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THIS ISSUE Messages From Business Reps 2 At The Rail 4 CEO Pay Database Results 6 Annual Spirit of Christmas Program 10

A Voice for Working Kansans Since 1919

VOL. 93 ISSUE 27

WEU Members Vote To Approve Contract


Posted by y a 92% vote, members of the SPEEA Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) approved Spirit AeroSystems’ six-year contract offer Tuesday, Dec. 11. The new contract covers 795 engineers in Wichita. Both the SPEEA WEU Negotiation Team

and Bargaining Unit Council recommended approval of the contract which secures guaranteed minimum wage increases, reduced benefits costs and improved job security related to outsourcing.

WEU Contract Vote Results

“Although we hit roadblocks during the talks, we believe the offer achieved much of what our members said was important to them,” said Matthew Joyce, chair of the SPEEA team and a Spirit engineer.




Total Ballots Authorized: 451

“With outstanding membership support, we were able to reach a majority of our goals.” Prior to the meeting and vote, hundreds attended workplace lunchtime meetings to learn more about the contract offer from the SPEEA team and ask questions.

232 92%

Total Ballots Cast: 253 R Matthew Joyce

Joe Heng

David Damasauskas

SPEEA Wichita Engineering Unit Negotiation Team Bob Brewer, SPEEA Midwest Director Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director


January 2013

Employment Data

Mass Layoffs

By Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S Department of Labor, News Release Dec. 21


mployers took 1,759 mass layoff actions in November involving 173,558 workers as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (Data are seasonally adjusted.) Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer. Mass layoff events increased by 399 from October, and the number of associated initial claims increased by 42,385. Mass layoff data for November reflect the impact of Hurricane Sandy on workers in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In November, 413 mass layoff events were reported in the manufacturing sector resulting in 49,169 initial claims. Monthly mass layoff data are identified using administrative data sources without regard to layoff duration.

• Shift differential/alternate work week differential pay – salary plus 10% • Provide compensated travel time (up to 8 hours on any scheduled day of rest) • Provide base increases with a guaranteed minimum fund (3% in years 2 & 4) • Increased Incentive Award Plan percentages (7%/14% in 2013, 8%/16% in 2017) • Ratification Bonus $2,500 upon 1st vote acceptance (payable before the holiday break) • Gain Share Plan – 2% target – 4% maximum (2013 plan eligibility upon ratification) • Guaranteed minimum individual salary increases ($750 for individuals receiving a Performance Management (PM) rating of meets expectations or better, if the pools is 3% or greater)

ETO – HOLIDAYS • Increase bereavement leave benefit • Increased annual Earned Time Off (ETO) sell back options to 10 days per year

Savings/401(k) Plan • Provide pro-rated payout of company contributions for retirees leaving before December SEE CONTRACT pg 8

The monthly data series in this release cover mass layoffs of 50 or more workers beginning in a given month, regardless of the duration of the layoffs. For private nonfarm establishments, information on the length of the layoff is obtained later and issued in a quarterly release that reports on mass layoffs lasting more than 30 days (referred to as “extended mass layoffs”).

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January Messages From Business Representatives Provided by Frank Molina, DBR District 70, December 21 Just a quick year in review… I would like to take this opportunity to thank the membership for their support and dedication which has allowed us to continue to stand strong. Tornado damaging the Spirit facility, Boeing plant closure announcement, Beech bankruptcy, LearJet strike, Cessna opening a plant in China, Bumper to Bumper (Garnett Auto Supply) negotiations and facility closing and negotiations with several other groups. We also had some bright spots as well. We had a lot of volunteers that helped us navigate through a tough strike at LearJet through in-kind donations for the strikers of Local 639 as well as helping to walk the picket lines. Also, the Light Aircraft Steering Committee stepping out of the box to support the Lear strike like nothing in the past was a great boost to support our members while they honored the picket line. Angel Tree collected a massive haul, which practically filled District 70’s meeting hall. They reached out to nearly 900 kids and families this Christmas. We had tons of support and volunteers that put that program together with perfect execution. Local 839 made the single largest donation to the Robert Martinez, Jr Invitational for Guide Dogs of America. Together with our sponsors we collected over $50,000.00 for Guide Dogs of America. We also had a launch of the MAPP program which is an exclusive program made up by local vendors to provide discounts to only IAMAW members and retirees of District 70. Moving forward…in 2013 we have 3 contracts expiring. We will start the year with negotiations at Eaton Corp in Hutchinson…with our membership standing together; we will be prepared for anything Eaton Corp. throws at us. On behalf of the District 70 Staff…We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Fraternally, Frank A Molina, Jr., President/ DBR

