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Local 417 Members
Reject Groov-Pin
Givebacks,
Gain Improved Contract

RIDGEFIELD, N.J.

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 co-pay.

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 increased.

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.

UE News - 06/98


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