Hello Brothers and Sisters,
Our Union has endured one of the toughest periods in our Locals history. We are facing a pandemic that has affected every member of our Local. We’re dealing with social, economic, emotional and health challenges due to the Covid-19 virus. We’ve had several members who needed to be hospitalized from its effects. A few members have even reported the loss of family members from complications related to the virus. We ask that these members and their families continue to be placed in our prayers.
Due to Governor Coopers executive order that has been extended through September 14th we are still unable to hold monthly Union meetings. The executive board did meet via teleconference on 8/25/2020 to handle business including the unfortunate cancellation of our Annual Labor Day Picnic. We simply cannot meet the Governors mandate and do any of the normal activities.
During the last several months since our members returned to work following the layoff, we have been pressured to maintain production levels despite being short of labor due to both members being affected by the virus and the labor shortages we already had.
We have had a Sub Over-payment Recovery. The Sub Fund is paid entirely by Goodyear per the negotiated Sub agreement. The Company wanted the over-payment returned but did not send the individuals involved notice of how much they were overpaid. The Union has grieved the actions of the company. The Union’s position is that they needed to send every employee documentation with calculations for payments.
The Company has now decided to enforce a policy that puts a halt to employees wearing political attire. The Union met with the company to stop the plans of enforcing the policy. The Union believes that respecting employees who choose to express their passions for their Religion, Culture, Country, State, Union, Politics and even their favorite sport teams was a common courtesy and should continue.
Our Union Safety team have worked hard to keep sanitary station’s stocked and keeping areas cleaned. They are trying to keep things consistently up to CDC standards.
We continue to operate the Union Hall and Benefits office despite challenges from Covid. The business of the Local continues to be done.
There are many problems that we are going to have to overcome to be successful today and in the coming months. Some things we cannot foresee, but others are within our sights. We will get through these problems, but we must remember that we are much stronger united than divided.
President, USW Local 959