Members at Island (Peter Baljet) Chevrolet Have Signed Collective Agreement

On April 17th, 2015, the Collective Agreement was signed by management and the Bargaining Committee, the final step in a year long push by Partspersons, Service Advisors and Technicians, working at Island (ex-Peter Baljet) Chevrolet in Duncan, to join the Machinists Union and negotiate a First Agreement.

Group solidarity is something every union strives for when organizing workers and negotiating their first collective agreement. The IAM has that and more with the new members at Peter Baljet Chevrolet – Buick – GMC on Vancouver Island.

“This group was solid all the way through the organizing drive but they really showed their determination during negotiations for their first collective agreement,” said IAM District 250 Directing Business Representative Walter Gerlach. “They turned down the first two offers and with the last issue; they wouldn’t sign until the employer dropped his demand to pay parts personnel at a lower rate than everyone else. They really looked out for one another.”

The two year agreement provides wage increases of 3 per cent in the first year retroactive to February 15, 2015 and 2.25 per cent in the second year. Other agreement highlights include:

  • IAM Local Lodge 692 pension plan
  • Time and a half overtime paid for at home web-based training
  • The addition of Hourly Pay with Flat Rate Bonus

The 20 auto technicians, parts personnel and service advisors are members of IAM Local Lodge 456. Peter Baljet Chevrolet-Buick-GMC joins more than 25 auto dealerships represented by the IAM on Vancouver Island and the lower mainland of British Columbia.

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Members of District Lodge 250 Executive Are Sworn In

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 District President Bill Macpherson
Swears In Executive Members at January 31st, 2015 District Meeting
l to r: Stan Dzbik, 1st Trustee; Craig Nash, 3rd Trustee; Mark Benoit, Vice President; Dave Betker, Member at Large; Larry Lento, Member at Large;
Amanda Pascuzzi, Auditor

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Machinist District 250 Endorses Amber Hockin and Aaron Ekman For BC FED Executive

Endorsement Letter 1200x1500More information about Amber and Aaron is available on their campaign website:
http://www.amberhockin.ca/
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President Jim Sinclair will not be seeking re-election as leader of the BC Federation of Labour. The Machinists Union thanks Jim for his years of service to the Labour Movement in BC and looks forward to working with him again in the future.

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US Department of Labor Approves Grand Lodge Executive Election Results

source: http://www.goiam.org/index.php/imail/latest/13186-dol-signs-off-on-iam-grand-lodge-election-results

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued its official determination on the election of Grand Lodge Officers of the IAM.

According to the DOL, IAM members in 884 Local Lodges cast ballots in April 2014 and properly elected R. Thomas Buffenbarger as International President, Robert Roach, Jr. as General Secretary-Treasurer and the following nine U.S. General Vice Presidents: Lynn D. Tucker, Jr., Robert G. Martinez, Jr., Philip J. Gruber, Gary R. Allen, Sito Pantoja, Mark A. Blondin, Diane M. Babineaux and Dora H. Cervantes.

International President Tom Buffenbarger

International President Tom Buffenbarger

“Our members have spoken loud and clear,” said International President Buffenbarger. “The IAM tradition of democracy and accountability is equal to any challenge it faces. Now it’s time to focus all our energy on building an even stronger union for the next generation of IAM members.

“On behalf of the entire Executive Council, I would like to thank the members and their Local Lodges for their support,” said Buffenbarger. “I’m proud to serve with the outstanding individuals on our Executive Council and with the many dedicated representatives and staff at every level of our union.”

Click here for the Report of Grand Lodge Election Tellers.

The Executive Council

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For more information on the Members of the Executive Council click here

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