2003 NEGOTIATES BRIDGE AGREEMENT WITH NEW COMPANY- ARMY FLEET
On October 29,
2003 Local Lodge 2003 of District Lodge 75 concluded meetings
with Army Fleet Support (AFS) for a "Bridge Agreement" at Ft.
Rucker, Alabama. AFS is a joint cooperative venture that
includes L3 Comm, Vertex, U.S. Helicopter and Paragon, Inc. as
the employers. Due to the involvement of several employers,
Aerospace Coordinators Dick Schneider, Frank Santos and John
Crowdis participated in this transition agreement. The
Collective Bargaining Agreement at that location is currently
with DynCorp but will transition to AFS on December 1, 2003 due
to a change of contractors. Local lodge 2003 was only one year
into a very successful CBA negotiated with DynCorp in May of
Agreement with AFS accepted all terms and conditions of the
current CBA and will be effective December 1, 2003 with few
agreed that only those employees presently in a probationary
period will carry over their remaining probationary time to the
new employer and that no other current employees will be
subjected to a new probation period.
further agreed that only those employees currently in the
alcohol and drug abuse program will carry over their time to the
random testing requirements with the new employer.
employer also agreed to mirror the current medical vision, STD,
and Life insurance rates, benefits and coverage.
were able to get AFS to enter the IAM Dental Plan, the IAM 401k
Plan and to continue our Machinists Custom Choices programs with
EBS. The new employer has also expressed interest to continue
our HPWO program.