Since the beginning of the year Cessna has brought back over 350 employees from layoff. Recalls have been completed in many classifications. New fixtures and jigs for the new large body planes are being set up in the north end of W-7. Since June, we have resolved over 10 grievances at step three. The Plant Chairs have done a great job in resolving step two grievances. We also have an arbitration set for February. Goldbelt Falcon is very close to finalizing their first contract. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Stephen Elder, Business Representative

To all of the members of Hawker Beechcraft, Garnett, Sherwin Williams, Great Bend Industries. Yingling Aviation and Eaton Corp. This past year has been filled with transition as well as many obstacles. I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with some of the best members in our District. I am looking forward to working with everyone and doing my best to service our membership. I want our members to get involved in their locals and be a part of something great. No doubt 2013 will have its own challenges as the new year moves on, but we will be ready. The greatest danger in times of turbulence is not the turbulence, but the act of not standing together. Let’s stand together and fight for our rights. Brent Allen, District 70 Business Representative

Hawker Beechcraft

Machinists Advantage Partnership Program; MAPP The launch has happened on the biggest project that District 70 has ever experienced!! We have been at every Local Lodge and retirees meetings represented by District 70 in the Wichita and Hutchinson area to hand out MAPP bags filled with all kinds of goodies. This program is about benefits and discounts at numerous merchants in and around the Wichita area solely for Members of the IAM&AW represented by District 70 to help save our members hundreds of dollars. Frank Molina Jr., DBR District 70 has made the benefits side of the program available to Union Members that might be laid off, retired or working in the shop that could save money on Vision, Dental, RX and Medical coverage. In some cases better rates than what you would get at your place of employment. All of these can be researched on the MAPP web site ( We will also be conducting workshops starting at the end of January 2013 for anyone that wants to sign up and attend here at District 70 Machinists Hall to explain the MAPP program and help you find the best options for you and your family. This program is an excellent tool for organizing on the shop floors of the companies we currently represent. It will also encourage employees from other companies to contact us when they see we have not only a good contract and well defined benefits to offer them, but even additional programs that would save them out of pocket monies. It is a benefit to belong to the Machinists Union here at District Lodge #70. If you need more information on the MAPP program please feel free to contact Shaun Junkins at 316-491-2142 or Juan Eldridge at 316-522-1591. These benefits and discounts are for Union Members Only.

We have a tough year behind us now and are looking forward to the completion of the bankruptcy. We hear we are stable for now with the amount of people currently working today, however that could change anytime. We hope new contracts (one in particular with the Air Force) and other plans will give our members who are laid off, opportunities for employment. We will be continuing the JPC meetings after the holidays and appreciate everyone’s support during these very trying times.

In Solidarity, Shaun Junkins & Juan Eldridge, IAM Liaison

Rita Rogers, Business Representative

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House Speaker John Boehner Talks To Obama About Cutting COLA


Reposted by Wichita Hutchinson Labor Federation, December 19 et again, Republicans are proposing to wrap the rich in a blanket of more tax cuts while pushing working families out in the cold. The new plan from House Speaker John Boehner and his extremist friends makes it clear they have no problem harming the economy to get their way. They want to extend tax cuts on income between $250,000 and $1 million a year— which would benefit millionaires as well. In fact, about half of the Boehner tax cut would go to millionaires. And to make things worse, Boehner has been talking to President Obama about cutting Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLAs), which are especially important to keep inflation from eating away the benefits that seniors and people

with disabilities depend on.

