Local 274, Wesco
On New Contract
Members of amalgamated UE Local 274 employed by Wesco recently ratified a
new three-year agreement with the manufacturer of capacitors for the electrical parts
The bargaining committee and membership fought off company giveback
demands that included loss of two holidays.
The final agreement includes increases in sick and accident benefits and
life insurance, funeral leave. The mostly female workforce will no longer have to use
vacation in taking time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Wages are advanced by 20 cents the first year, and 25 cents in both the
second and third years covered by the agreement.
Improvements in the 401(k) plan represent a significant victory. Three
years ago Wesco workers twice rejected contract offers and threatened to strike before the
company yielded and offered a 401(k) plan. This year the union negotiated an improved plan
with better investment options, an increase in the company contribution; the company will
pay all administrative costs.
When Wesco workers organized 18 years ago, they were forced to engage in a
long and difficult strike to gain a first contract. Many of the senior employees were
participants and leaders in that struggle.
The UE committee consisted of Joyce Burdick, Karla Durand and Patty
Morrison. They were assisted by Field Org. Paul Ryan.