UAW Local 1069

July 28, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Company has received three (3) acceptances to their offer of the Voluntary Layoff Opportunity (VLO) in the affected Maintenance classifications that have received surplus notifications. Your UAW Leadership is actively working with Company leadership to “hold on” to our remaining three (3) employees who did receive notifications and keep them in their respective job titles. We will continue our efforts to eliminate any involuntary layoff, as this remains our #1 priority.
In addition, I urge all UAW Brothers and Sisters to please perform tasks that are only required in your respective job classifications. If unsure what is entailed in your job duties, please see one of your UAW Representatives or contact us at your union hall for what your specific job responsibilities dictate. If any manager asks of you to perform work or “buy-out” jobs that are not in your specific job requirement, please ask that manager to contact your UAW Representative. We must demand that all work be performed correctly and by the proper classifications.
Lastly, thank you for the overwhelmingly response and purchase of our UAW t-shirts. We have ordered more shirts and will offer these to our members who still have interest in getting these shirts. Once again, thank you for proudly wearing and displaying our UAW logo and our red, white and blue American flag.
Update: We continue to monitor the mandates set forth by Gov. Wolf and the State of Pennsylvania due to our COVID-19 situation. I am also in continuous contact with our UAW International for any and all additional information. At this particular time, we still are not able to hold our membership meetings or even make a plan to set any dates for these meetings. We will continue to monitor these mandates and certainly will provide our membership with new reports and additional information as it changes.

 

In Remembrance of Harry Ardes and Gus Vincolato
(Former UAW Local 1069 Officials)

Please Stay United
In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi
President
UAW Local 1069

July 14, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The Boeing Company has decided to declare a surplus in the following classifications: Maintenance-Pipefitter-Plumber (1), Maintenance Metal Worker (2), Maintenance Worker (2), Supply Person-Facilities (1), and Employee Involvement Facilitator (1), for a total of seven (7) employees in the Facilities and Maintenance classifications. Under LOU #14 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Company will offer a Voluntary Layoff Opportunity (VLO) to the job classifications listed above as well as employees in the Labor Pool (Janitors and Utility Workers & Cleaners). The window for anyone wishing to accept and apply for the VLO will be July 9, 2020 – July 23, 2020. If no employee takes the VLO, then the impacted employees will be notified by their managers on July 31, 2020 with an off-roll date of October 2, 2020.
Your UAW 1069 Leadership is very disappointed by the decision the Company has chosen in reducing head-count in our Maintenance classifications. We are presently working with Company Leaders on other options that are available and to eliminate any reduction in our workforce here at this site. Do not hesitate to contact myself or one of our UAW Representatives with any questions or concerns regarding this issue.
In addition, our Philadelphia UAW Performance Incentive Program (PIP) for June 2020 yielded 5 days of a pay-out. Let’s continue our great work which should only increase this number.
Lastly, we will be offering Tee-shirts (Black) for sale with our UAW logo on the front, left of the shirt and the red, white, and blue American Flag on the back of the shirt. We have ordered sizes ranging from Small-5XL. Cost for these shirts will only be $10.00 per shirt regardless of size. They will be in stock and available later this week. You can go to our website, www.uawlocal1069.org to view the actual design of the shirt. Please see any one of your UAW Representatives, E.I. Facilitators, or contact your Union Hall to purchase a shirt.
FYI: Many employees send me emails to my Boeing email address which I only periodically check. Please forward any correspondence you may have for me to: michaeltolassi@yahoo.com. I will promptly return all emails sent to me at this address, speak to any employee via phone, and/or meet in person anytime.

In Solidarity,


Michael Tolassi
President
UAW Local 1069

T-shirts Coming soon

New American flag, UAW logo T-shirts coming soon $10.00 each.

Sizes small to 5XL limited supply. Click the link below for a sneak peek.                                            Red white and blue.

 

 

June 17, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Beginning this Friday, June 19, 2020, the Company will no longer recognize “infraction-free” time off for Production & Maintenance employees at our Ridley Park site due to “fear of returning to work, non-COVID related illnesses, and/or lack of public transportation availability.”

The Company will however recognize “Leave without Pay” (LWOP) infraction free for a designated COVID-19 absence for one or more days which will include partial days. These situations consist of when employees are self-isolating due to a recommendation of a health care provider, a high risk condition, living with or caring for someone with a high risk condition, pregnancy, or to care for a child impacted by a school or a place of care closure. For these types of absences to be excused and fall under infraction-free, employees will be required to submit a COVID absence request form. These forms will be reviewed by the Boeing Leave Service Center. This form will be available on the coronavirus website (COVID Absence Request Form). LWOP may be used regardless of an employee’s sick/vacation balance. For more information regarding this pay practice visit the coronavirus website.

In addition, there will be a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for this quarter of $-0.07 effective July 10, 2020. The current maximum COLA amount for this unit is: $0.64.

Lastly, we are still waiting for the mandates and restrictions set by the State of Pennsylvania and Gov. Wolf to ease before we can continue with our monthly membership meetings. We will surely keep our membership informed once we are able to get back to business.

Continue to remain united and stay UAW strong. Rely and help one another through these tough times. Our hard work and commitment made this site #1 enterprise wide.
In Solidarity,


Mike Tolassi
President
UAW Local 1069

June 16, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Over these past several months we all have witnessed, experienced, and became very disheartened and sadden over the unfortunate and heartbreaking issues our world has faced.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned our entire world “upside-down” to say the least. We were personally affected and/or know someone who went through sickness or even death, in addition to experiencing financial hardships due to this current outbreak. We now have witnessed the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the effects that is being echoed throughout our planet. These are very extraordinary and unprecedented times for all people, which includes our Brothers and Sisters who make up our UAW and our Local 1069.

Our great UAW has remained a force in the liberal wing of the Democratic party. The UAW continues to strongly support all programs recognizing civil rights. “The UAW used the rhetoric of civic or liberal nationalism to fight for the rights of blacks and other workers of color between the 1930s and 1970s. At the same time, it used this rhetoric to simultaneously rebuff the demands and limit the organizing efforts of black workers seeking to overcome institutional racial hierarchies in the workplace, housing, and the UAW. The UAW leadership denounced these demands and efforts as antidemocratic and anti-American.” 1 Our UAW International President, Rory Gamble shares with us stating “this pandemic, terrible as it is, has shown us that we are in this together and we must rely on one another if we are going to navigate in this worldwide crisis. This is a scary time, and fear and prejudice are our enemies.”

Please allow me to reiterate my words and feelings that were communicated in my May 5, 2020 chopper handout, “Your Bargaining Committee, as well as our Brothers and Sisters in our plant do not condone any form of racial intimidation.” I am certain we all share in the same belief with my statement and in Rory Gamble’s message.

This being said, I continue to remain confident that all UAW Local 1069 members care and respect one another in this plant and in our communities, regardless of race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, disability, or any other categories we live by.

Continue to stay strong and remain united. We will once again prevail through these sad and unprecedented times.

In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi
President
UAW Local 1069

1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Automobile_Workers

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