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.

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. The meeting will be held at the Plumbers & Pipefitters 562 hall located at 12385 Larimore Rd, St. Louis, MO. The meeting starts at … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

St. Louis IAM Members Open Negotiations with GKN Aerospace

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 – … Read more

Around the shop…

With more layoffs announced today at GKN, its a good time to remind our membership that donations of canned goods can be made at the hall anytime during business hours or at your local lodge meeting. These donations help offset the cost of putting food on the table for our Brothers and Sisters that are … Read more