"2014 Negotiations Update # 11, April 10.
Our members will want to be aware that company chief negotiator, Chris Smith, insulted our president to the rest of our main negotiating team. This, after waiting for him to leave the room: a gutless attempt to divide the committee. He was reacting to our president vigorously defending the pension and benefits of our union. Mr. Smith's comments were completely uncalled for. The committee let him know, with no uncertainty, that if our president's passion bothered him, "he ain't seen nothing yet", and that we are "100% behind him."
That said, the main committee met this morning and into the evening today. The union made another counter proposal related to bidding rights and job families. The union is committed to giving as much opportunity as possible in their careers at Nipsco, while recognizing the legitimate business needs of the company, and the desire of our members to advance their careers.
The union also presented all of the details of proposals to improve the benefits including vacation, sick leave, healthcare, and pension (including retirees). The company will evaluate and respond tomorrow (hopefully).
The union generation committee countered a company proposal today regarding overtime schedules for outage work. They meet tomorrow as well.
The field operations committees met and had productive discussions on overtime response, and job duties. All committees meet again tomorrow.Let's get as many "likes" and "shares" as we can. The company views our updates as well. Let's show them we are unified!"
This last sentence refers to the United Steelworkers Local 12775 Facebook page. If you have a Facebook account, please go their page and "like" it and share their posts.