UAW Local 848


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Negotiations Update - February 18, 2015

One Down, Two to Go!

On Friday, February 6, 2015, the Raytheon unit of Local 848 set a historic mark when its members ratified the tentative agreement negotiated by the Raytheon negotiating team. This was the first time in Local 848’s history that an Agreement was accepted by 100% of the members that came to vote, which was an impressive 94% of eligible voters. There is little question that the vote was by and large supported because of the commitment Raytheon made to recognize the Union at its new facility, but also agreed to recognize the Collective Bargaining Agreement at its new location. Congratulations to Raytheon Chairman David Berrera and Committeemen Ray Besherse and Ken Lovelace! UAW International Representative Wendell Helms maneuvered the Raytheon team not only to a successful contract, but also negotiated a significant grievance settlement that helped avert arbitration. Lindsay Portier made a significant contribution with document preparation and control. Good job team!!

The “two to go” refers to negotiating contracts for Triumph’s Marshall Street and Red Oak facilities. These negotiations are on the immediate horizon and both present unique challenges for their respective negotiating teams.

At a summit with Triumph on February 16, 2015, the parties met to discuss the three Triumph facilities with pending negotiations (Marshall Street, Red Oak, and Tulsa). At this meeting, the Union proposed start dates for negotiations at both Local 848-represented sites and the Tulsa facility. A tentative agreement was made to begin negotiations for the Marshall Street facility on March 23, 2015. A very aggressive negotiating schedule was proposed by the Union, including negotiations for a first-time Agreement for the Red Oak facility set to begin April 20, 2015 and negotiations for a first-time Agreement for the Tulsa, OK facility under Local 952 set to begin May 18, 2015. The only date tentatively agreed to by the Company was the start date of March 23, 2015 for Marshall Street negotiations.

For the Marshall Street negotiating team, UAW International Representative Wendell Helms represents the UAW International Union and acts as our primary spokesperson. I, James Ducker, represent the Local Union for both Marshall Street and Red Oak facilities. The Marshall Street bargaining committee consists of Chairman Fernando Argumaniz and Committeemen Terry Brooks, Dana Hamilton, and Phil Alley (Ken Loyd has been appointed to act in Phil’s stead as Phil continues to recover from an illness, praise the Lord).

After witnessing both the all-hands meeting at MSF on Friday, February 13, 2015 and the summit on Monday, February 16, 2015, it has become clear to me that the Company’s message to Marshall Street is this: as the 747 program goes, so goes Marshall Street. At the summit, the Union proposed to entertain a retirement incentive coupled with reworking the current pre-65 retiree healthcare. This could go a long way in giving the Company some relief in the cost crisis they are experiencing. The proposal was met with a lukewarm reception from the Company’s representatives.

The Marshall Street negotiating team has been preparing to negotiate the expired Agreement that we are currently under for the last couple of months. I pray for favor in this process and that the management team brings the same commitment for the employees of Marshall Street that they asked of its employees at the all-hands meeting. I absolutely believe that if both of the Company and the Union bring reasonableness to the negotiating table, an acceptable Agreement may be completed in the timeframe presented by the Union. Because we have an established Collective Bargaining Agreement coupled with a reasonable approach, the three-week timeline could be met. The Company’s representatives should recognize that if they were to lift the cloud of uncertainty and commit to their employees, many of the moral and other issues that have bogged down the facility will likely improve. The Union stands ready to move forward with a renewed relationship with the Company.

The proposed start date for negotiations for the Red Oak facility was April 20, 2015, as presented by the Union. The Company deferred commitment to that date. The Red Oak negotiating team includes UAW International Representative Wendell Helms representing the UAW International Union, myself representing the Local Union, and a temporary bargaining committee made up of Adam Rondon, Corey Gregg, and Jimmy Ricks. Red Oak’s management team presented new work going to its facility which promises a fairly stable workload and small changes in its foreseen workforce requirements.

While I personally believe that a three-week timeframe to negotiate a first-time Agreement would be very aggressive, it could happen if both parties come to the table with open minds and foresight. There will be interim meetings with Collective Bargaining Unit employees soon, including a mass meeting followed by several planning meetings. To volunteer to help with the cause to assure a favorable Collective Bargaining Agreement, contact us at the Union Hall at 972-264-2431.

The summit also pertained to a Triumph facility located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This site is represented by UAW International Representative Wendell Helms and UAW Local 952. Representing the Local is President David Barker and the temporary bargaining committee made up of Craig Halverson, Todd Stidham, and Dwight Miles. The Company spoke to the Gulfstream programs G650 and G280. We wish our Brothers from Tulsa the best and support them in their efforts to secure their work and a first-time Agreement in Tulsa.

In closing, positive things came out of the summit, as we had hoped. We foresee that both Marshall Street and Red Oak can achieve labor Agreements going forward. The Union stands to carry reasonableness to the negotiating table. Please pray for favor and success from the Lord Almighty in these efforts. Thank you to all of the negotiating team members that have accepted the challenges in front of them.

James Ducker
UAW Local 848

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Retirees encourage attendance at the regular retiree meetings to discuss the state of our Local and relevant issues.  These regular meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Local 848 Union Hall. Read more >>>

Raytheon's ratification vote had a great turnout and a great result! Read more >>>

Negotiations Update - December 9, 2014

Arbitrator Rules

Brothers and Sisters,

Late on Friday, December 5, 2014, the Union was notified that the arbitrator had made his decision known. It is a great disappointment that our policy grievance arbitration did not go our way. We have not received the written decision yet, but we expect it soon.

