At EIS Wire
Local 264 Meets
Goals in Contract
With New Owner
As EIS Wire and Cable emerged from three years of bankruptcy under new ownership, the members of amalgamated UE Local 264
employed at the South Hadley plant faced tough challenges. The venture capitalist group that bought EIS recognized the union but not the
UE members entered negotiations with three goals: get as much money up front as possible; because ground had been lost in
previous negotiations, restore as much contract language as possible; get health insurance costs under some control. All three goals were
A company push for concessions was blocked when an overwhelming majority of workers signed a petition opposing surrender
of any past gains.
The three-year contract raises wages by 5.5 percent, 2.5 percent and 2 percent. The health insurance formula is changed so
that employee costs will not rise as fast. The company is obliged to make larger contributions into employees 401(k) accounts; the
contract increases life insurance, sickness and accident benefits and the shift differential. And union members got back 15 language items
previously lost in negotiations.
The negotiating committee consisted of Roger Decker, Pat Funk, Joyce Kletotka, and Hank Kwiatkowski. They
were assisted by UE Field Org. Paul Ryan.
UE News - 3/02