UAW Local 1069

August 3, 2022

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On Monday, August 1, 2022, The Boeing Company informed our UAW Leadership Team there is an immediate need for a surplus of approximately ten (10) “Composite Fabricators” and fifteen (15) “Sheetmetal Assemblers.” However, your Bargaining Committee is currently collaborating with The Company to create a training opportunity to develop skills required for the “Aircraft Technician” classification for these impacted groups.

This opportunity is being offered to all current UAW members who are presently Sheetmetal Assemblers (18B08) and Composite Fabricators (15C08) only.

Those interested in being trained to achieve the Aircraft Technician skill set will be required to attend six (6) consecutive weeks of Aircraft Tech training. Training details are as follows:

• Participants will be selected for each session at management’s discretion from the list of volunteers, based on business needs. However, everyone who volunteers during the volunteer period will eventually be sent through the training.
• Classes are tentatively scheduled to begin the week of Monday, August 15, 2022 (a start date will be confirmed after interest is gathered).

o There will be more than one 6-week session offered if enough volunteers are identified.

• Classes are scheduled for six (6) consecutive weeks during regular 1st shift hours. Interested employees currently on 2nd and 3rd shifts will need to work 1st shift for the duration of the six (6) weeks.
• Employees must successfully complete the A/C Tech class which will result in the following:

o Receipt of a Certification of Completion.

o Considered “qualified” for future openings in the Aircraft Technician (11C10) job classification.

Interest will be collected until close-of-business (COB) Monday, August 8, 2022. Failure to apply by August 8, 2022, will mean employees are unable to participate in this program.

We strongly urge employees in these affected classifications to apply for this training. The Company has indicated there is a “rising demand” for the A/C Tech skill set.
Always stay UAW Local 1069 Strong
Countdown to Contract: 64 Days

In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi, President
UAW Local 1069

 

 

July 27, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is time for the Membership to speak out and be heard:

Strike Authorization Vote
Tuesday, August, 9 2022
Time: 5:30 a.m. until 5p.m.
Place: UAW Local 1069 Union Hall
1000 E. Fourth St.
Eddystone, PA, 19022

Reminder: The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 25th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m.

Should there be a need to have a meeting prior to that the membership will be duly notified.

See you Tuesday at the Hall.

Solidarity in the ranks = Equity at the bargaining table.

In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi, President
UAW Local 1069

 

July 26, 2022

UAW STRIKE ASSISTANCE INFORMATION

1. Strike Assistance shall be based on right, in accordance with the rules and regulations approved by the International Executive Board and UAW Local 1069.
2. Strike Assistance shall be administered by the International Strike Assistance Department, in cooperation with the Local Union Community Services Committee.

ELIGIBILITY

3. Strike Assistance shall be provided, upon application, to all members in good standing who participate in the strike, pursuant to the rules established by the International Union.
4. Members must be in good standing on the day before a strike commences to be entitled to Strike Assistance, provided that all of the other qualifications are met. A member in good standing is one who is not in arrears in dues, as provided in Article 16, Section 21 of the International Constitution.
5. Any member who owes a reinstatement fee or back dues, shall not be considered in good standing and is not eligible for Strike Assistance.
6. Receipt of pensions, survivor benefits, social security, or vacation pay, shall not affect the eligibility of the member who is entitled to Strike Assistance.

DISQUALIFICATION

7. Members will be determined not eligible to receive Strike Assistance under the following conditions:
a. If unemployed prior to the strike;
b. If receiving sick and accident benefits;
c. If receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
d. Effective June 6, 2022, if you earn gross wages of $400 or more per week during the strike.
8. An employee who is locked out by his or her employer, or an employee who is laid off because of an authorized strike by another UAW local at a different location, or in the case of an amalgamed local, a different unit at a different location, is not eligible for Strike Assistance.

