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No Final Agreement Reached; Bargaining Continues Wednesday

09 December, 2008

No final agreement was reached in bargaining on Tuesday involving UE Local 1110 members who have occupied their workplace, the Republic Windows plant, since Friday. Another negotiating session has been set for Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. (CST).

A statement issued late Tuesday night by the UE negotiating committee said, "Negotiations will resume tomorrow as the parties continue to work towards an agreement. Progress was made, and the bank and the Union are bargaining in good faith."

"Cautious Optimism" Reported After Republic, BOA Meeting; Second Meeting Set for Tuesday

08 December, 2008

After meeting for more than three hours Monday with the owner of Republic Windows and representatives from the Bank of America, UE Local 1110 members said they were "cautiously optimistic" and looking forward to a second meeting set for 1:00 p.m. Tuesday.

"We had a good discussion and the beginning of a negotiation," reported UE Organizer Leah Fried following a briefing and discussion held with workers who have occupied the plant since last Friday. Fried added, "but we will continue to occupy the factory until a resolution is reached."

Chicago Aldermen Aim to End City's Business with Bank of America

08 December, 2008

CHICAGO

Press Conference

  • When: Noon
  • Where:
    Chicago City Hall
    Outside of the City Council Chambers
    2nd Floor
  • Who: 15 city aldermen and labor leaders from UE, the Chicago Federation of Labor and SEIU.

A contingent of 15 Chicago aldermen said today they will introduce an ordinance to require the city to stop doing any business with the Bank of America.

North Carolina UE Members to Picket Bank of America's Charlotte Headquarters, in Solidarity with Chicago Sit-In

07 December, 2008

Members of UE's North Carolina Local 150 will protest Monday at the Charlotte national headquarters of Bank of America, in support of UE members in Chicago who are occupying their factory, Republic Windows and Doors. National news media have been reporting over the weekend on the ongoing factory sit-in by the Chicago union members. The workers are members of UE Local 1110. The plant suddenly shut down on Friday, Dec. 5 with only three days notice to the union and workers, and without paying workers money they are owed.

UE Members in Chicago Need Our Help!

04 December, 2008

UE Local 1110 members in Chicago who work at Republic Windows and Doors are in a tough battle with their employer, as well as with the giant Bank of America. The bank - which has already been given $25 billion in as part of the taxpayer bailout of the financial industry - is refusing to extend credit to the company, forcing the plant to close and destroying some 300 jobs.

Local 684 Makes Pay Equity Gains in New Five-Year TEMCO Contract

10 November, 2008

Hopes of smooth, easy negotiations because of excellent company profits proved baseless for members of UE Local 684 who work at The Electric Materials Company (TEMCO), a specialty copper mill.  After exchanging proposals with the company on August 20, union bargaining committee members realized they were in for a fight.

First UE Contract Stops Takebacks, Improves Wage Equity at Ferro

10 November, 2008

On October 18, members of UE Local 1137 voted overwhelmingly to ratify their first union contact. Workers at the Ferro Pfanstiehl pharmaceutical plant had joined UE in May, when they chose UE representation by a two-to-one margin in an NLRB election.

Two major issues that drove both the organizing drive and contract negotiations were workers’ desire to stop the company from taking away employee benefits, and the need for a fair and rational wage system. Pay rates were all over the board, and even workers performing the same job often received vastly different wages.

Local 690 Reduces Wage Differentials, Holds Down Healthcare Costs at Kenson

10 November, 2008

In late October, UE Local 690 reached agreement with Kenson Plastics for a new three-year contract, which members ratified by a more than two-to-one margin. The local succeeded in retaining the existing healthcare arrangement, whereby the employer fully pays the premium for single coverage, and employees with family or dependent coverage contribute $75 a month toward the premium.

Local 151 Wins Wage, Benefit Increases, Better Job Security in Aetna Contract

10 November, 2008

Frankilin Park, IL


Local 151 ratified a new contract on October 1 with Aetna Ball Bearing including yearly wage increases of 3 percent, which translates to hourly increase ranging from 50 to 90 cents in the first year, and more in subsequent years. The new agreement freezes worker healthcare costs, increases the pension, and improves job security.

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