With the Union election pending, some of you have asked “What can the Union do for me?” First, you MUST understand that YOU are The Union. You will be able to elect your Representatives. You will be able to vote on your contract and any future changes to that contract. Therefore, the more important question is, “What can a Union Contract do for me?”
A Union Contract allows you to have a legal voice regarding wages, benefits, and working conditions. Once a Union Contract is negotiated nothing in it can be changed without you agreeing to it.
Without a Contract, management is free to change, amend or modify any of your working conditions at any time without any input from you.
Every non-union company has an employment Policy Manual that defines wages, benefits, and working conditions for their workforce. But these Policy Manuals also have a section that states: Management reserves the right to change, amend, or modify any part of this policy manual at any time.
Senior management wants you to believe they will look after you and have made statements that are not factual in an effort to get you to vote against your own best interest.
Do you know the CEO and high-level managers have binding employment contracts, similar to Union Contracts, that provide them with employment guarantees? They protect themselves but want you to believe that you do not need the same thing.
If you have not done so yet, please visit our website to review the current Union Contract and remember everything negotiated in it is legally binding. Nothing can be changed without agreement from the mechanics and technicians.
So in these uncertain times with the merger, it seems now is the time for all of us to band together to ensure our wages, benefits, and working conditions remain secure and we are legally protected.
OPEIU Local 407 Yes!
A Better Future for all Mechanics and Technicians!