DBR Report

Monthly DBR Report.

 

July 2017

Contracts Ratified in June:

Abbey Paving Office Staff
Complete Collision
DS Waters
Douglas Autobody
Hanson
Manheim Arena Auto Auction
O’Connell Specialties
TH Ryan
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fab – Machinists
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fab – Secretary’s

Current Contracts in Negotiation:

Bethlehem Industries
Charles Equipment
Fields Infinity
Fields Volvo
Grossinger Autoplex Lincolnwood
Grossinger Cityplex GM
Grossinger City Toyota
Grossinger Hyundai
Jeff Perry Buick GMC
Lexus of Highland Park
Libertyville Cadillac
Libertyville Chevrolet
Lionheart
M&K Alsip
Napleton Cadillac
Patten Oglesby
Ray Edwards
Rendel’s Collision
S&S Tool Sales
Southern Wine and Spirits
Standard Automotive Agreement

Total active membership as of June

Active 5840
New Initiation 61
Out of Works 260
Total 6161

Sale of Company/Dealership or Closed

Rock Chevrolet – contacted by attorney, new owner has accepted CBA waiting for sale to close

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending

Castle Honda – unfair distribution of work

Grievances – Pending

Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
Holland - overtime
M&K – Alsip – 2 pay issue
UPS – termination, payroll errors, several outsourcing issues pending, overtime versus contractors
UPS – 8 to 10 both districts combined

Arbitration Cases - Pending:

M&K – Alsip - termination
Patten Industries – termination without just cause

Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli said he hoped everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July Holiday. He said Mark Utley has been excused from tonight’s meeting as he is continuing with his chemotherapy treatment. He asked to continue to keep Mark in your prayers. He asked if there were any Sox fans. He said the Toyota truck the Sox organization gave Buehrle was tricked out by one of our own - Mike Jenkins from Toyota of Naperville. He said that was something to be extremely proud of and congratulated Mike.

DBR Cicinelli said that the Supreme Court is waiting again to hear whether or not public sector employees can opt-out of paying dues if they decline Union representation. He said there was a similar case last year before Anton Scalia passed which cooled things off. Now with Neil Gorsuch's appointment, who is expected to vote against Labor, they are gearing up to introduce that again. He said once they attack public sector Unions it's inevitable that private sector Unions will be next. It's a calculated attack - one that threatens the middle class. He stressed the importance of everyone getting involved and educating their co-workers on the negative impact. He said we simply cannot give up.

He personally thanked the Organizing Committee for their involvement in this year's Car & Bike Show and Family Picnic. He called the names of those assisting and said it was a huge success and that we could not have done it without their hard work and dedication. DBR Cicinelli announced the Car & Bike Show winners.

He reported on the status of negotiations for the Standard Automotive Agreement. He said the Dealer's Association continued to object to the direction we are hoping to take our Industry. We are attempting to fix it - that's what we do - we fix things. They are trying to continue to drive our members out of our Industry while discouraging the new from coming in. He said they cannot even realize and admit that there is a shortage of mechanics in this country. He elaborated and said there's a shortage of skilled labor throughout, not just our Industry. He said after the Dealer Association committee continued to show us they want to continue to take our Industry in a downward spiral we ended negotiations abruptly. They objected to several of our proposals in concept but offered no counter-proposals. He said we understand they had a meeting with the entire Dealer group the next day and said hopefully they simply need direction from them after they discuss our proposals with them. He said let's hope they come back on the 10th with some viable counter-proposals as well as get off their charge to drive down our Industry. He said it's time to make it a successful and respectable trade. The Dealer association needs to start respecting and pay our members what we rightfully deserve.

He reported that M&K Trucking is attempting to negotiate out of our Pension Plan and anticipates a fight. He asked for everyone's support if they go out on strike. He said the trend is to try to get out of pension plans across the country but labor has to take a stand to say "enough is enough" and fight to keep our retirement plans safe. This is what allows all union members to retire with dignity.

He recognized Grand Lodge Representatives Rick Mickshl and Bill LePinske and wished Bob Elgar a happy birthday. That concluded his report.

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June 2017

Contracts Ratified in May:


Fermi FESS
Rush Truck – Central Ave
T&S Tools Sales
YRC/Holland

Current Contracts in Negotiation

Abbey Paving Office Staff
Bethlehem Industries
Complete Collision
DS Waters
Douglas Autobody
Fields Infinity
Hanson
Libertyville Cadillac
M&K Alsip
Manheim Arena Auto Auction
Napleton Cadillac
O’Connell Specialties
Rendel’s Collision
Southern Wine and Spirits
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fab – Machinists
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fab – Secretary’s

Total active membership as of May

Active 6053
New Initiation 61
Out of Works 247
Total 6361

Sale of Company/Dealership or Closed

Glenview Mitsubishi

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending

Castle Honda – unfair distribution of work

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions

Fields BMW – unjust termination
Gregory Infiniti – unfair debooking
Grossinger Autoplex – unjust termination

Grievances – Pending

Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
Holland – 4 grievances; shop safety, staffing, broken tools, uniforms not properly repaired
UPS – 8 to 10 both districts combined

Grievances – Settled

UPS Illinois and CACH – Overtime Issue, Attendance Issue and Insurance Issue
YRC – Termination, member sleeping on job, member returned to work

Arbitration Cases - Pending

Patten Industries – termination without just cause

DBR Cicinellis said that Mark Utley has been excused from tonight’s meeting. Mark is continuing his recovery from a successful surgery. He is undergoing another series of chemotherapy and should be returning with us in the near future. Please continue to keep Mark in your prayers.

He said negotiations for the Standard Automotive Agreement will begin on June 12th. We are also meeting on June 14th. Both initial meetings will be held at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS) building. We plan on setting additional dates at the initial negotiations session. We will keep you informed of the negotiations throughout the process.

He said he would like to once again say thank you to those that participated in this year's Food Drive. This year is the first of many that we will be joining in with the National Association of Letter Carriers as well as several other Unions to help those in need and to stamp out hunger. I’d also like to thank Wally Emerson for coordinating this year’s event.

DBR Cicinelli said that he and Rich Handler met with U.S. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents Illinois’ 8th Congressional District, to discuss working men and women’s issues. Raja stands up for what is most important to our membership. Both Rich and I were very impressed with our conversation with Raja. He is on the Congressional Infrastructure Committee where he stated he fully intends to keep people working by attending to items needing repairs and/or replacement. He is also on the Vocational Training Committee. We talked about our Training Program where our conversation resulted in Raja asking if we’d like to be a part of his local Vocational Committee Board. We welcomed the invite as this will continue to enhance our Training Program. I invited Raja to come speak at one of our Union Meetings as well as asked him for a United States Flag to replace the one we have flying in front of our building. He is looking into coming to our July Membership Meeting and also to present us with a U.S. Flag which flew over the White House. Hopefully his schedule allows for him to come.

He said our Training Program will be conducting CDL Classes for those looking to obtain their CDL License. We will be announcing this opportunity in the near future. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in taking the course or anyone looking to move into the Trucking side in one of our Truck shops where some require you to have a CDL. Take advantage of this opportunity.

He said he would like to say a special thanks to Local 701 Organizer Mike Wendling for joining him at the Nabisco/Mondelez Rally in Lincolnshire on May 17th. Nabisco had their shareholders meeting in Lincolnshire that day where they were greeted by several Unions who expressed their outrage with Nabisco shutting down the plant in Chicago displacing over 600 Union workers to go to Mexico to exploit the workers down there only to pay them $1 to $1.30 per hour. This is yet another corporate greed grab and we were there to let them know it was a wrong decision for workers in our country. We’re hurting them by continuing to boycott buying their products made in Mexico. We ask that you continue to leave the products made in Mexico on the shelf and only buy the products made in the USA. Please check the label before buying to show your support.

Lastly, he announced that Chicagoland Speedway is once again honoring Labor by offering to Union members a discounted ticket for this year’s NASCAR race. The race is September 17th at the Chicagoland Speedway. Local 701 is offering an exclusive premium ticket package for all our Union members, their family and friends for this upcoming event. The package includes Race Ticket, Infield Fan Zone Pit Pass, a live concert by Josh Turner, free parking and a specially designed I.A.M. race tee shirt. This is normally a $200 package that is being offered to honor Unions for $64 per ticket. Take advantage of the deal and join your fellow Local 701 members as well as other Union members. Hope to see you there.

