Standard Automotive Agreement Updates

September 15, 2017

Yesterday, the NCDC provided the Union a modified tentative agreement.  The Union has reviewed the offer and since receiving it, has been working diligently with the NCDC attorney throughout the day to attempt to reach a tentative agreement. The Union was successful in FINALLY reaching a tentative agreement with the NCDC - one which will be recommended by the entire Union bargaining committee. We have reserved the Local 150 Union Hall (same hall as the last three votes) for Sunday, September 17, 2017. Recognizing that several of our members are going to the Tribute to Labor NASCAR Race that starts at 2:00pm, we will start the vote at 8:00am. The doors will open at 7:00am.

We are requiring ALL the Standard Automotive members including those already working under an "interim agreement." Your "interim agreement" is now THE Agreement so we'll need you to vote again with the entire group. We apologize if this causes any confusion. The meeting will be short but effective.

September 14, 2017

The NCDC has provided the Union a proposed tentative agreement.  The Union is reviewing the offer and will report back on the details.


September 13, 2017

The NCDC had their meeting yesterday. We have heard a variety of reports as to the NCDC’s current strategy. One issue that needs immediate attention is that certain dealers returned from the meeting and walked straight to the strike line and attempted to entice their employees to resign from the Union, cross the strike line and take the NCDC’s Last Best and Final Offer (LBFO). Some are also also suggesting that you to contact your BA and insist on re-voting the LBFO. That is not an option.

Certain dealers are reacting to reports that one dealership voted on the LBFO and have returned to work. Let me dispel the confusion. As you know, as of the ratification vote, 30 dealers signed interim agreements and their employees returned to work. Yesterday, the wrong offer was presented to the members at this one dealership. However, no interim agreement has been entered into with that dealer. Due to the circumstances, those members are back at work today, while the Union and the dealer work to correct the situation. If not corrected, those members will be back out on the strike line tomorrow.

Do not believe anyone who tells you that voting individually on the NCDC’s LBFO is allowed (because it is not), let alone in your best interest. Our only interest is your best interest. Your best interest is served by the Union negotiating the terms and conditions you demanded. We are making progress on those demands. The dealers obviously have a different interest. Do not forget that.

The Union continues to be approached by a variety of dealers stating that they have notified or are notifying the NCDC of their intent to withdraw from the association. In doing so, these dealers have also expressed a desire to enter into an interim agreement with the Union. The number of dealers who contacted the Union today alone exceeded expectations. This only drives home the point that the Union’s position is reasonable. Those of who want to return to work with the offer voted on September 11th, we ask that you please continue to be patient. Do not sell yourself short. Do not let these past 6 weeks be in vain—not when so many dealers are doing the equivalent of “crossing.” Be patient.

We have been in communication with the Federal Mediator and continue to express to him that we are willing to sit back down with the parties to reach a resolution. We explained to him that we are available anytime. We will keep you posted of any additional information as it becomes available. In the interim, continue to stay strong.

September 11, 2017

The vote conducted today for the Standard Automotive Agreement resulted again with a rejection of the latest NCDC offer. The membership will therefore remain on strike. The Union's bargaining committee was also unanimous in NOT supporting the offer.

September 9, 2017

The parties' met again today at the Federal Mediator's Office to discuss and resolve the outstanding items from the NCDC's Offer. The Union had several questions regarding items on the offer which were clarified today during the parties discussions. There were also four outstanding items which were tentatively agreed to which required a signature. We have reserved the Operating Engineer's Union Hall again to conduct a vote for Monday, September 11, 2017. The doors will open to the members at 8:30am. The ratification vote will start at 10:00am.

September 8, 2017

(Latest as of 3:45pm)
The bargaining commitee will be reconvening tomorrow morning at the Federal Mediator's Office. Details to follow.

As you all know, the Union canvased various stores yesterday (and continue to do so today), in an effort to get your feelings on the NCDC’s Last, Best Final Offer (“LBFO”). Yesterday evening, the NCDC advised the Union that it heard we were having difficulty in securing a space to vote and said it would agree to extend its arbitrary deadline on the LBFO for a reasonable time. In light of the NCDC’s email and in light of several questions and issues discussed yesterday on the strike line with our members, we proposed to meet on Monday to discuss. The NCDC advised this morning that it is available today and/or tomorrow to discuss and, shortly thereafter, circulated a letter to its dealers to bring to you on the line falsely telling you the Union said it was unavailable to meet before Monday. That is a lie. It is simply another attempt to anger you and divide us.

There is nothing magical about the NCDC’s proposed deadline. It has offered to extend it (confirming that it is not set in stone), and now this morning it voluntarily extended it to Sunday. The only “time sensitive” aspect of the offer is the health insurance provision. Based on their LBFO this particular issue needs clarity to prevent anything adversely affecting any one of our members or their dependents. The Union is attempting to cautiously prevent a future issue with coverage based on their “majority” provision. In the proposal, the NCDC offers to make its contribution to the Health and Welfare Plan for this week and next week for the “majority”. Again, who is the “majority.” This impacts both those who have lost their insurance and those who will lose their insurance at the end of this week if no contribution for this week is made. However, there is no impact by voting the contract today, tomorrow, or early next week. Either way, if ratified, the contribution will be made for this week and next week. There are also other issues which remain unresolved regarding toolboxes returning after being forced out and who is financially responsible along with the scabs and whether they are permanent or temporary.

The NCDC is under extreme pressure to get this done. They continue to play on every fear that they can. Their tactics are damaging the bargaining unit. We understand everyone is anxious to resolve this dispute and get back to work. So are we but we can’t lose our focus now and rush into a problem that could be detrimental. You’ve put your faith into your Union up to this point. Please be patient while we work out the last details on your behalf. The Union’s sole desire is to fight on your behalf. Taking time to make sure we have done everything we can in an effort to serve that purpose is important. Taking time to make sure that we are able to accurately explain every aspect of LBFO and return to work issues to you is also important. The NCDC’s arbitrary deadline or continued scare tactics are not.

September 7, 2017

After having an opportunity to review the NCDC's Last Best Final Offer ("LBFO"), and hearing feedback from you on the line today as well as fielding several phone calls, it is clear that there are still several questions regarding the specifics of the LBFO.  There is a lack of clarity over issues concerning continuation of insurance and return to work issues, (i.e. tool boxes, their NLRB charge against the Union and permanent replacements). They have in their explanation that "health insurance coverage lapses for a majority of our striking employees."  Who is the majority?  Those that worked the 31st?  And what about those that did not? It appears that the NCDC is taking the position that those who last worked on or before July 29th have had their insurance lapse.  We also don't know how much they are actually seeking in employee contributions for those that have that had their insurance lapse (or about to lapse).  These are the issues we would have expected to discuss at the bargaining table had the NCDC been willing to discuss their proposal rather than by dropping an email.
 
