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General Cable Workers
Defeat Takeaways,
Secure Gains

SANGER, Calif.

Informational picketing on all three shifts ...
Informational picketing on all three shifts demonstrated Local 1014’s unwillingness to accept health insurance takeaways and 13-day on/1-day off work schedule.

Members of UE Local 1014 ratified a new three-year agreement with BICC/General (General Cable) on Dec. 8 that includes significant improvements in a variety of areas, without the takeaways the company demanded.

Highlights of the agreement include:

  • A general wage increase of 11.5 percent over the term.

  • Increased pension benefits — among the highest in the corporate chain.

  • Improved health and dental insurance, without takeaways, in the face of significant increases in premiums.

  • Increased bereavement and vacation time (additional days at eight years).

  • Increased life insurance.

  • Improvements to the grievance procedure.

  • Expanded seniority rights

Of equal significance is what the united and determined Local 1014 membership beat back. The company sought the right to use temporary workers. The company wanted to weaken overtime provisions and the right to impose forced overtime up to the maximum allowed by law (13 consecutive days). The company sought to bypass seniority rights in shift transfers within departments, among other takeaways.


General Cable workers waged a formidable battle against these threats and for their own demands.

Workers took management parking spaces ...

Workers took management parking spaces and decorated their cars with pertinent messages.

All shifts engaged in support activities. Homemade signs were prominently displayed on vehicles in the parking lot, putting the union’s message — "Don’t BICC us around," "13 and 1, I don’t think so," and "No health, no wealth" — in management’s face. Caravans paraded through and around company property; honking horns attracted attention and revealed public support. Informational picketing on all three shifts and press conferences received sympathetic coverage by local television, radio and newspapers in Spanish and English.

The Local 1014 negotiating committee consisted of Joe Chavez, David Combs, James Ritenour, Alex Coronado, Mark Falcon and Robert Ordiway. They were assisted by Intl. Rep. Fernando Losada.

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