Friday, April 10, 2009

Dues Increase Approved

The membership at Tuesday's Local Lodge meeting voted overwhelmingly to accept an Executive Board proposal that would increase dues for LL 2061. This action was viewed as a necessary action to maintain the viability and existence of the Local. The proposal was in response to an increase in monies paid to the International and the depletion of the treasury due to expenses incurred during the USA strike. The increase in payments to the International coupled with a decrease in membership in LL 2061 made it necessary for your Executive Board to take action. 

The increase is pegged at eight dollars ($8.00) per month. This computes to two dollars ($2.00) per week - five cents ($.05) per hour. Three dollars ($3.00) of this increase will go directly to the Lodge's treasury. The Executive Board has been gravely concerned that our ability to provide necessary services to the membership was being restricted and some services would have to be eliminated if this increase was not approved. Our ability to fund contract negotiations, grievance processing and arbitration of grievances,  training (Safety and Health, communications, EAP and Leadership training, and community service), were some of the services that were being curtailed or eliminated.

The dues increase was determined after extensive research and  exhaustive debate by the Executive Board. Many proposals were considered. The Board attempted to produce a proposal that would have the least economic impact on our membership and still allow the Local to maintain and increase the level of service to our members. The Executive Board feels strongly this is a fair and reasonable increase in view of the fact the dues formula has not increased since 1976. We are confident this increase will carry the Local through the foreseeable future.

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at 321 446-7092 or contact an Executive Board member.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Contract Ratification Results

IAM 2061 membership ratified contract proposals today with the following companies;

Sierra Lobo
SC Jones

Voting was heavy at ratification meetings held at the Radisson Hotel and the IAM Hall in Cape Canaveral. Your negotiating committees are grateful to the membership for the support and encouragement the membership has offered during these negotiations.


Your Negotiating Committees

Friday, April 3, 2009


Your Negotiating Committee for EG&G/Yang/Sierra Lobo met again today to make final arrangements for Sundays upcoming ratification meeting. To quell recent rumors we wish to announce proposed pay increases of 4%, 3.5% and 3.5% over a 3 year contract and increases of $.25 per year for the duration of the contract added to our pension. We wish to stress that there are approximately 14 pages of proposed changes to our existing contract, including changes to the maximum work time policy, substance abuse policy, vacation annual accrual carryover and group insurance to name a few. Therefore we, as YOUR negotiating committee , strongly urge each and every member to not only review these significant changes but to also vote! Once again, if you would like to get a copy of the proposed changes, we will be handing them out early at the union hall at 8:30 a.m. til 9:30 before the ratification meeting. The meeting will start at 10 am at the Radission in Cape Canaveral. Voting will end at 2 pm.

For the proposed changes, to the InDyne, IHA, GCR/CMT and S C Jones contracts, there will be a presentation at the union hall April 5, 2009 at 11:30 am with voting immediately following. The contracts are similiar in nature, but have different details in relation to each companies. Voting will end at 2 pm.

Loss of our Brother, Glenn Exline

On Tuesday March 31st Brother Glenn Exline passed away.

He will be missed greatly by all of us who have grown to know the strong man that he was. Though Glenn had retired last February, he was still a regular at the monthly meetings where we will miss his friendship and experience dearly.

His family will receive visitors at North Brevard Funeral Home tonight from 6 to 8pm. Funeral services will also be held tomorrow, Saturday April 4th at North Brevard Funeral Home at 10am. The address is 1450 Norwood Avenue Titusville, FL 32796.

You can also leave condolences at North Brevard Funeral Home's website.
Here is a direct link to Glenn's page :

Regular Membership Meeting April 7th 2009

Regular meeting at the District hall starts at 4:30pm on Tuesday April 7th. There is also a dues rate presentation and vote on the proposal scheduled for the meeting. Please attend and cast your vote.

Hall is located at 271 Taylor Avenue Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


The Negotiating Committee has completed proof reading our new proposed contract. We have also completed a summary of all the significant changes. If you wish to get a copy early, to review, we will be handing them out early at the union hall April 5, 2009 at 830 am. The reason we are doing this is the meeting hall was not available any earlier than 930 and we need time to set up the meeting. Once again the meeting is scheduled for April 5, 2009 at the Radisson in Cape Canaveral located at 8701 Astronaut Blvd (A1A). The meeting will start at 10 am. sharp. Voting will start after our presentation and Q&A. Polls will close at 2 pm. Copies of the summary will also be available at the Radisson. We urge EVERYONE to attend, don't let someone else decide YOUR future.

Note: S C Jones, InDyne, IHA and CMT/GCR will tentatively be scheduled to vote April 5, 2009 at the union hall. Times to be announced.


Your Negotiating Committee