UAW Local 1069

Important Upcoming Information

April 13, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

First, I’d like to share some great news with you.  After discussions with the Company, the site-wide involuntary layoff scheduled for April 24, 2015 has been cancelled!  We will keep you up to date on any further information we receive.

I’d like to clarify some points on the procedures involved with the lead position on the shop floor.  In our latest contract negotiations, we bargained up the rate lead rate from $.75/hr to $1.25/hr.  This rate is in effect for all of the time worked by the member, including overtime.  The new lead rate went into effect April 3, 2015.  It is important to remember that holding the lead position on the shop floor is a voluntary position.  If asked to be a lead on the floor, you are not obligated to take the position.  It is your choice.  There have been no changes in the job description or duties of the lead position.  Everything in the position remains the same except the increase in rate.  Keep in mind that the increase in rate was negotiated only for shop leads.  EI Team Leader rate will remain at $.75/hr.  Remember, you can’t collect both rates if you hold both positions.

Another important change that has arrived is the implementation of the new 40 compensated hours required before earning premium overtime pay.  That policy began March 27, 2015.  In the past, a member could take LWOP or FMLA during the week and still receive the overtime rate for Saturday and/or Sunday, or holidays.  With the new language, a member will only begin to receive the premium rate after accounting for 40 hours in a work week.  Any absence from work during the week that is covered by sick leave, vacation leave, and approved paid bereavement leave counts as compensated time.  FMLA/LWOP does not count toward the 40 compensated hours.  If a member takes LWOP or FMLA on Monday, then works the remaining 4 days of the week, whatever is worked on the weekend will be at straight time until the 40 hours requirement is satisfied.  In the case noted above, if the member is asked to work Saturday, they would work at straight time until they reached the 40 hours.  The current overtime rules for during the week do not change.

The COLA calculated for the 1st quarter of 2015 is zero.

We are still stressing that you have the right to call for an Inspector to inspect your work, even if you have MSE certification.  We are building some of the most involved and intricate machinery in the world.  A second set of eyes on the work is always a good thing to have.  Call for an Inspector!

Yours in Solidarity,

Chris Owens, President

UAW Local 1069


The Truth About Fast Track


  •       The UAW strongly opposes Fast Track because historically, Fast Track has led to unfair trade practices that have left millions of American workers out of work.


  • Trade policies adopted under Fast Track have cost us more than 1 million jobs and contributed to the shuttering of more than 60,000 factories.


  • UAW urges you to oppose Fast Track. Can we count on your support?


  • UAW members are still feeling the negative impacts of NAFTA, which was fast tracked, resulting in a net loss of nearly 700,000 jobs in the United States, and in Mexico, led to a huge upheaval in which more than two million subsistence farmers were forced from their land.


  •  Under the constitution, Congress has primary responsibility for negotiating trade agreements.


  •  Fast Track keeps Congress from doing its job:  shaping and debating legislation, only gives elected leaders an up or down vote, and abolishes the use of the filibuster.


  •  Passage of Fast Track would make it more difficult to address troubling provisions in current and future trade agreements.


  •  Fast Track puts US workers and companies at a competitive disadvantage internationally.


  • Fast Track makes it easier for U.S. companies to move overseas where they can abuse workers and the environment.


  •  Fast Track authority only serves to make it easier to pass trade deals and provide certainty for negotiators, but provides no certainty to the American worker.



UAW Strongly Urges a “NO” Vote on Fast Track!!!

I am urging all of you to please call and oppose this bill as it is extremely important to all of our members here at Local 1069.



Call: 1-888-926-0045

Call April 15th and 16th

We will be visiting the shop floor on Thursday, March 26th

March 20, 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
Due to the large number of 1069 members retiring at the end of the month, we asking for your help to see everyone who will be going out. We will be visiting the shop floor on Thursday, March 26th,  for pictures. We are setting up locations around the site for retiring members to meet at so we can expedite the picture-taking process. This will allow your leadership to visit with everyone involved. The locations are as follows and are the same for all shifts, as appropriate:

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Time Area Location (same for all shifts)

1st shift
South Side
9:15 AM 3-57/3-60 Buildings Main aisle, middle of 3-60
9:45 AM 3-61 Building Main aisle, cross of aisles
10:30 AM Flight Test 3-96 Hangar

North Side
12:00 PM 3-07 Building Front of shops by offices
12:30 PM 3-12 Building Front of building by dock
12:45 PM Maintenance area in 3-25 Building Break area
1:00 PM 3-25 Building, all assembly/non-Maintenance Main aisles cross, near cockpit
1:45 PM 3-31 Building Critical Cell area
2:10 PM Whirl Tower Break area

2nd shift
North Side South Side
3:00 PM 3-31 Building 4:45 PM Flight Test
3:20 PM 3-25 Building Assembly 5:00 PM 3-61Building
3:40 PM Maintenance 5:25 PM 3-57/3-60 Buildings
4:00 PM 3-12 Building
4:20 PM 3-07 Building

3rd shift 5:00 AM 3-07 Building 5:30 AM Maintenance

Your Shop Steward will be your contact for gathering at the appointed area and appointed times. They will have a list of the retirees from their zone and let those folks know when and where to be somewhere.