On that note, the NCDC stated that it "communicated to the Union that the NCDC was prepared to continue to bargain regarding all other remaining issues and pursue possible compromises so that the parties might reach an overall tentative agreement on all issues, but the Union has not yet responded to NCDC's invitation to bargain further."  The NCDC had its meeting on Tuesday (one week after the Union submitted its counter proposal), yet less than 24 hours later it dropped its LBFO offer on you.  The NCDC also dealt directly with you by providing you the offer before the Union had a chance to review.  The Union has since filed an NLRB charge for bargaining in bad faith as a result of the NCDC’s actions.  
 
Considering that this "proposal" was dropped on us at a time when the NCDC knew we that the Union was in a BA’s meeting, and shortly thereafter in a membership meeting, we didn't even have a meaningful opportunity to work through the proposal.  In order to clarify the issues noted above before an actual vote and not have to have anyone adversely affected due to the uncertainty, I don't want to vote the proposal in the hopes that we don't have to argue over the NCDC’s offer next month.  I want to meet with the NCDC on Monday, September 11th at FMCS.  After we have received definitive answers on these issues, we can then schedule a vote on the proposal.  Even if we vote on Saturday the guys wouldn't return to work until next week anyway, so there is no reason to rush into any vote.  I believe that the NCDC will remove its artificial deadline from its proposal and agree to keep its offer open for a reasonable time.  I also believe it is illegal to propose regressive terms in the event that you don’t ratify the current proposal.
 
Please keep in mind, approximately 23% of the dealers are willing to agree to a 36 hour guarantee in the fourth year along with no increase in the employee contribution for the health insurance. Your employer should agree to these same reasonable terms. If we remain unified, we believe your dealer should also agree to these reasonable terms. We are at the goal line. Stay strong!!


September 6, 2017

Following your resounding rejection of the NCDC’s second “final offer” from August 12, 2017, the NCDC returned to the bargaining table and stated that it wanted a tentative agreement that both bargaining committees could get behind and support (i.e. there would be no third last, best and final offer). As you know, the Union made a very reasonable counter-offer on the open issue on August 29, 2017. At yesterday’s NCDC meeting, the dealers rejected the Union’s counter-offer. Approximately 24 hours later (during which time the Union held its Executive Board Meeting, Business Agent’s Meeting, and tonight’s Membership Meeting), the NCDC emailed the Union a Last, Best and Final Offer. The Union is in the process of sending you a copy of the offer by email (not surprisingly, the dealers appear to have received an “advanced copy” and are already handing it out on the line).

The Union is reviewing the offer. More information will follow.



The Union and NCDC bargaining committees met several times last week in further attempts to reach a resolution on the contract and end the strike. The parties discussed the open issues throughout the weekend knowing the NCDC committee was meeting with the dealers Tuesday. Our technicians’ significant unpaid work time continues to be the idle or “unapplied time” issue continues to be the main obstacle. Some technicians only receive 34 hours of pay per week even if they spend more hours, some even up to 45, at work. . The Union has made a very reasonable, modified proposal that increases the current 34 hours up to 35 and then 36 in the fourth year of the contract. Click here to see the reasonable offer. The parties also discussed language that would allow a dealer to reduce the increased guaranteed hours back to 34 should a technician not meet the performance benchmarks. This places the dealers in essentially the same position as they are in now. Our members have made it clear that the dealers must work with them towards fixing the problem of being forced to work for free.

The NCDC met with its dealers on Tuesday to discuss the outstanding items. Our understanding of the outcome is as follows: (1) the NCDC has not moved from the 34 hour mark and remains unwilling to increase the hours to 35 and then 36 in year 2020. (2) the NCDC has not agreed to Union’s proposed language that would allow a small percentage of the most senior technicians to have two (2) consecutive days off in their workweek. (3) the NCDC is unwilling to agree to hold the employee health and welfare contribution at the current level, which was increased twice during the last contract. Instead, the NCDC is proposing to increase the current employee contribution by 100% over the term of the contract. These three outstanding items remain the primary obstacles to resolving the continued dispute. It’s disheartening that the NCDC is steadfast in its opposition to treating its employees fairly, especially when it comes to compensating an employee for his/her time at work.

While the NCDC as a whole has completely rejected the Union’s reasonable proposal, several dealers have contacted the Union and expressed their agreement to the Union’s reasonable proposal. These dealers are in the process of entering into interim agreements with the Union that contain the same material terms offered to the NCDC. These dealers clearly recognize the reasonableness and fairness of the Union’s current offer.

The Union disagrees with the NCDC’s continued allegations that the Union engaged in “illegal” deals with certain dealers. The NCDC filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an attempt to dissuade other dealers from voicing their disagreement with the NCDC’s position and doing what is in their own and their employees’ best interest. The Union, contrary to what is being stated by the NCDC, has not, and is not, soliciting the dealers to leave the association. The Union will vigorously defend against these charges and believes it is operating within the bounds of the applicable labor laws.

Consistent with dealers advising the Union that they have advised the NCDC of their desire to withdraw from the association, and expressing a desire to agree to the Union’s current proposal, the Union has exercised its right to selectively picket (or not picket) dealers at its discretion, many of our members are or will soon be back working at several other additional locations. We will provide a list of these locations in the upcoming days.
While the Union’s bargaining committee hopes that our labor disputes ends soon, the bargaining unit has adamantly expressed that the hours guarantee must be fairly addressed as they remain unwilling to work for free.

August 31, 2017

The parties met again today and adjourned late into the evening. We reached a tentative agreement on the Semi-skilled issue. We continued discussions, ad nauseum, on the key remaining issues: the hours component of the base pay as well as flexible work week limitations that still allow dealerships to be open on weekends and evenings, but yet still provides some relief to the more senior Journeymen Technicians. Both issues remain unresolved, along with the weekly employee contribution to the Health and Welfare Fund.

The parties will be reconvening again today, Thursday, August 31, 2017, at the Federal Mediator's Office in yet another attempt to resolve the few remaining open issues. The Union provided the NCDC with a very reasonable modified proposal on Tuesday evening. I’m sure you are hearing various reports about the Union allegedly "soliciting" dealers to leave the association and then entering into “illegal” deals with them. The NCDC filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Tuesday relating to these allegations. The NCDC is claiming the Union engaged in "unlawful conduct" in "soliciting certain" NCDC dealers. Let me be clear, the Union has been approached by a variety of dealers stating that they have notified the NCDC of their intent to withdraw from the association and who have also expressed a desire to work something out with the Union. The Union, contrary to the NCDC’s statements, has not "solicited" the dealers to leave the association. This is simply another distortion of the facts—something the NCDC has done throughout this entire bargaining process. The Union is prepared to vigorously defend against these charges and believes it is operating within the bounds of the applicable labor laws. In light of the impact on its bargaining strength, we are not surprised at the NCDC’s reaction. The charges filed at the NLRB will not adversely affect the continued goal of reaching an agreement and ending the strike.

