June 8, 2015
Brothers and Sisters,
Today, I am informing you that the site management of Boeing Ridley Park has notified us of an involuntary reduction in force for the members of Local 1069. Your leadership has been notified that positions affected will be Aircraft Technician and Sheet Metal Assembler B. There will be 40 A/C Techs and 9 SM Bs affected. The official notice will be posted on Thursday, June 11, 2015, on the Union Bulletin Boards throughout the shops, 7 days before the event, per CBA. The “roll-off” date, or last day worked, will be Friday, June 19, 2015.
As in the past, we have contacted our friends from the State to hold Rapid Response sessions here at the plant to help our members facing an involuntary layoff. These State folks provide information on several aspects of the services available to laid off members, including information on job training, job placement, receiving state services, and signing up for unemployment. These sessions will be held on site during work hours to help our members in this tough time of transition. The sessions will be held Monday, June 15, 2015, with a session during 1st shift and a 2nd session held in the afternoon to speak with 2nd and 3rd shift affected members, in the PER room in the 3-02 cafeteria on the north side. It is imperative that you attend the session! Attendance is not mandatory, but you will receive a lot of helpful information there. Make every effort to attend.
Needless to say, we will keep you informed of the services available to you during this time. Be sure that your work record, contact info via phone and address, and resume` are up to date (see below), and check on any transfers you have in. If you do not have any transfers in, be sure to fill them out ASAP. They will be entered into the new Careers@Boeing system and remain in force during your time remaining in the plant. To do this, go into Total Access, click on My Career, and fill out Your Profile and sign up for the job notices you wish to receive. If there is a job opening, you will receive an email notice about it. Be sure that your resume` contains information about your qualifications for the job. Another important point to remember is, if you are offered a job in the Labor Pool, seriously consider taking it. Do your best to stay in the plant.
Important note: if you receive a layoff notice, it is imperative that you complete the Your Profile in Careers@Boeing process before you go! Also, see the back page for P&M jobs that are currently open.
While you are out on layoff, you can still apply for open positions through Total Access, from home. In Your Profile, you can click on which jobs you would like to be notified of, via email, when they open. We recommend that you check “All” for notifications of jobs. With that, you won’t miss any opportunities to be recalled to that job. Be sure that your resume` reflects the skills needed for the specific job. This process is taking the place of the former Reactivations process that was used in past layoffs. You are not limited to the number of jobs you can put in for when you are notified of an opening, as had been in the past.
Be assured that your leadership is doing everything we can in supporting the Company’s efforts to bring more work to this site. Our site is actively pursuing work from other Boeing sites and our superior (over)
performance makes us an attractive option for those programs to get their work done right and delivered on time. Keep the Hall phone number (610 876-6217) handy for any questions you have. Our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
The Company has sent out a list of open P&M jobs that need to be backfilled. They are:
Transmission Mechanic B (2)
Inspector Assembly Specialty (1)
Inspector Final Assembly (3)
Inspector Operational Support (3)
Sheetmetal Mechanic A (2)
Boiler Operator (1)
It is critically important to complete your Careers@Boeing profile and apply ASAP if you are interested in taking one of these jobs!
In addition, the Company will be providing their manpower forecasts, by job classification, for the remainder of 2015 and we will share that with you when we get it. With that, you will have an idea of where you stand regarding a possible layoff
There are several other information items you need to know:
- The contract books are going to print and will be available shortly. All members will receive a copy of the CBA. Laid off members can come to the Hall and pick up a copy of the book as well.
- The Union and the Company are still in the process of finalizing the release of the new
Careers@Boeing system that will enable members to view what job classifications come open for
a transfer. Members should go into Total Access and make sure that their information and resume` are up to date, as noted above. The system will roll out Monday, July 6, 2015. This is a 2 year pilot program that was negotiated in our last set of talks with the Company. This will be the first time that our members will be able to see all open P&M jobs at the site.
- Membership meetings are cancelled for the summer. Our next membership meeting will be Sunday, September 24, 2015, at 10:00 AM
- There is still time to enter the Tom Fricano Scholarship Contest. Information is available from your Union Representative or at the Hall.
- The Spring Softball Tournament scheduled for this Saturday, June 6, 2015, has been cancelled and has been rescheduled for later in the year. We will be sponsoring an open tournament Saturday, July 11, 2015, at the Marcus Hook fields. You can enter a work team or an outside team. Contact Joe Anthony at 610-999-0890 for more information.
Yours in Solidarity,
Chris Owens, President
UAW Local 1069