Lengthy mechanics strike in East Dundee increasingly odd movement …
September 1, 2014 - storage organizer
As a nation celebrates Labor Day, a 9 members of a International Association of Mechanics and Aerospace Workers Local 701 during Al Piemonte Chevrolet in East Dundee are streamer toward being on strike 8 full weeks come Wednesday.
A kinship organizer and an consultant on labor and amicable movements pronounced that such actions are odd these days.
IAMAW Local 701 business deputy and organizer Bill LePinske said, “We have had one other strike in a final 12 months, during Superior Carriers in Markham. That four-week strike was over salary and benefits. This was not a initial agreement yet a follow-up agreement that had expired.”
Local 701 has some-more than 10,000 active and late members, LePinske said. It is a largest Mechanics Union in a United States and represents a accumulation of workers. According to LePinske Local 701 administers about 540 contracts in and around a Chicago metro area.
“At any indicate we have between 10 and 30 contracts in negotiations,” he said. “It should also be remarkable that strikes of a length of a one in East Dundee are rare. The final strike Local 701 had for a initial agreement was for Schimmer Ford located in Peru. That was final summer and it lasted reduction than one day. The final strike of this length was several years ago.”
Northern Illinois University History Professor Rosemary Feurer said, “The decrease in strike activity has been sheer given a early 1970s, when waves of strikes voiced a new grade of militancy. One would never have been means to envision a decrease of strikes if we went behind to 1974. Public zone workers initial claimed a right to strike in that decade.”
“As an historian we know that a right to leisure to classify and a right to discount collectively should indeed be deliberate a elemental tellurian right, and that right is what brought us decent standards of living, and a minimal counterweight to corporate control of politics in a mid-20th century,” Feurer said. “Without unions and strikes, we would not have had a vital wage. Without a right to strike, workers would never have gained decent standards, women would not have gained salary relation in some jobs, and we’d have had few advantages that people associate with a decent customary of living. How else do people consider that any of these decent standards were reached?”
Other stream strike actions in a Chicago area
As of Friday, by a Google hunt it appears a usually other active strike during a business shaped in a Chicago metro area is in Skokie during Golan’s Moving and Storage. There, 100 workers represented by Teamsters Local 705 have been on strike given Jul 28 over salary and satisfactory treatment. The workers assimilated a kinship in Dec in partial since of concerns about not being paid for certain hours, according to reports.
A vast strike competence be on a horizon, though.
Last week, 93 percent of about 1,150 purebred nurses voted to pierce brazen with skeleton to strike during a University of Illinois sanatorium on Chicago’s West Side, starting in late September.
A second opinion still is indispensable to make it official, and that opinion has not been scheduled.
Illinois Nurses Association executive executive Alice J. Johnson pronounced a strike is required since a sanatorium is seeking several concessions from a nurses that they pronounced would wear studious caring and nurses’ operative conditions.
Specifically, they are requesting aloft wages, some-more notice whenever a scheduling change is done and other staffing and scheduling changes that would make them reduction “overworked and overstretched” and therefore improved providers to patients, Johnson said.
The sanatorium and nurses are still in agreement negotiations, and a sanatorium pronounced it wants to strech a understanding “that acknowledges a poignant changes occurring in health care,” pronounced Jerry Bauman, halt clamp boss for health affairs, University of Illinois Hospital Health Sciences System. Bauman pronounced nurses have asked for 21.5 percent salary boost over 3 years.
What East Dundee mechanics want
The East Dundee strike has a informed ring to LePinske. In 2002, he was operative as a automechanic during now-closed Joliet Dodge where mechanics shaped a kinship and went on strike in a tumble for 6 weeks before entrance to terms with management.
LePinske pronounced a Al Piemonte Chevrolet mechanics voted to join a kinship during a finish of March. Members pronounced that 3 mechanics during a dealership motionless not to join a kinship and are operative along with replacements.
LePinske remarkable that negotiations for a agreement started during a finish of May and that members were seeking what’s called a customary automotive agreement, that is what kinship shops during Piemonte’s Ford and Nissan dealerships in Melrose Park have — and what LePinske and his associate workers fought for and won in Joliet final decade.
LePinske pronounced a internal has good relations with those Al Piemonte holdings.
“[The East Dundee] members have a lot of honour for Al and are endangered for how things competence be if and when he stairs aside,” LePinske said.
Wages are not a issue, as journeymen mechanics during a East Dundee emporium were creation somewhat some-more than kinship members during other locations. They are peaceful to take a tiny cut in compensate to a agreement job for a $31 per hour rate, LePinske said.
According to a Local 701 website, “During negotiate a mechanics concluded to several things reduction than a Standard Auto Agreement in an bid to work with a play to strech an estimable agreement for both sides. When a play came to a list with a 50 percent word co-pay and a groundless grant offer, a mechanics satisfied that a play was withdrawal them no other choice as usurpation a dealer’s offer would have netted each worker a weekly net detriment in hourly wages.”
LePinske pronounced that a East Dundee mechanics were peaceful to take a grant understanding that would cost a dealership reduction than what’s called for in a agreements with a Al Piemonte locations in Melrose Park.
After steady calls, no one from a East Dundee dealership could be reached to yield comment.
According to LePinske, Local 701 suggested regulating a Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service and is peaceful to go that route, yet a East Dundee dealership has refused to do so on dual occasions.
While out on a picket line, a 9 mechanics are being paid by a union’s strike fund.
With Sun-Times reports.
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