Five-year Agreement Unanimously Ratified by Fire King Teamsters
Updated On: Apr 17, 2017
Apr 14, 2017
Members at Fire King have unanimously ratified a new five-year agreement today for the “File Plant” operation in New Albany, Indiana. Among other gains, the Agreement contains substantial raises, caps on out-of-pocket costs in insurance, strengthened bidding procedures, greater flexibility in vacation rules, emergency day language and expanded funeral leave. Members will also see the end of “punitive” rules that often resulted in the loss of productivity bonuses and holiday pay.
Along with the solidary of the membership, the successes at the bargaining table would not have been possible without an extremely talented and dedicated rank-and-file Negotiating Committee. The Committee, which consisted of Darrell Russell, Constantine Kavgazoff, Dale Beanblossom, Chris Gavin and Steve Cunningham, had over 100 years of combined shop floor experience, giving them expertise when it comes to the needs of the workforce. To deliver an agreement worthy of ratification, these strong Teamster brothers spent nearly two weeks in often-tense negotiations.
“With double digit increases in overall compensation from the prior Agreement, this Contract is a major step forward for our sisters and brothers,” said Business Agent and Negotiations Chair Jay Dennis. “In channeling the solidarity and involvement of their fellow members, the Negotiating Committee produced a contract that truly recognizes that the Company’s success is only possible through the tremendous skill and contribution of Fire King Teamsters.”
The Fire King Contract Campaign began in October of last year with a series of meetings where members were provided an open forum to discuss their concerns, to ask questions and to submit proposals. These meetings, along with regular plant visits by Local 89 officials and agents, were not only crucial to obtaining a quality Agreement, but also promoted more overall engagement. This was evident in very high attendance at today’s contract explanation meeting and subsequent vote.
President Zuckerman, the Local 89 Executive Board and Business Agent Jay Dennis want to thank the membership for all their solidarity throughout this process. Very special thanks and recognition goes to the members of the Negotiation Committee, who spent many hours away from their families and their workplace in order to better the lives of their fellow Teamsters. Their hard work and dedication makes us proud to call them all brothers!