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District 7 Hails
Glastic First Contract



Nina Williams, Local 799 District 7 Pres. Joyce Clayborne addresses delegates ...

Right photo: District 7 Pres. Joyce Clayborne addresses delegates. Also pictured, from left, are Rec. Sec. Shawne Wise, Fin. Sec. Bill Callahan and Vice Pres. Bobbie Nesbit. At left, Nina Williams, Local 799, a district executive board member, adds to the discussion.

Delegates to the UE District Seven Council meeting here Feb. 24-25 hailed the successful conclusion of Local 758’s 25-month struggle for a first contract with the Glastic Corp. in Jefferson. Local Pres. Bill Lally and Tricia Knam, a negotiating committee member, proudly reported on their hard-won contract gains — and expressed their gratitude for the solidarity that helped to make the victory possible.

Shop reports revealed a wide range of conditions, from layoffs to the introduction of new product lines and overtime. Locals 712 (Kenyon College) and 766 (Ametek) reported significant gains through collective bargaining. Several locals could express satisfaction that workers’ jobs and conditions were successfully defended through the grievance procedure.

District Pres. Joyce Clayborne recommended that the union’s officers explain how "UE is unique;" she introduced two out of the three national officers who were there, in a sense, for that purpose. Genl. Sec.-Treas. Bob Clark and Dir. of Org. Bob Kingsley detailed a plan for the union’s financial stability and growth. Discussion of the presentation "A Plan for Our Future" continued over two sessions. Delegates had numerous questions about the plan, which calls for budget cuts and increases in per capita. The national officers expressed their willingness to discuss the plan at the local level.

Education Dir. Carol Lambiase led a workshop on "Improving and Defending Public Education." She also discussed regional educational training, stressing more meetings in more locations to reach more stewards and union activists.

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