Please keep in mind that there is a significant amount of misinformation being circulated. We heard various reports during the delegates meeting that certain dealers are telling their employees that if they quit the Union, they will be able to negotiate an independent deal with the Union. There was one report of a dealer attempting to assist their employees in decertifying the Union (indeed, offering to have the delaer’s own attorney draft any necessary papers). Do not believe these lies or fall for these tactice (which we are currently investigating and, if warranted, we will be filing charges against those specific dealers for engaging in any unlawful actions). Our only interest is negotiating the terms and conditions you demanded. The dealers have a different interest—making money, which requires getting you off the strike line and back to work. Do not forget that (and do not forget that everything you say to your dealer makes its way back to the NCDC).

As we go back to the table today, dealers have continued to reach out to the Union as they too want to end the strike and are amenable to the reasonable offer that has been made to the NCDC. To the extent the Union exercises its right to selectively picket (or not picket) dealers at its discretion, coupled with the substantial number of dealers telling the Union that they have either notified or intend to notify the NCDC of their intent to withdrawal, many of our members are or will soon be back working. As a result, DBR Sam Cicinelli has requested the Local 701 Executive Board to increase the strike benefit for those remaining on strike. The Board did, in fact, authorize an increase in the strike benefit for this week and moving forward into future weeks if necessary.

As to those who are going back to work, if you are working at a location that the Union has selectively chosen to not strike based on our understanding that the dealer is agreeable to our current proposal or the dealer is willing to enter into an agreement with the Union, the Union does not agree with the NCDC’s position that the Benefit Funds cannot accept contributions on our members behalf. Frankly, it is not for the NCDC or its attorneys to decide—rather, that is a matter for the Benefit Funds. The NCDC’s focus on this issue, however, confirms the Union’s long-held belief that a major component of the NCDC’s strategy is to pressure you and your family with the loss of health and welfare coverage.

The website and our Facebook page were down. As far as the website, we once again exceeded our bandwidth. The website is back up thankfully, however, we are still working on our FaceBook page issue. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We will keep you posted of any additional information as it becomes available. In the event of another website outage, which is very possible, we will notify you of critically important information by mass text message. Also, please keep in contact with your strike captains and delegates, all of who have direct access to the Union. In the interim, continue to stay strong.

August 29, 2017

On Thursday, August 24, 2017, we met at FMCS and moved towards compromising on our open issues. We believe we have resolved the Apprentice issue, addressed the Semi-skilled issue, and reached a tentative agreement on benefit remittance language. We discussed flexible work week limitations that still allow dealerships to be open on weekends and evenings, but yet still provides some relief to the more senior Journeymen Technicians. We also discussed and provided language that addresses the employer’s concern about the habitual base pay collectors. We were advised on Friday that the NCDC was unwilling to address the open issue (i.e. guarantee hours and flex work week) along the lines we proposed on Thursday. Specifically, the NCDC remains unwilling to increase the hours of base pay and has eluded that some dealers now want to propose a decrease in base pay hours. In response, we advised the NCDC that we would work throughout the weekend to discuss alternatives for resolving the base pay issue. We continued our discussions today in a meeting with our Delegates/Strike Captains and then at a subsequent meeting with the bargaining committee. We have prepared a very reasonable modified proposal which we intend to provide to the NCDC.

I’m sure all of you are hearing various reports about the Union allegedly soliciting dealers to leave the association and entering into “illegal” deals with individual dealers. The NCDC filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) this afternoon relating to these allegations. Let me be clear, the Union has been approached by a variety of dealers stating that they have notified the NCDC of their intent to withdraw from the association who have also expressed a desire to work something out with the Union. The Union, contrary to what is being stated by the NCDC, is not soliciting the dealers to leave the association. The Union is prepared to vigorously defend against these charges and believes it is operating within the bounds of the applicable labor laws. In light of the impact on its bargaining strength, we are not surprised at the NCDC’s reaction.

Please keep in mind that there is a significant amount of misinformation being circulated. We heard various reports during the delegates meeting that dealers are telling you that if you quit the Union, they will be able to negotiate an independent deal with the Union. Others reported that at least one dealer is having his attorney draft language to draft papers to have the members decertify the Union. Do not believe these lies (which we are currently investigating). Our only interest is negotiating the terms and conditions you demanded. Some of the dealers, who report back everything you say to the NCDC, have a different interest. Do not forget that.

August 28, 2017

The bargaining commitee will be reconvening tomorrow afternoon to discuss the current situation. Stay tuned for further information. We are also trying to fix our Local 701 Facebook Page as it was hacked. Please be patient, we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. In the interim, we will continue to communicate with our members via EMail Alerts and text messages.

August 25, 2017

As noted in the last update, the Union and NCDC bargaining committees met late into the evening on Tuesday and then reconvened yesterday all day. We made progress on several of the issues. Late in the afternoon, we returned to the primary issue, the weekly base pay, specifically the hours component. In an effort to bring this matter to a conclusion, earlier this week the Union offered a compromise that increased the guarantee incrementally up to 37 hours (35 in year one, 36 in year 2 and 37 in year 3) during the life of the contract. Yesterday, following further discussions regarding the matter, the parties worked on language that addressed the dealers’ fear that mass amounts of guarantee would be paid to “undeserving technicians” (habitual collectors). This is something the Union has explained is an unfounded, unsupported fear. Nonetheless, the parties worked through language that would allow a technician who, on a quarterly basis, averages less than 85% of the guaranteed hours and 85% less than the average booked hours for the other Journeymen technicians to have his or her guarantee reduced back to 34 hours (or 35 in the third year). By lowering the guarantee to 34 hours (the current guarantee), the dealers’ “fear” is being addressed and essentially cost-neutralized. A dealer who reduces a technician’s guarantee would be paying no more to that employee in terms of the hours guarantee than under the current contract. The NCDC committee adjourned yesterday’s session so that the base pay/guarantee component could be discussed with the dealers this morning.

We learned within the last hour that the dealers are unwilling to increase the guarantee above 34. While there has always been hesitation about significantly increasing the guarantee (i.e. to 40), there has never been an indication that the dealers are unwilling to move the guarantee above 34 under any circumstances. Despite various dealers’ expression of support and, by many, a willingness to move the guarantee above the current 34, it is clear that not enough of those dealers are voicing their opinions. It is hard to believe in this day and age that highly skilled, hard working men and women could conceivably be fighting to be paid for being on the clock working.

Several dealers are inaccurately professing to the members on the line that the we are stuck on 37 hours. We also learned that several dealers, now advancing to chapter eight of the strike management playbook, have begun to solicit our members by handing them a letter claiming several members asked the dealer how to cross the picket line. There are others who are also warning our members that they will soon be asked to remove their toolboxes from the dealership. Several of our members are determined to remain strong working other jobs to provide an income to pay their bills while several others continue to do side-work.

President Martinez will be back in town in the upcoming weeks to show his continued support for this strike and for you individually. We remain committed to achieving the objectives you the members set forth and are willing to sit down at the bargaining table to resolve this matter. In the meantime, continue to remain strong. This is your fight! This is your number one issue! Your dealers are unwilling to provide you any relief on the guarantee and apparently has no issue with many of you who have hours upon hours of unapplied, unpaid time during the week. Their position is simply unacceptable!!

