Union members reject proposal
Posted: Friday, January 15, 2010 8:58 pm
By SABRINA BATES
Special to The Messenger
United Steelworkers Local 878 members voted down a local proposal between the USW and the Goodyear-Union City plant on Thursday.
Associates spent three days voting on the package and on Thursday, the USW Local 878 confirmed the proposal had failed to get enough votes in favor of the agreement.
“Union leadership is disappointed that the hard work over the last few months was rejected by the membership,” USW Local 878 recording secretary Johnny Dyer said.
“The next step is to return to the bargaining table to get an agreement the membership will be happy with,” he said.
According to Goodyear-Union City public relations director Clint Smith, the company and the USW will resume negotiations in an attempt to reach another agreement between the Union associates and the local plant.
Under the local tentative agreement, 21 jobs were set to be outsourced by the plant. Those positions include janitorial slots, housekeepers and the “yard gang.” The package allowed up to 10 associates holding those jobs to be offered a buyout at $3,000 per year of service to the plant with no cap. The remainder of the associates whose positions were outsourced would be placed into different positions within the plant, while continuing to retain seniority, according to the contract.
Bidding and shift preference would only be granted once every 12 months, as opposed to the current time of six months, under the failed proposal.
A third proposal in the local agreement allowed the company, with a 60-day calendar notice, to require all pay be in the form of direct deposit.
As stipulated in the agreement, associates who have not designated a bank and valid account number would be paid by use of a pay card, according to the tentative agreement.
The company also agreed to place ATM machines throughout the plant.
USW Local 878 did not share how many votes were cast against the tentative agreement.
Editor’s note: Sabrina Bates is the news editor for The Weakley County Press.
Published in The Messenger 1.15.10