IAM Local 387 Ratifies GKN Contract

On Sunday, January 24, 2016, more than 500 members of IAM Local 387 passed the tentative agreement with GKN by a majority vote.

The five-year proposal includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • General Wage Increases of 1.5% in 2016, 1.75% in 2018, and 2.5% in 2020
  • Lump sum payments of $2,000 in 2017 and 2019
  • Pension increases from $1.73 per hour to $2 per hour in 2016-2019 and $2.05 in 2020. (This will bring the multiplier to $85.46 effective April 1, 2016 and $87.33 effective January 1, 2020.)
  • No increases in health care employee rate contributions in 2016 and 2017 for PPO and Value$aver Plus plans
  • A 1% increase each year from 2018 to 2020 in health care employee rate contributions for the PPO plan only
  • Short term disability increase from $450 to $475 per week
  • The Company will pay up to $125 per year of OSHA approved steel-toe safety shoes

The Bargaining Committee unanimously recommended ratification to the 5-year proposal. The newly-passed contract is effective 12 am on Monday, January 25, 2016.

On behalf of the IAM Local 387 Bargaining Committee, District 837, the Midwest Territory and the Grand Lodge, thank you for your support during this process.

In Solidarity,

Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Update | January 22, 2016

Your Bargaining Committee has reached a tentative agreement with GKN. By now you should have received the Company’s entire contract offer complete with every change to contract language, benefits and economics.

The five-year proposal includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • General Wage Increases of 1.5% in 2016, 1.75% in 2018, and 2.5% in 2020
  • Lump sum payments of $2,000 in 2017 and 2019
  • Pension increases from $1.73 per hour to $2 per hour in 2016-2019 and $2.05 in 2020. (This will bring the multiplier to $85.46 effective April 1, 2016 and $87.33 effective January 1, 2020.)
  • No increases in health care employee rate contributions in 2016 and 2017 for PPO and Value$aver Plus plans
  • A 1% increase each year from 2018 to 2020 in health care employee rate contributions for the PPO plan only
  • Short term disability increase from $450 to $475 per week
  • The Company will pay up to $125 per year of OSHA approved steel-toe safety shoes

Your entire Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends ratification to the proposed contract.

We encourage every member to review the proposed changes and be prepared to vote on Sunday, January 24 at the Plumbers & Pipefitters 562 hall located at 12385 Larimore Rd, St. Louis, MO. The meeting starts at 10 am (doors open at 9 am).

We will begin the meeting with an overview of the entire contract followed by a question and answer period. Once all members have had an opportunity to get their questions answered, we will commence voting.

On behalf of your Bargaining Committee, I want to thank each of you for your tremendous support and display of solidarity.

In Solidarity,

Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Update | January 21, 2016

In preparation for the contract ratification meeting being held Sunday, January 24, 2016, I would like to provide an overview of what you can expect and how the day will proceed.

GKNContractVoteGfxThe meeting will be held at the Plumbers & Pipefitters 562 hall located at 12385 Larimore Rd, St. Louis, MO. The meeting starts at 10 am (doors open at 9 am).

In accordance with the District 837 Bylaws and IAM Constitution, the Negotiating Committee will provide the membership the final proposed changes and­­ its recommendation to accept or reject. The Committee will also take questions.

At the conclusion of the question and answer session, the membership will vote on whether to accept or reject the contract. Only members in good standing are eligible to vote.

There are two separate ballots. The first one is to accept or reject the contract offer.

If a majority of the ballots cast votes to accept the contract, negotiations end and the contract goes into effect at midnight.

The second ballot is a “yes” or “no” to authorize a strike. If more than 50% of the ballots cast vote to reject the proposed contract, a second vote will be taken to authorize a strike. A two-thirds majority of the ballots cast is needed for strike action. If less than two-thirds of the votes cast are in favor of a strike, the contract offer is accepted by default.

The ballots will be counted immediately after each vote in the presence of the membership and the results will be announced as soon as the count is completed. We will also post the results on the Local 387 website at www.iam387.org.

For updates on the negotiations, visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

In Solidarity,
Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative

 

Plumbers & Pipefitter 562Picture1
12385 Larimore Road
St. Louis, MO 63138

  1. Take the ramp onto I-270 E (9.5 miles)
  2. Take exit 34 for Riverview Drive (.2 miles)
  3. Turn Left onto Riverview Drive (2.0 miles)
  4. Turn Left onto Larimore Road (.1 miles)

 

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Update | January 18, 2016

Thank you to all those who came out to Saturday’s Local Lodge meeting. It was a strong turnout and great show of support for the members of your Negotiating Committee.

