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Membership meetings are the first Thursday of each month unless otherwise designated.
3rd shift: 6:45am
2nd shift: 1pm
1st shift: 2:45pm
Our current contract with the company expires April 1st, 2017. Negotiations will begin soon. SOLIDARITY!!
Your Executive Board
President Scott Klomfas
Vice-President Sylvester Hampton
Recording Secretary Irene Holmes
Financial Secretary Cliff Boyd
Trustee Bryan Odom
Trustee Carl Jones
Trustee Elizabeth Woods
Sargent at Arms Rod Gibson
Guide Tammy Oxford
Arkansas Department of Workforce Services
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The Company and Union have some tentative dates for the 2017 negotiations.
- December 8 meeting to discuss the upcoming negotiations between the Company and Union Bargaining Committee.
- February 20th week begin negotiations and exchanging proposals and meet every week until March 31st.
- The Bargaining Committee will putting a survey out soon in October.
-Also the Company and Union have agreed to loan Ron Baily to David Willhite position until he returns from medical leave. This will recall 1 employee from layoff.
-The Company is looking at recalling around 8-12 employees from layoff for the rate increase for October 17th. -If the Company adds 3rd shift Tandem then it would be around 12 employees, if not then around 8 employees.
The cost for Medical Insurance for 2017 is as follows.
Active Employees increased 13.1% for single and 15.8% for Employee and Family
- Single Monthly $111.24 Weekly $25.67
- Employee & Child(ren) Monthly $286.14 Weekly $66.03
- Employee & Family Monthly $328.16 Weekly $75.37
Retiree Medical cost who were 55 before March 20, 2005 Monthly cost increased 13.1% across all tiers
- Single $111.24
- Surviving Spouse $209.13
- Retiree & Family $320.37
Retiree Medical Cost who were under 55 after March 20, 2005 Monthly cost. Rates unchanged from 2016
Retiree & Spouse $423.80
Retiree & Family $508.56
The Company communicated at this time the rate change previously scheduled for October 17th and then moved to October 24th due to part shortage has been changed yet again to an unknown date to be determined when parts are available.
Also, we may be adding jobs for the RMA area to repair or rebuild units damaged in shipping or the warehouse. We previously had 2 R-14 Assembler employees performing this work. This work was in Fort Smith for years and moved out of the plant 5-8 years ago. The Company is currently gathering information. We know there are currently 300 i2 units ready to be shipped back to Fort Smith for repair or rebuild.
The Company communicated the rate change for i2 line increase to 125 units a day will be October 31st. 2/3 ton line to decrease to 10 units a day. This will bring back 12 employees from layoff and add 3rd shift Sheetmetal.