Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Please be advised that the tellers for the ISC contract ratification vote has counted all the ballots and the membership has chosen to ratify the contract proposal.  Your Negotiating Committee would like to thank all the membership for attending the presentation and exercising your right to vote.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Monday, March 30, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Walker, BR Mrdjenovich and Organizer Kevin Dimeco, met again with the company to try and iron out some last minute contract issues.  After two more passes the company presented its last, best and final offer.  The committee spent the rest of the afternoon assembling a summary of all the proposed contract changes. 

Please look for the signs directing you to the appropriate door to sign in.  We purposely have multiple doors to alleviate any large back ups getting you in.  Sign in is by your last name.

Second shift presentation is at 1pm.  Doors open at 1230pm. All other members presentation is at 430pm with doors opening at 4pm.  Voting will immediately follow the committees presentation.  The meetings will be at the Holiday Inn Express at I 95 and 520 (301 Tucker Rd  Cocoa Fl) 

Come out and listen to the presentation.  Vote on the company's last, best and final offer.  Don't let someone else decide your future.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee
Brothers and Sisters,

We were able to obtain the meeting hall at an earlier time so the 2nd shift presentation will now be held at the Holiday Inn Express located at I 95 and 520 (301 Tucker Lane Cocoa FL)  Doors will open at 1230pm and the presentation will begin at 1pm.  Voting will commence after the presentation.  This meeting is for 2nd shift only.  Look for another update this afternoon.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee met again with the company today.  DBR Walker, BR Mrdjenovich and Loren Almeroth joined us at the table.  We passed across another economic proposal to the company.  Most of the conversation centered on insurance.  We will meet again Monday morning.

Our next membership meeting will be Tuesday March 31, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Express (301 Tucker Lane Cocoa FL) located at I 95 and 520.  Doors will be open at 4pm.  Presentation will start 4:30pm.  We will present you with the contract  proposal and take any questions.  Voting will follow the presentation.

We will have a separate presentation for 2nd shift at the District union hall at 271 Taylor Ave Cape Canaveral FL starting at 1pm Tuesday March 31, 2015.  Contract voting will be immediately after the presentation.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Friday, March 27, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Walker, BR Mrdjenovich and Loren Almeroth, met with the company.  The morning meeting didn't result in much movement.  However, the afternoon meeting did produce some positive progress.  We will be meeting again tomorrow to try and move forward on unresolved issues. 

Our next membership meeting will be Tuesday March 31, 2015 at the Holiday Inn Express (301 Tucker Lane Cocoa FL) located at I 95 and 520.  Doors will be open at 4pm.  Presentation will start 4:30pm.  We will present you with the contract  proposal and take any questions.  Voting will follow the presentation.

We are currently working on times for 2nd shift.  Your Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank our membership for supporting us.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee met again with the company today.  After morning and afternoon sessions some progress was made.  DBR Walker submitted a written request for additional information pertaining to insurance issues.    We will meet again with the company in the morning. 

Thanks to every member who attended our informational town hall meeting yesterday.  We hope everyone was able to understand the difficulties ahead.  It is our commitment to you and your families to do our very best to get a fair and decent contract.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Monday, March 23, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee met today to evaluate the companies first economic proposal.  We will meet again with the company in the morning.  We look forward to seeing you at the Town Hall meeting tomorrow afternoon.


In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee


Friday, March 20, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Walker, BR Mrdjenovich and Loren Almeroth, met with the company today.  We exchanged economic proposals this afternoon and the companies proposal was exceedingly unprecedented and disappointing.

Negotiations will continue next week. We will give you a report on the status of negotiations on Tuesday at the town hall meeting.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Walker, BR Mrdjenovich and Loren Almeroth met again with the company today.  We exchanged counter proposals for more non economic language and had one T/A today.  We should wrap up most of the non economic issues in the morning and will exchange initial economic proposals in the afternoon.

Please make sure all your brothers and sisters know about our informational town hall meeting next Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express at I 95 and 520 at 4:45pm.  Town hall meeting for our second shift members will be at 12 noon March 24th at the Union Hall

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee along with DBR Walker, BR Mrdjenovich and Loren Almeroth met with the company today.  We were able to T/A several more non economic items.  We are close to concluding the non economic portion of the contract.  We are meeting again with the company in the morning.