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May 2017

Contracts Ratified in April:


Currie Motors Ford of Valpo
DS Waters
First Student – Crest Hill
Hardings
Rustic House Ironworks
Summit Tank
TH Ryan

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Abbey Paving Office Staff
B&C Automotive
CTA
Complete Collision
Complete Transport Refrigeration
Douglas Autobody
Fermi FESS
Gmotorcars
Graycor Industrial
Hanson
Henry Frerk
Libertyville Cadillac
Lionhert
M&K Alsip
Manheim Arena Auto Auction
Naperville Dodge
Napleton Cadillac
O’Connell Specialties
Patten Industries (Oglesby)
Quick Mobile
Ray Edwards
Rendel’s Collision
Rush Central Avenue
S&S Tool Sales
T&S Tool Sales
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fab – Machinists
Tal-Mar Custom Metal Fab – Secretary’s
Trailmex
Transervice
Westside Tractor
Wille Bros.
YRC/Holland

Total active membership as of April


Active 5740
New Initiation 36
Out of Works 277
Total 6053

Sale of Company/Dealership or Closed


Jerry’s Tool Sales closed on April 28, 2017

Grievances – Pending


Autobarn City Mazda - unjust termination
Castle Honda – Unfair work distribution
Cummins – company using member’s wages for a no cost benefits
Cummins – travel time
Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
Gregory Infinity – unfair debooking
M&K Alsip – 2 grandfather wages
Patten Industries - termination

Grievances – Settled


Ryder Truck Rental – vacation paid out to retired member
West Service – employee terminated for sleeping on the job
UPS – several outsourcing, holiday pay, warning letter

Arbitration Cases - Pending


M&K Alsip - termination

Other information:

DBR Cicinelli said that Ken Thomas and Mark Utley have been excused from tonight’s meeting. Ken is at Class at our training facility in Maryland and Mark is continuing his recovery from a successful surgery. The doctor's removed the cancer from his colon and other areas successfully. He will be undergoing another series of chemotherapy and should be returning with us in the near future. He asked that we please continue to keep Mark in our prayers while he beats this.

He said that the bargaining committee for the Standard Automotive Agreement will be meeting next Monday May 8th at the Union Hall to continue to prepare for the upcoming negotiations. We anticipate sitting down with the Dealer Group the week of June 12th.

DBR Cicinelli said that the transition from Homeland HealthCare for our Ancillary Benefits Program to Marsh & McLennan Agency (Marsh) has been a successful transition. Marsh is a $13.2 Billion operation. All your current policies will remain unchanged. This new company will even provide enhanced benefits to our members including a phone app and HR support.

He said the Teledoc feature continues to gain support as more of our members covered under our Local 701 Health and Welfare become aware of the benefit. This benefit at our participant's fingertips is a huge convenience. We certainly anticipate this being the trend of the future - replacing office visits for common illnesses.

DBR Cicinelli said that everyone covered under the Local 701 Pension Plan as well as the IAM National Pension Plan should have received their "Annual Funding Notices." These notices are required by law to send to each participant covered under that respective Plan (or both in some cases with many of our members). He said there is no need to be alarmed. Both Plans are in good shape. The Local 701 Plan continues to be on the road to recovery. We made a modest 1.3% gain in our Funding Percentage and almost a $24M gain in the value of assets. We are still projected to be in the "Green Zone" in 2022. The IAM National Plan, for the first time since 2008, has dipped under the 100% funding status. As you recall back then, the Plan went under the 100% but rebounded the following year. The benefit, like our Plan, is not affected. The reason the IAM Plan dipped under 100% is due to - the actuarial consultant's of the Plan "de-risking" the Plan. They lowered their assumption rate. Most DB Plans, like ours, has a 7.5% assumption rate. That means each year it is expected to reach the 7.5% gain in assets. Absent the 7.5%, the Plan incurs a loss. Couple that with the loss of the Boeing group no longer participating in the IAM National Plan that will move the funding negatively. Our Plan, as well as the IAM Plan, continues to work diligently and prudently manage the Fund to ensure the beneficiaries can enjoy their retirement.

He said we had a special visitor on April 24th. We had Gubernatorial Candidate Chris Kennedy visit our Staff to discuss his candidacy for Governor. He was asked some tough questions as it relates to our State, our Industry, our future and training our future. The Business Representatives and Organizers that attended our meeting believed Chris was personable and honest and seemed like he would be a viable candidate. Afterall, we MUST beat this red-eyed demon that is currently destroying our state. On Monday, DBR Cicinelli received a call from House Speaker Mike Madigan asking him to attend a Labor endorsement for JB Pritzger at the 399 Operating Engineers Hall. He had to respectfully declined as we, the IAM, are not endorsing a candidate in the primary. He said personally, he thinks it's a shame that labor cannot have picked a candidate - one candidate - months ago and begin our unified campaign instead of spending our resources in a primary to make that determination. It's anticipated this governor's election will add up to $25 M. He said that was insane and sid you can thank Citizen's United for that.

Rich Handler and I attended the AFL-CIO and CFL Winter Meetings. Rich and I had the pleasure of sitting across the dinner table with JB Pritzger where we had the opportunity to discuss similar topics that we discussed with Chris Kennedy. During the meetings I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's labor liaison. I've dealt with him on a few other items in the past but this conversation we had will open the door to a great opportunity for our future. I talked about the challenges we are having finding mechanics within our Industry. After a very lengthy conversation, we determined we'd sit down when we get back home to discuss this with the Mayor. We met last week (Dan, Louie and I) and we have the ball in motion to - start teaching Chicago Public School students - at our facility (with the city bussing the students to us) or solving one of the problems the city has - vacant buildings, empty classrooms and providing a career path for the community. We are working on a program to either train at a high school (Prosser) to teach our program or the Mayor is working with us to locate a school that has closed or a vacant building to either have an extension to our current training program or if the location suits both the Union and the Training Program's needs to simply relocate. It's conversations like this that lead to great opportunities for our Union. We're looking forward to pursuing this opportunity.

DBR Cicinelli thanked the attendees at the May 1 "May Day" Labor Rally. There were over 150 May Day demonstrations across the country - all were led by organized labor and all uniting against the right wing agenda's attacks on working men and women. Thanks for those attending and showing your support.

The IAM has announced their Photo Contest for the 2018 IAM Calendar. The deadline for entries is June 3, 2017. Prizes are ranging from $500, 300, 200 along with several $25 will be awarded to photos submitted. Information is online at the IAM website or see me after the meeting for additional information.

He announced that it was safe to park next door as we've secured an agreement with our neighbor to park our overflow vehicles during special events. We secured the lot for $1,800 a year.

He thanked those that participated in this year's Food Drive. This year is the first of many that we will be joining in with the National Association of LetterCarriers as well as several other Unions to help those in need and to stamp out hunger. The food drive ends May 13th. If you didn't get a chance to drop food off here at the Union Hall we're asking that you fill the bag you'll be receiving in your mailbox over the next few days.

He thanked the Apprenticeship Program for creating this year's Gruber Gear trophy which will go to the winner of the IAM GDA car show in St. Louis. We won first place again and will retain the trophy for another year at Local 701. Congratulations to the Apprenticeship Program and thanks for your hard work creating the trophy. We will be awarding them their $250 prize.

DBR Cicinellis said that the Local 701 DC Plan - 401(k) Plan - continues to grow at record pace. Since inception we have substantially grown the Plan assets which is great. Our professionals that assist in administering the Plan all say this growth rate is virtually an incredible phenomenon. We knew when we created the Plan the fees would be a little higher than desired but once the plan assets grow the fees go down. With a growth rate like this, we anticipate low to zero fees in our near future. It's also encouraging to see our members providing the fourth leg to their retirement stool ensuring a stable retirement.

DBR Cicinelli recognized someone who's been with us for 37 years our bookkeeper Rosemary who has been a Local 701 Bookkeeper and part of our family for 37 years. Many of you know her as your bookkeeper - she's fixed several of our member's dues issues, dealt with our employers to ensure they submit your dues. Those of you who had Rosemary as your bookkeeper know she was always "a barrel of laughs." She was my bookkeeper when I was a steward for both shops I worked at. I can, like many of you call her, discuss what needed to be fixed - she'd fix it and before hanging up we'd always exchange a joke. Sometimes they were g rated but mostly they were r rated. Rose - we love you and we're going to miss you here at Local 701. He said Godspeed to her as she enjoys her retirement that she deservedly earned. Congratulations!

