Brothers and Sisters,
Welcome back to all of our Members on their successful return to work from lay off status. It’s been in some cases 4 years of unemployment for many. Business is increasing at our site to the point that new hires are being brought in to backfill for openings. One of the reasons for the increase in volume is the fact that roughly a year ago, the Local UAW Leadership discussed with the company about having our Members and Officials meet and interact with customers while visiting our worksite. It started with Boeing, then Lockheed Martin, a few smaller customers and as of mid August Airbus. These UAW participations with customer interactions have brought significant work as job security to this facility. Our Members just completed the first ever Grams Audit for this facility that Airbus requires from all of its suppliers. Our Members were extremely impressive, knowledgeable, personable and fluent in explaining their skill sets to score for the second time in the history of Airbus performing this audit a Level A for a first time audit. These types of outcomes with our Members knowing our process better than any Marketing Department will make this facility more viable and secure our jobs for years to come.
The company is in the process once again to attempt to populate the Forger Classification. If we are able to populate to the level Alcoa is claiming they want to, this could potentially bring in at least ten more new hires to backfill. We have had some dialog with the company about an apprentice program soon and the company is at least opening this subject up with some interest. We’ll see on that one!
I am currently still in the process of piecing together all of the Standing Committee Chairs with the approval of the Executive Board. Hopefully this will be completed by the September Membership Meeting. Once the committee Chairs are confirmed, please contact such as a member of a committee that you may be interested in making a difference.
We have been making significant improvements to both our Union Hall and the Union Office behind our hall. We were given a list of potential violations by the city inspector that unfortunately has sped up the process of improving our facility. Financially, the timing with all of the UAW functions and training have/will significantly impact our bottom line. Although improvements are apparent, there is still plenty of room for more improvements.
Our membership Appreciation Day (Hotdog Day) was a success! Thanks to all of the volunteers and Members that helped out with this event to make it such a success.
We anticipate 3rd step grievance hearings in October. We would like to have them sooner but unfortunately, that’s when the Corporate H.R. Rep is next available.
As a point of reference, we will all get a lump sum bonus as a raise for the October 2013 increase per our new agreement. For clarification, you have to be active for a $1,500.00 payment that will be paid on or before October 1, 2013. Note: That if an employee is not active for any reason on or before the bonus is paid, the employee will receive the bonus upon return to active employment.
Our next Union Meeting is September 15, 2013. We will be swearing in the newly elected Department Stewards under New Business at this Meeting. Please plan on attending.
President-UAW Local 1050