by changing the COLA formula would make it less accurate— an idea that more than 250 economists have said there is “no empirical basis” for doing.1

E-mail President Obama, your member of the House of Representatives Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Jerry Moran to demand they reject House Speaker Unfortunately, this change isn’t Boehner’s proposal to extend tax just something we’d see on paper. cuts for the rich and that they It would have real consequences oppose COLA cuts and any other for working families, particularly cuts to Social Security, Medicaid for the oldest beneficiaries of or Medicare benefits, regardless Social Security. The older and of who proposes “Republicans’ zealous support for them.

making the rest of us pay for tax

The Republicans’ cuts for the richest 2% isn’t new...” zealous support for making the rest of us pay for tax cuts for the richest 2% isn’t new— more vulnerable you are, the worse and neither are the benefit cuts your benefits will be cut under proposed in Speaker Boehner’s Boehner’s proposal. And it will hit plan. those with disabilities even more. The proposal by Boehner, Sen. Mitch McConnell and other extreme lawmakers to cut COLAs

For people who count on Social Security benefits for a large share of their income, it would mean

less money for the prescriptions they need, for groceries, for their mortgages. It’s time for President Obama, your member of the House of Representatives Sen. Pat Roberts and Sen. Jerry Moran to hold firm against these out-of-whack policies. E-mail them now to let them know they need to hold the line against Boehner’s plan to extend the tax cuts for the rich and that they oppose cuts to Social Security COLAs and any other benefit cuts, regardless of who proposes them.

In Solidarity, Damon Silvers, Director of Policy, AFL-CIO

The Plaindealer Labor News Website Report, January


By Michael Kennon, Website Manager, elcome to last year has been to begin learnspecial place in my heart. 2013! Yes, ing a whole new way of designing You may be asking, “But what the start of a websites, new to me anyways. I’ve good is any of this to the readers another new been involved with several union of the PlainDealer and website year is upon websites for a number of years visitors?” us along with all of the challenges already and of course the www. That’s tough question to answer we will encounter. site at this time because a lot of it Late last year we upgraded our since I was asked to “make it hapdepends upon all of you. Are you website with a new site visitor pen.” happy with the way www.Plainusage reporting system. I’ve just This new design methodology is is right spent a bit of time analyznow? Or do you want ing the latest reports. It have a website that is “That’s a tough question to answer to is interesting to see that designed to have more this time because a lot of it depends visitor interactive features while Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (43%) is still the available to you, updates upon all of you.” most popular web browser, and news stories on a Google’s Chrome (22%), more frequent timeline, Mozilla’s Firefox (15%), special sections accesApple’s Safari (4%) are showing based upon what is called a Consible to only registered visitors and up more often in the web browser tent Management System (CMS) subscribers of the printed edition, report. I’m also encouraged and I’ll save all of you the details and possibly a way for site visitors by seeing Mobile Devices web of how it works saying only that to post comments regarding the browsers had a 10% share in this I wasn’t sure if all of the website news items? Although some of latest report. The remaining six design techniques I knew so well these features are available on percent was for automated search would even be of use to me in this our website, the newer CMS site engines and the like. Site visinew system. I was dragging my design can make these features tors are coming from all over the feet to get started, but I’ve been and so much more available to world, mostly North America, but able to devote a good chunk of my you without having to employ a from around the globe countries time to learning this. I am very backroom full of Code Monkeys to include (in no particular order) excited to put my new skills to use, make it all happen. China, Philippines, Qatar, Israel, both commercially for a privately Just so you know: Code Monkeys Poland, and Serbia. owned company and for the Plain- are those seemingly tireless comOne of my new challenges late this Dealer which will always hold a puter programmers who spend

every waking moment tapping away at their computer keyboards while guzzling down an endless supply of energy beverages. Kind of a joke in my world. A couple of examples for this type of website design is the new IAM&AW District 70 website at and their brand new Machinists Advantage Partnership Program website at, which Larry Wilson (District 70 Communicator) and Bob Wood (IAM&AW Southern Territory Communicator) recently created. If you’re a member of the Machinists Union, these are two websites you need to visit frequently, especially the latter if you like to save money when you do your shopping and it is a great way to promote growth in the local economy. As always, we do want to hear from our site visitors and printed edition readers for your suggestions and comments. Watch for visitor surveys and polls posted on our website and be sure to participate so we can make the improvements you want.

