December 10, 2014
Brothers & Sisters,
As we wind down to the end of the year, there are always things that come up in our dealings with the Company and this year is no different. I’ll run through them here. Please take note so you are not left out or forget to do something.
But first, let me send out thanks to the Women’s Committee and the Community Services Committee for the great job done by them for this year’s Local 1069 Christmas Party, held this past Saturday. The party is held each year for members of Local 1069 to participate in our Toy Drive and is sponsored by the two committees. The toys collected for the party are distributed to local domestic abuse shelters. Families forced to spend their Christmas holiday in a shelter face difficult times. Your generosity, with more than 4 tables full of toys, was amazing. Your good works not only brighten up Christmas for the children in the shelter, but for the parents there that face dark times. They see that there are good people in the community that care about them, and that’s each of you. Thanks again for your help!
On the Community Services Committee front, don’t forget that the Christmas Canned Food Drive gate collection is tomorrow and Friday. Continue your generous giving by helping our members out on a disability LOA. They’ll face a tough Christmas without your help!
Reminder: The Voluntary Separation Plan (VSP) sign-up window opened yesterday, Dec. 9th. I strongly urge any eligible member with even a passing thought about signing up to do so. Even if you sign up, you are not obligated to take the VSP package until later in the process. The window closes Jan. 9th, so anyone not signed up by then will miss out on the negotiated 3 additional years of pension credit at $95 per credited year of service and the 1 week per year of service severance pay. Remember, the pension number does not increase until 1-1-16 for members not in the VSP process.
IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING CHRISTMAS VACATION TIME CHARGING
In order to prevent a lockout by the Company on January 2nd, we negotiated with the Company to keep the plant open for our members wanting to work that day. Consequently, we received this message from the Company about the upcoming holiday vacation and their expectations for members regarding taking time off prior to and after the holiday.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014 and January 2, 2015
Employees are expected to work a full day unless they have been pre-approved for vacation by their manager or their manager allows them to leave early and charge their time appropriately. Employees leaving early with management approval will not receive an attendance infraction on either of these days. Also, an employee must have worked or have approved vacation time, bereavement, jury duty or legitimate sick leave on these days to receive holiday pay. An employee recording eight (8) hours of LWOP on either day will not be eligible for Holiday pay and will receive an attendance infraction. (UAW Local 1069 italics)
In order to plan for the work on January 2, 2015 and to be able to provide the appropriate level of support personnel, we expect employees to make vacation requests for January 2, 2015 as soon as possible and would prefer the request be made by Tuesday, December 16. In addition, please input your vacation time into ETS for January 2, 2015.
Sick Leave Requirement (Article XIV, Section 4)
As a reminder sick leave is not a form of vacation and is to be used for illness only. Article XIV of the CBA requires an employee (or a designated representative) wishing to use sick leave, and receive pay for such sick leave, to notify their manager prior to the start of their shift. Employees taking sick leave need to notify their manager through the use of the employee Attendance Line (888-400-2345) and provide the reason for their absence.
Make sure that your plans for the days before and after the holiday are properly administered so you don’t lose your holiday leave pay!
Reminder: Be sure to fill out a transfer slip for any job in the Bargaining Unit you may be interested in. This step is crucial if the job opens. The job(s) will be filled using the Promotion Review List (PRL) process. If you are not on the PRL for that job, you will not be considered for that job, regardless of you qualifications.
Reminder: If you haven’t already filled out a sick leave carryover request, do it today! Today, the 10th, is the closing date for that. If you have previously completed a sick leave carryover request in past years, you do not need to do it again.
Reminder: We have been emphasizing this issue for the good of our members. Please remember that you are able to call for an inspector to come check your work. With the safety of our customers in our Armed Forces being at the forefront of our work, it is critical that everything we do be right. Quality is an important part of our work, so we recommend that you get an inspector to check your work every time!
GET AN INSPECTOR TO CHECK YOUR WORK!!!
Yours in Solidarity,
Chris Owens, President
UAW Local 1069
Brothers and Sisters,
With the negotiation of the of the Voluntary Separation Plan (VSP) in our recent contract, many of our senior members are in a position, due to age and service time, to take advantage of this benefit and are currently making plans for their separation and subsequent retirement during the window of April 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015.
