More than 140 members of IAM Local 2439 voted to ratify a new contract on Saturday with TCC Pennwest Homes. The three-year agreement netted economic and non-economic gains in many areas for the members who produce modular homes at the Emlenton, PA facility.
The new deal includes a very significant increase in hourly pension contributions to the IAM National Pension Fund. The members also secured increases in overtime pay, wage incentives, longevity pay, life and accidental death insurance and some improvements on many non-economic issues.
“I would like to thank the staff at the W3 Center for providing the committee with the online Negotiation Prep Class training which was a great resource for the committee,” said District 98 Directing Business Representative Bob Miller. “I also want to thank the committee for their preparation, dedication and long hours working on behalf of their membership for a contract they deserve.”
“Negotiating during these unusual times can be extremely difficult, yet the committee was able to secure a contract they can be proud of,” said IAM Eastern Territory General Vice President Jimmy Conigliaro Sr. “Great job by everyone involved in reaching this agreement, including the membership for their solidarity.”
The Local 2439 Bargaining Committee participated in a online Negotiation Preparation for Bargaining Committees class with instructors from the William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center. Due to the COVID pandemic, bargaining committees have not been able to travel to the school in Hollywood, MD, so the staff adjusted to providing curriculum taught online.
(Photo: The Local 2439 Negotiation Committee consists of Mike Mercer, JD Burk, Chris Bradybaugh and Joe Beck.)