Brothers and sisters of Local 1050,
It looks like 2014 will be another “Banner Year” financially for Cleveland Works. We have all sacrificed the changes to get where we are today with automation, process changes, elimination of old equipment and buildings, breaks and cleanup elimination, high management turnover to mention a few.
As we’ve reported to you earlier in February, the Bargaining Committee met with Alcoa to try and resolve the Breaks and Clean-up award that was answered again by a Magistrate. We did not agree on the remedy as the award remands back to the Arbitrator. The Arbitrator acknowledges that he retains jurisdiction and we are waiting on scheduled dates for both parties to meet at a hearing with the arbitrator. To explain as simple as possible, the company feels that they don’t owe us any monetary amount because they feel that we receive it in our Performance Pay. The Union has a simple formula that calculates hourly wage increase from the 2010 date of the violation until now as well as going forward.
The Bargaining Committee is anxiously waiting dates for contracting out annual meeting with the company and our International Union. We have been receiving countless violations concerning our work being performed by outsiders both in maintenance and production.
The grievance procedure is once again setting the pace of early 2000 time frame when we had record numbers of grievances. The disciplines have for the most part been given to the severity of the maximum penalty from an unblemished record. There are over a dozen 30 day disciplines that the Union believes the penalty doesn’t fit the crime so to speak. For some ungodly reason, management has become absolutely ignorant when it comes to scheduling overtime. We have so many issues in production all over the plants where the company feels that they can schedule anyone for mandatory overtime by shift, classification, plant, temporary assignment….
We are currently working through some issues that the company has either met with the Union about or we requested; Locker Room assignments, new Alcoa badges with our 8 digit employee numbers printed on them since September, overtime swiping in production, 2014 Performance Pay metrics, updating the code of conduct, how to keep CVW running 24 hours a day and 7 days a week because of unprecedented volume, heat in the plants, A-Plant Overhead doors and the list keeps snowballing.
I would like to acknowledge John Thomma for his remarkable ability to transform our Union Hall, Offices and basements into an amazingly more professional setting. If you get a chance, stop by for a Union Meeting and see the new Union Complex. We would ultimately like to pave our parking lot if we can do it that makes financial sense. We just finished updating our local Union By-Laws that have been approved by the membership at last month’s Union Meeting. We are now waiting on approval from the International Union so that we can send this to the printer.
We have an election on May 1st for the International Constitutional Convention that will take place on June 1st in Detroit, Michigan. Letters have just been sent to the printer for a mailing with all of the details. If you don’t receive one in the mail, please contact Dan Dombek and inform him so he can update your mailing address.
I would like to once again encourage all of you to participate in upcoming Union events that will be periodically happening throughout the year. This Union is only as strong as the members who participate, volunteer, encourage others and help those in need.
UAW Local 1050 President