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Memorable Gains
Achieved By Local
1161 At Spartek, Inc.


The Local 1161 negotiators: Jandt, Koopman, Niedfeldt, Rugg, Loe
The Local 1161 negotiators, seated from left, Karin Jandt, Doris Koopman, Sharry Niedfeldt and Sheila Rugg; standing Diana Bellaire and Ron Loe.

Shop-floor activity by UE Local 1161 members secured memorable gains in a new contract with Spartek, Inc., a manufacturer of plastics products.

"I think that we did pretty well," says Local Pres. Karin Jandt. "We got the biggest raise increase that I can remember."

Wages increase $1.05 over the three years of the contract, with a wage increase of more than 5 percent in the first year. Other improvements affect the sickness and accident benefit, vacation, shift premium, and probation.

Members took their concerns to the workplace, wearing stickers to let management know that a substantial wage increase was needed to settle this contract.

Local 1161 members ratified the contract on Dec. 1.

The UE bargaining committee consisted of Karin Jandt, Doris Koopman, Sharry Niedfeldt, Ron Loe, Sheila Rugg and Diana Bellaire. They were assisted by UE Field Org. Lynn Swiertz.

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