to everyone!

This is an exciting time for everyone at Hunting Ingalls, as we make history and break new ground at the facility.

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Press Release

Press Release 2/4/2016

Negotiations start on Monday. Here’s our Press Release.

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About Negotiations Training

mary_classThe Machinists Union has unique resources in the labor movement. The William W. Winpisinger Center at Placid Harbor is the IAM training center in Hollywood, MD. A year-round educational facility, the IAM has training both for full-time representatives and shop-floor members, given in 1-week courses. The Center pays room and board and travel to attend.
More information on the Center is available at winpisinger.iamaw.org.
The wait is over for a contract for E85 workers. The IAM Negotiating Committee consists of members from your unit, plus District Lodge 74 Directing Business Representative Larry Young and Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Joe Greaser.
Larry is the Business Rep covering your new unit, and he’s been involved with the organizing effort from the beginning, six and a half years ago. Both Larry and Joe are experienced negotiators who have hundreds of contract negotiations under their belts.
In the IAM, the members are in charge. Your Committee knows the issues and needs of the E85 workers, and they drive the negotiations. The IAM recognized the need for training for negotiators, and developed a week-long course, Negotiations Preparation for Negotiating Committees.
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Huntington Ingalls Committee visits IAM Training Center

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The Huntington Ingalls Newport News Negotiating Committee is at the IAM’s William W. Winpisinger training center in Hollywood, MD this week for negotiating training and strategic planning for the upcoming negotiations.
Front left to right: DL 74 Directing Business Representative Larry Young, Negotiator Mishawn Jackson, Southern Territory Grand Lodge Representative Joe Greaser. Back row: Negotiator John “Tony” Polisk, Southern Territory Communications Representative Bob Wood, Negotiator Aaron Lawrence, HQ Strategic Resources Director Neil Gladstein.

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Welcome to District Lodge 74 IAMAW

Join the other workers in Virginia that are represented by the IAM. Led by Directing Business Representative Larry Young, the IAM in Virginia has membership in many different industries. Check out what it means to be Union!

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