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March 2017

Contracts Ratified in February:


Atlas Agreement
Illinois Auto Electric
NIRMMA

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


B&C Automotive
CTA
Complete Transport Refrigeration
Currie Motors Ford of Valpo
DS Waters
Fermi FESS
First Student – Crest Hill
Gmotorcars – on extension
Graycor Industrial
Grossinger Honda
Hardings
Henry Frerk
Libertyville Cadillac
McGrath Acura
Naperville Dodge
Napleton Cadillac
Patten Industries (Oglesby)
Quick Mobile
Summit Tank
TH Ryan
Trailmex
Westside Tractor
Wille Bros.
YRC/Holland

Total active membership as of February


Active 5808
New Initiation 60
Out of Works 267
Total 6135

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition:


Petitions for elections pulled – Ryder Rockford & Rush Truck Normal

Sale of Company/Dealership


Rizza Ford of Riverside sold to McCarthy Ford

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Gurnee Dodge - Pro-Rata vacation

Grievances – Pending


Castle Honda – unfair distribution of work
Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
Gregory Infinity – unfair debooking, failure to pay ASE testing cost and violation of accrued vacation time
Grossinger Chevrolet - termination
Roseland Auto
Ryder overtime
Superior Carriers – termination alleging fraud
UPS – 10 to 15 grievances on various issues

Grievances – Settled


Bill Kay Buick/GMC – member paid 3 weeks pro-rata vacation pay.
Carmichael Leasing
Patten - Night Shift Premium
UPS Illinois and CACH – several issues

Other information:


Glenview Mitsubishi closed

DBR Cicinelli said that Tony Albergo and Mark Utley have been excused from tonight’s meeting. Tony is in a Training Class this week and Mark continues his fight with colon cancer. He gave an update on Mark and asked that you continue to keep Mark in your prayers while he beats this.

He said that we kicked off our Standard Automotive Agreement this past Sunday. We had our proposal meeting for those covered under this Agreement. Moving forward, the entire Bargaining Committee is scheduled to go to our training facility the week of March 18 - 24th for an intense negotiations prep class to better prepare for a successful agreement. We will be ready to sit down with the Dealer Association beginning the second week of May.

DBR Cicinelli said we are now surrounded by states that are Right To Work (for less). He also stated that Rauner wrote a $50 Million dollar check to his campaign to fight Unions and to hopefully turn our state into the same state of disaster as Wisconsin. He asked to keep this in mind when we ask for your help in less than two years. We also need your help discussing the importance on the shop floor and educating our members on the importance of electing officials that do the right thing when it comes to working families. He said on a national level our President just appointed Phillip Miscimarra to head up the National Labor Relations Board. He said this guy is a former labor lawyer who worked for Seyfarth & Shaw which is a viciously anti-union firm. We are going to have a rough four years ahead of us. This is exactly why we stress the importance of electing people who will look out for our best interests.

He informed the membership that next month the entire Staff will be at a Staff Conference. With our new leadership comes a new vision. We will be discussing ways to bring our members a stronger Union. He said the new vision is focusing on what our members deserve - servicing. He announced that part of our Territory’s plans includes one of our very own - Bill LePinske. He said that Bill has decided to accept a job at the Midwest Territory Office as the Territory Organizing Leader effective April 1st. Bill started at Local 701 as an Organizer and headed up our Organizing Department. Sam said that he is confident Bill will do an excellent job representing us at the Territory level. He mentioned that it is an honor to have someone like Bill representing us in that position. He wished Bill well in his future endeavors with the International and congratulated him.

DBR Cicinelli announced that the Executive Board has decided to appoint Ken Thomas as a Business Representative to replace Bill. Ken is a 37 year member of our great Union. He said that Ken has been there every time we've asked for help and brings a lot of experience to the table especially in regards to the Standard Automotive Agreement. He then congratulated Ken and said we are all looking forward to working with him.

He asked if there were any questions. There were none which concluded his report.

 

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February 2017

Contracts Ratified in January:


Howell Tractor
Interstate Power Systems – service and parts contracts
Patten Industries

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


B&C Automotive
CTA
Currie Motors Ford of Valpo
DS Waters
Evanston Fuel
Gmotorcars – on extension
Graycor Industrial
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Illinois Auto Electric
Libertyville Cadillac
McGrath Acura
Naperville Dodge
Napleton Cadillac
NIRMA
Ozinga Brothers
Patten Industries (Oglesby)
Quick Mobile – draft out to company
TH Ryan
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
Westside Tractor
Wille Bros.

Total active membership as of January:


Active 5791
New Initiation 49
Out of Works 266
Total 6106

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition


Ryder Truck Rockford, IL - 12 guys – petition filed for election

Sale of Company/Dealership:


Advantage Kia of Palatine sold to McGrath Kia of Arlington Heights
Rizza Ford in North Riverside

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending:


None

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions:


None

Grievances – Pending:


Bill Kay – multi grievances; OSHA, Premium pay
Bill Kay Nissan – comp bills unpaid
Castle Honda – unfair work distribution
Cummins
First Student – termination
Gerald Kia Naperville – work out of class
Gerald Subaru – work distribution
JP Chevy – work distribution
M&K - Alsip
M&K – Joliet
M&K - Summit
Roseland Auto
Superior Carriers - termination
UPS

Grievances – Settled:


Elgin Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram – outside venders working in shop
Elgin Toyota – work distribution
Heritage Cadillac – discharge settled
Bill Kay – vacation pro-rata; member paid 3 weeks pro-rata vacation
USF Holland – 2 terminations; 2 members reinstated
YRC – termination; member reinstated

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


M&K - Alsip

 

Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli along with Business Representatives Terry Kimmel and Mark Utley were properly excused from the February meeting, as such, the monthly DBR Report was given by Local 701 President Joe Schaffer.

President Schaffer reminded those working under the Standard Automotive Agreement, we are having a proposal meeting for anyone working under that agreement or under a car dealer contract on Sunday February 26th at the Local 150 Union Hall at 9:00 am in Countryside.

President Schaffer said that the Funds' Office just received an alarming phone call from Homeland HealthCare. Homeland is the ancillary benefits Third Party Administrator for our ancillary benefits program. Homeland is owned by Credit Suisse Bank. Credit Suisse determined rather suddenly that Homeland was not generating enough revenue to continue financing their operation. As a result, Homeland will be dissolving. To keep the ancillary benefits program intact, the Fund Office will be searching for another Third Party Administrator. This process along with the entire transition process must be completed within 30 days.

Since being notified, the Fund Office believes they’ve come up with a viable solution to this unexpected development with Homeland. We should have more information on this in the immediate future.

Everyone covered under the Local 701 Health and Welfare Plan should have received notification from the Fund Office regarding the notice of change with our new prescription drug benefit manager Express Scripts. Blue Cross mailed out new ID cards last week. Rather than taking any chances with any of our participants not receiving their new ID cards which has information on the new prescription drug benefit manager and not being able to obtain their prescriptions on February 1 when the change takes effect, everyone was issues temporary ID information along with instructions while the transition goes into place. Hopefully this change and transition doesn't cause any confusion. Should anyone experience any problems or have any concerns we are asking you to contact the Funds' Office directly so that they can rectify your issue. We don't anticipate any issues but there always seems to be a few that fall through the cracks. If that is the case we will fix them immediately.

Last Friday Local 701 had two special guests come visit our Training Facility. State Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois State Senator Tom Cullerton along with their legislative aides came to take a tour of our facility and sat down with Program Director Dan Donahue, Lead Instructor Louie Longhi, IAM Chief of Staff to the Midwest Territory Steve Galloway, Local 701 Business Representatives Mark Grasseschi, Terry Kimmel, Bill LePinske along with Sam Cicinelli to have a roundtable discussion on training. We discussed the high demands for skilled labor in this country and the deficiency of training. After the tour Senator Durbin was very impressed with our facility and said our Program was a "no brainer" for any employer. We discussed ways to reach out into the community to bridge relationships with high schools, colleges and employers to continue to grow our Program. Both Senator Durbin and State Senator Cullerton wished us well in our continued growth and success with our Program. Both also extended their offer of support and assistance to us in the future. These are the types of relationships we need - now more than ever.

President Schaffer went on to discuss the current attack on organized labor going on in Washington DC where House Republicans announced that they plan to introduce a national right-to-work (for less) bill this week. It has been just about two weeks and the new administration is already taking swings at Organized Labor. We have a long four years in front of us with this administration and we will have plenty of fights to get through.

He reminded everyone to please not park in the neighbors parking lot, the owners of the building next door have threatened to tow any cars parked on his property. This concluded his report.

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January 2017

Contracts Ratified in December:


Martin Nissan
Patten Industries

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


CTA
Currie Motors Ford of Valpo
Evanston Fuel
Gmotorcars – on extension
Graycor Industrial
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Howell Tractor
Interstate Power Systems
McGrath Acura
Naperville Dodge
Napleton Cadillac
Ozinga Brothers
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
TH Ryan
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
Wille Bros.

Total active membership as of December


Active 5807
New Initiation 52
Out of Works 246
Total 6105

Sale of Company/Dealership


Rizza Ford in North Riverside is selling in January

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Hawk Chevrolet Cadillac – termination; member left with a severance package
Community Honda – member returned to work with no loss of seniority

Grievances – Pending


Dynamic Garage-company failed to recognize the Union
Roseland Auto
Bill Kay Buick / GMC Multiple Grievances filed: Saturday premium pay, Apprentice pay rates, potential OSHA / safety issues, failure to pay pro rata vacation pay.
JP Motors, work distribution / classifications.

