UAW Local 1069

September 24, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On June 29, 2020 your Bargaining Committee received from the Company a “Maintenance and Construction Subcontracting Notification” regarding custodial support of office cleaning, which is now being done by an outsourced cleaning service (LWC). The timeframe of this outsourced work being performed was to run from 6/22/20 through 9/22/20. The company has now verbally notified us that LWC will continue to perform this service until end of December 2020. We take this as an insult to all UAW Local 1069 members, especially our Facilities Department and a violation of an agreement/notification we have in place. We will promptly file labor charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in regards to this issue.
In addition, Boeing is amending the temporary Voluntary Absence pay practice that was put in place to help employees navigate time off during the coronavirus pandemic. Beginning Friday, September 18, 2020, occasional absences (seven or fewer consecutive calendar days) for those concerned about working on-site because of the coronavirus will no longer be excused.
Employees are encouraged to talk with their managers about their concerns. Managers may consider whether telecommuting is a viable option, otherwise, absences due to personal concerns over exposure will require employees to apply for a Personal Leave of Absence that will need to be approved at their manager’s discretion. Personal Leaves of Absence must be for a minimum of eight or more consecutive calendar days.
Also, effective October 2, 2020, any employees at or below the rate range maximum (Table 1) or Single Rate (Table 2) in effect for their classification will have their base rates increased by Section 4.c and then by application of a two (2%) percent General Wage Increase. An employee cannot exceed the maximum of their rate range or Single Rate upon application of a GWI and if applicable, will receive the remaining amount of the GWI in a lump sum payment.
Employees who are above the rate range maximum will receive a three (3%) percent lump sum in lieu of any GWI. Lump sums in lieu of GWI’s will be calculated based on an employee’s pure base rate (plus shift differential and lead pay if applicable) in effect on date of GWI, multiplied by Lump Sum percentages above, then multiplied by 2080. The lump sum payment will be paid within thirty (30) calendar days following October 2, 2020.
Furthermore, there will be a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for this quarter in the amount of $0.13 effective October 2, 2020. The current maximum COLA amount for this unit is: $0.77.
Lastly, we have been in communication with Kieran Martin, our UAW Region 9 Representative and Jeff Binz, our UAW Region 9 Director. We are currently discussing alternative options (due to COVID-19 mandates) on resuming our General Membership Meetings, and most importantly, additional opportunities on proceeding with our General (Triennial) Elections, which was to be held this past May 2020. They are now seeking advice and direction from their “higher ups” and discussing alternative options with other locals that are faced with these same issues. We are anticipating additional information from our UAW Region 9 Representatives. Of course, we will keep our membership informed of any new developments.
In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi, President
UAW Local 1069

September 3, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This past Tuesday, September 1, 2020, The Boeing Company held a ceremony recognizing the first delivery of the MH-47F Block II Chinook for Army Special Operations. We sincerely thank all employees involved with this program, especially UAW Local 1069 Brothers and Sisters. Your hard work is instrumental in this much needed program. We were especially appreciative of our political friends who were in attendance, which I feel need mentioning. U.S. Senator Tom Carper-Delaware, U.S. Senator Chris Coons-Delaware, Congressman Donald Norcross-New Jersey, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt-Rochester-Delaware, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick-PA, Congressman Dwight Evans-PA, Congressman Brendan Boyle-PA, Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon-PA, U.S. Senator Tim Kearney-PA, and a representative from the office of Congresswoman Madeleine Dean-PA were in attendance. I was able to meet and speak one-on-one with all of our distinguished guests. Each of them assured me and pledged to UAW Local 1069 members their continued support for all of our programs at this site. Many thanks to our Brothers and Sisters who greeted our visitors in the plant. Once again, they were very impressed with the work we do and with our 1st class factory.

In addition, please continue to perform quality work at your maximum potential and be aware of Foreign Object Debris (FOD) in and around your shops, especially in our aircrafts. Always insist on having your inspector check, double check, and triple check your in process and completed assignments. This is critical to what we do here and in particular to the men and women who fly on our aircraft.

Lastly, at this time we are still waiting for restrictions and mandates to be lifted prior to returning back to normal with having or scheduling any membership meetings. We are closely monitoring this situation in the hopes of resuming business as usual real soon.
Please keep in mind during this Labor Day Holiday and every day how valuable your contributions and accomplishments have paved the way for the successes of The Boeing Company. Enjoy this holiday weekend with family and friends.

Always remain united and stay well

In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi
President
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.

 

 

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