Winpisinger Bargaining Prep Class Pays Off for M1 Employees

IAM members at M1 Support Services voted to ratify a three-year contract that includes wage and pension increases. Back row (left to right): James Sollars, Steve Jordan, Larry Young, Dave Hatcher, Mason Lucas, Jay Jaramillo, Gerald Krautheim. Front row: Jody Bennett, Joe Capra, Candy Buttimer, Kevin Surface.

IAM members at M1 Support Services have overwhelmingly ratified a three-year collective bargaining agreement that includes a two percent general wage increase beginning July 2013 and a three percent bump in both 2014 and 2015. The deal also raises the employer pension contribution from $2.45 per hour to $3.20 per hour.

The agreement will cover 163 IAM members that provide maintenance on the T-38 Companion Trainer aircraft at Beale AFB, CA; Holloman AFB, NM; Langley AFB, VA; Tyndall AFB, FL and Whiteman AFB, MO.

The five-member bargaining committee that negotiated the deal participated in the Bargaining Prep Program at the William W. Winpisinger Center. The class provided training for the entire process of negotiations from strategic planning and presenting proposals to mock negotiations.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to WWW Director Chris Wagoner and his entire staff. The preparation prior to this negotiation paid great dividends as evidenced in the highlights of this deal,” said Aerospace Coordinator Jody Bennett. “I must thank the Business Representatives and the entire Committee for what was truly a team effort. Also, many thanks to Teresa Canning and all of the folks in Strategic Resources for the surveys and analysis of information request.”

The deal also includes a military leave increase from two to three weeks and the addition of a site quality control representative. The IAM Benefit Trust H-001 insurance will be paid 100 percent by the company in the first year with increases of contribution to purchase coverage by 3 percent per contract year.

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