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At the Rail Column by Martin Hawver

December 17, 2013 An almost off-the-cuff comment by Gov. Sam Brownback—that he plans to present the Legislature with a two-year budget at his State of the State address next month—instantly sparked intense discussion by us Statehouse watchers. Two years? Sounds simple. Just what you hope to spend in the coming fiscal year that starts July 1, and what you hope to spend the next year. Well, maybe. Maybe not. First off, at this point, there just isn’t any reasonable information about revenues for the fiscal year after next—that second year of that two-year budget. The governor has the official—which means it has to be the basis of his budget for the upcoming fiscal year—estimate of revenues from the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group for the state fiscal year that starts in July. The year after? No estimate. And, remember, the year-after-next is likely to be the one that will reflect most practically the effects of the coming year’s major tax cuts. It will be a year before we know whether everyone in Kansas becomes a Limited Liability Company and therefore exempt from most state income taxes— or not. That immediately makes the second year of a budget more of a wish list than a budget. Nobody will expect that second year to be right on the nose, but it’s going to be the governor’s best guess of revenues and expenses of the second year. That second year? Well, that’s also a gubernatorial election year, and we’re presuming that year’s budget will set the stage for a reelection campaign. So, the rosier that the governor predicts the out-year budget to be, the better chance for reelection. The state’s tradition of year-at-a-time budgeting probably isn’t the best way to plight the troth of a state. There’s a value to certainty of revenues for agencies, of course. And, there’s the chance, in a two-year budget, to buy support. Would school districts, which for years have sought twoyear budgets for their planning purposes, pay one or two percent for that certainty? The ways this can go are amazing. Say revenues increase in that outyear? There’s more spending available. Say revenues drop further than expected this year, and you’ve immediately resigned agencies and others who depend on the state for even more bleak budgets in the out year. Sound interesting? That’s what has folks who deal with the state hyped up for what happens next. Does a two-year budget force lawmakers to extend the penny sales tax so that out-year isn’t all doom and gloom? You can make the case for that. Or, you may be able to make the case that with a two-year budget the 2014 Legislature might get by with a shorter session, just tending to loose ends every-other-year and whatever social legislation is still in the wind, and tout the efficiency that you’ve created for the people of Kansas. Of course, there’s always the possibility that this year’s budget crunch will be so severe—and we’re looking at a roughly $300 million shortfall—that lawmakers will tell the governor thanks, but no thanks. Yes, a two-year budget sounds simple…but… Syndicated by Hawver News Company LLC of Topeka; Martin Hawver is publisher of Hawver’s Capitol Report—to learn more about this nonpartisan statewide political news service, visit the website atwww.

PLUMBERS & PIPEFITTERS LU441 Richard L. Taylor, Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer Richard Taylor