We’re back in the trenches this week as we resume talks and continue hammering out the last of the economic issues.

We’re in the final stretch.

Having your support from the shop floor is important now more than ever.

As the current contract quickly draws to a close, GKN’s final opportunity to show this Negotiating Committee – and most importantly, our members – how much it values its workforce is shrinking just as quickly.

Know that your Negotiating Committee remains committed to fighting for a fair and equitable contract – one that we can recommend to the membership.

Join us Sunday, January 24 for the meeting to review the company’s last and final offer and vote. The meeting will start at 10 am at the Plumbers & Pipefitter 562 hall located at 12385 Larimore Rd, St. Louis, MO. Doors open at 9 am.

For updates on the negotiations, visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

In Solidarity,

Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative

 

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Update | January 13, 2016

Your Local 387 Bargaining Committee is pleased to report that there was some positive movement today on a number of important issues brought to the negotiation table over the course of negotiations with the GKN bargaining delegation.

We are pleased to announce we were able to make movement in securing the COLA and COLA formula. Additional movement was made on short term disability.

These agreements were reached thanks to the hard work of your Bargaining Committee, which now opens up room to discuss and hone in on issues you told us were important in your membership surveys.

Items still on the table include GKN’s proposal to split classifications which threatens to dilute seniority for approximately half our bargaining unit, the actual general wage increase percentages and schedule, the pension multiplier, the company’s proposed increase in employee health care costs and changes in plan design.

Thank you once again for your continued show of solidarity and support from the shop floor. There’s still much more work to be done.

Join us for your Local Lodge meeting on Saturday, January 16 at 10 am at the District 837 hall, where your Negotiating Committee will provide updates and answer questions.

The contract vote will take place Sunday, January 24 at the Plumbers & Pipefitter 562.

For updates on the negotiations, visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

In Solidarity,

Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Update | January 12, 2016

The Negotiating Committee would like to thank you for your solidarity and support as they continue working toward bargaining a contract worthy of a vote on Sunday, January 24.

As the focus turns to economic issues, to date, your Committee has brought forth a number of proposals aimed at moving both the IAM Local 387 membership and GKN forward. Unfortunately, the proposals as submitted by the company thus far are aimed at achieving the complete opposite.

The GKN delegation has proposed such contract language as splitting classifications, which threatens to dilute seniority for approximately half our bargaining unit. They’ve proposed an every other year general wage increase that only applies to a small percentage of the bargaining unit. The company has yet to agree to fold in the COLA. GKN has also proposed an insignificant increase in the pension multiplier and an increase in employee health care costs.

Their proposals can only be described as regressive.

Negotiations are still ongoing. But as your Negotiating Committee continues the fight at the negotiating table, we urge your support on the shop floor. Tell your supervisors: It’s time the GKN negotiating team gets serious.

Join us for your Local Lodge meeting on Saturday, January 16 at 10 am at the District 837 hall, where your Negotiating Committee will provide updates and answer questions.

The contract vote will take place Sunday, January 24 at the Plumbers & Pipefitter 562.

For updates on the negotiations, visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

 

In Solidarity,

Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative

 

 

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Update | January 8, 2016

Earlier this week we worked long hours to reach a tentative agreement with GKN on the remaining non-economic / contract language.

Yesterday morning we exchanged economic proposals with the company and began the process to hammer out a fair and equitable contract for you to vote on Sunday, January 24th.

Your Bargaining Committee is working diligently to negotiate the best possible contract for our members. We are prepared to meet every day for as along as it takes between now and the end of this contract in an attempt to secure a new contract offer from the Company. The Bargaining process must address the concerns of our members and recognize your contributions in making GKN successful.

Please continue to show your support and solidarity in the plant. Your strength is our strength at the bargaining table. Please keep in mind that anything is subject to change at anytime, nothing is guaranteed until we get the best and final summary to vote on Sunday, January 24, 2016.

Also, make every attempt to attend your Lodge meeting on January 16th at 10AM. The entire Bargaining Committee will be available to answer any questions and give negotiation status reports.

For updates on the negotiations, visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

In solidarity,

Stephen McDerman
President/Directing Business Representative
IAMAW District 837

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Strike Sanction Meeting This Sunday, December 20, 2015

When:                   Sunday, December 20, 2015
Where:                  Plumbers & Pipefitters Hall, Local 562 (map below)
Doors Open:        9:00 am
Meeting Time:     10:00 a.m. Promptly

Yesterday was our final day meeting with the company on non-economic issues prior to the holiday break.  While we have made progress, a few significant issues remain unresolved.  After the new year, we will resume daily negotiations and begin exchanging all economic proposals.

