Illinois Local 660 Prepares for Global Brass Negotiations


Members of IAM Local Lodge 660 attended class at the William W. Winpisinger Center to prepare for upcoming negotiations with Global Brass and Copper.
Members of IAM Local Lodge 660 attended class at the William W. Winpisinger Center to prepare for upcoming negotiations with Global Brass and Copper.

In preparation for negotiations with metal fabricator and distributor Global Brass and Copper (GBC), IAM District 9, Local Lodge 660 members from East Alton, IL, attended the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees class at the William W. Winpisinger (WWW) Center.

The week-long class provided the negotiating committee with intense training in proposal analysis, labor law and collective bargaining tactics for their upcoming negotiations.

Job security, seniority and benefits will be key points for the 781 IAM members who produce the highest-quality brass and copper products in the world for GBC. The company recently went public and has great potential for growth. GBC’s product line includes Delta Faucets, shell casings for the ammunition industry, wiring harnesses and electronic boards for the auto industry, and brass and copper strips sold in other industries around the globe. 

The week was filled with educational subject matter crucial in the preparation for negotiations – including presentations by the IAM Strategic Resources Department, as well as a simulated bargaining session. The hard-nosed, no-holds-barred dry run gives IAM members a real-life feel of what they might encounter in their upcoming negotiations.

“The simulation the committee members experienced will be the single most important part of this week’s activities,” said IAM District 9 Business Representative Joe Eccardt. “I cannot express how much appreciation I have for the instructors at the WWW Center. They have made sure this committee has an action plan and will be very well prepared for these negotiations.”  

“My trip to the WWW Center is an experience I will never forget,” said Local Lodge 660 member Mark St. Peters. “It will be very beneficial to our whole team.”

“I would like to thank the WWW staff, District 9 and Local Lodge 660 for their continued support in advancing the Union movement by investing in the education of our brothers and sisters,” said Local Lodge 660 Communicator Ron Karpan. “I found the class to be very informational and filled with a wealth of useful knowledge.”