August 24, 2017

The parties met again all day today. The NCDC is scheduled to meet with the dealership principals tomorrow morning to disuss today's proposals. We expect that we will be reconvening tomorrow afternoon, Friday, August 25th for additional discussions between the full committees.

August 23, 2017

The parties will return to the bargaining table tomorrow, Thursday, August 24 for additional discussions between their full committees.

Last night the parties met at FMCS. The Union presented a modified package proposal addressing the outstanding issues. The modified package proposal reflects many of the discussions that have occured over the past several weeks. The NCDC is currently reviewing the proposal and we expect that we will be reconvening at the bargaining table in the next few days.

Additionally, the Union will be posting information on its website in the next few days regarding Affordable Care Act coverage which may be a good alternative to COBRA depending on your circumstances.  Be sure to explore all of your options including COBRA, going on a spouse or parent’s coverage, as well as ACA coverage.

August 18, 2017

No dates to reconvene have been set as the NCDC attorney has yet to reach out to the Union or the Union's attorney. Upon notifying the NCDC the contract offer was rejected on Saturday August 12, we have, and continue to maintain, that we stand readily prepared to sit back down at the table and continue to negotiate. All of your Local 701 Union Brothers and Sisters are standing proud and strong, side by side, fighting for a better contract.

Today's chapter in the management strike play book involved several dealers "informing" our members that their COBRA will be running out soon in an attempt to scare their employees into submission. Many of our members have already called the Local 701 Fund Office to inquire about COBRA and have been informed that their COBRA payment, if they elect to choose it, is due by the 45th day from the loss of coverage (unless you've already used your "grace weeks previously). That results in either payment being due by October 9th for those not working July 31st or October 16th for those who worked July 31st. If you have any COBRA questions, please call the Fund Office at (708) 482-0110. The Union is also looking into alternatives for insurance now for those wanting other options for coverage. We will be providing that information to you once we secure the final quotes. Some other dealer locations apparently skipped the COBRA chapter and moved to the next chapter by providing the strikers with a template letter on how to resign their membership to cross the picket line and continue to work.

With the social media speculation, please, only believe what you read from emails sent to you through us or what is posted on the Local 701 website. We understand emotions are high right now and that is what they are playing on. Remain rational and understand that your Union is working hard in your best interest. There are a lot of "rumors" out there claiming that the NCDC has tried to reach out to us on several occasions but WE are refusing. That is absolutely inaccurate. We have NOT received a call to sit back down. We have, however, received several calls from owners and dealer principals expressing their interest in withdrawing from their association. We know there are several in the process of withdrawing now. Once we receive acknowledgement of their disassociation, we anticipate our members at those locations will be back to work the next day with a fair contract. In the interim, we continue to stand ready to sit down at the bargaining table day or night with the NCDC.

August 17, 2017

Rather than remaining at the bargaining table with the assistance of a Federal Mediator, the NCDC is unfortunately more focused on trying to “win” the strike. The NCDC is using every expected play from the management strike play book—namely attempting to scare their employees into submission. Some are forcing their employees to remove their toolboxes from the shop—sending the message that they are not welcome back. Some are calling the police and making false accusations against the strikers. Focusing on strike tactics and holding round table discussions is not going to help the parties reach an agreement. Fortunately, not all dealers are acting in this way. Some dealers are showing respect for their employees and are not playing these games. In fact, some have contacted the Union in an attempt to inquire about breaking from the NCDC and bargaining with the Union directly—they recognize the mutual benefit of the Union’s position on the working conditions. There are several dealers that are being told inaccurate information regarding the Union's positions. They are being told the Union is steadfast on their 40 hour guarantee proposal. That is inaccurate. Once the dealers contact the Union directly to inquire about this 40 hour stance that their being told along with discussing the outstanding terms that remain and what the Union is willing to accept results in their subseqeunt desire to break from the NCDC.

Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli had the opportunity to respond to Channel 2 and Channel 9 today regarding the NCDC's comments. That response will be on today's news.

Local 701 would like to thank IBEW Local 134 and Local 9 as well as the Teacher's Union for their support. The Union would also like to thank the public for its continued support. Not only is local support robust, but the Union is regularly receiving support from people and organizations across the country. The Union also thanks the customers who know and trust our Technicians and even request them to personally to perform repairs on their vehicle (with the continued strike many are simply inviting the Technicians to perform the work at their home).

Next Wednesday, August 23, 2017, our International President Bob Martinez will be in town personally showing his support by walking our picket lines. President Martinez will be one of several labor leaders supporting us on that day. We will be informing you what location our International President will be at early next week along with the location via email/text. We don't want to take the element of surprise out by informing the dealers in advance as we know several frequent this site for their information.

The Union is earnestly seeking to resolve these open issues and to end the strike and to get our members back to work. The Union has not received a response to it's message sent on Saturday inviting the parties to reconvene to the bargaining table. It makes it impossible though to resolve the strike when the NCDC is more focused on media roundtable discussions versus sitting back at the bargaining table.

August 14, 2017

The NCDC conducted their dealer group meeting today. When the dealer principals returned from their meeting they have been advising the Local 701 members picketing that they are holding on their position of their recent offer. As such, we are going to continue to remain on strike and will await their call to reconvene.

August 13, 2017

The vote conducted on Saturday August 12, 2017 for the Standard Automotive Agreement resulted again with an overwhelming rejection of the latest NCDC offer. The membership will therefore remain on strike. The Union's bargaining committee was unanimous in NOT supporting the offer.
The open issues remain the same issues brought forth since inception.

Those issues, which continue to be ignored, are the hours component of base pay, the flex work week schedule, progression for the semi-skilled classification and the apprenticeship program along with a few others. The wages offered by the NCDC are fair but the base pay increase is not. The NCDC made NO effort to even increase the hours narrowing the gap towards 40.

Nobody advocates for a strike. That’s the last resort that we use, if necessary. Strikes are unfortunately painful to our members, their families, the public and the industry as a whole. The Union has offered various alternatives to our initial proposals which also continue to be ignored by the NCDC bargaining committee. The Union has notified the NCDC attorney and the Federal Mediator of the results of the vote. The Union also said they are prepared to sit back down at anytime moving forward to resolve this matter.

August 11, 2017 Update


The parties’ full bargaining committees met on Monday, August 7, 2017 and again all day yesterday, August 10, 2017. The key issues previously identified by the Union as ones the NCDC did not address in its final offer presented on July 29, 2017 remain unaddressed. While the Union was focused on engaging in discussions about these open issues, specifically the base pay issue, the NCDC committee was more interested in its orchestrated plan of presenting a modified final offer and immediately issuing press-releases on its offer before the Union members of the bargaining committee made it home from negotiations. The fact remains that the NCDC’s current final offer fails to address key issues that you the members identified as issues that need to be addressed before you will approve the contract.

