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Remembering the Strike Last Time —
Load King Management
Seeks Hassle-Free Contract


Contract Settled!

Faced with company unfair labor practices, UE Local 1187 members struck the Load King division of CMI on Feb. 9, 1999. For nine long months, they maintained their picket lines on the prairie despite snow and icy winds that winter and broiling temperatures in the summer. Union members took the fight for a fair contract to CMI headquarters in Oklahoma City, Okla., and to dealerships in four other states. Eventually, the tractor trailer manufacturer agreed to bargain in good faith. Local 1187 members ratified a strike settlement on Oct. 24, 1999 (see: Struggle Ends at CMI-Load King).

Negotiations went much more smoothly this time. Well aware of the recent past, new management set a conflict-free settlement as its goal.

Local 1187 members ratified a new four-year agreement that raises wages 45 cents on Jan. 1, 2002, and again on Jan. 1, 2003 and 2004, with a 55-cent increase on Jan. 1, 2005.

The union committee kept employees’ health insurance costs to just $12 (for both single and family coverage) over the life of the agreement.

The Local 1187 negotiating committee consisted of Pres. Jim Vennard, Vice Pres. Scott Nearman, Rec. Sec. Joe Kyte, Fin. Sec. Jim Hall, and Lyle Downs. They were assisted by Field Org. Rocky DeMaio.

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