Grievances – Settled


Autobarn VW of Evanston- bargaining work going to non-bargaining techs
Autobarn Nissan of Evanston – cancellation of all data
Autobarn Fiat of Evanston
Autobarn Mazda of Evanston
Autobarn City Mazda
Autobarn City VW
Autobarn Volvo of Oak Park
Bohler Uddeholm Precision Strip – member received 11 hours of back pay
Heritage Cadillac, Wrongful termination.

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot – member awarded his job back after 13 months

Other information:

 

DBR Cicinelli wished everyone a Happy New Year. He informed everyone about the status of ADBR Mark Utley. He asked that everyone continue to keep Mark in their prayers.
He said we have a very busy 2017 ahead of us and it should be an interesting year.
He reminded everyone about the Guide Dogs of America fundraiser Cornhole Tournament the Midwest Territory Office is having and said there is information about the tournament on the front table. He encouraged all to attend as the proceeds goes toward a great cause.
DBR Cicinelli announced that there will be Grand Lodge nominations on January 21st at 6-8am & 6-8pm for various offices and said that shortly our President will be asking for our endorsement of the current slate and encouraged all to support the same.
He thanked everyone who participated in this year's Neediest Family Fund donations and said we were able to collect a total of $3,151.00. He said tough times don't always fall around the holidays for some of our members and encouraged collections throughout the year.
He explained why some of our retired members may be receiving pension letters. He also talked about the recent pension cuts to the Ironworker's pension plan along with the devastating effects it could have on the PBGC if their plan or the Teamster's plan would default.
DBR Cicinelli reminded everyone about the newly added Local 701 Health Insurance benefit called Teledoc and related his personal experience with this benefit. He said he is encouraged that as our members find out about and start to use this benefit, they too, will truly appreciate this added feature.
He asked if there were any questions. There were a few which he answered which concluded his report.

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December 2016

Contracts Ratified in November:


Atlas First Access
World Kia of Joliet

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


CTA
Currie Motors Ford of Valpo
Evanston Fuel
Gmotorcars
Graycor Industrial
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Howell Tractor
Interstate Power Systems – service and parts contracts
Martin Nissan
McGrath Acura
Naperville Dodge
Napleton Cadillac
Ozinga Brothers
Patten Industries
Quick Mobile
TH Ryan
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
Wille Bros.

Total active membership as of November


Active 5818
New Initiation 82
Out of Works 258
Total 6158

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition:


Key West Metal Industries – voluntary recognition

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Hawk Chevrolet Cadillac – termination
Roseland Auto

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Autobarn VW of Evanston- bargaining work going to non-bargaining techs
Autobarn Nissan of Evanston – cancellation of all data
Autobarn Fiat of Evanston
Autobarn Mazda of Evanston
Autobarn City Mazda
Autobarn City VW
Autobran Volvo of Oak Park

D’Orazio Ford – technician received a two week notice and was fired. Technician received $8,486.32 which included two weeks pay and his unused and accrued vacation.

Grievances – Pending


Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the union

Grievances – Settled


Holland – emergency call-out- employee compensated 4 hours pay
Holland – non-payment of H&W contributions – company corrected payment
Holland – distribution of overtime – company corrected OT distribution

Komatsu Forklift – 2 grievances

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot
Heritage Cadillac - Unjust termination

Arbitration Cases - Settled:


None

DBR Cicinelli said that Mark Grasseschi, Bill LePinske and Mark Utley have been excused from tonight’s meeting.

He informed the membership of the 2017 dues rate stating that the monthly dues will increase $1.00 per month. He said the Standard Automotive Agreement surveys are due December 11th and the Delegate Meeting will be held on Sunday January 15th at 9:00 am. The proposal meeting date has been set to February 26th 2017 at the Local 150 Hall at 9:00 am. He said information on all these dates will be announced in the next few weeks.

DBR Cicinelli said in regards to politics that Labor is going to take a deep breath and hold it for the next four years. He said with control of the House, the Senate and the ability to appoint up to three Supreme Court Justices during the four year term we are in for a ride. He added that Trump publicly stated they are going for national Right-to-Work and that we anticipate attacks on minimum wage, attacks to public sector worker’s Unions and subsequently private sector Unions. Trump is lining his cabinet with people to aggressively attack social security and Medicare. We need to center our attention moving forward on Organizing, mobilizing and educating our members. He announced that Local 701 will be kicking off our own PAC Fund right after the New Year. Since Citizens United is here to stay we will need not only a strong foot game in the race by getting our members out to vote but also a strong economic game to assist in electing Labor friendly candidates.

He said that the Midwest Territory Office is holding a GDA fundraiser Cornhole Tournament on January 29th. Registration is at noon. Tournament starts at 1:00. There will be two players per team at a donation of $40 per team with double elimination. The top 3 teams are awarded prizes. Each team will receive 4 drink tickets and additional food and drink will be available for purchase. They will have attendance prizes, raffles and 50/50 drawings as well. There is a 50 team limit and all proceeds goes towards GDA. He encouraged the members to participate in this event.

He asked that anyone who didn't RSVP to for the Steward's Christmas Party to please do so. He also thanked everyone who brought in their Neediest Family Fund donations to date and reminded our Stewards to bring theirs in next week at the Christmas Party.

He thanked Rich Handler and Mike Wendling for doing most of the leg work for tonight’s food and refreshments.

He closed by saying on behalf of all the Officers, Staff and Business Representatives he’d like to wish the membership and their families a Merry Christmas and a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

He asked if there were any questions. There were none which concluded his report.

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November 2016

Contracts Ratified in October:


Casey Equipment
Douglas Auto Body
First Student – Hodgkins/Maywood
J&J Motor Service
McAllister – Villa Park
Molon Motors & Coil
Penske Truck Leasing
Pepper Construction
Ruan Transport

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Atlas First Access
CTA
Evanston Fuel
Gmotorcars
Graycor Industrial
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Howell Tractor
Interstate Power Systems – service and parts contracts
Martin Nissan
McGrath Acura
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Patten Industries
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
TH Ryan
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
Wille Bros.
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of October


Active 5909
New Initiation 58
Out of Works 249
Total 6216

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition:


Currie Ford Valparaiso IN – won election 13-0
Napleton Cadillac of Libertyville – won election 11-1

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Elgin Dodge – vacation issue from buy/sell
Gurnee Dodge – pro –rata vacation pay for two employees
Marquardt – work distribution issue
Roseland Auto

Grievances – Pending


Autobarn VW of Evanston – bargaining work going to non-bargaining techs
Autobarn Nissan of Evanston – bargaining work going to non-bargaining techs
Autobarn Fiat of Evanston – bargaining work going to non-bargaining techs
Autobarn Mazda of Evanston – bargaining work going to non-bargaining techs
Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the union
Fermi Drivers – overtime issue, four hour minimum
Komatsu Forklift
Ryder – overtime issue
UPS - several

Grievances – Settled


Bill Walsh Chevrolet, Ottawa – grievance for failure to pay guarantee pay. Member was made whole for 35 hours other member for 2.5 hours
Certified Fleet – unjust termination
Certified Fleet – unfair distribution
Chicago Northside Toyota – unjust termination
CTA – payroll shortage – 2 days member made whole
UPS - several

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Bill Kay Buick/GMC – unjust termination, arbitration set for November 30th.
Equipment Depot

Other information:


Settled 2 issues with Triangle/Wabtec without filing a grievance. One member received 3 funeral days which the company originally denied. One member received back pay and an increase in his rate of pay after returning from layoff. (Originally denied by the company)

