Thursday, March 26, 2009

Still in Discussions

Our local representatives are meeting regularly with the company.

The next scheduled meeting between our local representatives and refinery leaders is Thursday April 2nd. The issues up for discussion next week are operations scheduling issues, 10% pay for lead T/A operators and temporary work schedule assignments.

NOTICE: We will be voting next in April for operations committeeman. We have two nmembers nominated for this position: James Gallier and Rod Girlinghouse.

The eletion will be held April 9 and will last from 6 AM until 8 PM. I hope you will give this choice careful consideration and show up to vote.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pre-Talks Started Today

At the end of our first day of pre-negotiations, Leon said that he thought things went well in discussions with the Refineries leadership and was optimistic about how things will go forward. We still have a very long way to go and many issues to discuss, but things have started off well.

No specifics are available yet, these are, after all, "pre" negotiations. Still, they are useful and will give us a good sense of how things look before the "real" negotiations begin.

As a reminder, we will be taking nominations for all elected offices of our local at next Tuesday's meeting. Remember to come to the hall for the meeting on March 10.

I hope to see a lot of you there.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Talks Start This Week

Actual negotiations between the RLT and the Local don't start until next month, but both sides have agreed to start talking this week. On March 5 -pre-negotiation talks will begin.

I hope you will all keep everyone involved in these talks in your prayers. Pray that the LORD will give all involved wisdom and good will.

Remember, for our part as workers, we need to do a good job at every task. As union workers, we should be the best workers in our industry.

I will up date as soon as I get more information.