Do we get excused from work to attend the Strike Sanction Meeting?
Those on mandatory or voluntary overtime will be excused from 9:00 am to the conclusion of the vote on December 20, 2015 and do NOT have to return to work for the duration of their overtime period.

Plumbers & Pipefitter 562
Picture112385 Larimore Road
St. Louis, MO 63138

  1. Take the ramp onto I-270 E (9.5 miles)
  2. Take exit 34 for Riverview Drive (.2 miles)
  3. Turn Left onto Riverview Drive (2.0 miles)
  4. Turn Left onto Larimore Road (.1 miles)

 

For updates on the negotiations, be on the look out for Speed Facts. You can also visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

 

 

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St. Louis IAM Members Open Negotiations with GKN Aerospace

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Members of the IAM Local 387 Negotiating Committee, joined by IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, open negotiations with GKN Aerospace in St. Louis.

Members of the IAM Local 387 Negotiating Committee, joined by IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber, opened negotiations December 9, 2015 with GKN Aerospace in St. Louis.

The contract – which covers nearly 600 bonding mechanics, machinists, metal fabricators, machine repairers, process operators, spray painters, pipefitters, parts finishers and material handlers – is due to expire January 24, 2016.

“Members of the GKN delegation: we share the charge and the responsibility of negotiating an overall package that is both fair and equitable,” said Gruber in his opening statement. “I expect that the next several weeks will be challenging. Like contracts in the past, the topics will be similar. We will certainly be discussing health care, pensions, wages, job and income security. Why? Because that is what is important to our members. YOUR employees. The lack of family-sustaining wages and job security is not a real investment in GKN workers. It is a devaluing of American industrial jobs.

“I look forward to listening to your ideas and proposals, I look forward to a spirited debate. But most of all, I look forward to shaking hands on January 24 with a deal of which we can all be proud.”

Members of the bargaining committee include IAM District 837 President/Directing Business Representative and lead negotiator Steve McDerman, Assistant Directing Business Representative Earl Schuessler, Business Representative Roger Smith, Plant Chairmen Chris Albin and Brian Adams, Local 387 President Joe Blanke, Trustee Michael Lindsey, Grand Lodge Representative Steve Galloway, IAM Aerospace Coordinator Terry Smith and Strategic Resources Assistant Director David White.

“Today’s opening session was productive,” said McDerman. “We managed to cover a significant portion of the language on non-economic issues, and look forward to continuing these talks over the upcoming weeks.”

“I want to thank the members of the negotiating team for their commitment, hard work and dedication in preparing for these negotiations,” continued McDerman, “and most importantly, the membership. Our members are the strength behind this committee. Their support and solidarity are vital as we embark on the negotiations of this contract over the next few weeks.”

For updates on the negotiations, be on the look out for Speed Facts. You can also visit the www.iam387.org website or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.

For instant updates, text “IAMGKN” to 55000 to receive text message updates to your mobile phone (message and data rates may apply).

For frequently asked questions about the negotiation process, visit the Negotiations Survival Handbook on the www.iam387.org website under “Resources.”

 

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IAM-GKN Negotiations Survival Handbook

Screen Shot 2015-12-09 at 3.07.59 PMLet’s face it, contract time and the negotiations for a new contract is a time filled with questions, uncertainty, high anxiety and a roller coaster of emotions guaranteed to rival that of any amusement park ride.

It’s a process that will be repeated about every 3 years and one that cannot be avoided. You and your families need a contract that ensures good wages, good benefits, and good working conditions.  You deserve no less.

In the IAM-GKN Negotiations Survival Handbook, we will explain how the negotiations process works. We will also talk about your role in the negotiations process, what you – as a member – can do to help. There is also a section in this Handbook to help you cope with the pressures and anxiety that we all experience during contract time. We will do this by exposing some of the tactics the company will try to use on you to put doubt in your mind and to create turmoil amongst our ranks. We have also provided an overview of members’ rights under the National Labor Relations Act. There is a special section on frequently asked questions and answers that always surface during negotiations.

While using this Handbook please remember one thing:  Together, standing strong as one Union and speaking as one loud voice, we can improve our standard of living.

Your Negotiating Committee hopes that this Handbook will help to answer some of your questions, help you to remain strong, and help you support each other in the weeks ahead.

IAM-GKN Negotiations Survival Handbook

 

 

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