DBR Cicinelli announced that the IAM has just announced their annual scholarship program for 2017. All entries must be postmarked by February 24th 2017. He said that we have all the information on our website as well as on the IAM’s website. He encouraged participation and said that we've had several of our member's siblings awarded scholarships in the past.
He said that he was pleased to announce a new benefit feature for those already enrolled in the Local 701 Health and Welfare Plan. He announced that as of November 1 members can register with Teladoc to have access to a board certified doctor at their fingertips. This benefit is available with the convenience of your phone, video or mobile app. He said that hopefully this will encourage our members to address their health concerns. We have too many of our members ignore their health because they are apprehensive to miss work. Now they can facetime or call a doctor right from their work stall to get the medical attention they require to get healthy again. He also mentioned this benefit is an affordable option for quality healthcare vs. going to immediate care or ER for non-emergency issues. It also provides for care while you’re on vacation. He reminded everyone to take care of their health as we want everyone to retire and collect their pensions for a long time.
DBR Cicinelli recognized the Business Representatives, Organizers and the Executive Board who volunteered for two phone banks we had at Local 701. He also recognized Will Beard, Kevin Calihan, Bob Elgar and Jeff Greeley for volunteering to assist in this very important election.
He mentioned that the Standard Automotive Surveys are out and that they are to be filled in by November 30th. He said that we would like to hear the important issues from our members about this very important upcoming contract.
He said that in his 32 years of voting he's never witnessed anything like this election. He quoted Bernie Sanders saying that he said it best when he said “I’m tired of hearing about the damn emails.” He reminded everyone that the most important issue he defined in this election is the Supreme Court appointments the next leader will be responsible to appoint. He said that we must have a liberal leaning Court if we have a chance to get rid of Citizen’s United where candidates can buy a seat in office. He also said we cannot forget about the looming National Right to Work which Trump supports. He asked that the members do what’s right and vote for candidates that have working family values and Labor’s best interest and that we need to elect Labor-friendly candidates .
He recognized five new Apprentices enrolled in the Apprenticeship Program and said it's encouraging to see tomorrow's future coming into our trade.
He said that he read something on Facebook, so it must be true, that everyone is excused from work tomorrow when the Cubs win the World Series.
DBR Cicinelli wished everyone and their families a Happy Thanksgiving.
He asked if there were any questions. There were none which concluded his report.

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October 2016

Contracts Ratified in September:


Advantage Kia - first agreement
First Student – Naperville, Wheeling, Villa Park
Gerald Hyundai – first contract
Perillo Motor Cars
Ruan Transport
Ryder Multiple
USA Hoist

Current Contracts in Negotiation


Atlas First Access
CTA
Douglas Auto Body
Evanston Fuel
First Student – Hodgkins/Maywood
Gmotorcars – on extension
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Howell Tractor
J&J Motor Service
Martin Nissan – 10/5/16
McAllister – Villa Park
McGrath Acura
Molon Motors & Coil – NLRB charges filed
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Patten Industries
Pepper Construction
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
TH Ryan
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
Wille Bros.
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of September


Active 5793
New Initiation 75
Out of Works 267
Total 6135

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition:


Currie Ford, Valparaiso, IN – election October 17th
Napleton Caddy, Libertyville, IL – election October 18th
Dralles Chevy – Unfair Labor Practice Charges Filed – termination for Union activity
XPO Logistics - Unfair labor Practice Charges Filed – fail to bargain

Sale of Company/Dealership


Feeny Dodge sold to Loquercio d/b/a Elgin Chrysler Jeep Dodge

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Elgin Toyota – member terminated for not completing work claimed to do – reduced to voluntary resignation

Grievances – Pending


Certified Fleet – (2) unjust termination, unfair distribution of overtime
Chicago North Side Toyota – unjust termination Loyd Davis
Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
Roseland Auto

Grievances – Settled


Certified fleet – unjust discipline

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Bill Kay – unjust termination
Equipment Depot – waiting for decision

DBR Cicinelli reported that the elected delegates from Local 701 attended the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention last month. He said there were several Amendments and Resolutions that were presented and voted on by the Delegates. There were also several committee reports adopted by the Delegates, some of which our own Local 701 members were part of those working committees. He said the committees included Health and Safety, Apprenticeship and Training and Organizing to name a few but all adopted reports will continue to lead us forward in the right direction and allow us to grow. He said that the delegates adopted a Bill of Rights which will allow membership involvement in the collective bargaining process and avoid a similar travesty as we witnessed at Boeing when a contract was opened and the membership voted out their IAM Pension Plan. DBR Cicinelli said he could never understand why anyone would allow their benefits to slip away and vote them out in lieu of striking to protect them. He added he’d rather fight like hell to preserve the benefits than to vote them out instead of striking. He said he’s encouraged with the message our new International President brings to our great Union as he wants to “put the fight back into the Fighting Machinists.”

He reported on a change with the Ancillary Benefits with AFLAC. He said that AFLAC stated that they will not accept payments from Homeland and that they will only accept premium payments directly from the individual policy holder. He added that this creates an inconvenience for the participant. This somewhat limits both Homeland and the Fund Office from assisting a participant in the event they are experiencing issues with a claim. Aflac will only communicate directly with the individual policy holder on claim issues. Homeland and the Fund Office can more readily assist the participants with the group policy carriers in the event of a claim issue. Participants currently enrolled with Aflac’s accident policy may continue to keep their existing Aflac policy if they wish. We did, however, secure a better alternative with 5 Star and Homeland to replace the accident policy.
DBR Cicinelli again encouraged everyone to take advantage of the upcoming Health Fair and all it has to offer.

He reported that the next Standard Automotive Delegate Meeting will be on Sunday January 15th. He said we are working on a survey and would like to report the results at that meeting.

He reported that we will be hosting a phone bank at our Union Hall on Thursday October 6th from 4pm until 7:30pm and asked for volunteers to assist.

He announced that Ron Behrman is now Retiree Club President and Bob Feehan is the Vice President of the Retiree’s Club. He thanked both Ron and Bob for their work with the Club.

DBR Cicinelli said that early voting has started in Illinois. The Labor endorsed candidates are on our website as well as disseminated through our E-Newsletter. He encouraged everyone to vote for candidates who vote for labor’s issues. He said at the National level we have a candidate who has voted for Labor’s issues with an AFL-CIO score of 94% while the other candidate supports National Right-to-Work and doesn’t believe we should have a minimum wage. That candidate said we make too much already. He said it seems each election we keep saying - this one’s more important than the last - that’s because the middle class is constantly under attack and labor is the only hurdle. Organized labor is keeping the middle class afloat. He said there is a lot at stake in this election. There is going to be about 3-4 Supreme Court appointments during this next term and there is National Right-to-Work which the top 1% keep pressing for.

He reminded everyone, especially the anti-Hillary voters, about our Illinois politics a few years ago where the anti-Quinn people did the same and elected Rauner. He asked how that “change” was working out. He, again, asked that everyone do the right thing and elect Labor-friendly candidates on the local and national levels.

He asked if there were any questions. There were a few which he answered which completed his report.

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September 2016

Contracts Ratified in August:


Fields Land Rover now Land Rover Northfield
McGrath City Honda
Mc Grath City Hyundai
Wentworth/Brad’s Tire

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia first agreement
CTA
Casey Equipment
Douglas Auto Body
Evanston Fuel
First Student – Naperville, Wheeling, Villa Park
Gmotorcars
Gerald Hyundai
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Howell Tractor
Joe Perillo Motorcars
Keenan Transit
McAllister – Villa Park
McGrath Acura
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Patten Industries
Pepper Construction
Perillo Motor Cars
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
Ryder Truck Rental
Trailmex
United Rentals Pump & Power
VCNA/Prairie Material
Wille Bros.
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of August


Active 6009
New Initiation 68
Out of Works 283
Total 6360

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Mid City Subaru – termination without just cause

Grievances – Pending


Certified Fleet – unjust discipline
Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
Roseland Auto

Grievances – Settled


Certified fleet – termination without just cause
Wabtec/Triangle

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot – waiting for decision

DBR Cicinelli’s written report was read to the membership.

He said that the elected delegates from Local 701 were attending the 2016 IAM Grand Lodge Convention this week. We have a lot of business to attend to amending our IAM Constitution via proposed amendments and resolutions from members in the U.S. and Canada. This is the first Convention led by the leadership of IAM International President Bob Martinez and we look forward to his new vision for our great Union.

DBR Cicinelli said that on August 18th, we presented our story on our Apprenticeship Program at the FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service) Conference at the Hyatt downtown. The presenters included our General Vice President Phil Gruber, myself (DBR and creator of our Program Sam Cicinelli), Jim Reid who assisted us in obtaining a FMCS Grant, Louie Longhi our Lead Instructor and Szymon, one of our students in our Program. There was a lot of positive feedback from our presentation from those attending. Their communications asked if they can forward our story to the local news stations as they would like our story to go public. As we continue to grow our Program becomes noticed more. It’s a testament to the BA’s negotiating the Training Fund into their agreements, our members taking the first step into funding the program through a bylaw change years ago and the growing product of what Louie is teaching.

He reminded everyone that there is an open enrollment for our Ancillary Benefits which will be coming in the immediate future for those members enrolled in the Local 701 Health and Welfare Plan. Information will be made public to our members soon. He encourages everyone able to enroll to look at the benefits and what they offer for themselves and their families.

He also reminded everyone that we will be having another Health Fair for those Local 701 members enrolled in our Health and Welfare Plan that will take place in October and November at various locations throughout the Chicagoland area. He encourages those eligible to take advantage of the Health Fair as we’d like everyone to stay healthy and be able to collect their earned pensions.

