Strike Sanction Vote Passes Overwhelmingly

In an overwhelming majority, members of IAM Local 387 voted to grant the Negotiating Committee Strike Sanction Authority. This strike sanction vote does NOT mean a strike is likely. It shows support for negotiators that members are serious about getting a good contract.

These votes are typically held well in advance of the company’s last offer. The IAM Constitution requires a reaffirmation of strike sanction when members vote on GKN’s final offer January 24.

“Our members cast their votes today to show that they are united behind the bargaining committee, and to send a message to the company that they expect an essential contract,” said IAM Local 387 President Joe Blanke.

“This is the time to show strength through solidarity and send a message to GKN that we deserve a fair and equitable agreement, said IAM Aerospace Chief of Staff Jody Bennett, who is leading the negotiations with GKN Aerospace. “Nothing less is acceptable.”

Blue background with a white box that says Strike Sanction VOTE Passes.

GKN Negotiations Continue

Local Lodge 387 GKN Negotiations

Since the beginning of December, our bargaining committee has been meeting with the company and completed our exchanges of non-economic proposals. We have successfully reached tentative agreements (T/A’s) on many proposals, while a few have been moved to economics beginning Wednesday, January 6.

While we feel progress is being made, we must caution every member that only a complete contract offer from the Company that recognizes our members as essential and properly addresses all our issues will be considered a success and worthy of your ratification. We still have a long way to go.

It is vital that all members continue to show solidarity and support your bargaining committee. Thank you!

Important Dates

December 19, 2020 – Strike Sanction Vote

  • Employees working Saturday can leave work and vote after 9am without receiving an attendance infraction. Employees are expected to return to work to complete their shifts.

January 09, 2021 – Lodge 387 Meeting 2pm

January 24, 2021 – Contract Ratification Vote and Strike Vote, if GKN’s contract offer is rejected.

Reminder: Members who wish to receive periodic text blasts about negotiations progress should complete the enrollment card from your steward and return.

Strike Sanction and Contract Votes Scheduled

Save the date graphic with the numeric date of 12/19/10 in the background.

It’s official: The strike sanction vote will take place December 19, 2020 and the contract vote is scheduled for January 24, 2021, both at the Family Arena. Each event will have shop stewards and safety committee reporting at 8:00 a.m., with doors opening for members at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting starting promptly at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. Let’s send a message to the company that we are united and focused.

IAM Local 387 Opens Negotiations With GKN


IAM Local Lodge 387 opened formal negotiations with GKN Aerospace LLC, Tuesday with Aerospace General Vice President Mark Blondin and Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway in attendance. The union and the company exchanged initial non-economic proposals on the first day of what will be a weeks-long process, with economic proposals expected to take place at a later date.

The negotiation committee would like to thank the members for their input and support during this time. For more information, check this website for future updates or follow the IAM Local 387 Facebook page.