Local 1998 Prepares for Negotiations with BAE Systems

Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner, standing, second from left, held a special onsite Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committee class for the Local 1998 Negotiating Committee in Hawaii. From left, standing, Maria Santiago Lillis, Chris Wagoner, Josh Elmore, Rex Baccay, Billy Panui, Mario Castro and Don Barlan. Seated from left: Cynthia Gallagher and Oscar Reyes.

The Local Lodge 1998 negotiating committee is preparing to negotiate a second contract with BAE Systems at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii with onsite training by IAM William W. Winpisinger Center Director Chris Wagoner.

Wagoner conducted the Center’s popular Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committee at Local Lodge 1998.  The course included developing a collective bargaining strategy, strategic planning and costing, communication and surveys and reviewing the Service Contract Act and labor law. Wagoner provided the majority of the course instruction, but with the use of Skype participants also received instruction from David White from Strategic Resources, Bill Haller from Legal and Damien Anderson from the IAM National Pension Fund. 

“This training provided invaluable information and training for the committee,” said LL1998 Staff Assistant Billy Panui. “The members who work at BAE Systems can rest assured that their committee is prepared to negotiate with the company, and, if we stick together, we can maximize our chances for obtaining the changes we want to see in our collective bargaining agreement.”

“Our strength is always in our members and their level of empowerment. Brother Wagoner did an excellent job of solidifying the team and familiarizing them with the tools they will use for successful negotiations,” said Maria Santiago Lillis, Grand Lodge Representative for the Western Territory.

“After talking with the negotiations committee via Skype, I am confident that our negotiating committee is prepared for these negotiations,” said Western Territory GVP Gary Allen. “Good luck to all of you, and remember, my assistance, if required, is only one phone call away.”

Negotiations have been tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2013. The current contract expires February 28, 2013.

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