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August 2016

Contracts Ratified in July:


Fields BMW
Vulcan Material

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia first agreement
CTA
Casey Equipment
Douglas Auto Body
Evanston Fuel
Fields Land Rover
First Student – Naperville, Wheeling, Villa Park
Gmotorcars
Gerald Hyundai
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Howell Tractor
Joe Perillo Motorcars
Keenan Transit
McAllister – Villa Park
McGrath Acura
McGrath City Honda
Mc Grath City Hyundai
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Patten Industries
Pepper Construction
Perillo Motor Cars
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
Ryder Truck Rental
Trailmex
United Rentals Pump & Power
VCNA/Prairie Material
Wentworth/Brad’s Tire
Wille Bros.
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of July


Active 5842
New Initiation 58
Out of Works 238
Total 6138

Sale of Company/Dealership


Feeny Dodge being sold to Loquercio – new owner has documents, Union has letter of acceptance.

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Bill Kay Buick / GMC - termination
Bill Walsh Ford/Kia - subcontracting
Mid City Subaru – termination
Napleton Schaumburg Buick/GMC - layoff
Northside Toyota – unfair work distribution

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Autobarn VW of Evanston - termination
Chicago Northside Toyota – termination; tech was put on layoff
Elgin Toyota – pay rate issue, lube techs, resolved
Gurnee Dodge – holiday pay issue, resolved
Mancari’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep – termination; tech was brought back
Marquardt Buick GMC – insubordination issue, resolved, no discipline
Metro Ford – vacation pay; was paid 62.7 hours
Ogden Lincoln – 2 members promoted to apprentice
Roseland Auto

Grievances – Pending


Certified Fleet Services - termination
Daimler Truck North America – 12 grievances for unfair work rule
Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the Union
M&K Employee Solutions Alsip – unjust termination, company refusing to allow 701 Bus Rep in the shop and parts dept., company refusing to pay member wage increase under the grandfathering provision
M&K Employee Solutions Summit – unjust termination
M&K Employee Solutions Joliet – 2 unjust warning letters
UPS – 5 new grievances
Wabtec/Triangle – 1 grievance

Grievances – Settled


Bell Fuels - harassment
Daimler Trucks – termination recanted member was reinstated
Fermi – open rotational shifts-resolved, double time to be paid for all open weekend shifts. (Special thanks to Tony Albergo and Bill Benson)
Holland, Inc. – termination
Rush (Central Ave) – tech was brought back with back pay.
Arbitration Cases - Pending:
Cumins NPower - two unjust terminations
Equipment Depot
Napleton’s Schaumburg Lincoln Mercury – the company closed the dealership without notifying Local or the techs within 30 days; Labor Board charges have been filed for not replying to the grievance procedure.

Arbitration Cases - Settled:


Daimler Truck offered member a settlement to resolve grievance member accepted offer.

Other information:


Fermi – Potential issue, new hires in FESS group
UPS CACH Dist – 3rd quarter, LOA signed
UPS IL Dist – 3rd quarter, LOA in process

DBR Cicinelli stated that we have a lot of business to tend to tonight along with a guest speaker so he was going to keep his report short.

He said that on Sunday July 17th we had our Annual Car & Bike Show. He personally thanked those that volunteered on that day. What started out to be the likelihood of a cancelled Car & Bike Show turned into a beautiful day with a successful Show and Picnic for our members and their families. We received a lot of compliments on the show being on a Sunday along with family activities. We are going to have our future shows on Sundays due to the success of this year’s change.

DBR Cicinelli said that there will be another open enrollment for our Ancillary Benefits coming soon. He said that information will be made public to our members having the Local 701 Health and Welfare Plan soon. He encouraged all to look at the benefits and what they offer for themselves and their families.

He also announced that we will be doing another Health Fair which will take place in October and November throughout the Chicagoland area. They are conducting the health fairs at different locations throughout the two months.

He asked if there were any questions. There were none which concluded his report.

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July 2016

Contracts Ratified in June:


CJR Enterprises d/b/a Matco Tools
Burris Equipment
Ditch Witch Equipment
Jack’s Tools
LFO, Inc.
Lockout Express
Illini Power
Vermeer Equipment

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia
CTA
Douglas Auto Body
Evanston Fuel
Fields BMW
Fields Land Rover
First Student – Naperville, Wheeling, Villa Park
Gmotorcars
Gerald Hyundai
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Joe Perillo
Keenan Transit
McGrath Acura
McGrath City Honda
Mc Grath City Hyundai
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Perillo Motor Cars
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
Ryder Truck Rental
Sinclair’s Auto Clinic, Inc.
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
World Kia of Joliet
Village of Oak Park
Vulcan Material
Wentworth/Brad’s Tire
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of June


Active 6006
New Initiation 66
Out of Works 287
Total 6359

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Marino C/D/J/R – unjust termination
Metro Ford – vacation pay
Northside Toyota – unfair work distribution
Northside Toyota – unjust termination
Roseland Auto
The Autobarn VW of Evanston – termination without just cause

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Currie Ford – termination; confidential settlement
Lexus of Highland Park
Webb Chevy – termination; tech was returned to work
Westfield Ford – unjust termination; member reinstated

Grievances – Pending


Dynamic Garage – company failed to recognize the union
Wabtec/Triangle

Grievances – Settled


TH Ryan – unjust termination; member reinstated
YRC – unjust termination; member reinstated

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot

DBR Cicinelli announced that both Mark Utley and Rich Handler are both excused from tonight’s meeting.


He said that this Saturday marks the 2 year anniversary of the Piemonte strike. He said he was very proud of the 9 picketers choosing to stand up for improving their current situation. He thanked the other members who also assisted in this fight. He said although the outcome wasn’t a total success, we thank the 9 picketers and the rest of the members assisting for instilling that fight back into our membership and also letting every employer know that we, the Union, will stand out there as long as it takes to fight that fight on behalf of our members.


DBR Cicinelli announced the challenge that GVP Gruber put out to both Local 701 and District 9 for a “Best in Show” trophy. The winner takes home the “Gruber Gear” award.  With the assistance of Louie and the students in the Apprenticeship Program we were able to win that honor. I’d like to keep that tradition and continue with retaining this trophy year after year. We decided to have a challenge from within our Local – we’d like to have one of our talented members make a trophy and present it to be voted on amongst our members to present it at the GDA fundraiser. The winner will receive a nice prize for winning. The details will be forthcoming about this new challenge within our membership.


DBR Cicinelli said that State Treasurer Mike Frerichs will be at the August membership meeting. He said that Mike is very helpful in the Treasury Department – especially reacquainting working men and women with their money that he uncovered in the treasury department. He said he ran into Mike at the Palatine 4th of July Parade along with Susana Mendoza (Comptroller) and he’s looking forward to addressing our members at next month’s meeting.
He said that a new bylaw proposal will be read shortly to assist our members and their families. The change is for our own Convention Fund, Scholarship Fund and Benevolent Fund. We stopped the $1 allocation we used from the dues money to offset the cost of the 2016 Convention. We no longer need the $1 to be allocated to pay off the Convention and he believes it would be beneficial for our Union to develop the three mentioned Funds moving forward. He asked for their support.


DBR Cicinelli announced that the Pound of Gold tickets are due NOW.


He also mentioned that a long-time member, Norb Balenski, was in the audience and explained his story on having the opportunity to sit at the State of Union address with Michelle Obama as well as being fortunate enough to meet our Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and congratulated him. He said that was a great honor and something to be proud of as well as representing our Union at the White House.


He asked if there were any questions, there were none which concluded his report.

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June 2016

Contracts Ratified in May:


Burris Equipment
Carmichael Leasing
Diamond Collision
E&T Motorsports
Herman’s Auto Center, Inc.
Herscher School District #2
Kurek Brothers
Pete Savaiano’s Auto Repair
S&S Tool Sales

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia
CJR Enterprises d/b/a Matco Tools
CTA
Ditch Witch Equipment
Evanston Fuel
Fields BMW
First Student – Naperville, Wheeling, Villa Park
Gerald Hyundai
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Keenan Transit
LFO, Inc.
Lockout Express
McGrath Acura
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
Sinclair’s Auto Clinic
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
World Kia of Joliet
Vermeer Equipment
Village of Oak Park
Vulcan Material
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of April


Active 5776
New Initiation 44
Out of Works 273
Total 6093

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Bill Jacobs Land Rover - Termination
Lexus of Highland Park - Layoff
Napleton Valley Hyundai – Unfair Work Distribution
Roesch Ford – multiple grievances, failure to pay benefits
Roseland Auto

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Rizza Ford: Termination – technician was reinstated

Grievances – Pending


Ryder - Termination

Grievances – Settled


Alpha Baking – 2
Standard Equipment – unjust warning letter
UPS – warning letter removed

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot – 1

DBR Cicinelli said that if anyone covered under the Local 701 H&W Plan received a letter with the incorrect name with your address from OptumRx to please ignore the letter as it was sent in error. There was NO protected information shared. He also mentioned that anyone having AFLAC through the Ancillary Program may have received a letter stating that your premium hasn’t been paid and that you were no longer eligible for coverage. He added to please ignore that letter as well as it too, was sent in error. He also announced that the Local 701 H&W Plan is switching our Third Party Claims from BMGI to PBA. He said that we don’t anticipate any issues with the transition and that if there were any issues with the processing of their claims to please contact their Business Representative or myself so that we can rectify them ASAP. He said with the new change you will also be receiving a new medical card in June.


