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Union Wins More than a Dozen New Contracts in Last Quarter
Updated On: Apr 28, 2017
It has been a very busy last few months at Local 153 with more than a dozen new contracts successfully negotiated. Besides the new agreements at Harvard Maintenance, Inc. and the Evening Journal Association, reported elsewhere in this edition, the union had numerous other contract victories.
Senior Business Representative Seth Goldstein announced several new deals. Local 153 members employed by Passaic County won a four-year agreement that provides a 2% base increase each year, gained union leave days and maintained bonuses for birthdays and attendance.
Goldstein also announced that a new contract was reached at Advantage Care Physicians Brooklyn. It’s a two-year deal that includes a raise for all employees and no givebacks. The minimum wage for medical assistants was increased to $18 an hour. Negotiating Committee members were Atiya Fields, Veronica Littlejohn, Marcella Blair, Ray Armstrong, Khalil Wray, Latisha Williams, Trudy Sayles and Tasha Pegues.
At Manhattan College Local 153 members won a three-year agreement that defeated all giveback demands and won increases of 2.9%, 2% and 2%, Goldstein reported. In addition, all employees of five years or more on the job received an additional increase of $.40 (40 cents) an hour. Goldstein reported the assistance of negotiating committee member Ermis Stravrou, Celeste Crosby, Raymond Sanchez and Nicholas Jimenez in reaching the agreement.
Goldstein announced a new contract at Advantage Care Physicians Staten Island that includes a 1% wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2016, an increase in pension contributions, strong language regarding sub-contracting, and three new holidays. The contract contains no givebacks. The members of the negotiating committee who assisted in reaching the agreement were Judith Morales, Elady Lugol, Damiel Spearman, Kathy Meraglia, Patricia Rassias, Jennifer Moccia and Shakeia Smith.
Local 153 members at ALICO won a three-year deal, Goldstein reported, with wage increases of 3%, 3% and 3% and preservation of low-cost health insurance. Again, there were no givebacks.
Goldstein also announced a new contract at the Whitney Museum. It’s a five-year deal with raises of 3% each year (3%, 3%, 3%, 3% and 3%). Workers will now receive a $60 shoe allowance every year instead of every two years, and the meal allowance was raised from $11 to $15. In an innovative new feature of the contract, employees will be able to receive paid sick leave before it is accrued, in cases of health necessity.
Business Representative Dan Ross had several new contracts to report. He noted that Local 153 members at the University of Bridgeport won a four-year contract retroactive to July 1, 2016 with 2% wage increases each year along with an additional 2% increase for a total of 10%. The third year of the contract will bring about a “me too” provision for administrative employees. The contract also has a provision for uniforms and it will provide increases in vacation time, severance pay and sick leave. Shop Steward Veronica Jones assisted in the bargaining for the new agreement.
Ross also reported that the union won a new contract at Wesleyan University—a three-year agreement retroactive to July 1, 2016 with 2% wage increases each yea. The contract provides an upgrade in classifications from grade 12 to grade 13 and an upgrade from grade 9 to grade 10 with an increase of $.94 (94 cents) per hour. The contract also has a $1 increase in night differential, pension contributions each year of the contract and additional paid days off. Ross saluted the members of the negotiating committee for their assistance in reaching the agreement: Shop Steward Pete McGurgan, Tim Rogers, Sean Higgins , Kim Krueger, Dean Maroun, Dean Canalia, Mike Berzenski, and Colin Desjardins
Local 153 members at CBS (Collins Building Service) at NYU also have a new contract, Ross reports. It’s a four-year agreement with increases of 3%, 2.5%, 2.5% and 3% plus a $200 signing bonus. The contract also lowers the requirement for overtime pay to 36 hours from 37.5, and adds bereavement days to a total of five. Shop Steward Jason Garcia assisted in negotiations.
Ross also announced a new contract at American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Local 802. It is a three-year contract with 2.5% increases each year, an increase in pension contributions and a beneficial modification in holiday language. Shop Steward Sandy Schaefer assisted in contract bargaining.
Local 153 Director of Organizing Nick Galipeau announced several contracts.
Galipeau reported that there is a new three-year agreement at Alicare that provides wage increases of 3%, 3% and 4% and favorable healthcare reopener language. The Alicare contract also settled a two-year-old healthcare grievance in which management agreed to double its original offer. Galipeau thanked steward Andrea Boyd for her assistance in negotiations.
There is a new contract at Magnacare as well, Galipeau reported. There, Local 153 members will enjoy a three-year agreement that includes wage increases of 2.5%, 2.5% and 2.5%, with a $1,000 signing bonus. Galipeau cited negotiating committee members Sheila Moorer and Eddie Rodriquez for their valuable assistance in reaching this new contract.
Galipeau also reported a three-year contract extension at the Segal Company. Committee members Phil Holmgren, Rosanne Rosenthal, Liz Ramirez, Kesha Gerald and Gwendolyn Ingram assisted in negotiations. The deal provides increases of 2%, 2.25% and 2.5%, and preserves the current health care benefit.
Local 153 Assistant Business Manager John Edmonds announced new contracts at CWA Local 1180, CWA Local 1180 Funds and the New York City Central Labor Council (NYCCLC). The Local 1180 contract is for three years and it provides increases of 3% each year. The agreement includes $100 in longevity bonuses for each category and a 10% pension contribution for each year. A separate bargaining unit for CWA Local 1180 Funds also has a new contract. That three-year agreement has wage increases of 3%, 2% and 2% plus a $500 signing bonus and 10% contributions each year towards the Local 153 Pension Fund. There were improvements in contract language regarding vacations. Shop stewards Francisco Gomez and Shalana Wharton assisted in negotiations, and the contract was ratified overwhelmingly.
At the NYCCLC Local 153 members won a three-year contact with wage increases of 2.5%, 2% and 2% and, in the third year, a 1% contribution into the OPEIU 401(k) plan.
Senior Business Representative Myra Hepburn announced new contracts at Emblem Health Marketing and Sheet Metal Workers Local 83. The Emblem Health Marketing contract is a three-year agreement that has no givebacks and provides wage increases of 2%, 2.5% and 2.75%. The agreement at Local 83 is for three years and it provides increases in hourly wages of $.55, $.60 and $.65 (55 cents, 60 cents and 65 cents) and an increase in the mileage allowance.
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