LOCALLY Looking back seems to always give the illusion that time has passed very quickly and 2012 is no exception. It has come and gone at record speed. After the economic slowdown of the previous few years, 2012 was much better for the local and the membership. But for this issue, I would like to focus more on the topics related to the season and also bring encouragement for 2013. I sincerely wish everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Ney Year with many opportunities to spend time with family and friends. The joy related to this holiday season can bring a peacefulness that is not so easily experienced during other times of the year. The desire to help others along with the sacrifice related to giving generates a powerful feeling not easily described that many times benefits the giver more than the receiver. And it doesn’t have to be monetary gifts. Gifts of your time and attention with your loved ones or a kind work to someone you don’t know, especially those in need, can many times be so much more appreciated. The encouragement is simply that 2013 is quickly shaping up to be what looks like a very good year for job opportunities with full employment expected by end of February with the current work schedule. So our hope is that 2013 brings each of you much prosperity throughout the year and that the feeling of the holiday season can be enjoyed by all. NEW ITEM…. Take time to visit the new Local 441 website. A special thank you to Office Manager Angie Hermann for her work in creating this new look. The new website is easy to navigate with added information and uses for the membership. The address is New t-shirts with new design and logo are in. Designer sunglasses with UA Local 441 engraved above the lens. We also have golf shirts and camp shirts and stainless steel pocket knives with Kansas Local 441 engraved on them. And as always, don’t forget Local 441 golf balls, t-shirts (long sleeve and short sleeve), and hats are available for the membership to purchase. Come by and get outfitted with Local 441 apparel.

DEATHS We are sorry to report the deaths of Brother Lester Roark, 92, retired Pipefitter, residing in Columbus, KS, passed away on November 28, 2012, Brother Fred G. Hart, 59, Steamfitter, residing in Pomona, KS, passed away on November 30, 2012, Brother Jesse L. Stephens, 99, retired Steamfitter, residing in Hutchinson, KS, passed away on October 27, 2012, Brother Robert D. Chaney, 86, retired Plumber, residing in Coffeyville, KS, passed away on December 6, 2012, Steven D. Hoover, 56, Pipefitter, residing in Lawrence, KS, passed away on December 7, 2012, and David A. Delay, 57, retired Pipefitter, residing in Wichita, KS, passed away on December 10, 2012. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family and friends.

POLITICAL Thank you to all Local 441 members for your support, both through your participation in the PAC fund, and your involvement and support with various political groups. It is important that we promote candidates not based on party affiliation, but based on their willingness to support us in the pursuit of jobs for our membership. That obviously is our number one priority.

MEETINGS Local Union 441 meetings are being conducted on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Union Hall located at 1330 East First Street in Wichita. If other meetings are scheduled, you will be duly notified. NOTE: Please take the opportunity to attend Union meetings in your area. The teleconference system is working well and has much better sound and video quality than in the past. The good news is that it is being provided for no additional cost to Local 441. Richard L. Taylor, Business Manager/Financial Secretary-Treasurer Local Union # 441

Retirees Club The next Retirees meetings will be on January 2 and February 6 at 10 a.m. at the Hall. Please come and join us! Breakfast is the second Wednesday at 9 a.m., at Village Inn, 7020 W Central from January through November. All retired members and their families are invited to join us. Come enjoy the fellowship! James Wilbert 722-6859

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2012 Union News Review

In A Year of Politicians And Bad News, Surprising Stories of Resistance by Jenny Brown,, December 21


he giddy heights of 2011—the Wisconsin uprising and Occupy Wall Street—yielded this year to a slog of an election season where many crucial questions were not even up for debate, from labor law reform to the minimum wage to climate change. Unions once again dropped a lot of cash and burned a lot of shoe leather defending against the greater evils of a Romney administration and a Republican Senate. But winning meant holding the line, at best, and a hard pivot after Election Day to defend what too many Democrats won’t: Social Security and Medicare. Labor still has no strategy for dealing with electoral politics, and a Democratic Party that’s just not that into us. This fall’s independent agitation on taxing the rich and saving entitlement programs was at least a recognition of that fact. Unions mostly did well on ballot initiatives, with a tax-the-rich measure winning in California and three cities raising the minimum wage. California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed bills that would have helped farmworkers and domestic workers, though. Even with election-year pressure to sit down and shut up, Chicago teachers notched up the debate around education. Going up against a Democratic mayor, they exposed the bipartisan effort to sell out public schools. Because of years of coalitionbuilding by the union’s revitalization caucus, CORE, their seven-day strike gained majority public support in Chicago, reversing the teachers vs. parents narrative carefully crafted by school privatizers. Chicago teachers also rolled right over the naysayers in their own national union. That battle was won, but the war in education is still raging. Just days after the strike ended, as the media spotlight winked off, CTU was mobilizing against yet more school