He thanked the Staff that joined the 10,000 union members who are fed up with our Governor in Springfield on Wednesday May 18th for the anti-Rauner Rally. He gave special thanks to Joe Stuckey and Bob Elgar for going and being part of this demonstration. He said it was members like Joe and Bob that make the difference with us moving forward and personally thanked them.
He announced that the website, as mentioned in last month’s meeting, now has a special enhancement which allows our members to post their resumes on our site if they are looking to relocate.


DBR Cicinelli announced that there will be another Standard Automotive Delegates meeting on Sunday July 17th for those delegates or alternates who weren’t at the first meeting on April 17th. He said if you were at the April meeting there is no reason to attend the July meeting as we will be bringing those up to speed on what transpired at the April meeting.


He reminded everyone about the Annual Car and Bike Show which will be held on July 17th starting at 11am going to 2pm.
DBR Cicinelli announced that he was pleased to announce that this year Local 701 had 2 recipients for the IAM Scholarship Award. David Murray from Penske (daughter Jillian) and Steven Gajda from Joe Rizza Ford/Porsche (daughter Emily) who were in attendance at the meeting. He recognized Steven and his daughter Emily and congratulated both of them.


He announced that we have a World Class Kia Award winner in attendance – Greg Dubs and congratulated him on his monumental feat and accomplishment.

He said he was proud to have Greg as our member representing our Union.


He reminded everyone about the upcoming NASCAR Tribute to Labor event at Joliet Speedway.


He reminded everyone about purchasing tickets for the raffle for the Camaro as the drawing is in August.


DBR Cicinelli announced that Tony Albergo is now a Business Representative filling the vacancy of Steve Tyeptanar. He congratulated Tony and welcomed him on Staff and said he’s looking forward to working with Tony. He also recognized Steve Tyeptanar and thanked him for all his hard work and accomplishments while representing our members.


He asked if there were any questions, there were none which concluded his report.

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May 2016

Contracts Ratified in May:


Burris Equipment
Carmichael Leasing
Diamond Collision
E&T Motorsports
Herman’s Auto Center, Inc.
Herscher School District #2
Kurek Brothers
Pete Savaiano’s Auto Repair
S&S Tool Sales

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia
CJR Enterprises d/b/a Matco Tools
CTA
Ditch Witch Equipment
Evanston Fuel
Fields BMW
First Student – Naperville, Wheeling, Villa Park
Gerald Hyundai
Grossinger Honda
Henry Frerk
Keenan Transit
LFO, Inc.
Lockout Express
McGrath Acura
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Quick Mobile
Roesch Ford
Sinclair’s Auto Clinic
Trailmex
VCNA/Prairie Material
World Kia of Joliet
Vermeer Equipment
Village of Oak Park
Vulcan Material
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of April


Active 5776
New Initiation 44
Out of Works 273
Total 6093

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Bill Jacobs Land Rover - Termination
Lexus of Highland Park - Layoff
Napleton Valley Hyundai – Unfair Work Distribution
Roesch Ford – multiple grievances, failure to pay benefits
Roseland Auto

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Rizza Ford: Termination – technician was reinstated

Grievances – Pending


Ryder - Termination

Grievances – Settled


Alpha Baking – 2
Standard Equipment – unjust warning letter
UPS – warning letter removed

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot – 1

DBR Cicinelli said that if anyone covered under the Local 701 H&W Plan received a letter with the incorrect name with your address from OptumRx to please ignore the letter as it was sent in error. There was NO protected information shared. He also mentioned that anyone having AFLAC through the Ancillary Program may have received a letter stating that your premium hasn’t been paid and that you were no longer eligible for coverage. He added to please ignore that letter as well as it too, was sent in error. He also announced that the Local 701 H&W Plan is switching our Third Party Claims from BMGI to PBA. He said that we don’t anticipate any issues with the transition and that if there were any issues with the processing of their claims to please contact their Business Representative or myself so that we can rectify them ASAP. He said with the new change you will also be receiving a new medical card in June.


He thanked the Staff that joined the 10,000 union members who are fed up with our Governor in Springfield on Wednesday May 18th for the anti-Rauner Rally. He gave special thanks to Joe Stuckey and Bob Elgar for going and being part of this demonstration. He said it was members like Joe and Bob that make the difference with us moving forward and personally thanked them.


He announced that the website, as mentioned in last month’s meeting, now has a special enhancement which allows our members to post their resumes on our site if they are looking to relocate.


DBR Cicinelli announced that there will be another Standard Automotive Delegates meeting on Sunday July 17th for those delegates or alternates who weren’t at the first meeting on April 17th. He said if you were at the April meeting there is no reason to attend the July meeting as we will be bringing those up to speed on what transpired at the April meeting.


He reminded everyone about the Annual Car and Bike Show which will be held on July 17th starting at 11am going to 2pm.
DBR Cicinelli announced that he was pleased to announce that this year Local 701 had 2 recipients for the IAM Scholarship Award. David Murray from Penske (daughter Jillian) and Steven Gajda from Joe Rizza Ford/Porsche (daughter Emily) who were in attendance at the meeting. He recognized Steven and his daughter Emily and congratulated both of them.


He announced that we have The Kia Skill World Cup First Place Award winner in attendance – Greg Dubs and congratulated him on his monumental feat and accomplishment. He said he was proud to have Greg as our member representing our Union.


He reminded everyone about the upcoming NASCAR Tribute to Labor event at Joliet Speedway.


He reminded everyone about purchasing tickets for the raffle for the Camaro as the drawing is in August.


DBR Cicinelli announced that Tony Albergo is now a Business Representative filling the vacancy of Steve Tyeptanar. He congratulated Tony and welcomed him on Staff and said he’s looking forward to working with Tony. He also recognized Steve Tyeptanar and thanked him for all his hard work and accomplishments while representing our members.


He asked if there were any questions, there were none which concluded his report.

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May 2016

Contracts Ratified in April:


Chicago Suburban Express
Ed’s Traveling Tool Box
MC Tools, Inc.
McAllister Equipment Co
Martin Implements
Pepsi
Standard Equipment
Trillium Drivers

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia – first contract
Burris Equipment
CJR Enterprises d/b/a Matco Tools
Carmichael Leasing
Complete Fleet
Ditch Witch Equipment
Diamond Collision
E&T Motorsports
Evanston Fuel
First Student – Naperville, Batavia, Villa Park
Gerald Hyundai
Hunter Maintenance
Henry Frerk
Herscher School District #2
Herman’s Auto Center, Inc.
Illini Power Production
Keenan Transit
Kurek Brothers
McGrath Acura
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Pete Savaiano’s
Quick Mobile
S&S Tool Sales
Sinclair’s Auto Clinic, Inc.
Trailmex
Trillium Driver
VCNA/Prairie Material
World Kia of Joliet
Vermeer Equipment
Village of Oak Park
Vulcan Material
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of April


Active 5777
New Initiation 63
Out of Works 269
Total 6109

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition:


Election at Grossinger Honda Chicago on 5/6/16 for 11 techs

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Lexus of Highland Park: Layoff
Rizza Ford: Termination
Roesch Ford – multiple grievances, failure to pay benefits
Roseland Auto

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Autobarn VW: Termination – converted to layoff
Fox Lake Toyota – 2 warning letters
Grossinger: Termination – tech was reinstated with back pay and benefits
McGrath City Hyundai: Termination – technician was reinstated
Marino Dodge Chrysler Jeep: Termination – technician was reinstated.

Grievances – Pending


YRC – unjust termination

Grievances – Settled


Alpha Baking – 2
Standard Equipment – unjust warning letter
UPS – warning letter removed

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot – 2

Arbitration Cases - Settled:


UPS – traveler outsourcing

DBR Cicinelli announced that Mike Wendling was excused from tonight’s meeting as he’s recovering from surgery.
He spoke about the recent mailing regarding the Funding Status of the Local 701 Pension Plan. He stated that the notice goes out annually and is federally required to inform the participants of the funding status of the Plan. He said we are basically at the same place as we were in last year and that we are moving forward, albeit slowly, but on the road to recovery. He fielded several questions from the members about the Plan.