Please note:  We will hold our informational town hall meeting for 2nd shift on Tuesday March 24th at 12 noon at the union hall.  The town hall meetings are for informational purposes only.  They ARE NOT for contract ratification vote.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Monday, March 16, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Walker and BR Mrdjenovich met with the company today.  Loren Almeroth, an economist  from the Grand Lodge joined us at negotiations.  Several more T/A's were reached today and we are moving closer to finishing the non economic portion of the contract.  We tentatively will meet again with the company tomorrow. 
We are going to hold a informational town hall meeting for the membership on Tuesday March 24th 2015.  The meeting will be held at the Space Coast Convention Center (Holiday Inn Express) located at 301 Tucker Lane Cocoa FL.  This is the Holiday Inn Express at I 95 and SR 520.  The meeting will start at 4:45pm. 


In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Walker and BR Mrdjenovich, met again today with the company.  After another round of counter proposals, we were able to T/A several non economic items.  We also discussed at length, several items which are contentious for both sides.  The committee is meeting tomorrow to work on these issues.  We are scheduled to meet again with the company next Monday.  We will keep you informed through this blog as to any important news that needs to be shared with our members.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiating Committee, along with DBR Johnny Walker and BR Nick Mrdjenovich, met with the company today.  We exchanged counter proposals and jointly T/A'd  (Tentative Agreement) several non economic issues.  We are meeting again in the morning and hope to make more progress throughout the day.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Brothers and Sisters,

Your ISC Negotiating Committee was unable to meet with the company today due to unforeseen circumstances.  The Committee is going to meet tomorrow to continue preparing our counter proposals, reviewing the rest of their non economic proposals and to do more research.  We will keep you informed through this blog as progress is made.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee
 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015



Your Negotiating Committee, DBR Johnny Walker and BR Nick Mrdjenovich, met with the company this morning.  We exchanged non economic proposals. After reconvening this afternoon, we made modest progress on several Articles. We will meet again tomorrow morning to continue negotiations.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Monday, February 23, 2015

ISC Negotiations Update

Brothers and Sisters,

Your Negotiations Committee has met and reviewed our membership surveys.  We have put together our initial non economic proposal to exchange with the company tomorrow as we meet for the first time.  We will continue to provide the membership updates whenever any significant information becomes available.  We are working diligently towards securing everyone a fair and equitable contract.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Committee

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

IAM-Jacobs TOSC meeting notice


Meeting Notice

Agenda; Vote the company's Last, Best and Final offer to the Union committee

 
Date; January 18, 2014

 
Time; 10 am until ?

 
Place; Union Hall
            271 Taylor Ave.
            Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

 You must be an active employee and have signed a membership applications to enter the meeting. Membership applications  will be available and can be filled out at the door.

Monday, January 13, 2014

IAM-Jacobs contract vote

Sisters and Brothers

Your Union Negotiating Committee will be prepared to present the company's Last, Best and Final offer from the company that was presented to your Union Committee on Sunday, January 12, 2014. The proposal will be presented beginning at 10 am on Saturday, January 18, 2014. A question and answer period will take place after the presentation followed by a vote  for acceptance or rejection of the LBAF offer. A strike vote will also take place at this meeting.

We urge all members to attend so you can see first hand what's in the complete package. This is a collective agreement so it is imperative that everyone votes. Don't stay away and let others determine your future. We're all in this together.

If you haven't already signed a membership application, you'll have the opportunity to do so before the 10 am meeting begins. Absolutely no one will be permitted into the meeting if they haven't signed a membership application.

Hope to see everyone on Saturday

In Solidarity
Your Negotiations Committee

Sunday, January 12, 2014

IAM-Jacobs TOSC negotiations

Sisters and Brothers

This Sunday morning the Company met with your Union negotiation committee and the company passed across its last, best  and final offer for our members to vote. Your committee is now in the process of going through this proposed package. Wage concessions stand out and equate to a  17% cut if you are at the current maximum rate of the respective classification. A positive to this package was overtime paid after 8 hours, layoff and recall by seniority and introduction to the IAM Pension plan.

Your Union committee will present the company's LBAF proposal  for vote at the Union Hall on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Your committee will finalize the time of vote during the upcoming week and notices will be posted on this blog and the shop bulletin boards.

This has been a long enduring process and at this time your committee would like to thank all of you  for your continued support.

