Updates from iamdistrict190.org
First contracts in the works
While the union and Fremont Ford have agreed to most of the contract language, the wage agreement is slow in coming. “We hope to get a contract soon,” says Area Director Don Crosatto.
Unfortunately, Crosatto is less hopeful about the talks with Mercedes of Pleasanton and Livermore Ford. “Both dealerships are clearly not interested in getting a contract and are stalling the process.”
Crosatto reports that Livermore Ford is on their fourth manager in two years; the last one was fired after only three months. “They’re supposed to report new hires to us, but that guy had hired and fired three people before even telling his own attorney. Some had lasted only a few days,” Crosatto says. “They’re having a hard time keeping journeymen and have to send work to other shops. It seems that they’d rather do badly than have a contract.”
Up the road, at Mercedes, the techs report tremendously inconsistent discipline. “One worker got fired for having an accident with a car. That’s not necessarily unreasonable, but at same time, a company guy had an accident that totaled a car and he only got a verbal warning.”
Local 1546 has continued to hold talks with Wyotech, after the instructors voted to join the union last summer. Unfortunately, after numerous issues of quality and student aid problems, the school’s parent company, Corinthian, is in the process of liquidating itself. To date, all of the schools outside of California have been sold. However, because Attorney General Kamala Harris will not give a buyer a waiver for Corinthian’s sins, the California schools have not sold and are still up and running.
“Unfortunately, they’re not doing any marketing, so the numbers of students and instructors are dwindling,” says Crosatto. “We’ve gotten agreement that the company will fix day-to-day workplace issues by utilizing the grievance procedure. That’s a good start.”
The PCMC/PMMC case is still alive
The National Labor Relations Board has recently issued a complaint against Ports America, because, back in 2013, when they fired PCMC and took the work in-house, they immediately recognized the Longshore Workers as the bargaining agent for the entire group of employees, including IAM members. This new issue is expected to go to trial in May.