The open issues identified by the Union at the beginning of the week include base pay, flex work week, pension benefits, work progression (including the length of the apprenticeship program), and, to some extent wages. As to the wages, with the exception of the wage amount for base pay, the wages offered by the NCDC in its July 29, 2017 offer were fair; however, the base pay increase of $0.40, $0.40, and $0.45 for each year of the contract were not, especially in light of the NCDC’s failure to offer any increase in the 34-hour component of the base pay.

With the exception of addressing the length of the apprenticeship program for new apprentices hired after the effective date of the agreement, the NCDC committee appears to have simply moved money around incrementally. While the NCDC will likely focus on the apprenticeship issue as being a large concession, the fact is that we are simply getting back to program in line with what we had before agreeing to a longer apprenticeship period in the last contract in order to help the dealers whether the economic downturn. The current offer entirely ignores your demands to increase the base pay. Other important items continue to be ignored as well. As such, the Union's bargaining committee is once again unanimous in NOT supporting the offer.
Negotiations is a procedure that involves a give and take process. The Union has offered several options to address each of your important proposals that remain on the table. When discussing the increase to base pay hours, the Union offered solutions to make it cost neutral for habitual low-bookers. While it appeared that the parties were going to engage in a conversation about its ideas, apparently the NCDC bargaining committee is simply unwilling to do so at this time.

Do not forget that the Union started this process almost a year and a half ago with our delegates. We had delegate meetings on several Sundays where they would discuss YOUR issues in the shop. We also took a survey to identify your important issues, which formed the basis for the Union’s proposals. The responses from the survey and the message brought forth from our delegates identified the following as the top three issues: (1) forty-hour guarantee; (2) increase the wages (many noted that the lube techs and semi-skilled rates are too low), (3) fix the Apprenticeship Program (returning it back to four or five years agreed to in prior contracts). Other important issues included eliminating the flex work week and providing steps to accelerate up from a lube or semi-skilled to a higher classification. Nearly all of these issues relate to providing a career path in our Industry that will maintain the current work force and supply a qualified workforce in the future.

We provided the dealer association with an initial comprehensive and realistic proposal. We spoke intelligently on each of our proposals and provided solid examples as to why our proposals need to be addressed—the theme was and remains fixing the Industry to ensure the Industry exists in the future. That’s what we all do – we FIX things for a living. It is starting to appear as if the dealers do not share our concerns. The continued greed at your expense continues to drive our Industry into a downward spiral. The dealers are racing towards the bottom in order to compete with the less skilled service providers rather than championing their own shops and their own technicians as the best in the world.

We now have to make another decision. Do we assist the dealers in their race towards the bottom or do we maintain our original position that the industry must be fixed? You made your decision on July 30th to take a stand. Is this minor change enough? Are you going to bend and allow the dealers to refuse to address your number 1 issue? Their answer is to simply move money on to the base pay at the expense of some of the premium pay. But, the root of the problem – your problems – continue to exist. It doesn’t fix anything. It BUYS them three more years.

You have the final say over whether or not you choose to accept or reject this offer. Each of you has your own concerns and own rational for evaluating the offer. Recognize the fact that, ultimately at this point, you are the ones that need to decide what direction you would like to go from here. Nobody advocates for a strike. That’s the last resort that we use, if necessary. Strikes are unfortunately painful to you, your families, the public and the industry as a whole. The decision is yours and again whatever the decision is we are fully committed to backing you.

We will be voting tomorrow, August 12, 2017 at the Operating Engineers Union Hall (same location as previous vote) at 9:00am. Doors will open at 7:30am. We will present the current offer and explain the differences between this offer and their last proposal. Since the Union already has secured the initial strike vote from July 30th the vote taken tomorrow will require a simple majority to accept or reject. As such, should fifty-percent (50%) plus one reject the offer, we will remain on strike.


August 7, 2017 Update


The parties met today and had lengthy discussions regarding open items. The parties agreed to meet again on Thursday, August 10 to continue their discussions.


August 6, 2017 Update


At the direction of the Federal Mediator, the parties will return to the bargaining table tomorrow, Monday, August 7 for additional discussions between their full committees.


 

August 3, 2017 Update


Brothers and Sisters,
We wanted to let you know that all of your Local 701 Union Brothers and Sisters are standing proud and strong, side by side, fighting for a better contract. No dates have been set as the NCDC attorney has yet to reach out to the Union or the Union's attorney. Upon notifying them the contract offer was rejected on Sunday we have, and continue to maintain, that we stand readily prepared to sit back down at the table and continue to negotiate the proposals that you have presented to them.

Stay united and focused on what is important to you and you will obtain the contract that you deserve. We need a big showing on Saturday. That's their busiest day for the dealer.

"There continues to be a lot of support from every community, the media has provided good coverage of our issues. We are beating them on the street, in each community as well as with Social Media" said Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli. "I'm extremely proud of our membership for standing up for a contract they truly deserve."

Strike checks will be brought out by the Business Representatives early next week. They will need the daily sign in sheets for each location. Additional information about the checks will be provided soon.

We will continue to update you of any changes. Please, only believe what you read from emails sent to you through us or what is posted on the Local 701 website. There are a lot of "rumors" out there claiming that the NCDC has tried to reach out to us on several occasions but WE are refusing. That is absolutely inaccurate. We have NOT received a call to sit back down. We have, however, received several calls from owners and dealer principals expressing their dissatisfaction how their attorney has handled this entire process and expressed their interest in withdrawing from their association. We continue to stand ready to sit down at the bargaining table day or night.

If anyone is not receiving the updates have them email their contact information, first and last name, shop name and phone number to Mike Wendling at mwendling.mech701@gmail.com.

In Solidarity,
The Bargaining Committee


 

July 31 2017 Update

The last, best and final offer from the NCDC for those working under the Standard Automotive Agreement (listed below in July 28th update) was voted on yesterday. The results of the vote were the contract was overwhelmingly rejected. The strike authorization vote was nearly unanimous. Members working under this Agreement will subsequently be on strike at 12:01am Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Any updates will be communicated through our text messaging and email alerts.

 


July 29, 2017 Update

Negotiations has concluded

The Mechanics’ Local 701 Bargaining Committee met this week with the Dealer Committee on the 25th, 26th, 28th, and again on Saturday, July 29th. We bargained late into the evenings and after many sessions of bargaining the Dealer Committee tonight finally passed across the table their final offer that you will be voting on tomorrow Sunday, July 30th.

If you are under this Agreement it is imperative that you attend the meeting. During the meeting we will be reviewing, voting and if necessary taking a strike vote.

The Ratification meeting will be held Sunday, July 30th at 9:00am sharp at:
Operating Engineers Local 150 Union Hall
6200 Joliet Rd.
Countryside Illinois, 60525.
(doors open at 7:30 am)

Please bring a valid ID so you can be allowed into the building. See the list below to verify you work under this Agreement and whether or not you will be allowed into the building to vote. If your dealer is not on that list you will not be allowed into the building.

