2104 Contract Negotiations Update October 13, 2014
October 13, 2014
Brothers and Sisters,
Finally, after more hard bargaining with the Company, I’m proud to say that we have reached a tentative agreement on our 2014 Collective Bargaining Agreement. We still have to proofread and further review the agreement over the next few days, so we can’t release a lot of details of the agreement, but it does contain many pluses for the membership of Local 1069 and their families for years to come. Members can expect economic improvement in the form of wages and bonuses, improved medical benefits, and other positives that necessitated our having to go day to day beyond our prior deadline. All of this hard work has paid off.
Without a doubt, this tentative agreement was reached as a result of the great work, support, teamwork, and solidarity shown by every single member of this Local. While we were offsite, we received constant updates from stewards. Every message was a positive reinforcement of the work we were doing during negotiations. We proved to the Company that this membership would STAND UNITED no matter what the consequences and we have prevailed because of that.
I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize the outstanding job done by YOUR Bargaining Committee and our International Reps Kieran Martin and Jack Callahan. We brought a strong committee into this effort and it paid off as each member of the Committee stood strong and provided their knowledge and insight on the facts of this agreement. At times, there were strong disagreements, but each member spoke their mind and consensus was reached.
In addition, we need to recognize the great work done by our Strike Committee and Strike Captains, Patrick Hoffmann and Gary Stein, during these trying times. They were always on hand in crisis situations and helped to demonstrate our resolve to Boeing.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to work with these brothers. What is more important is that we had members from the next couple of generations working on this agreement and they will be our strength in the future of Local 1069.
Thank you again for your support!
We have scheduled a ratification meeting and vote for Sunday, October 19, 2014, at 10:00 AM at the Sun Center Studios on Concord Rd. in Chester Township, PA. Details of the tentative agreement will be available at the meeting prior to the ratification vote. If you are not familiar with the venue, please contact your steward or the Hall.
Please note: The Company will be adjusting the shift preference period to Oct 20 through Nov 5.