Minnesota Local 623 Prepares for Polar Tank Trailer Negotiations

The IAM Local 623 Negotiating Committee for Polar Tank Trailer spent a week at the William W. Winpisinger Center preparing for upcoming contract talks. Front row, from left: Committee members Karl Malikowski, Loren Mrosla and Nathan Christen. Back row, from left: Steward and committee member Robin Yorek, Directing Business Representative Colleen Murphy-Cooney, and Secretary-Treasurer and committee member James Storlie.

The Negotiating Committee for IAM Local 623, along with Directing Business Representative Coleen Murphy-Cooney, participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD.

The Local represents employees at Polar Tank Trailer in Opole, MN, which builds tank trailers such as dry bulkers, gassers, sulphur trailers, and milk and oil tank trailers. The current contract expires November 30, 2016.

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 build solidarity in the bargaining unit. Together with the bargaining unit, the committee plans to prevail with the strategy that has been put in to place.

“The committee from Polar Tank Trailer is made up of four new negotiating members who will be participating in the negotiating process for the first time. We have one returning member who has served on negotiating committees in the past,” said Murphy-Cooney. “The experience the committee has taken from the Center will help build a strong negotiating committee at the table for the members.”