Local 417 Members
Gain Improved Contract
Local 417 members faced down unionbusting demands by Groov-Pin and
emerged from negotiations with what is regarded as the best contract in years.
At the first bargaining session Feb. 3, the company announced its goal of
eliminating limits to foremen working; a fixed work schedule; overtime after eight hours;
overtime equalization; the birthday holiday; seniority rights in promotions and layoffs
and job posting. In addition, Groov-Pin management called for an increase in insurance
The UE committee rejected these proposals, backed up by the membership at
lunch-time meetings and through shop activity.
GAINS NOT GIVEBACKS
Wages will be increased by 50 cents this year and by 45 cents in 1999 and
again in 2000. These increases represent an annual gain of between 3 and 4 percent. The
pension multiplier is increased by $3 for years after March 1; the range is raised from
$12.50-$17.50 to $15.50-$20.50. The raise for promotions goes from 50 to 75 cents; the
shoe allowance goes up; and the number of employees who receive the laundry allowance is
Groov-Pin workers produce a variety of screw machine products.
The contract, ratified on March 2, was negotiated by Richie Turkowski,
Steve Arrigoni, Juan Thompson, Danny Medina, Alberto Lamoglia. Victor Scuralli, president
of the amalgamated local, attended each bargaining session. They were assisted by UE Field
Org. Cris Costello.