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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint alleging Wisconsin metal fabrication company, Metalcraft, is responsible for paying IAM Local 2053 of Iron Ridge, WI, more than $100,000 in back dues –and counting.
The NLRB recently charged that Metalcraft broke federal law by canceling IAM Local 2053 members’ voluntary dues “checkoff” – the system whereby an employer regularly deducts a portion of an employee’s wages to pay union dues or initiation fees.
Metalcraft suspended members’ checkoff on June 4, 2016 under their interpretation of Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, which went into effect in 2015.
IAM District 10 immediately filed charges with the NLRB.
The Board recently issued an official complaint alleging Metalcraft is in direct violation of federal labor laws which allow voluntary dues checkoff for collective bargaining employees.
The Board’s complaint states that Metalcraft must pay all union dues it refused to collect dating back to June 4 – plus any and all costs associated with pursuing the complaint.
“It’s not complicated,” said IAM District 10 Directing Business Representative Alex Hoekstra. “Metalcraft’s unilateral decision to cancel dues checkoff takes a page out of Scott Walker and his cronies’ playbook for hurting Wisconsin workers. The company hid behind an intentionally misleading right-to-work law, whose dues deduction provisions are preempted by federal law. Wisconsin families have paid dearly for Walker’s arrogance, now Metalcraft can pay for their union busting tactics. Management’s plan was destined to fail from the start. Instead of destroying us, our proud members are stronger than ever.”
Metalcraft has chosen to fight the complaint. A formal hearing has been set for December 5, 2016.
In the meantime, and until a final decision has been issued in the case, the meter keeps running. To date, IAM District 10 estimates the company is behind more than $100,000 in back dues – not including the union’s legal fees.
Metalcraft employs approximately 370 IAM members who make lawn mower decks for Scag Power Equipment and John Deere.
“Congratulations to the members of IAM Local 2053 and District 10,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Philip J. Gruber. “This case is a perfect example of why we, the labor movement, must continue to fight against the right’s efforts to create national right-to-work legislation.
“It’s been a long, up-hill battle against right-to-work in the great state of Wisconsin, but our members refuse to back down. They’re in the fight to protect unions and working families for the long haul. And they’re not done.”
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District 10 and Local Lodge 1377 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers are saddened to hear of the GE Power & Water plan to eliminate 350 skilled jobs from the Waukesha, WI facility. The Union members of GE Power & Water have provided a skilled and efficient workforce manufacturing world class gas engine products.
GE claims the closing of the facility is directly related to the export financing lapse of the U.S. Export Import Bank. The Republicans in Congress have been in strong opposition to attempts at reauthorize the Bank. The elimination of these jobs is directly related to the GOP’s opposition to the U.S. Export Import Bank led by Scott Walker, Ron Johnson and Paul Ryan. Their opposition is hurting Wisconsin workers.
While the renewal of the U.S. Export Import Bank is at the center of the Wisconsin job loss, let’s not miss GE’s position. GE is willing to sacrifice American workers for even greater financial gain.
District 10 and Local Lodge 1377 understand this is a devastating blow to our members, their families and the community. The Union plans to engage in open discussions with the Company in hopes of identifying alternatives to the elimination of jobs. The current collective bargaining agreement is planned to expire on May 1, 2016.
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Congress is pushing legislation that would “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement – a secret deal negotiated behind closed doors by government bureaucrats and more than 600 corporate lobbyists.
TPP threatens everything working families care about: democracy, jobs, the environment and the internet.
The Fast Track bill would limit the ability of Congress to meaningfully debate and amend trade agreements like the TPP – effectively pushing the bill through with just an up or down vote.
Decisions that affect all of us should not be made in secret without input from the public and our elected officials.
Click Here to tell your Congressperson to vote NO on Fast Track for the TPP.
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