Monday, October 12, 2009

Update for October 12th, 2009

To our membership,
We met with representatives of the company starting at 10:00 a.m. The meeting began with a summation of the previous meetings, including the "conceptual" idea's discussed. Our rep. intimated once again, that for our committee to truly know whether we have agreements or not, it has to be in writing. The company refuses, still, to put anything in writing, except perhaps in the form of a "total package".
The company maintained today, that it is there intention to continue to fill maintenance jobs as they come open. We questioned that commitment due to the fact that so many maintenance jobs have been cut with the recent rash of retirements. They responded that it is still their "intent" to maintain the maintenance numbers. No progress was made on this issue.
The Union intimated our desire to retain the Voluntary List for handling scheduled and unscheduled overtime with the 8 hour shift. The company acknowledged the proposal, with no response. No progress on that issue.
The Union handed the company a counter proposal to the company's proposal on changing the current drug and alcohol policy. We believe that this is a subject of mandatory bargaining due to the effect on terms and conditions of employment, the company objected, yet will review our proposal prior to next Monday's meeting. No progress made on that issue.
There was no discussion on any of the other remaining issues. The meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 19th followed by the 20th and 21st.