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Local 1421 Members
At Stepan Show
They’re Serious
About Bargaining


With negotiations approaching, the members of amalgamated UE Local 1421 at Stepan Chemical opted to strengthen their hand in a dramatic way — they voted overwhelmingly to boost their monthly dues from $20.52 to $42.76.

"We hope this will send a strong message to the company that we are ready to WIN a GOOD contract when bargaining begins this fall," Chief Steward Bryan Martindale wrote to UE Genl. Pres. John Hovis.

Martindale explained that discussion among his co-workers was prompted by his report to the membership on the previous District 10 Council, where there was a thorough airing of the UE financial plan. Stepan workers took the plan seriously, he said.

"Stepan members have been a part of UE for many years and know the importance of having a rank-and-file national union," Martindale said. "We also understand that, in order for the union to grow and operate effectively, it must have the financial means to do so. We conducted a secret ballot vote that would dramatically raise monthly dues and shift to an hourly formula of 2 times the average hourly rate of pay contained in the contract."

The vote was nearly unanimous, Martindale reported.

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