Mae Tanner during February's one-day strike.
Local 1166 Gains
A First Contract
After two union elections, extended legal delays by the
company and nine months of negotiations, members of UE Local 1166 at the GATX
warehouse in Hodgkins, Il. ratified their first ever UE contract on April 25.
The contract includes wage increases of one dollar in the
first year, 40 cents in the second year and a seniority multiplier in the
third year equal to about 40 cents. The wage settlement also includes 50-cents
back pay for every hour worked since April 1, 2000 — meaning over $1,000 for
all employees employed throughout the last year.
Furthermore, the new contract includes seniority in job
vacancies, decreases the number of temporary employees, improves the shift
differential, provides two additional vacation days after five years, includes
the union shop, an end to random drug testing with the next clean monthly test
and an end to mandatory overtime except in emergency situations.
Importantly, the negotiating committee negotiated a new
attendance policy which allows for late arrivals in the cases of train delays
and inclement weather, increases the points system from 7 to 12, makes it
easier to remove points, provides for an attendance bonus and cleans the slate
to zero points for all employees at the beginning of the contract.
These impressive gains were made through the unity of the
workforce in dealing with the company and the support the negotiating
committee received during the contract negotiations.
Negotiating Committee member Damaris Santana explained:
"I have to admit it, that I was surprised. When the time came, people
really stayed together."
1166 members demonstrate their strength in a one-day strike on Feb. 9th
In January, GATX unilaterally imposed mandatory overtime and
refused to post or distribute the overtime fairly. Failure to resolve this
unfair labor practice at the bargaining table resulted in a one day strike on
Feb. 9. UE Local 1166 demonstrated such strong unity on the picket line that
day that the company sat up and took notice. The overtime distribution was
re-arranged and within two weeks the plant manager was replaced. GATX realized
that they could no longer take UE members for granted.
During the campaign, UE Local 1166 received support from many
allies in the labor movement and public officials, including U.S.
Representatives Luis Gutierrez and Danny Davis, State Sen. Miguel
Del Valle, Chicago City Aldermen Rick Munoz and Ted Thomas,
and Gerry Zero, president of Teamsters Local 705.
UE Local 1166 represents GATX workers who warehouse and ship
parts for the Electro Motive Division, the locomotive division of General
Motors. During negotiations GATX was bought by APL Logistics.
The UE Local 1166 negotiating committee consisted of Larry
Palmer, Manny Arreola, Damaris Santana, Patrick Grant,
Jose Santiago and Bernice Anderson. They were assisted by UE
Intl. Rep. Tim Curtin, Field Org. Sam Smucker and District 11
Pres. Carl Rosen.
UE News - 05/01