closings. DEFICITS AND LOCKOUTS In the public sector, claims of deficits, both real and completely fabricated, were used to undermine everyone from postal workers to state employees to federal workers at the Social Security Administration—and the public that uses those services. “Oh for heaven’s sake, can’t we please just tax the rich?” read one demonstrator’s sign. While federal workers faced a pay freeze, 45,000 airport security workers inked a first contract with the Transportation Security Administration. In the private sector, lockouts became the tool of choice for employers seeking to impose onerous contracts: 1,300 American Crystal Sugar workers, now forced out for 16 months but still voting no on the company’s fourth attempt; 8,500 New York utility workers at Con Ed, locked out for a month because they refused to give up pensions (they eventually took two-tier pensions); 1,050 Ohio workers at Cooper Tire, who ended a lockout in defeat in February under threat of a plant closing. Employers who stopped short of lockouts nonetheless playedhardball. Highly profitable Verizon extracted concessions from 45,000 union workers, a year after their two-week strike in 2011 ended prematurely. Highly profitable Caterpillar did the same, after a 15-week strike at one Machinists plant garnered no solidarity. American Airlines spent the year using bankruptcy to force concessions, even though it has plenty of cash on hand. Denouncing the “vulture capitalists” that bankrupted their company, 5,600 Hostess bakery workers struck in November (see page 16), unwilling to take year-after-year pay cuts when the company was likely to be liquidated anyway. Longshore workers proved in

January that direct action gets the goods, after a campaign of disruption and civil disobedience saved ILWU jobs at the EGT grain terminal in Longview, Washington. A sometimes shaky alliance with Occupy added weight to the struggle, and a settlement came as both the union and Occupy prepared to block a grain ship. Occupy Wall Street re-emerged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, occupying devastated areas with food, water, clothing, kind words, and generators. In some areas the young activists outperformed wellfunded state agencies. Midwesterners continued to battle the Republican-Koch Brothers agenda to impose “right to work” across the industrial heart of the country. Indiana passed right to work in February. Then a hard-fought election failed to recall Governor Scott Walker in June, and a referendum to protect against right to work in Michigan fell short in November. No sooner had the dust settled than Governor Rick Snyder reversed himself and agreed to sign a right-to-work law. The bill’s passage led UAW President Bob King to predict a wave of organizing in response. The prospects seem dim in auto, but perhaps in… fast food?

warehouse workers moving goods for Walmart struck in two linchpin hubs in Illinois and California, and about 180 retail workers walked off for a day, demanding an end to retaliation for organizing. The warehouse workers won immediate improvements and reversed retaliatory firings. Then, despite intense management threats, a couple of hundred store workers walked out on Black Friday, while community allies picketed at around 1,000 U.S. stores. Hundreds of thousands more workers forced to work on Thanksgiving have now heard of OUR Walmart—both from the media blitz and because their managers held meetings to warn them against those troublemakers. Just days later and iemboldened by the Walmart walkouts, hundreds of New York fast food workers, organizing since the summer,

staged their own day-long walkout with a demand for $15 an hour. This fall’s actions were no spontaneous strike wave. In each case, unions (United Electrical Workers, Service Employees, Food and Commercial Workers, the Change to Win federation) or worker centers were instigators. Don’t look for union recognition at Walmart or Wendy’s anytime soon, but workers and unions are looking to upgrade pay and working conditions through agitation, and even to create pressure to raise state and federal minimum wages. Unions are still seeking an organizing Plan B, since labor law reform in Washington seems more improbable than ever. But it’s clear that many workers are willing to walk a tightrope, even if victory seems a long way off.

