Wednesday, November 26, 2008

35,000 Theatrical Stage Employees Set to Get New Pact and More Bargaining News

by May Silverstein, Nov 24, 2008

Some 35,000 members of Theatrical Stage Employees agreed to a tentative three-year contract, and more news from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 900 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.

IATSE, Major Studios: Some 35,000 members of the Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) agreed to a tentative three-year contract with the major Hollywood studios. The current agreement is set to expire in August 2009. The proposed replacement agreement was modeled on similar pacts negotiated by writers, directors and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) that established pay terms for programs streamed on the Web.

SPEEA-IFPTE, Boeing: Some 21,000 engineers and technical staff workers at Boeing, represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace-IFPTE (SPEEA-IFPTE), reached tentative pacts that provide engineers an increase of at least 2 percent each year and technical workers increases of at least 2.5 percent during each year of the contract. “These agreements are the result of lots of hard work by all parties,” SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth said in a statement. “It’s gratifying that we could reach an agreement and put the decision in members’ hands.”

MTC, Electric Boat: Some 2,400 Metal Trades Council workers at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn., approved a new 65-month contract that includes pay raises, higher pensions and other benefits.

IBEW, Qwest Communications: Qwest Communications workers in Montana, represented by the Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 206, ratified a new contract that is closely modeled after a four-year pact that Communications Workers of America (CWA) members ratified earlier this month.

AFSCME, Buffalo: Buffalo, N.Y., city workers, represented by AFSCME Local 264, reached a nine-year tentative contract agreement with the city that would give raises averaging 20 percent to blue-collar workers who haven’t seen pay hikes since 2001.

AFSCME, Buffalo: Also in Buffalo, 410 food service workers and cooks in city schools, represented by AFSCME Local 264, have new collective bargaining contracts that provide 10 percent raises over the contract duration.

USW, General Chemical: In Green River, Wy., some 400 workers at the General Chemical plant, represented by the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 15320, approved new three-year agreements. Details have not been released.

IAM, Vought Aircraft Industries: Following a failed mediation effort, members of Machinists (IAM) Local 735 at Vought Aircraft’s plant in Nashville, Tenn., continue their strike. [You must be a subscriber of BNA-DLR to access this article.] According to Mike Worrell, president of IAM Local 735, a federal mediator met separately with union and company representatives Nov. 12 and concluded that the parties were “just too far apart” to continue negotiations at this time. For updates, check out the IAM Local 735 website.

IUE-CWA, Hubbel: Ten days after the start of a strike, workers at Hubbell Inc. in Missouri, represented by IUE-CWA Local 86821, reached a new three-year agreement and will return to work.

Disclaimer: This information is being provided for your information only. As it is compiled from published news reports, not from individual unions, we cannot vouch for either its completeness or accuracy; readers who desire further information should directly contact the union involved.

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