"Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor."
-- John F. Kennedy
Over the next few months, Local 310 will be negotiating three contracts.
Talks with Capital Power will resume in mid-May. We had an initial meeting in November to prepare for these talks. Since then we've had several meetings and we look forward to negotiating a fair contract for the members in Tiverton.
Our contracts with National Grid expire May 11 for the electric members and on July 19 for the gas members.
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At the April 1 union meeting, the Executive Board received authorization to call a strike if necessary.
There are main table meetings scheduled with the Company throughout the month of April. Most sessions have been scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The offsite negotiations begin on April 29 and will continue until May 11.
The Unions have several proposals. We have proposed improvements to health care and the 401(k) match. We've proposed additional holidays and vacation time and improvements to leaves of absence. We introduced new language for who can bid job postings and the staffing levels that will adequately service our customers.
The Company also has several proposals. They include: changes to seniority, elimination of staffing levels, how shifts are filled and roving for all. There are proposals on modifying vacation accrual and the holiday schedule. Changes are also proposed for sick pay, medical leaves of absence and health care benefits.
As of May 7, we have tentative agreements at most subcommittees, the subcommittees include Stores, Metering Services, Engineering, Underground, Garage and Clerical. Some committees are meeting this morning before the Main Table discussions start.
Update May 8, we are still in talks with the Company. Main Table issues are going very slow. The Company has not given a detailed proposal to date. We have many outstanding issues. The Company proposals include:
- Health Care 75 - 25 split
- No pension for new hires
- Retrogression - to rate of job
- Red-Circled? No wage increases
- 60 points - eliminate
- No Guaranteed Staffing levels
- Unlimited use of contractors
- ARCOs bonus - eliminate
- Job protection - eliminate
- Training Premium - eliminate
We have made some progress in subcommittees that require a Main Table agreement to be binding.
Please check with your steward for your strike assignment should the talks breakdown. If you are on the 11p to 7a shift be prepared to be on the picket line at 12:01a May 12 if no movement made by Company.
May 9 update - talks are still ongoing. Federal mediator to assist with the talks starting Saturday morning. Still major issues with health care and pensions. Watch for updates.
May 10 - progress was made but the talks continue. Still far apart on many of the issues.
May 11, 4:00p - the committees are still meeting. Still many pending issues. More info to come. 9:00p - The Unions and the Company reach a tentative agreement. Strike averted!
May 16 - Informational meeting will be held at 5:00p at the Cranston Portuguese Club. MOUs available at this meeting.
May 20 - Voting all day at the Cranston Portuguese Club. Polls open at 6:00a.
May 20 - Polls are closed at 6:00p
May 20 - Contract Ratification Results
- 185 Approve
- 38 Reject
WWLP.com - Strike possible - 5/9/13
Boston Herald - Strike on horizon - 4/27/13
Boston Herald - Federal Mediator to assist - 5/10/13