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Pyramid Workers
Keep Saturdays Free,
Gain Improvements
In New Contract


The UE negotiating team at Pyramid Plastics ...
The UE negotiating team at Pyramid Plastics. From left, John Lambiase, Jim Gonzales, Ron Furguson, Joe Toscano and Al Nagy. Not pictured, Jim Marthaler and Ron Flowers.

Pyramid Plastics workers, members of amalgamated UE Local 683, ratified a new three-year agreement on Feb. 26. The gains in the contract didn’t come easily — it took leaflets in the plant, button-wearing, signs in cars, plant-gate meetings and near-unanimous membership meetings for the company to realize that workers were serious about a decent settlement.

In particular, union members objected to the company’s demand for mandatory Saturday work. On Feb. 19, four days after expiration of the previous agreement, the membership rejected a company offer by a three-to-one margin.

This led to a bargaining session six days later, attended by representatives of three other UE locals in Erie who came to show their locals’ support for the Pyramid workers. The Saturday demand fell off the table.

Highlights of the new contract are wage increases totaling 97 cents, a 45-cent increase in the starting rate, raises in the second and third shift premiums, a shortened progression schedule and improvements in bereavement leave, vacations and safety issues.

The UE negotiating committee consisted of Ron Furguson, Jim Gonzales, Jim Marthaler, Al Nagy and Joe Toscano. They were assisted by Field Org. Ron Flowers and District Six Pres. John Lambiase.

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