|From left: IAM Local 2058 members Al Norris, Bill Little, Evan Thomas and District 98 Business Representative Robert Orr.|
The IAM Local 2058 Negotiating Committee, along with District 98 staff members, recently participated in the Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees program at the William W. Winpisinger Center in Hollywood, MD. Local 2058 represents skilled diesel mechanics at Penn Power Group in York Haven, PA.
The current contract with Penn Power Group expires June 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.
“The week at the Winpisinger Center—though it was a bit like drinking from a fire hose—gave us the opportunity to assemble and develop a detailed plan to secure the best contract possible,” said District 98 Business Representative Robert Orr. “The committee worked hard, and they leave the center better prepared to advance the needs of their brothers and sisters.”