UAW Local 1069

September 20, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The unprecedented devastation from Hurricane Harvey has created a major hardship on many families in and around the state of Texas.  Some of our own UAW members, and their families, who work and live in these areas have been affected.  UAW Region 5 Director Gary Jones, whose region encompasses the state of Texas, has been working with the Texas AFL-CIO on relief efforts for UAW members and affiliate member’s needs.  Thanks to the generosity from our members here at Local 1069, to date, we have raised $1,500.00 which will be donated to the “Texas Workers Relief Fund.” If any members are still wishing to contribute to this cause please contact Pat Hoffmann or see any of your union representatives.

Once again, we are very dismayed to notify our members that we have been informed by the Company that there will be a surplus effective October 20, 2017. As of today, the number of employees and affected classifications are still not solidified. As we have done with past lay-offs, we will continue to work hard to reduce the number of employees affected, and work with ALL managers to keep our members “in-house.” We will keep you all informed as we move closer to the surplus date and more information is made available to us.

Terry Dittes, our UAW Region 9 Director announced to us the three (3) winners of the 2017 UAW Region 9/Tom Fricano Scholarship. The winners of these scholarships are:

Mya Dawkins, Daughter of Ernestine Dawkins, member of Local 8888 (New Jersey State Winner)

Brandon E. Smith, Son of Phillip E. Smith, member of Local 686 (New York State Winner)

Madison Abriatis, Daughter of Jeff Abriatis, member of Local 3303 (Pennsylvania State Winner)

Congratulations to all the recipients of this year’s scholarship awards. Applications for the 2018 scholarship awards will be available March/April 2018.

Lastly, while I hope everyone enjoyed their summer. Please note that we will start up our monthly membership meetings this coming Sunday, September 24, 2017. Please plan on attending our meeting. Many important issues will be discussed and I am certain many of you have numerous questions and concerns you would like to discuss. We hope to see all members present.

Yours in solidarity,

Mike Tolassi, President

UAW Local 1069

September 2017 General Membership Meeting

September 15, 2017








There will be a discussion of the pertinent union issues. The agenda will be as outlined in the Constitution of the International Union, UAW and the By-Laws of UAW Local 1069.





Michael Tolassi                                                        George Donahue

President                                                                    Recording Secretary

UAW Local 1069                                                       UAW Local 1069


August 15, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are excited to inform our membership that The Boeing Company (“Company”), along with Bell Helicopters (“Bell Boeing”) has been awarded a $57 million contract modification to upgrade the MV-22 Osprey fleet. This award is for the “non-recurring effort” and the “basic recurring” for the Pathfinder Aircraft. This allows us to begin engineering, purchasing parts, and perform work on the Pathfinder Aircraft. As of today, we are still awaiting word from the Company on when the first aircraft will arrive in our Ridley Park site for us to begin the teardown process. Our Brothers and Sisters are ready for the challenge, and look forward to continuing to showcase our skills, craftsmanship and talent of our membership to the Company.
More good news: eight (8) “Assembler-Sheet Metal A” employees and one (1) “Inspector-Non-Destructive Test” employee returned from lay-off on July 21, 2017. Additionally, on August 4, 2017, an additional six (6) “Assembler-Sheet Metal A” employees were recalled. Your UAW 1069 leadership is hoping this trend of recalls continues until all of our Brothers and Sisters on surplus are back to work at our site.
Moreover, starting August 21, 2017, and continuing through September 8, 2017, the Company will be sending all employees a company survey. We urge all of our members to complete this survey and make your thoughts and concerns known. This survey is important because our customers review the responses to gather knowledge of our employees and processes here at the Ridley Park site.
Furthermore, I remind our members to please visit our website ( frequently. We keep this site updated and provide valuable information for our members including information about benefits, general 1069 news, as well as various training/educational opportunities. In addition to those informational items, our Safety Chairman, John Elmore, Jr, will begin providing safety items and “tid-bits” for our members to access as well.
Lastly, we have received a total of $0.18 Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) this year, receiving $0.03, January 13, 2017; $0.06, April 7, 2017; and, $0.09, July 14, 2017.
In closing, please have an inspector check and approve your work before stamping and closing your completed job(s). This may prove to be critical in ensuring the safety of our customers and in safeguarding your employment at the Company.

Yours in solidarity,
Mike Tolassi, President
UAW Local 1069

July 12, 2017

On July 3rd, 2017, we received notice from The Boeing Company (“Company”) of the implementation of a new job classification, “Inspector – Metrology (86A13), labor grade 13” (“Inspector-Metrology”).

The Company believes that under Article VI, Section 3 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement, certification work performed in the Cal-Cert Laboratory has “substantially changed” since the “Inspector-Cal/Cert A&B” classifications were combined into the “Inspector-Operational Support” classification in 2005.

As a result of these alleged changes, the Company not only developed a job description for the newly created Inspector – Metrology position, but also substantially altered the historical job description(s) for “Inspector – Operational Support,” as well as removing the job description(s) for “Inspector – Cal/Cert A&B.” This past Thursday, July 6, 2017, the Company posted the Inspector-Metrology position on Careers@Boeing, without establishing a meeting of the “Jobs Committee” which consists of representatives from our Local Union and The Boeing Company.

Rest assured, your Union Leadership is presently in discussions with the Company on this issue.  We have not agreed to the creation of the Inspector – Metrology position; nor have we supported any changes to current job classifications or associated job descriptions.  As of today, we are still waiting on requested information from the Company, as well as responses to stipulations we presented to the Company prior to the implementation of the Inspector – Metrology classification.

As always, we will keep you, our members, informed of any information, and progress, as it pertains to this situation.



In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi


UAW Local 1069


June 16, 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Boeing Company has responded and offered a settlement to the unfair labor practice charge that we filed with the National Relations Labor Board (NRLB). This charge was in regard to our dispute with The Boeing Company about what was agreed upon during our 2014 negotiations with respect to health care benefits.  The proposed settlement is to remove the scheduled January 1, 2019 increase (i.e. 12% to 14%) in medical plan contributions for active employees and their dependents participating in the Traditional Medical Plan and the HMO Plan. This means the monthly contributions for these plans will remain at 12% until the expiration of our current CBA.  After much discussion and recommendations by our local attorneys, UAW International attorneys, and our medical experts we have decided to accept this offer.


The Boeing Company will promote and sponsor a Global Walk on Thursday, June 22nd. This walk will take place during lunch hours throughout the site and enterprise. We encourage all employees to sign-up and participate in this walk. The Global Walk will benefit non-profit organizations that provide mobility around the globe. The Boeing Company will make a $500,000 donation to four non-profit organizations that support the rehabilitation and mobility of military service members in the U.S. and internationally. Again, please join in this event.


Infraction Free Day – July 3rd. The Boeing Company will allow an unlimited number of employees to take off Monday, July 3rd and utilize Leave Without Pay (LWOP). However, employees may still use sick or vacation time for this day as well. Employees must ask for and be granted permission from their manager by the end of shift on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Employees who choose this option of 8 hours LWOP for Monday, July 3rd will still receive Holiday pay for the contractually observed Independence Day, Fourth of July, holiday. Please speak with your managers and your UAW Representatives with any additional questions or concerns.




Yours in solidarity,

Mike Tolassi, President

UAW Local 1069


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