Members at ARTi Ratify First Contract

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Congratulations to our new members at ARTi in Heath, OH, on ratifying their first agreement on December 5th. Our recently organized Brothers and Sisters fall under the Service Contract Act (SCA) guidelines, which allow for wages, benefits, and working conditions to be set by union bargaining.

Members received substantial wage increases of more than $2.00 an hour. Hourly wages range from $17.75 to $30, and include paid benefits previously unprovided.

The new agreement will be bridged into the current Bionetics Corporation collective bargaining agreement. Members currently under the Bionetics contract are represented by IAM District 54, Local 1471. Members will now receive a $1.00 per hour contribution into the IAM National Pension Fund (IAMNPF). In addition, the new agreement includes secured contributions to healthcare and a 401(k) Savings Plan.

“It’s a great way to wrap up the end of the year by securing a strong first agreement and bettering the livelihoods of our new members,” said District 54 President & DBR T. Dean Wright, Jr. “A special thanks to Business Representative Jim McClelland and shop negotiating committeemen Doug Diss and Jeremy Clift on their work negotiating a first contract, and Local 1471 for their assistance.”

“It doesn’t cost to belong to the IAM, it pays!”