LOSING FEAR What better way to strike against the Walmartization of the economy than to strike against Walmart? Unemployment remained high all year, and the jobs that were created generally paid badly with unreliable hours. No surprise there. But Walmart workers did trigger surprise by executing a series of short strikes despite high jobless rates. “If I lose my job that’s fine,” said Dallas striker Colby Harris. “Because what’s going on inside this company is ridiculous.” First guestworkers from Mexico, shelling crawfish for Walmart, walked in June. In October

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32 Annual Wichita Area Union Label & Service Trades Council

Chili and Hobo Supper WHAT: All You Can Eat Dinner - Bingo and Prizes WHERE: 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita, KS WHEN: 5:30 p.m. - ? COST: Donation $6 adults, $2.50 ages 6-12 Ages 5 and under free


CEO Pay Database: KANSAS


According to, December 2012


CEO John B. Dicus



OVERLAND PARK Angelo C. Brisimitzakis




Michael J. Brown




Harry H. Herington




Tom W. Olofson



MISSION WOODS Andrew B. Schmitt



T. Kelly Mann




Michael J. Massey










Jeffrey L. Turner



OVERLAND PARK Henry J. Herrmann





Mark A. Ruelle

The average CEO pay in Kansas is $3,944,020, down $134,118 since last year’s Corporate Watch report.

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Local Union Bulletin Board Tuesday, January 1 Holiday—

New Years Day

Thursday, January 3 Operating Engineers LU101— Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Saturday, January 5 Machinists Local 639—

E-Board, 8 a.m., Regular Meeting, 9 a.m., Wichita


E-Board, 8:30 a.m., Regular Meeting, 10 a.m., Wichita

Tuesday, January 8 Machinists Local 708—

Racing Competition When: Fri. 7:30 p.m, Sat. 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Where: Intrust Bank Arena, 500 E. Waterman, Wichita, KS 67202 Cost: Varies. Check website. Prices increase $2 day of event.

Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

The Monster Jam features freestayle and racing competition among customdesigned machines that generate intense horsepower to help fly over obstacles and speed up to one hundred miles per hour.

E-Board, 5:30 p.m.; Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

Family fun for race fans!

Thursday, January 10 Wichita Area Union Label—

Thunder Nationals - Jan. 11-12

Friday, January 11 APWU Local 735—

Regular Meeting, 8:00 a.m., 6920 W. Pueblo, Wichita

Saturday, January 12 Machinists Local 834 —

Regular Meeting, 10 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Machinists Local 839—

Regular Meeting, 10 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Monday, January 14 Plumbers & Pipefitters LU441– Regular Meeting, 7 p.m., 1330 E. 1st, Wichita

Wednesday, January 16 Machinists Local 1989—

E-Board, 3:40 p.m., Regular Meeting, 3:50 p.m. 2005 Kansas Ave., Great Bend, 67530

Thursday, January 17 SPEEA—

Midwest Council Meeting, 973 S. Glendale, Wichita

District 70 Retirees—

Luncheon, 11:45 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Saturday, January 19 Machinists LL2799— Machinists Local 774—

E-Board meeting 9:30 a.m., 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita Regular Meeting, 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. Regular Meeting, 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita

Monday, January 21 NALC Branch 201— USW Local 01350— SPEEA/IFPTE Local 2001—

7:30 p.m., NALC Br 201 Union Office 227 S. Pattie, Wichita Regular Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Union Hall 427 N. Main, Hutchinson, 67501 Membership Recruitment / Organizing Committee 973 S. Glendale, Wichita

CWA Local 6402—

E-Board, 5:30 p.m., 530 E. Harry, Wichita Stewards, 7 p.m., 530 E. Harry, Wichita

Starbird-Devlin Rod & Customs Car Show - Jan. 17-19

Charity Event When: Fri. noon-10:00 p.m., Sat. 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Sun. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Where: Century II, 225 W. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67202 Cost: $12 adults, $20 couples, $6 ages 12-17, free for children 11 and under All proceeds from this car show help Arc of Sedgwick County, Starkey, Inc., and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas.

Tot Tuesday - February 5

When: February 5-May 5, 10:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Where: Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, KS 67219 Cost: $4 donation for child and one adult, $2 per additional child

Thursday, January 24 Wichita/Hutch Labor Fed—

Furry Friend Fun

It’s a story time for toddlers and preschoolers! The Kansas Humane Society offers its program on the 1st Tuesday of each month in the adoption gallery.