Don’t forget the Monthly Membership Meeting this Sunday, March 22, 2015, starting promptly at 10:00. Be sure to bring your union card and arrive before 10:00!

There will be another Softball Tournament this year! It is scheduled for Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Marcus Hook fields. We will be accepting 8 teams for the tournament. All players must be Boeing employees. Games start at 9:00 AM. The entry fee is $200 per team and is being held as a benefit for the Daily Times Champs n Charity Softball Tournament American Cancer Society efforts. Contact Joe Anthony, 610-999-0890, Matt Rogers 610-506-0404, or Jim Rugh 484-574-2853.

The Spring Golf Tournament will be held Friday April 24, 2015, at Del Castle golf course in Wilmington. It will be a shotgun start at 1:00 PM. Registration starts 11:30 AM. If you want a golf shirt from the event, you will need to register by March 27th. Shirts are also available for sale for $40. It is a sweat wicking shirt, perfect for hot golfing days. Contact Joe Anthony, 610-999-0890, or Jason Bonacquisti, 610-656-7228.

Yours in Solidarity,

Chris Owens, President
UAW Local 1069



March 22, 2015

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.


Chris Owens President
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Brian McBride Recording Secretary
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Women’s Committee Annual Easter Egg Hunt

March 13, 2015
Women’s Committee Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 28, 2015 12pm-2pm at the Union Hall

Mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers, you are invited to a fun family event! Bring your young ones to the Easter Egg Hunt. There will be food and drinks, crafts that kids love and an Easter bunny to lead the children on an Easter Egg Hunt. (Age limit is 10-years-old. Older kids are invited to come and help out and have an enjoyable time.) We hope you will join us for the fun!

Take a chance to fatten up your wallet! The Women’s Committee is collecting for a 50/50 – drawing to be held Tuesday, March 24, 2015. For tickets, see Christine Cocker in 3-07, Suzanne Povse in 3-12, Auga in 3-57, Donna in 3-61, Karla in 3-60 and Strawberry 3-60. (If your building is not represented, please contact Suzanne Povse).

The next Women’s Committee meeting will be Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 3:15pm to 4:15pm at the Union Hall. Come join us for a chance to meet others, share work experiences and have input into our future. Refreshments will be served.

In Solidarity,

Suzanne Povse Debbie Blake Christine Cocker
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February 6, 2015

Brothers & Sisters,

Local 1069 Benefits Rep Mike Barbacano has scheduled a seminar for information on Social Security, how to sign up for it, and how to identify the processes that will get you the maximum benefit.  Representatives from Voya financial advisors will be presenting the seminar and will be available to answer your questions about your personal situation.  Voya is the company that handles financial advice for our VIP saving plan.  They were formally known as ING.  They will also offer options on how to maximum your return on your VIP.

The sessions will be held Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015, at 12:30 and 3:30.  You don’t need to sign up ahead of time, just come to the seminar.  For those members planning to take advantage of the VSP and retiring this year, this seminar is a great way to find out what to do or to double-check yourself if you’ve already began working on your retirement income package.

One other thing to keep in mind is that there is a Retirement Modeler available through the Total Access website.  Go to Retirement and Savings, click on Manage My Retirement, then use the modeler.  Be sure to put in the right dates and figures and it will give you a pretty good idea of what your retirement income will be.

Don’t miss this chance to learn everything you can about retiring and getting the most out of your money!

Local 1069 Vet’s Committee News

It’s a very busy time of year for your Veterans Committee. With Spring fast approaching, we are making plans for a gate collection for the Walk for the Wounded as well as several other projects. There will be a meeting on Thursday February 12th at 3pm, at the Hall.  Anyone interested in attending is invited to come and we’ll add you to the email list.

We would like to hear everyone’s ideas on how to grow the Veteran’s Committee and be more active. If you have any questions, please contact me at or at 610-772-6615. Again, thanks to the membership for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at the meeting on Tuesday.

Yours in Solidarity,

Chris Owens, President                                                         Mike Barbacano, Benefits Rep

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