TO ALL LOCAL 715 MEMBERS!
THE COMPANY HAS POSTED POLICY CHANGES THAT TAKE EFFECT ON OCTOBER 28. 2013.
YOUR LOCAL UNION STRONGLY OPPOSES SOME OF THESE CHANGES
THE ATTENDANCE POLICY: THERE ARE ITEMS IN THE COMPANY’S NEW POLICY THAT ARE A DIRECT VIOLATION OF OUR CONTRACT, SUCH AS TRYING TO LIMIT THE NUMBER OF DAYS THAT THE UNION HAS TO FILE A GRIEVANCE ON AN ATTENDANCE ISSUE TO 10 DAYS. ALSO, THE COMPANY HASN’T GIVEN YOUR UNION A REASON WHY THEY FEEL THE NEED TO CHARGE A POINT FOR EVERY SICK DAY. IN FACT, THEY TOLD US OUR ATTENDANCE HAS BEEN GETTING BETTER! THE COMPANY’S ACTIONS ARE UNREASONABLE, IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD!
THE SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY: THE COMPANY AND UNION ALREADY HAVE A PROGRAM IN PLACE. WE NEGOTIATED THE CURRENT PROGRAM WITH THE COMPANY YEARS AGO. OUR CONTRACT STATES THAT IF THE COMPANY WANTS TO MAKE CHANGES TO THIS PROGRAM, THEY MUST NEGOTIATE THOSE CHANGES WITH US.
THE Q.I.R. POLICY: THIS IS ALSO AN ITEM THAT NEEDS TO BE NEGOTIATED WITH US. THE COMPANY HAS FLAT REFUSED TO BARGAIN WITH US ON THIS ISSUE.
THE POINTS LISTED ABOVE ARE ONLY A PARTIAL LISTING OF THE ISSUES THAT YOUR UNION HAS WITH THE COMPANY’S NEW POLICIES. I FEEL WITH THE COMPANY’S ASSAULT ON OUR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, ESPECIALLY THEIR ACTIONS OCCURRING AFTER WE JUST COMPLETED NEGOTIATIONS, WE HAVE REACHED A TIME WHEN WE MUST ALL TAKE A HARD LOOK AT HOW WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD. OUR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT REPRESENTS PROMISES THAT THE COMPANY HAS MADE TO US, AND THAT WE HAVE MADE TO THE COMPANY. IF THE COMPANY IS REFUSING TO HONOR OUR CONTRACT, HOW CAN WE TRUST THAT THEY WILL HONOR THE COMMITMENTS THAT THEY HAVE MADE TO
OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE O.R. PROGRAM? I HOPE THAT EACH MEMBER WHO HAS VOLUNTEERED AS A SPOKE UNDERSTANDS THE TYPE OF MANAGEMENT THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH CURRENTLY AT THE PLANT LEVEL. I WOULD HOPE EACH INDIVIDUAL WEIGHS THE PRO AND CON OF WHAT IS GOING ON, AND THEN MAKES AN EDUCATED DECISION ON WHETHER TO CONTINUE TO VOLUNTEER AS A SPOKE, OR NOT.
LOCAL 715 WILL NOT BE PARTNERING WITH THE COMPANY THIS YEAR ON UNITED WAY OR ON THE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM. LOCAL 715 WILL HOLD GATE COLLECTIONS FOR BOTH OF THESE WORTHWHILE PROGRAMS INSTEAD.
AS I HAVE TOLD YOU IN THE RECENT PAST, YOUR LOCAL UNION WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHTS IN EVERY WAY THAT WE CAN. WE HAVE ALREADY FILED GRIEVANCES. WE CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE NATIONAL LABOR BOARD CHARGES. WE WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF YOUR INTERNATIONAL ATTORNEYS AND REPRESENTATIVES. WE ALL NEED TO MAINTAIN SOLIDARITY WITH EACH OTHER!
JEFF KNOBLAUCH, PRESIDENT
October 14, 2013
We are currently in the middle of the annual benefits enrollment. The first day to complete the enrollment was October 9th and you will have until November 1st to finish.
There are many things that are to be completed and it is important that you correctly make your choices. You can make these elections online at: www.personnelservicecenter.com or over the phone at 1-877-435-7868.
The choices you will need to make are whether you use tobacco products, how many family members you will cover for health care this year, the spousal mandate, open enrollment for Optional Contributory Life Insurance, the Flexible Spending Accounts, and the Club Membership.
When completing the enrollment online you will be prompted to answer the tobacco user question and the number of family members covered for health care insurance. The other options must be found on the enrollment summary and are equally important to complete.
The spousal mandate is found under the Health Care section and must be modified to be corrected. It is set to the default settings of "I have not made a decision and will default to BFG coverage as secondary if i do not make an election"(not your current election.)
Under the Life and AD&D Insurance section you must modify this to make a change in your Optional Contributory Life Insurance. If you do not carry this coverage this is the ONLY time this year you can elect to participate and if you already are participating it is the ONLY time this year that you can increase your coverage without proof of insurability. You will also have the choice of Option A (no cost) or Option B ($0.85 per day) for dependent life insurance. The default setting in this section is your current election.
There are Flexible Spending Accounts that you can elect to participate in and they are Healthcarre and Dependent Care. The Healthcare (FSA) can be funded between $120.00 and $2,500 and the Dependent Care account can be funded between $120.00 and $5,000.
The other election you must make is the Club membership (BJ's, Costco, or Sam') if you want to participate next year.
Please check and make sure your personal information is correct and that your beneficiaries are all listed with their correct information.
If you have any questions about the annual enrollment or need help please contact the Union Hall at 260-632-4816.
SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
THE COMPANY INFORMED YOUR LOCAL UNION THAT IT INTENDED TO ISSUE A QIR POLICY, DRUG POLICY, AS WELL AS REVISED/NEW WORK RULES AND ATTENDANCE POLICY. YOUR UNION TOLD THE COMPANY THAT WE WANTED TO BARGAIN WITH THEM ON THESE ISSUES PRIOR TO THE COMPANY IMPLEMENTING THEM.
AS LATE AS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH, LABOR RELATIONS MANAGER BUTCH GARLOCK COMMITTED TO THE UNION THAT THE COMPANY WOULD NOT PROCEED WITH ANY OF THESE CHANGES PRIOR TO MEETING WITH THE UNION TO DISCUSS OUR ISSUES.
IMPORTANT! YOUR UNION WILL PROCEED THROUGH EVERY AVAILABLE AVENUE, INCLUDING LABOR BOARD CHARGES WHERE APPLICABLE, TO HOLD THE COMPANY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR PLANNED UNILATERAL IMPLEMENTATION OF THESE NEW AND/OR CHANGED RULES OR PROGRAMS.
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