STRIKE PENALTY FOR DELINQUENT MEMBERS

9. Any member who is or becomes delinquent in his/her dues and later acquires good standing membership by fully paying the amount in arrears and reinstatement fee at least one (1) year prior to a strike, shall not be penalized for his/her delinquency.
Any member who is delinquent and does not pay the full amount of dues in arrears and reinstatement fee at least (1) year prior to a strike, shall be penalized two (2) weeks’ strike benefits.

PROBATIONARY AND NEW HIRES

10. Probationary and new hires may become eligible for weekly Strike Assistance only if they join the Union by paying the Initiation Fee and current month’s dues before the strike commences. In the event a worker has completed and signed an application for membership and a Union Checkoff Card before the strike commences, he/she would be considered a member in good standing and would be entitled to Strike Assistance.

MUST BE ON ACTIVE PAYROLL

11. Only the members of the local union on strike who were on the active payroll at the time the strike began shall be entitled to Strike Assistance. Members who are sick prior to a strike and are receiving sick and accident benefits, unemployment compensation or workers’ compensation during the strike, are not eligible to receive Strike Assistance.

INTERPRETATION

A. Any member who has been receiving sick and accident benefits or workers’ compensation during the strike will be entitled to Strike Assistance after he/she has been released by his/her doctor to return to work.
B. Any member who is receiving Strike Assistance during a strike and becomes ill to the extent that he/she is unable to return to work when the strike ends, but is not eligible for sick and accident benefits shall continue to receive Strike Assistance until released by his/her doctor to return to work or until the number of weeks he/she would normally receive sick and accident benefits under the terms of the most recent collective bargaining agreement have been exhausted.

PARTICIPATION

12. Members must participate in a strike activity assigned by the local union. Participation in the strike shall include: serving on the Community Services Committee, picket line duty, strike information classes, strike kitchen duty, soliciting committee, lectures of other appropriate activities established by the local union.

REGISTRATION

13. Members must register and apply for Strike Assistance on the day and time scheduled by the local union.

STRIKE ASSISTANCE DISBURSEMENT

14. Due to limitations on facilities and manpower, weekly strike benefit checks will be available only on the day and time scheduled by the Strike Assistance Department in consultation with the local union. Members should be advised that strict compliance is required in order to receive his/her weekly strike benefit check.

TERM OF STRIKE ASSISTANCE

15. A member shall accumulate Strike Assistance credits effective on the eighth day of the strike (For this purpose, Saturdays and Sundays shall be included to establish the eight days). For each day’s pay missed due to the strike, Monday through Friday, a member shall receive one day’s Strike Assistance at the prorated daily amount.
16. Strike Assistance shall be made available to the member beginning on the 15th day of the strike.
17. Any Member who is eligible for Strike Assistance immediately preceding the termination of the strike will be paid one (1) additional week of Strike Assistance.

SCHEDULE OF BENEFITS

18. Weekly Benefits are:
a. If eligible, effective June 6, 2022, all members shall receive $400 per week, regardless of status (i.e., $80 per day for each day on strike, beginning with the eighth day of the strike, Monday through Friday).

BONUSES

19. Any member who is eligible for a strike benefit check during the week prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday will receive a bonus check equal to the regular strike benefits during that week.
Any member who is eligible for strike benefit check during the week prior to the Christmas Holiday will receive a bonus check equal to the regular strike benefits during that week.

INSURANCE BENEFITS

20. Upon approval by the International President and Secretary-Treasurer, the International Union will pay from its Strike Fund: Group Life, Transition Bridge, and Group Medical-Hospital Insurance costs (excluding dental, vision, audio, and sick and accident), for striking members who participate in a strike activity assigned by the local union.
The Strike Assistance Department will determine the method by which these benefits will be provided, depending on the circumstances. The method may include reimbursement for health care premiums reasonably incurred by the striking member. These costs will also be paid for members who are not recalled to work when a strike is recessed or terminated for a period of time following the recess or termination of the strike equal to that period following a layoff which the employer was obligated to continue medical benefits under the most recent collective bargaining agreement. In no event shall these costs be paid for longer than four (4) months following the recess or termination of the strike.
Optional insurance coverage and rider policies will remain the responsibility of the member.

