Your Negotiating Committee met with the Company March 9 – 15, 2015. Representing the rank and file was IAM General Chair Randy Griffith; Grievance Committee Chair Dave Figueira, Local Lodge 1979 President Brian Simonson; and Shop Steward Randall Bangay. For the Company was Vice President Employee/Labor Relations, Karen Berry; HA Maintenance and Engineering, Lance Higa; HA Finance, Stefan Knoepfel; HR/LR Keao Mattos and Aaron Iga.
Your Committee presented the Company with a comprehensive economic proposal. This proposal addresses the needs of our membership. Discussions were centered on the economic articles of Article 19 Wage Rules, Article 25 Duration, and Article 23 Health Insurance & Retirement. Proposals dealing with other articles were also the subject of discussion.
Now that the economic proposals have been made it is imperative that our members ignore the rumors that will surely arise. Members of the negotiating Committee will not be able to discuss the specifics of our proposal until an agreement is brought before the membership to vote on. So, if you hear information that does not come from an official bulletin, update, or from the Negotiating Committee it is not to be trusted.
We have entered the toughest part of negotiations and your support is vital and necessary in order to get an agreement that adequately address the needs of our membership.
Future negotiations are scheduled for: April 20 – 24, 2015; May 11 – 15, 2015 and June 8 – 12, 2015.
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