Conditions in the plant, since our last meeting we have had:
4 New Hires
1 Wastewater Treatment Operator
1 Test B
23 Material C’s
15 Assembly B’s
12 Open Reqs
· 3 OSHA recordable injuries
A Logistics Material C had inflammation to their lower back after bending over
A Test B suffered a strain to their lower back after falling in the parking lot
A Voice Data A suffered a strain to their forearm after hearing a pop
Local 1505 has had 21 recordable injuries year-to-date, that is a big improvement from the last 2 years. At this time in 22 we had 35 and in 21 we had 39.
We are getting a lot of questions from the floor on a rumor of a massive layoff coming in October. I asked multiple people in senior management and labor relations, and they all give me the same answer, that is it just a rumor and there is no plan for another layoff. It seems this rumor started due to a layoff coming within the Collin’s division. TLO’s have all returned and the company does not plan on continuing them as they are starting to see a steady flow of parts coming in. With the recent layoffs we had 30 members that went to the street. The company plans to recall 15 in the coming week.
There was an internal safety compliance audit in Andover from Aug 28th – 31st. The initial results look favorable, and final results should be in by next week.
The International Association of Machines (IAM) Lodge 933, that represents the Raytheon workers in Tucson are starting negotiations next week with their contract expiring October 22nd. Business Rep Vargas will keep us posted as to how the negotiations are going and what the company is pushing for.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association has a couple big fights coming up and are looking for help. They are holding an informational picket due to being understaffed on October 18th at Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill from 2:30-4:00pm, and at Holy Family Hospital in Methuen from 4:30-6:00pm. They also informed us of a potential strike at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Methuen. The nurses there organized a year ago and still do not have a first contract. If you are interested in supporting the nurses by walking the picket line, please give your contact information to your steward.
IBEW, Local 1505, AFL-CIO