Collective Bargaining

L-D561 members ink 8-year contract

 L-D561 negotiating committee members, l. to r., Jim Rhedin, Kermit Gates, Scott Schreiner, Ernie West and Rolland “Kit” Cooper.

Lodge sees wage increases, other improvements

MEMBERS OF LOCAL D561 (Weeping Water, Nebraska) employed by Kerford Limestone ratified an eight-year collective bargaining agreement in late July that will provide a 24.6 percent wage increase over the term of the agreement along with other improvements.

Locals  L-D561
Reporter  V55N3

L-159 defends Boilermaker-Blacksmith pension

L-159 BARGAINING COMMITTEE MEMBERS, l. to r., Tim Ehrhart, Ken Chamberlain and Carl Zielinski.

Members stand firm, defeat employer’s 401(k) switch

BOILERMAKERS LOCAL 159 (Wyoming, Pa.), led by its bargaining committee, preserved the members’ participation in the Boilermaker-Blacksmith National Pension Trust in contract negotiations completed with Ashley Machine Tool earlier this year. Members ratified the proposed agreement Feb. 19. The contract is effective Jan. 14, 2016, to Oct. 31, 2018.

The bargaining committee included President Kenneth Chamberlain, chief steward Carl Zielinski and first shift shop steward Tim Ehrhart.

Locals  L-159
Reporter  V55N1

ALJ orders Terex to reinstate 13 employees, bargain with union

Four terminated Terex employees (front row, yellow shirts) stand with union supporters outside a federal courtroom February 17 in Minneapolis. Boilermakers' organizer Jody Mauller is fifth from left.

Decision cites management coercion, threats of plant closure

NLRB ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Judge David I. Goldman issued a sweeping decision June 9 against A.S.V., Inc. a/k/a Terex, to reinstate and provide back pay with interest to 13 workers at its Grand Rapids, Minn., facility following an unsuccessful organizing effort by the Boilermakers. Judge Goldman also ordered the employer to recognize and bargain with the union.

Reporter  V54N2

L-2014 rallies for first contract

Members listen as International Rep Don Hamric, top right, discusses collective bargaining.

Steel Fab employees receive training, build solidarity

NEWLY ORGANIZED MEMBERS of Local 2014 rallied April 23 to promote solidarity as negotiations continue for a first contract with Steel Fab manufacturing in Lebanon, Va. The event was held at the Russell County Conference Center. About 200 employees of the company — one of the nation’s largest makers of ASME air receivers — are represented by the Boilermaker lodge.

Locals  L-2014
Reporter  V54N2

Terex workers seek organizing protection in federal court

NLRB, Boilermakers argue for injunction to halt unfair labor practices, order bargaining

EMPLOYEES AT THE Terex construction equipment plant in Grand Rapids, Minn., are awaiting a decision from U.S. District Judge Ann Montgomery on an injunction request to require the company to recognize the Boilermakers union as the workers’ exclusive bargaining agent and to engage in interim negotiations pending a related NLRB trial. Judge Montgomery heard arguments February 3 at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Reporter  V54N1

Fulton workers vote to join Local 5, Zone 75

Bargaining unit makes commercial hot water boilers

EMPLOYEES AT FULTON Heating Solutions in Pulaski, N.Y., voted 21-7 to join Boilermakers Local 5, Zone 75 (Oswego, N.Y.) November 17. The workers make hot water steam boilers for commercial use.

Local 5, Zone 75, a construction, shop and railroad lodge, also represents a unit at Fulton Boiler Works, located in the same Fulton manufacturing complex. The Boilermakers have served that unit for 45 years.

Locals  L-5

IBB organizers back NLRB changes

IBB organizer Jody Mauller testifies in favor of new NLRB rules proposed for union elections.

Labor Board proposes easing election rules

BOILERMAKER ORGANIZERS Robert Godinez II and Jody Mauller testified before the National Labor Relations Board April 10 in support of the agency’s proposals to make the union election process simpler and faster.

Reporter  V53N2

L-D584 negotiates breakthrough contract

Linwood Mining and Minerals representatives stand with the L-D584 bargaining committee after successful contract negotiations. L. to r., Annette Snyder, Linwood; Gary Beherns, L-D584; Mark Looman, Linwood Vice President; Jonathan Wilmhurst, Linwood President; Ken Peters, L-D584 Vice President; Mike Bush, Linwood; and Ed Carstensen, L-D584 President.

Six-year deal raises wages 8.29 percent in first year

THIRTY-TWO MEMBERS employed at an Iowa lime plant ratified a six-year contract in July that will bring wages and benefits up to levels common in the cement industry.

Local D584 (Davenport, Iowa) President Ed Carstensen reported that the agreement with owner Linwood Mining and Minerals will raise wages by 8.29 percent in the first year, with subsequent annual wage increases of between 2.5 percent to 3.5 percent, totaling more than 20 percent over the life of the contract.

Locals  L-D584
Reporter  V51N4

New Contract Summaries

A BRIEF LISTING OF RECENT AGREEMENTS SIGNED AND RATIFIED BY BOILERMAKER LOCAL LODGES

Local D92 - Bellefonte, Pa.

Effective June 1, 2011 to May 31, 2014, for 147 members of Local D92 (Bellefonte, Pa.) who work in maintenance and the production of lime at Graymont Inc. located in Pleasant Gap, Pa.

Reporter  V51N1

L-D6 reaches ‘exceptional’ agreement with Lafarge

L-D6 bargaining committee, l. to r., Charles “Chuck” Hopwood, president emeritus

Lodge makes improvements despite economy

NEGOTIATING A CONTRACT during a weak economy can be especially tough for local lodges. When L-D6 (Buffalo, Iowa) faced off last year against Lafarge — one of the largest cement makers in the world — the bargaining committee knew it had better be well prepared.

To make matters even more challenging, the cement plant had recently installed new plant management, so labor-management relations were in some ways starting over.

Locals  L-D6
Reporter  V50N2

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