Ohio Members Standing Strong in Third Week of Strike

Twenty-three workers of IAM Local 1346, District 54 have been on the picket lines since March 10, after rejecting Gledhill Road Machinery Company’s last, best, and final offer and voting to strike.

At issue are healthcare benefits, wage increases and working conditions that include drastic changes to the attendance policy. The Negotiating Committee invited company representatives to return to the bargaining table in an effort to reach a fair agreement for both parties.

“Our members of Local 1346 have the full support of our district and its affiliated local lodges,” said IAM District 54 President & Directing Business Representative T. Dean Wright Jr. “After meeting with our membership on the strike line, we urge the company to maintain quality wages, health benefits, and working conditions for our members and their families. My thanks go out to BR Jim McClelland and the negotiating committee for their leadership during these negotiations.”

“I’m proud of these members for standing in solidarity fighting for what they believe is just,” said Eastern Territory General Vice President James Conigliaro Sr. “These members work hard to produce a quality product and they deserved to be compensated fairly for that work.”

Gledhill Road Machinery makes snow plows for entities such as the Ohio Department of Transportation, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the City of Chicago.

Article courtesy of https://www.goiam.org/news/ohio-members-standing-strong-in-third-week-of-strike/

 

COVID-19 Update #4

Brothers and Sisters,

As you know, this week I have been calling each Local Lodge to discuss the current state of our membership, District, and Union.

Approximately two years ago, our District started preparing for a day when in-person communication was not advisable or obtainable. Today, we have the tools accessible to be able to mass communicate with our members through email and text, the ability to video and phone conference, and work away from the office. As such, the staff and I have been in constant communication and are battling to ensure increased safety standards for our members currently working, and increase paid leave and health benefits for those falling under “non-essential” workplace closures.

Our membership knows they are protected by their collective bargaining agreement and have the right to negotiate any changes in their working conditions due to COVID-19. Your union shop safety committees are frequently working to engage with the company and protect your working conditions. These committees are no longer meeting monthly, but weekly and daily.

We were fortunate that many of the employers were proactive and thoughtful in ensuring a safe workplace. We encourage any policies implemented that ensure the safety of our members, including but not limited to, staggering the entry and exit of employees between shifts, the use of cleaning crews, placement of hand sanitizers around the shop, extra paid break time to wash-up, equalizing shifts, and the use of paid sick or personal leave. This, of course, is paired with social distancing and thermometer checking at the beginning of each shift.

Due to our good working relationship with your employers, we have maintained respectful communication with regard to what is best for our members while they work at this critical time. Although more than 90% of our members are classified as “essential,” a majority of those who are not will still receive as much as two weeks of pay due to the respect of our union workforce.

I want to thank my staff and all our affiliated local lodge leaders, stewards, and members during this most difficult time. Now, more than ever, things seem to be changing by a minute-to-minute basis, but we as leaders of your union are patient and prepared to represent you in the best manner.

Stay safe and healthy.

In Solidarity,

Dean

T. Dean Wright, Jr.
President & DBR

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update #3

Brothers & Sisters,

After the conference call I had with our District staff this week, I thought I would give you a short update on the District.

As of today, all of our shops are at full employment. A majority of shops have introduced policies regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). I have instructed the staff to communicate with every employer to negotiate the working conditions concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Next week, I will hold conference calls with each Local Lodge on the current state of our membership and Union.

Please keep your thoughts and support for our 23 members of Local 1346 on strike in Galion, OH.

As a point of reference, the International has approved meeting dispensation for the months of March AND April 2020.

We will continue to keep you updated as news becomes available. As you know, things are changing, not daily, but hourly, for more information feel free to follow us on our Social Media accounts on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter or www.iamdistrict54.com

Wishing you and your family good health.

In Solidarity,

T. Dean Wright, Jr. 
President & DBR