As part of those preparations, Local 1069 members have recently begun to receive post cards from the Company with information about accessing an in-depth view of the VSP on their official website. Members are urged to use the site to review program highlights, FAQs, separation schedules, and other useful information. In addition, the Company will be sending out emails via the Company system with further information on what is happening with the VSP. That will come out under the group email GRP Ridley Park VSP. All eligible members are included on the list, whether they are opting to take the VSP or not. You can have your name removed from the list if you choose.
Your leadership is working with the Company to make the process as painless as possible. We will be holding information sessions Dec. 9th and 10th at the Hall for members and their spouses to find out what their situation is regarding the separation. There will sessions for all 3 shifts. Members will attend these sessions off shift, or clock out to attend a session if they choose to go during work hours. There will Company and Local 1069 representatives available to answer your questions. You will need to sign up ahead of time for the session you wish to attend. You can register from an on-site Boeing computer at http://dom-sw02-104.web.boeing.com/Engineering/Seminar/phl.nsf/vwSeminarBySeminarNumber/376?OpenDocument&Login
The Company has assured us that the web site will have frequent updates, including FAQs, so if you don’t find what you’re looking for one time, check back. There will be information for your spouse and their involvement in the process of managing your retirement sign up and benefits. You can access the web site at http://www.boeing.com/uaw-1069-voluntary-separation/
Another step you can take in preparation is to access your Social Security account and get an estimate on what your monthly SS payment will be. You can get that at http://www.ssa.gov/planners/
Please take note of these reminders:
We have cancelled our December membership meeting due to the holiday shutdown. This vote was ratified by the membership at the November membership meeting. We will resume our meeting on the 4th Sunday of January, the 25th.
Keep in mind that the open enrollment period for changing your medical benefits provider expires 12-3-14. Be sure to complete any changes, etc., before that date. You will have 21 days after that date to make sure all of your information is correct.
Don’t forget the 2015 UAW Local 1069 Holiday Toy Drive! Drop off your new, unwrapped, toys, for children ages newborn to 12, at the Hall or to an EI Facilitator. You can also bring them to the Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Bring your kids and grandkids and have their picture taken with Santa! Hot dogs and drinks will be served.
Any member wishing to carry over their 2014 Sick Leave to be used in 2015 will need to see their Shop Steward to fill out the paperwork so that it will carry over. If you have done this in the past, there is no need to repeat the process. If you have less than 8 hours of Sick Leave, you will be paid that less than 8 hours amount in your first check of the New Year.
Finally, on behalf of the leadership of Local 1069, I wish you the best Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy your union-won time off with your families and friends. We’re all thankful for the many good things in our lives.
Yours in Solidarity,
Chris Owens, President
UAW Local 1069
Click the link below to view your 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement Negotiations Information Package.
Ratification vote held today at the Sun Center in Aston, PA.
Accept 1100 Reject 124
Contract accepted and ratified
Brothers and Sisters,
Today, the best membership in the UAW came together to vote on our tentative agreement reached this past week with the Boeing Company. They voted to accept this tentative agreement as our CBA for the next 8 years.
Serving as your President, I can’t think of a prouder moment in my time as a Local 1069 member here in Ridley Park. In the most difficult of circumstances, this Bargaining Committee and this membership joined together in a situation that, at other sites, brought about minimal GWIs, steeply increased medical benefits costs, and other things that hurt union members and their families.
However, in this case, the best membership and the hardest-working Bargaining Committee we’ve ever had, have been able to bargain a contract that provided for 1069 members of many groups, including senior members looking to move to the next stage of their lives, members needing increased wages and bonuses, and younger and newer members in the wage progression situation.
As I noted above, this is the proudest moment of my career, having our Local come together to ratify this agreement and reinforce the principle that STANDING UNITED is the key to the success of a union. It is my honor and pleasure to represent the best UAW local in the world!
Yours in Solidarity,
TO OUR MEMBERS COMING TO RATIFICATION FROM NEW JERSEY VIA THE COMMODORE BARRY BRIDGE:
The southbound ramp from the bridge to I-95 south will be closed Sunday for maintenance work.
To get to the meeting:
Take northbound I-95 to Kerlin St. exit (approx. 1/2 mile)
Turn left onto Kerlin St., go under 95 bridge and male an immediate left back onto I-95 southbound ramp
Once on I-95 South, follow previous directions.
Note: some earlier directions had Sun Center as being on the right of Concord Rd. It is on the left.