Machinists at Alliance Engineering Ratify New Three Year Agreement

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Fabricator Mark Miller, Shop Steward and Negotiation Committee Member, cleans his work area for his next project.

Machinist Union members at Alliance Engineering in Central Saanich have ratified a new three year agreement. Due to the low inflation rate, in absolute terms, the increases seems modest but when the Consumer Price Index is factored in, the increases in real terms are acceptable. Cost of Living protection was included in the third year of the Collective Agreement as though we can be fairly confident of low inflation in the first two years our crystal ball becomes foggy as we look further into the future.alliance 4 cropped sm

All structural steel business in BC face intense completion from non-union companies out of Alberta. Companies, like Hold Fast in Nanaimo, bid jobs at a loss to secure market share. They have deep pockets and often pay their tradesmen $6 less per hour than the going rate. Unionization of these companies is a priority for the Machinists Union on Vancouver Island.alliance george cropped sm

In spite of this competition, Alliance Engineering, valuing the skills of the Members, still agreed to increases and improvements.

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Collective Agreement Highlights:

  • Three year term
  • 1.5% increase in each year with inflation protection to 2.5% in the final year
  • Overtime meal allowance increased from $13 to $20
  • Field work premium increased to $1 per hour
  • Work done for industrial customers in shop now attracts field premium
  • Loss of tools provisions updated
  • Pension option added
  • Family Day added giving 13 stat holidays
  • Seniority language clarified

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A J Forsyth – Prince George – Has a New Four Year Agreement

Business Rep Dale Gentile Reports, “After two days of hard bargaining we came to an agreement which was ratified by 85% of the Membership”.

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The Highlights:

  • 4 year agreement – 2%, 2%, 2.5%, 2.5%
  • New Harassment language
  • Voluntary Overtime for Senior Employees
  • The deletion of the Tuesday to Saturday shift
  • Option to Join Machinists Union Pension Plan
  • Benefits Improvements:
    • STD. from $501.00 to a max of $750.00 (60% of regular earnings)
    • LTD. from $3500.00 per month to a max of $10,000 per month (65% of regular earnings)
    • Direct Pay Drug Card plus % paid was increased to 85% from 80%
    • Orthopedic shoes increased to 1-pair from a max $150.00 reimbursement.
    • New vision care for the entire family – $150.00 per family member plus eye exams at $75.00

 

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Machinists Union Organizing Win At Wexxar-Belcor-IPAC

Machinists Union District Lodge 250 offers a warm welcome to our newest Members at Belcor Industries, now part of the Wexxar/Bel brand.
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The Wexxar side of the operations has been part of the Machinists Union since 2006. A joint vote was held to extend the Bargaining Unit to include both operations. The result of 70 to 9, in favour of the Machinists, brought the 51 workers at Belcor into our Wexxar bargaining unit.

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Business Representatives Paul Pelletreau and Andrew Tricker deserve a lot of credit for the obstacles they overcame to organize this unit. They surmounted a language barrier with the predominantly Cantonese speaking workforce to win their support. The professional and consistent servicing of the Wexxar unit since 2006 showed what being a Member of the Machinists means.

It takes a steady hand plus time to build trust. We Machinists have both.   

 

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Report of Nominations for Grand Lodge Officers

source: http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/12471-report-of-nominations-for-grand-lodge-officers

IAM members in more than 800 local lodges in the United States and Canada have concluded nominations and runoff votes where necessary to determine lodge endorsements for the IAM Executive Council positions of International President, General Secretary-Treasurer and, for U.S. locals, eight General Vice Presidents.

Click here for a complete tabulation of local lodge endorsements.

As a result of the local lodge endorsements and in accordance with the IAM Constitution, the election of Grand Lodge officers will be conducted at local lodge meetings in the month of April, 2014.

The members chosen as nominees under the endorsement process are as follows (nominees are listed in order of the number of endorsements received):

For International President

R. Thomas Buffenbarger, Local Lodge 912 Jay Cronk, Local Lodge 1112

For General Secretary-Treasurer

Robert Roach, Jr., Local Lodge 1445 Dale Cancienne, Local Lodge 1905

For 8 General Vice Presidents

Mark Blondin, Local Lodge 751C Gary R. Allen, Local Lodge 794 Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Local Lodge 2312 Robert Martinez, Jr., Local Lodge 776A Dora Cervantes, Local Lodge 2198 Sito Pantoja, Local Lodge 949 Philip J. Gruber, Local Lodge 688 Diane Babineaux, Grand Lodge Patrick E. Maloney, Local Lodge 63 Karen Asuncion, Local Lodge 1759 Tim O’Brien, Local Lodge 851 Jason Redrup, Local Lodge 751A Sande Lien, Local Lodge 2202

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CLC Launches Canada-wide Political Campaign to Protect Collective Bargaining Rights

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IAM at the Fairness Works session

IAM delegates from both District Lodge 140 and District Lodge 250 participated in a conference of Union leaders convened by the CLC to launch the Fairness Works Campaign

The Labour movement is not just about decent jobs.
It’s about a better life, for everyone.

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