I held informational meetings at the plant for first and second shift Triumph employees on Monday, December 8, 2014. We are in the process of calling a special call Executive Board meeting so that we can hold a special members meeting on December 14, 2014 to discuss this turn of events and how it affects our Local and our membership.

In Solidarity,
James Ducker
UAW Local 848

The second installment of a series of "Thanksgiving" articles. Read more >>>

The first installment of a series of "Thanksgiving" articles. Read more >>>


“Thanksgiving” is a series of articles submitted by UAW Local 848 members and posted on the website for the purpose of uplifting our members in this time of struggle. This series is intended to be posted from November 26, 2014 until January 2, 2015.

The wheels of justice can turn slowly in labor law cases. Read more >>>

An article in the November 9, 2014 Sunday edition of the Dallas Morning News talks about the Jefferson faciltiy, brings up part of its historic past, and sheds a bit of light into the future. Read more >>>

 Results from the November 4, 2014 Special Election Runoff. Read more >>>

Results from the October 28, 2014 Special Election. Read more >>>

Arbitration Update - October 24, 2014

Final briefs were submitted by both parties to the arbitrator on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. We are hoping to have an answer within 45 days, as this is the time period in which most arbitrations are settled. We will let you know when we learn the outcome of this very important judgement.

Information for Members on Layoff

To remain a UAW Local 848 member in good standing after being laid off, the following steps must be adhered to:

• Within the last ten (10) days of the first six (6) months of being laid off, you must submit a letter to the Financial Secretary of Local 848 requesting to remain in good standing.
• To remain in good standing, a similar letter must be delivered in person or sent via certified or registered mail within the last ten (10) days of each successive month.
• In other words, your letter must be received within the last ten (10) days of the month before the month you wish to remain in good standing.
• The letter should contain the following information:
   o Request to remain in good standing
   o Name
   o Address
   o Phone Number
   o Clock Number

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and your desire to remain a member in good standing with Local 848.

Jeffery Benge
Financial Secretary
UAW Local 848

Triumph Contract Negotiations

Check for updates on the Triumph Negotiations under the "2013 Contract Negotiations" category here!

UAW 848 Leadership

Executive Board
President, James Ducker
1st Vice President, Chase Buie
2nd Vice President, Anthony Esparza
Recording Secretary, Kimberly Thomas
Financial Secretary, Jeffery Benge
Trustee, Eddie Conway
Trustee, Claude Cooper
Trustee, Keith Patterson
Sergeant-at-Arms, Ricky Reed
Guide, Erica Rogers
Retiree President, Gene Lantz

Triumph Leadership
Chairperson, Fernando Argumaniz
Committeeperson (Zone 2), Dana Hamilton
Steward (District 20), Kenny Nimmo
Committeeperson (Zone 7), Phil Alley
Steward (District 76), Shannon Moore
Committeeperson (Zone 8), Terry Brooks
Steward (District 80), Brian Caldwell

Lockheed Leadership
Chairperson, Kyle Dubberke
Committeeperson (Zone 1), Frankie McIntire
Steward (District 10), Lorenzo Taylor
Committeeperson (Zone 2), David Sartor
Steward (District 20), Robert Wilson

Raytheon Leadership
Chairperson, David Berrera
Committeeperson (Zone 1), Carlos Estrada
Committeeperson (Zone 2), Ken Lovelace
Steward (Districts 1-4), Ray Besherse

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Listen to Retirees, Learn History

Listen to Retirees, Learn History

by Gene Lantz

Fidel Conde was one of about 500 Mexican Americans brought from the Valley to LTV while Lyndon Johnson was President. Many of them, and their descendants, made aircraft parts there for the rest of their careers.

For a video interview with Fidel Conde, click on


Without Labor Unions You Would Not Have...
  1. Weekends without work
  2. All breaks at work, including your lunch break
  3. Paid vacation
  4. Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
  5. Sick Leave
  6. Social Security
  7. Medicare
  8. Minimum Wage
  9. Civil Rights Act / Title VII (Prohibits discrimination in hiring)
  10. An 8-hour work day
  11. A 40-hour work week
  12. Overtime pay
  13. Child labor laws
  14. Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA)
  15. Worker’s Compensation
  16. Unemployment Insurance
  17. Pensions
  18. Workplace safety standards and regulations
  19. Employer health care insurance
  20. Employer dental, life, and vision insurance
  21. Collective bargaining rights for employees
  22. Wrongful termination laws
  23. Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)
  24. Whistleblower protection laws
  25. Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA) – Prohibits employers from using a lie detector test on an employee
  26. Veteran’s Employment and Training Services (VETS)
  27. Compensation increases and evaluations
  28. Sexual harassment laws
  29. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  30. Holiday pay
  31. Privacy rights
  32. Pregnancy and parental leave
  33. Military leave
  34. The right to strike
  35. Public education for children
  36. Equal Pay Acts of 1963 and 2011 – Requires employers to pay men and women equally for the same work
  37. Laws ending sweat shops in the United States

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Local 848 celebrates 70 years!

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