WWW Center Preps Belshaw Workers for Upcoming Contract Talks

Belshaw Adamatic workers spent a week at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center to prepare for contract negotiations. Front row, from left: Todd Roberts, Curtiss Sellers and Jesus Venegas. Back Row: District 160 Business Representative Melody Coffman and Clifton LaPlant.

A negotiating committee made up of production and maintenance employees at Belshaw Adamatic, a manufacturer of donut and bakery equipment in Auburn, WA, recently attended a Bargaining Committee Negotiation Preparation class at the IAM’s Winpisinger Center.

The IAM Local 79 members spent the week developing a strategic plan to address issues identified in member surveys and building solidarity within the bargaining unit. The training culminated with Instructor Rhonda Rogers imitating the company in a mock negotiation session.  

It was the first visit to the Winpisinger Center for many on the committee, and after a tough week of planning, they feel they are better prepared for contract talks.

“The Winpisinger Center, again, has proven that it is an incredible asset to our members,” said District 160 Business Representative Melody Coffman, who accompanied the committee at the Winpisinger Center. “The committee cannot express their gratitude enough. To have the tools that were taught this week has given the committee the confidence needed to move forward and achieve the best contract possible.”

The current collective bargaining agreement expires October 15, 2015.