In Solidarity,

Local 701 Bargaining Committee


July 28, 2017 Update
Negotiations Continued

 

The Ratification meeting will be held Sunday, July 30th at 9:00am sharp. The location of the vote is:
Operating Engineers Local 150 Hall
6200 Joliet Rd.
Countryside Illinois, 60525.
(doors will open at 7:30 am)

Please bring a valid ID so you can be allowed into the building. The list of dealers is below. If your dealer is not on the list you will not be allowed into the building to vote on the Agreement. If your dealer is listed below, you will be allowed into the building and are eligible to vote. Carefully look through the list. There are several "legal" names that are doing business as (d/b/a) names that are different. These locations are captured with names in bold.

Advantage Chevrolet (Hodgkins) d/b/a American Chevrolet, Inc. 9510 W. Joliet Road Hodgkins, IL 60525
Advantage Chevrolet of Bolingbrook 115 W. S. Frontage Road Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Al Piemonte Ford Sales, Inc. 2500 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160
Al Piemonte Nissan, Inc. 1600 W. North Aenue Melrose Park, IL 60160
Apple Chevrolet, Inc. 8585 W. 159th Street Tinley Park, IL 60487
Autobarn Motors Ltd. d/b/a The Autobarn Mazda of Evanston 1015 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202
Autobarn Motors Ltd. d/b/a The Autobarn VW of Evanston 1033 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202
Autobarn Nissan, Inc. d/b/a The Autobarn Nissan 1012 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202
Autobarn Subaru of Countryside 6191 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 60525
Autobarn VW of Countryside 6161 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 60525
Autobarn VW of Mt. Prospect 333 W. Rand Road Mt. Prospect, IL 60056
Bill Jacobs Naperville, LLC d/b/a Bill Jacobs BMW MINI 2498 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Bill Kay Buick GMC 2300 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Bill Kay Chevrolet 601 Ogden Avenue Lisle, IL 60532
Bill Kay Ford 14633 S. Cicero Avenue Midlothian, IL 60445
Bill Kay's Downers Grove Nissan 1601 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Bill Stasek Chevrolet, Inc. 700 W. Dundee Road Wheeling, IL 60090
Bredemann Ford in Glenview 2038 Waukegan Glenview, IL 60025
Cadillac of Naperville 1507 W. Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Castle Buick-GMC, Inc. 7400 W. Cermak Road North Riverside, IL 60546
Castle Chevrolet North LLC 175 N. Arlington Heights Road Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Castle Chevrolet of Villa Park 400 E. Roosevelt Road Villa Park, IL 60181
Castle Motor Sales, Inc. d/b/a Castle Honda 8833 N. Waukegan Morton Grove, IL 60053
Michael Robert Enterprises Inc. d/b/a Chicago Northside Toyota 5625 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60660
Community Imports, Inc. d/b/a Community Honda of Orland Park 8340 W. 159th Street Orland Park, IL 60467
Courtesy Buick 6305 Northwest Highway Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep, Inc. d/b/a Crystal Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Inc. 5404 S. State Il. Route 31 Crystal Lake, IL 60012
Dan Wolf Motors of Naperville, Inc. d/b/a Lexus of Naperville 2480 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Downers Grove Imports, Ltd. d/b/a Pugi of Chicagoland 2020 W. Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Ed Napleton Elmhurst Imports, Inc. d/b/a Ed Napleton Acura 745 W. Lake Street Elmhurst, IL 60126
Ed Napleton Elmhurst Imports, Inc. d/b/a Napleton's Kia of Elmhurst 727 W. Grand Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126
Ed Napleton Oak Lawn Honda Import, Inc. 5800 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Loquercio Automotive West LLC d/b/a Elgin Chrysler Jeep Dodge 1010 E. Chicago Street Elgin, IL 60120
Robert P. Loquercio Enterprises Inc. d/b/a Elgin Toyota Scion 1600 W. Lake Street Streamwood, IL 60107
Ettleson Cadillac Buick-GMC, Inc. 6201 S. LaGrange Road Hodgkins, IL 60525
Ettleson Hyundai LLC 6420 Joliet Road Countryside, IL 60525
Evanston Subaru Inc. 3340 Oakton Street Skokie, IL 60076
Fair Oaks Ford Lincoln 2055 W. Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
First Family Inc. d/b/a Bredemann Chevrolet 1401 W. Dempster Street Park Ridge, IL 60068
Fox Valley Auto Group d/b/a Fox Valley VW-Buick-GMC 1000 E. Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60173
Fox Valley Ford, Inc. 208 Hansen Boulevard North Aurora, IL 60592
Fran Napleton Lincoln, Inc. 2950 W. 127th Street Blue Island, IL 60406
Frank Shirey Cadillac Inc. 10125 S. Cicero Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Garber Fox Lake Toyota 75 US Rt. 12 Fox Lake, IL 60020
Gerald Naperville, Inc. d/b/a Gerald Kia of Naperville 1661 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Gerald Nissan Inc. 1575 W. Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Gerald Subaru, Inc. 2379 Aurora Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Ghaben Auto Group, LLC d/b/a Oak Lawn Mazda 6750 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Golf Mill Ford Inc. 9401 N. Milwaukee Avenue Niles, IL 60714
Gregory Hyundai 490 Skokie Valley Road Highland Park, IL 60035
Gregory Infiniti, Inc. 1121 S. Milwaukee Avenue Libertyville, IL 60048
Haggerty Buick GMC, Inc. 300 W. Roosevelt Road Villa Park, IL 60181
Heritage Cadillac 303 W. Roosevelt Road Lombard, IL 60148
Highland Park Ford LInc.oln Inc. 1333 Park Avenue West Highland Park, IL 60035
Loquercio Automotive South Inc. d/b/a Honda City 4950 S. Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60632
Howard Auto Group Inc. d/b/a Howard Buick GMC Inc. 364 W. Grand Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126
Incite LLC d/b/a Hawk Ford 6100 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Jack Phelan Chevrolet Inc. 4000 S. Harlem Avenue Lyons, IL 60534
Jack Phelan Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram 5859 S. LaGrange Road Countryside, IL 60525
