A few updates from our Business Agency courtesy of http://www.iamdistrict190.org/
The bad and the good
Bargaining with Mercedes of Pleasanton has been progressing very slowly, reports Area Director Don Crosatto. “The company is now proposing a variable labor rate…different pay rates for each job. If a journeyman does a basic service, like an oil change, he’d take an enormous pay cut. But it’s not clear that he’d get enormously more for the complicated jobs.” Crosatto says that he’s never seen a proposal like this before, and doesn’t believe the dealership is showing any signs that they’re interested in a deal.”
Over at Fremont Ford, most of the contract language is done. “We’re moving forward with the economics and trying to get everybody categorized in appropriate pay rates.”
Clogged with cars
The union is filing unfair labor practice charges at Livermore Ford, Crosatto reports, because their showroom renovation project is causing a traffic jam of parked cars. “If the guys weren’t on flat rate, this probably wouldn’t be an issue,” Crosatto says. “But, because they’ve had to empty the parking lots, new and used cars are now clogging up where they used to park service cars, and it’s a challenge to get cars into the stalls, directly cutting into our members’ earnings.”
Garbage deal finally settled
The members who work at Waste Management (WM) can breathe a sigh of relief now that there’s finally resolution in the City of Oakland’s garbage contract.
WM has held the franchise contract for decades, and was seeking another 10-year deal, when, at the last minute, the Oakland City Council gave the whole contract to California Waste Services (CWS), a much smaller company that currently handles a portion of the city’s recycling. Even though the changeover would have been months away, there was uncertainty about how many people would be laid off and how those decisions would be made. “We started preparing for that conversation, but, fortunately didn’t have to have it,” Crosatto says.
In the end, Mayor Jean Quan negotiated to give CWS 100% of the recycling work, but let WM keep the garbage and landfill contracts.
“WM is currently short-handed due to people quitting, so we don’t expect that they need to do any layoffs,” Crosatto says. “We have a tentative agreement to bring our CWS technicians up to WM standards next year. And, because CWS is adding another 20-25 trucks, we think they’ll need at least two more technicians.”