Financial planning can ease the burden of a strike. Notify your credit card companies, bank(s), mortgage company and any other financial obligations you may have and let them know you are on strike. Be sure to keep a record of the name and phone number of the person you spoke to about your situation.
Local 1069 has access to many social service agencies in the area. If you find yourself in dire need, contact the Hall for help.

STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 9, 2022
POLLS OPEN 5:30 AM TO 5 PM
YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!

In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi, President
UAW Local 1069

July 7, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Our Veteran’s Committee is currently working with the Boeing Veterans Engagement Team (BVET) to raise awareness for Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.) Friday’s. Our goal is to raise approximately $3000 to be split between the Michael Strange Foundation and Walk for the Wounded. Red shirts are still available for purchase to help us achieve this objective. To help meet this target, there are two (2) more sales events scheduled. The dates will be Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 11 AM – 12 PM in the 3-92 café and Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 11 AM – 12 PM in the 3-57 café. Many thanks to our BVET, especially our UAW Veteran’s Committee Chairman, Gary Stein.
We soon will be taking orders and distributing T-Shirts, free-of-charge to ALL UAW Local 1069 members in support of our upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations. We will post on our website (uawlocal1069.org) and have forms available for our Sisters and Brothers to submit regarding shirt sizes. Stay tuned.
Lastly, there will be a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for this quarter in the amount of $0.51 effective July 8, 2022. The current maximum COLA amount for this unit is $2.64.
We wish to thank and recognize our UAW Brother (Janitor), Clayton Zuber. Early Wednesday morning there was an emergency situation in our Fitness Center. The A/C unit located in the ceiling above malfunctioned, which led to flooding in the “studio” room and in the “cardio” location. There was a considerable amount of water on the floors of these areas and the ceiling above was falling creating an injury risk for any employee using these areas. When notified, Clayton stopped his daily tasks/run to quickly come over and diligently worked to remedy this hazardous condition. The fitness center is normally cleaned and maintained by “outside” contractors. This is yet another example why we need more UAW employees added to our Labor Pool and UAW Local 1069 employees ready and available to perform these types of tasks.

Countdown To Contract: 91 Days

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Tolassi
President
UAW Local 1069

June 1, 2022

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Congratulations to Vince Marvel, Pattern Maker “A”, North Side. Vince is our new North Side Committeeman, serving our members in Buildings 3-06 and 3-07. He was elected by way of being the sole candidate for this position. We thank Vince for his dedicated service working for our members as a Shop Steward for the past eight years. We are confident he will continue his efforts and will make great contributions during our upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations. Notices were mailed and posted for this election to take place on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at our union hall. Please note, NO ELECTION will take place on this date and location. Vince, along with the rest of the Bargaining Committee would like to thank all of our Sisters and Brothers for their continued support.
In addition, our Communications Committee along with the help from our Women’s Committee hosted our “10th Annual Golf Outing” on May 20, 2022. This event proved to be another success. Total funds donated to this great event toped $4,000.00. All proceeds raised will be presented to “Operation First Response.” We wish to thank the many sponsors who contributed and many thanks to all who participated. Special thanks go out to the following members who worked hard to put this together and continued working hard during this event: Jason Bonacquisti, Matt Rogers, Brian Stief, Mike Tolassi, Anthony Fenza, Ally Hold, Adrianne Cruz, Kelly Kerrigan, and Michelle D’Avella. Please look for our upcoming events in the future.
Lastly, your Bargaining Committee continues to work on many proposals in preparation for our upcoming CBA negotiations with The Company this August. We surely will keep our membership informed of all developments along the way.

Countdown To Contract: 127 Days

In Solidarity,

 

Michael Tolassi
President
UAW Local 1069

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