North Dakota Local Ready to Get to the Bargaining Table

The negotiating committee for IAM Local 2525 prepare for upcoming negations by attending a Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center. Top Left: Committee members Damon Kleinsasser and Justin Johnson, District 5 Directing Business Representative Dennis Mendenhall. Bottom: Committee members Jeremy Pearson and Marie Grovum.

The IAM Local 2525 Negotiating Committee along with the District 5 Directing Business Representative, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Hollywood, MD. The Fargo, ND local represents employees at Case New Holland America LLC, which builds agricultural four-wheel drive and quad-track tractors and construction pay loaders.

The current contract with CNH expires April 29, 2018. Recognizing that this promises to be a difficult round of negotiations, the committee strategized to change bargaining history, map a new direction for relations with the company, put better language in the contract, and to build solidarity in the bargaining unit.

“The week at the Winpisinger Center gave us the opportunity to assemble and develop a detailed plan to secure the best contract possible,” said Directing Business Representative Dennis Mendenhall. “The committee worked hard, and they leave the school better prepared to advance the needs of the local union members.”