DBR Cicinelli then reminded the members about the Annual Car & Bike Show which will be held on July 17th from 11am until 2pm. He said the rain date is July 24th.


He announced that he was pleased to announce that this year Local 701 has 2 recipients for the IAM Scholarship Award. David Murray from Penske (daughter Jillian) and Steven Gajda from Joe Rizza Ford/Porsche (daughter Emily) will be receiving $1,000 each year until their Bachelor’s Degree is earned.


He then asked for any volunteers who are available for Wednesday May 18th to travel with us to Springfield for an anti-Rauner Rally.


DBR Cicinelli commended Bill LePinske on his work with reformatting the Union’s website and said he’s looking forward to a new feature which is still being worked on which will allow our members to post their resumes if they’re looking to relocate to another location.


He reported on the Delegates meeting for the Standard Automotive Agreement which was held on Sunday April 17th and said it was well attended.


He also asked for the members to support the National Association of Letter Carriers and their annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive held on Saturday May 14th. He asked everyone to please be generous in giving to those less fortunate and in need. The postal employees are requesting any donated food items be placed in a paper bag by your mailbox. He also said that Local 701 will be announcing and putting together a Local 701 Food Drive which will be a community outreach attempt to give back to those in need within our community as well as other entities. He stated that details on our Food Drive will be forthcoming.


DBR Cicinelli announced the upcoming NASCAR Tribute to Labor event at Joliet Speedway. He said that this year’s race will be on Sunday September 18th. He also said that the Executive Board has decided to pay for half the cost of the ticket for our Stewards that choose to go to the race and that this is the Union’s way of thanking our Stewards for their continued dedication and hard work in the trenches each day.


He asked if there were any questions. There were none which concluded his report.

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April 2016

Contracts Ratified in March:


Battis Concrete Construction
Christofano Equipment
Conger Tools
D’Arcy Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Morris, IL
Frame Tech
Homewood Auto Body
Komatsu Forklift
Jerry’s Tool Sales
Martin Implement
Rustic House Iron Works
Sinclair’s Auto Clinic, Inc.
Tool Crib/Matco Tools

Current Contracts in Negotiation:


Advantage Kia
Burris Equipment
Carmichael Leasing
Chicago Suburban Express
Complete Fleet
Cummins NPower (Chicago)
Ditch Witch Equipment
Diamond Collision
E&T Motorsports
Ed’s Traveling Tool Box
Evanston Fuel
First Student – Naperville, Batavia, Villa Park
Gerald Hyundai
Hunter Maintenance
Henry Frerk
Herman’s Auto Center, Inc.
Illini Power Production
Keenan Transit
Kurek Brothers
McAllister Equipment Co
McGrath Acura
MC Tools, Inc.
Molon Motors & Coil
Naperville Dodge
Ozinga Brothers
Pepsi Americas
Pete Savaiano’s
Quick Mobile
S&S Tool Sales
Sinclair’s Auto Clinic, Inc.
Standard Equipment
Trailmex
Trillium Driver
VCNA/Prairie Material
World Kia of Joliet
Vermeer Equipment
Village of Oak Park
Vulcan Material
World Kia of Joliet

Total active membership as of March:


Active 6159
New Initiation 57
Out of Works 281
Total 6497

In regards to Organizing/New Shops Voluntary Recognition:


D’Arcy Chevrolet Buick Cadillac in Morris, IL

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Pending


Grossinger Autoplex – wrongful termination
Lexus of Highland Park (layoff)
Metro Ford – not paying earned vacation benefit
Roesch Ford – multiple greivances filed, failure to pay benefits not notifying union of new hires. Recovered over $40,000 in Funds. Expect to get close to $100,000 owed once it's over.
Roseland Auto – 1 grievance

New Car Dealer Grievance Panel – Decisions


Fields Chrysler- termination grievance
Napleton Honda – termination; tech was reinstated

Grievances – Pending


Alpha Baking- 2 grievances
Daimler Truck North America ( Freightliner Warehouse)
1) 12 grievances for unfair work rule,
2) 1 for unjust termination.
M&K Employees Solutions Alsip
1) Unjust termination.
2) Company is refusing to allow 701 Business Rep into the shop and parts department area.
3) Company is refusing to pay member wage increase under the grandfathering provision.
UPS – all locations – 18 to 25
Grievances – Settled
Holland – unjust termination; member reinstated
Molon Motors – member received 2 warning letters; 1 letter was removed and 1 was reduced
Napleton Valley Hyundai – subcontracting; member paid 9 hours of pay for subcontracted work.
Patson, Inc. – Shorewood - member received 2 weeks severance
UPS – Payroll errors x 2
UPS – attendance - no letter issued

Arbitration Cases - Pending:


Equipment Depot – 2
Schaumburg Lincoln Mercury: The Company closed the dealership without notifying the Local or the techs within 30 days. Labor Board charges have been filed for not replying to the grievance procedure
UPS – subcontracting; brake chambers

Arbitration Cases - Settled:


Alex Maurillo - filing false reports - termination upheld

Report

DBR Cicinelli stated the Rich Handler was excused from tonight's meeting as he was conducting an organizing meeting with a new group. He also said that we have asked our Fund Attorney as requested from the last meeting to be present this evening to field any questions about our 401(k) and the fees associated with the Fund so he’ll keep his report short.


He reported on the outcome of two highly contested campaigns in the recent primary election. He said that he'd like to thank those involved in assisting in the Juliana Straton victory over Ken Dunkin. As he previously mentioned, Ken was certainly no friend of labor as he aligned himself with our Governor in several votes to the detriment of working men and women in this state. Of course our Governor said his loss to this seat as well as the McCann (Labor-backed Republican) seat in southern Illinois was not a result of Union members getting out the vote. He said that the Governor needs to wake up. He added that Rauner ran another Republican against McCann because he went against Rauner and we backed McCann downstate as he made the right decisions when it came to labor's interest. As such both McCann and Straton won their election. He said that this sends a strong message to our Governor to hopefully drop his divisive anti-union agenda, stop attacking the middle class and get to work for the people of Illinois instead of the top 1%. He added that he still believes the Governor will continue to be delusional and will continue his attacks and we’re in for another 2 years of a fight. He asked that the members continue to assist and join us in helping with that fight.


DBR Cicinelli reported on the recent Staff Conference held a few weeks ago. He said that the Staff had the opportunity to hear our new International President, Bob Martinez, address the Staff. He comes with a new message for all IAM members – that being “this is a new day with a new vision” one which he stressed “wants to put the fight back into the Machinists.” DBR Cicinelli said he applauds our new International President for having that message moving forward and again stated Bob is a great man who will do great things for our Union moving forward. President Martinez also thanked the members in our Territory for fundraising to allow all the delegates from around the country to attend this year’s Convention. President Martinez also stressed the importance of continuing to Organize 24/7 to grow our Union.


DBR Cicinelli reminded any of our Veterans who have not yet already provided their information to the IAM to please do so. He said those Veterans who did just recently received a pin thanking them for their service to our Country. Anyone needing a form please see him after the meeting and the form is also on our website. He asked the members to please encourage any Veterans in their shop to also fill out the form. The information is for our International Office’s use to ensure our Veterans rightfully receive every benefit they are entitled to and have certainly earned.
He recognized the volunteers who assisted with the World of Wheels event at the Rosemont Convention Center. He acknowledged and thanked the Staff as well as members who volunteered that weekend.


DBR Cicinelli said that we have a new Steward’s Policy which was approved by the International Office as well as IAM Legal. The Executive Board has adopted this new policy moving forward.


He announced the suggestion left from one of our members from last month to put up a Bulletin Board to buy/sell cars. He said we are looking into possibly putting something up on our website to sell cars, tools, etc. for a minimal fee to be donated to Guide Dogs of America.


DBR Cicinellis said that Labor Unions across the country just gasped a momentary sigh of relief with the decision from the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that made its way up to the Supreme Court. He said luckily, with the recent passing of Anton Scalia who was anti-union, this case was tied at a 4-4 vote amongst the Supreme Court Justices. He said that the case defers to lower court’s ruling. For now we are safe. He said this only stresses the importance of electing a President with a pro-worker agenda as they appoint vacancies on the Supreme Court. He said that there is going to be roughly 2-3 more in the upcoming Presidential term and that we can't afford to have any of the anti-labor GOP candidates making those appointments.


DBR Cicinelli reminded the members that there is a Delegate or Alternate Delegate's meeting Sunday April 17th at 9:00 am.


He asked if there were any questions. There were a few which were answered which ended his report.

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