Solid First Contract at Greenlee Textron Tools
November 24, 2014
Great organizing campaigns don’t always lead to great contracts.
|During the Greenlee organizing campaign, workers set up a website to match the company’s which said, 'Made for the Trade.' The campaign’s site said, 'We Are the Trade,' touting the pride of the Genoa, Ill. workforce.|
“We got a pretty good contract. Now it’s time for Greenlee to form a partnership with IBEW to make this an even better place to work,” says Don Lundin, a longtime Greenlee employee who played a key role in a losing 2003 campaign at Greenlee, but maintained hope his co-workers would recognize the need for a union at the plant.
Retiring Sixth District International Representative Tim Collins and fellow International Representative Shawn Reents assisted Local 364 Business Manager Tom Sink in negotiations. They say the negotiating committee’s intimate knowledge of the plant and the company helped seal the deal on some complex issues and aided the predominantly inside construction local in understanding the needs of its new manufacturing members.
“Greenlee handled the negotiations professionally,” says Reents, who adds, “I think it helped that Greenlee truly recognizes the influence of the IBEW as a major customer for its tools.”
The contract’s terms equal or exceed those of other unions’ bargaining units at the company. And demand is strong for the company’s products, with workers scheduled six-day weeks and eleven-hour days.