Jerry Haggerty Chevrolet, Inc. 300 Roosevelt Road Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Joe Rizza Ford of Orland Park, Inc. d/b/a Joe Rizza Ford Porsche Kia 8130 W. 159th Street Orland Park, IL 60462
Joe Rizza Imports, Inc. d/b/a Joe Rizza Acura 8150 W. 159th Street Orland Park, IL 60462
Kelly Nissan Inc. 4300 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Kingdom Chevrolet, Inc. 6603 S. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60636
Land Rover Hinsdale, LLC 300 E. Ogden Avenue Hinsdale, IL 60521
Lombard Toyota Inc. 725 W. Roosevelt Road Lombard, IL 60148
Mancari's Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Inc. 4630 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Uptown Motors Inc. d/b/a Marino Chrysler Jeep Dodge 5133 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60641
Marquardt Buick, Inc. d/b/a Marquardt of Barrington 1421 S. Barrington Road Barrington, IL 60010
Max Madsen Imports, Inc. d/b/a Max Madsen Mitsubishi, Inc. 2424 W. Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Max Madsen, Inc. d/b/a Max Madsen's Aurora Mitsubishi 3990 E. Ogden Avenue Aurora, IL 60504
McCarthy Ford Chicago 11400 S. Pulaski Chicago, IL 60655
McCarthy Ford of North Riverside 2100 Harlem Avenue North Riverside, IL 60546
Melody Rae Motors, Inc. d/b/a Honda on Grand 300 W. Grand Avenue Elmhurst, IL 60126
Metro Ford Sales & Service Inc. 6455 S. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60636
Mid City Nissan Inc. d/b/a Berman Nissan of Chicago 3456 N. Kedzie Avenue Chicago, IL 60618
Mid City Nissan Inc. d/b/a Mid City Subaru 4330 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60641
Midway Dodge 4747 S. Pulaski Road Chicago, IL 60632
Mike Anderson Chevrolet of Chicago 5333 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60641
Mike Haggerty Buick GMC, Inc. 9301 S. Cicero Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Mike Haggerty Volkswagen, Inc. 8920 S. Cicero Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Steve Foley Cadillac, Inc. 100 Skokie Boulevard Northbrook, IL 60062
Napleton's Park Ridge Lincoln, Inc. d/b/a Napleton Lincoln Glenview 1610 Waukegan Road Glenview, IL 60025
Loren Hyundai, Inc. 1620 Waukegan Glenview, IL 60025
Ed Napleton Westmont Imports, Inc. d/b/a Napleton Porsche 201 E. Ogden Avenue Westmont, IL 60559
Ed Napleton Calumet City Imports d/b/a Napleton River Oaks Hyundai 1985 River Oaks Drive Calumet City, IL 60409
Ed Napleton Calumet City Imports d/b/a Napleton River Oaks Kia 1951 River Oaks Drive Calumet City, IL 60409
Napleton Schaumburg Motors, Inc. d/b/a Napleton's Schaumburg Mazda 110 W. Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60195
Napleton's Aurora Import d/b/a Napleton's Valley Hyundai 4333 Ogden Avenue Aurora, IL 60504
Sessler Ford, Inc. d/b/a Napleton's Ford Libertyville 1010 S. Milwaukee Avenue Libertyville, IL 60048
River Oaks Imports, Inc. d/b/a Napleton's River Oaks Honda 17220 Torrence Avenue Lansing, IL 60438
92 Napleton's River Oaks Lincoln, Inc. 1777 River Oaks Drive Calumet City, IL 60409
Napleton's Schaumburg Pontiac-GMC, Inc. 100 W. Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60195
Northwestern Chrysler-Plymouth Sales, Inc. 5958 N. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60659
Oak Lawn Hyundai d/b/a Happy Hyundai 9121 S. Cicero Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Oak Lawn Toyota Inc. 4320 W. 95th Street Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Packey Webb Ford 2150 Ogden Avenue Downers Grove, IL 60515
Patrick Cadillac/Saab 526 Mall Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173
Patrick Volvo 534 Mall Drive Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phelia, LLC d/b/a Hawk Chevrolet 8200 S. Harlem Avenue Bridgeview, IL 60455
Phillips Chevrolet, Inc. 9700 W. Lincoln Highway Frankfort, IL 60423
Ray Buick Inc. 5011 W. 63rd Street Chicago, IL 60638
Richard Fisher European Cars, LLC d/b/a Fiat of Evanston 1034 Chicago Avenue Evanston, IL 60202
Rizza Buick GMC Cadillac, Inc. 8425 W. 159th Street Tinley Park, IL 60477
Rock Chevrolet 1000 E. Belvidere Road Grayslake, IL 60030
Roesch Finco LLC dba Larry Roesch Volkswagen 313 W. Grand Avenue Bensenville, IL 60106
Rogers Auto Group, Inc. 2720 S. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60616
Rohr-Mont Motors, Inc. d/b/a Oakbrook Toyota in Westmont 550 E. Ogden Avenue Westmont, IL 60559
RRV Motor Cars II, L.L.C. d/b/a The Autobarn Volvo of Oak Park 1140 Garfield Street Oak Park, IL 60304
RRV Motor Cars, L.L.C. d/b/a The Autobarn City Mazda (Chicago) 3255 N. Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL 60641
RRV Motor Cars, L.L.C. d/b/a The Autobarn City VW (Chicago) 5330 W. Irving Park Road Chicago, IL 60641
Skokie Motor Sales d/b/a Sherman Dodge 7601 N. Skokie Boulevard Skokie, IL 60077
South Chicago Dodge Chrysler Jeep, Inc. d/b/a South Chicago Dodge, Inc. 7340 S. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60636
South Oak Dodge Inc. 4550 W. Lincoln Matteson, IL 60443
Sponte Sales Inc. d/b/a Hawk Chrysler Dodge Jeep 7911 W. Roosevelt Road Forest Park, IL 60130
Sullivan Buick GMC 777 W. Dundee Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Sunrise Chevrolet Inc. 414 E. North Avenue Glendale Heights, IL 60139
Toyota of River Oaks 1970 River Oaks Drive Calumet City, IL 60409
Van Dam Motors, Inc. d/b/a Nissan of South Holland 16269 Van Dam Road South Holland, IL 60473
Victor Ford, Inc. 1400 N. Rt. 12 Wauconda, IL 60084
Webb Chevrolet Inc. 9440 S. Cicero Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Webb Chevrolet Plainfield, Inc. 16140 S. Lincoln Highway Plainfield, IL 60586
Western Avenue Nissan, Inc. 7410 S. Western Avenue Chicago, IL 60636
Westfield Ford Inc. 6200 S. LaGrange Road Countryside, IL 60525
Westmont Lincoln LLC 100 W. Ogden Avenue Westmont, IL 60529
Wilkins Hyundai Mazda 750 N. York Road Elmhurst, IL 60126
Wolf Motors of Naperville, Inc. d/b/a Toyota of Naperville Inc 1488 W. Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Woody PBG Inc. 1585 W. Ogden Avenue Naperville, IL 60540
Zimmerman Ford Inc. 2525 E. Main St. Charles, IL 60174