In Solidarity
Your Negotiation Committee

Monday, January 6, 2014

IAM-Jacobs Negotiations

Sisters and Brothers

We hope you all had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Today your Union committee met with the company committee.Counter proposals were passed by both committees. We're in a dog fight with this company to preserve the rights the membership has enjoyed for years, including your hard earned wages.
Your Union committee will meet again with the company tomorrow with efforts to deliver the best
 best possible contract for you all to vote on.

In Solidarity
Your Union Committee



Saturday, December 14, 2013

It gives me great pride to announce the delivery of presents of the Annual IAM Christmas Toy Drive this past friday Dec. 13th.  President Murray Caldwell was interviewed by News 13 anchor/reporter Greg Pallone.  The story is currently running on News 13.  We would lke to thank everyone that participated in the toy shopping and delivery.  They include: Murray Caldwell (helper Peggy Semelsberger), Eddie Cox, Meribeth Chewuk, Linda Donahoe (helpers Nina Gransden, Maryah Stoneback, Chyanne Stoneback), Jeff Estes (helpers Diane Estes, Cory Estes, Emmy Estes) and myself.

I'd also like to thank the employees (Larkin, Lynn, Jennifer, Robert, Rielly, Todd and Georgia) of Target in Titusville for their outstanding assistance.

Through our members efforts we were able to increase donations by over 50% this year!  Thank you for conducting raffles, selling baked goods and  cooking breakfasts all in order to increase our Christmas Toy Fund.  Special recognition for Jody Turner and Ron Meyer (retired) for putting on those great breakfasts all year long just to raise money for these children! Kudos brothers!

This Christmas our brothers and sisters generosity raised over $4000 and bought Christmas presents for 167 underprivilaged children here in Brevard county.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you and god bless you for being committed to our community

In solidarity,

Steve Ching
VP Local Lodge 2061

Friday, December 6, 2013

IAM-Jacobs negotiations

Sisters and Brothers

Your Union Negotiation Committee met with the company today passing economic proposals. Modest movement was made on some proposals but we are still miles apart on your most important issues. Your committee will be reviewing proposals over the weekend and will be back at the table on Monday morning. We hope you all enjoy your weekend.

In Solidarity
Your Union Negotiation Committee

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IAM-Jacobs negotiations


Sisters and Brothers
Contract negotiations began this week with your  Union committee presenting a very reasonable economic package to the company. The company responded today with their version of an economic package. We felt as if we were in an episode of the Twilight Zone. The company is attempting to erode everything that you have worked hard for over the past 2 decades.  But keep in mind that this is just the beginning of the economic portion of negotiations. Your Union committee will continue to negotiate in  good faith in an attempt to secure the best possible contract for the membership. 
In Solidarity

Your Negotiation Committee

Friday, November 15, 2013

IAM-Jacobs TOSC Negotiations


Sisters and Brothers

Your Union committee  continued negotiations with the company this week. Modest movement was made during the week's sessions but the Company has not made any movement on seniority, layoff and recall language, which is very important to our members. Those topics are being moved into the Economics portion of the negotiations. Your Union committee will resume negotiations with the company on December 2nd where we will begin Economics. 
 Your Union Committee is calling for  a special membership meeting at the Union Hall on Tues. Nov 26 at @ 4:00 pm. Contract issues will be discussed at this meeting. We understand that this is a holiday week but we also feel it is very important that all members understand the importance of where the negotiation process is at this time.
In Solidarity
Your Union Committee

Thursday, October 31, 2013

IAM-Jacobs TOSC Negotiations

Sisters and Brothers

Your Union Committee and the company met again today. Modest progress is being made, but it is just a slow process. We continue to talk about job classifications and the one thing that is near and dear to all Union members; "SENIORITY". As you all know, SENIORITY has tentacle's that spread out in all areas of a contract. Your Union Committee will continue to meet with the company in efforts to secure the best possible contract that we can present to the members for a vote. We will meet again with the company on Monday and continue to work on the non-economic portion of the contract.

In Solidarity
Your Union Committee

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

IAM-Jacobs TOSC Negotiations 10-22-13

Sisters and Brothers,

Your committee met with the company this morning. There was modest movement from both sides on non-economic proposals.
Tomorrow your committee will again meet with the company committee and hopefully will resolve more non-economic issues.
Your committee is working hard to secure the best possible contract  for the membership to vote on.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's update.

In Solidarity
Your Negotiations Committee