Negotiating committee members from IAM Local 175, along with District 98 Assistant Directing Business Representative Kermit Forbes, Winpisinger Education, and Technology Center (W3) Director Chris Wagoner, Director of Collective Bargaining Craig Norman completed a Negotiation Preparation Field Program prior to entering contract talks with Harley-Davidson last week.
The four-day training provided the bargaining committee with the tools needed to develop a strategic negotiating plan. Training included writing contract language, analyzing the company’s strengths and weaknesses, and communicating with members. The week concluded with the group giving a bargaining presentation, a facet of the class created to give the bargaining committee a simulation of the atmosphere at the bargaining table.
“The field negotiation prep program is one of our most important tools,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Brian Bryant. “This negotiating team has our full support and resources at their disposal.”
“The week of intense long days gave us the opportunity to assemble and develop a detailed plan to secure the best contract possible,” said Forbes. “The Committee worked hard, and they are better prepared to represent the needs of the members.”
“A huge thank you to the bargaining committee and ADBR Kermit Forbes for their hard work,” said District 98 Directing Business Representative Kevin Hallam. “Their hard work will pay off during the negotiation process.”