July 20, 2017 Update

Negotiations Continued

The Mechanics’ Local 701 Bargaining Committee met this week with the Dealer Committee on the 17th, 18th and 19th. Many questions are being asked by members pertaining to the proposals that are on the table and questions pertaining to where we are in negotiations. The proposals on the table from the Union are the ones that were discussed and brought up during the multiple meetings, committees and surveys collected from you the members. It’s your proposals that we are working from. During the last few meetings we spent extensive time discussing why the proposals by you were so important to our members and their employees. Also, why we need to change the industry and move it forward.

As in any negotiations, the process is communication of proposals back and forth and both sides trying to get what they want. Unfortunately, with this back and forth of proposals some are on and off the table or revised. This process is not simple and takes many hours to get what you deserve.

Currently we have a number of TA’s (Tentative Agreements) mostly agreeing to language changes in the contract. Where the contracts negotiations stalled are of course the items that are related to changing the industry and economics. We have not to date removed any of the members critical issues and are still working on getting them into the Agreement.

The dealer committee on Thursday, July 20th went back to their group to get a better direction and will resume back at the bargaining table today. The Union's committee feels that we want every opportunity to work on a fair agreement and address every issue that the members brought to the table so we will not be meeting this Sunday, July 23 for a ratification meeting. This will allow extra time for your committee to bargain your Agreement.

The Ratification meeting will be held Sunday, July 30th at 9:00am sharp. The location of the vote is:
Operating Engineers Local 150 Hall
6200 Joliet Rd.
Countryside Illinois, 60525.
(doors will open at 7:30 am)

Please bring a valid ID so you can be allowed into the building. We will also be publishing a list of dealers next week that will be allowed into the building to vote on the Agreement. If your dealer is not on that list you will not be allowed into the building.

Lastly, the committee is asking for your patience throughout this process. The committee is working diligently day and night to get an Agreement that you deserve. We will be sending out updates as they become available.

In Solidarity,

Your Local 701 Bargaining Committee


July 14, 2017 Update

Negotiations Continued

The Mechanics’ Local 701 Bargaining Committee met with the Dealer Committee on Friday, July 14th. After a short meeting this morning, the Dealer Committee went into caucus for the remainder of the day. They emerged to ask a few questions and informed us they needed more time to discuss/respond to the remaining proposals. We are scheduled to return to the negotiation table with the Dealer Committee on Monday, July 17.

Once we secure an offer from the Dealer Committee we will be sending out the time and place for the ratification vote through email and text messaging. Please keep your Sunday mornings open in the coming weeks. In Solidarity!

If there is anyone in your shop that is not receiving these updates please have them contact their Business Representative so their information can be added on the list.  We want to ensure everyone working under this Agreement is informed throughout the process.


July 12, 2017 Update

Negotiations Continued

The Mechanics’ Local 701 Bargaining Committee met again on Monday, July 10th and Tuesday July, 11th. It appears that the Dealer Committee was slightly more prepared to discuss additional proposals. Prior to meeting with the Union Bargaining Committee the Dealer Committee met with their dealer principals and service personnel the previous week on Thursday June 29th. They apparently got some sense of direction from their group.

The results of Monday’s and Tuesday’s negotiations resulted in the parties agreeing to a number of additional contractual language changes, but are still far apart in regards to any of the meaningful Union proposals. The committee will be meeting today, Wednesday, July 12 and is scheduled to return to the negotiation table with the Dealer Committee on Friday, July 14th. Additional dates will be scheduled for next week at Friday's session.

The Union’s Bargaining Committee is committed to working diligently on negotiating a strong offer that will strengthen and move our Industry in a positive direction. In Solidarity!

If there is anyone in your shop that is not receiving these updates please have them contact their Business Representative so their information can be added on the list.  We want to ensure everyone working under this Agreement is informed throughout the process.



June 28, 2017 Update

Negotiations Continued

The Mechanics’ Local 701 Bargaining Committee met again on Monday, June 26th and Wednesday June, 28th.   The results of Monday’s negotiations resulted in the parties agreeing to some minor contractual changes.  Unfortunately, we cannot report on the same for Wednesday as negotiations ended abruptly after it was apparent the Dealer Committee wasn’t prepared to move on any of the meaningful Union proposals.  Perhaps they simply needed guidance from their Dealer Principals and Service Personnel at their upcoming meeting.  We understand their meeting with their group along with their committee is taking place on Thursday June 29th.  Hopefully they return at the next negotiations prepared to address our member’s concerns and the Industry as a whole to allow both to move in the right direction.  The next session is scheduled for Monday, July 10th.


June 16, 2017 Update

Negotiating Committee Opened Negotiations

The Mechanics’ Local 701 Bargaining Committee began negotiations with the New Car Dealer Committee (NCDC) on Monday, June 12 which covers more than 1,600 of our members working under the Standard Automotive Agreement. This contract is set to expire July 31, 2017.
 
After months of planning and preparation, the Bargaining Committee opened negotiations with a number of proposals drafted from direct feedback from the membership. But after exchanging first-round proposals with the Dealer Association, it’s clear our members are focused on ways to move the Automotive Industry forward and attract more workers, while the dealerships are bent on stifling current talent and making the Automotive Industry less attractive to future Technicians.
 
“Automotive technicians are in high demand. They can’t be outsourced,” said Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli. “But the talent pool is shrinking. If you want to attract new talent, a strong Union contract with fair wages and quality benefits is where you start. We’ve got a long way to go; this is only day one. The Union is committed to working with the NCDC in negotiating a fair contract for our members.”
 
The Committee had two meetings this week with the NCDC to review and discuss the proposals that were passed across the table. We will be sending updated emails and text messages in the coming weeks as more information becomes available.
 
If there is anyone in your shop that is not receiving these updates please have them contact their Business Representative so their information can be added on the list.  We want to ensure everyone working under this Agreement is informed throughout the process.


 

-March 20, 2017 Update-

Bargaining Committee Attends Collective Bargaining Training In Maryland

The Standard Automotive Agreement Bargaining Committee attended training at the Machinists Union's William W. Winpisinger Education and Technology Center in Southern Maryland (HERE) this week. Business Representatives, Organizers and several rank-and-file members who make up the bargaining committee are spending the week developing a strategic plan to bargain your next contract.

"This committee is taking very seriously the task of bargaining the next industry contract" said Local 701 Directing Business Representative Sam Cicinelli, " Unequivocally, the most important task this Union preforms for its members is bargaining good agreements agreements that our members can be proud of and that will protect the industries we represent into the future."

This represents the first time that Local 701 has taken advantage of the Negotiation Preparation For Bargaining Committee course offered at The Winpisinger Center, showing just how seriously this Local is taking this round of bargaining. "There are some major issues we will be addressing at the bargaining table this time, our members spoke loud and clear at the proposal meeting, they are looking for some major changes and we plan to show up prepared to get the membership the best contract possible" said Cicinelli.

This week your bargaining committee will spend long days in the classroom developing a plan to move our industry forward and drafting the proposals our members presented through the online survey and the mass proposals meeting that was held on February 26th. Local 701 plans to be prepared to commence bargaining the second week of May so that we can vote the agreement on Sunday, July 23.

"The facility and the program give bargaining committee members the opportunity to really focus on the task at hand," Said Mary McHugh, Assistant Director of the Winpisinger Center who went on to say, "We provide bargaining tools,  guidance for strategic planning, and experiences and lessons learned from contract campaigns across our union, but it's the committee who do the heavy lifting, putting in very long days and typically working well into the night on proposals and plans."

The training at the Winpisinger center this week included developing bargaining rules, power analysis, proposal development, strike planning, and mock bargaining sessions so that the committee could run through different scenerios that could take place at the bargaining table.

Important Information

Important Dates

Bargaining Committee Preparation & Training.

March 18 - 24

First Bargaining Session

June 12, 2017

Contract Ratification Vote

We are voting on Sunday July 30, 2017 at 9:00 am.