E-Board, 5:30 p.m.; Regular Meeting, 6:30 p.m.

32nd Annual Chili Feed & Hobo Supper - February 9

Solidarity Supper When: February 9, 5:30 p.m., Bingo 6:30 p.m. Where: Machinists Hall, 3830 S. Meridian, Wichita, KS 67217 Historical Museum Cost: $6 donation, $2.50 ages 6-12, free for kids ages 5 and under All-you-can-eat chili and hobo stew dinner (while food lasts) including dessert and drinks. Bingo prizes! Grand prize is a 42” JVC TV.

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INSURANCE • Elimination of ETO burn-down requirement usage for medical/leaves of absence (LOA) • Develop financial incentives that reduce employee medical premiums throughout the life of the contract • Maintain current premium-free dental coverage • Enhanced Plan (CDHP)

Money News

Arizona’s Minimum Wage Increase To Boost Local Economy


By Kenneth Quinnell,, December 17

o 100% increase in the employer-funded Personal Care Account o Maintained 5% premium contribution • Core Plan o Reduce office co-pay for physician visits o Reduce co-pays for outpatient care (Surgery/Diagnostic Tests/X-Rays) o Reduce emergency room co-pays o Reduced hospital room and board co-pays o Premium contribution schedule 15% – 2013, 16% – 2014, 18% – 2015, 20% – 2016

s the new year starts, Arizona’s lowest-paid workers will see a gift—the state’s minimum wage will go up 15 cents, to a new total of $7.80 an hour. More than 72,000 workers will get a boost in their pay equaling an average of $320 annually. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the increased consumer spending generated by the increase will add $13 million to the local gross domestic product (GDP). Nine other states also will be raising their wages on Jan. 1, 2013, helping nearly 1 million workers across the nation. In a press release, Arizona AFL-CIO Executive Director Rebekah Friend applauded the increase:

EMPLOYEE RELATIONS • 6-year contract • Limit management’s right to perform bargaining unit work • Provide additional protections for represented employees during investigations • Improve job security protection for direct employees related to non-direct Spirit labor (contractors, partners and industry assist) • Improved job security related to outsourcing • Improved notification to the union on non-direct engineering work being performed

WORKFORCE (LAYOFFS – RECALL - CONTRACT LABOR) • Improve Performance Management language protecting employees from surprises/changes • Merge PM and retention processes in 2015, improves limitations on retention rating frequency • Improve job protections during Temporary Layoff/Short Work Weeks • Delete requirement for annual filing to maintain layoff status • Define duration for short-term assignments related to Temporary Recall

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Arizona’s modest annual minimum wage increases have proven incredibly “A large body of research valuable in promoting economic growth and shows that raising the protecting the real minumum wage is an value of low-wage effective way to boost workers’ paychecks the incomes of low-paid during the weak postworkers without reducing recession recovery. Congress should employment.” learn from Arizona’s example and pass a federal minimum wage increase with annual cost of living adjustments to promote consumer spending and help cash-strapped workers make ends meet. Numerous studies have countered the oft-cited criticism that minimum wage increases actually hurt workers: A large body of research shows that raising the minimum wage is an effective way to boost the incomes of low-paid workers without reducing employment. A groundbreaking 1994 study by David Card and Alan Krueger, current chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, found that an increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage did not reduce employment among fast-food restaurants. These findings have been confirmed by 15 years of economic research, including a 2010 study published in the Review of Economics and Statistics that analyzed data from more than 500 counties and found that minimum wage increases did not cost jobs. Another recent study published in April 2011 in the journal Industrial Relations found that even during times of high unemployment, minimum wage increases did not lead to job loss.

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AFL-CIO President Trumka Provides AFT Message About Newtown


By Mike Hall,, December 14

e want to pass along this important message from our friends at the American Federation of Teachers about the terrible tragedy in Newtown on Friday. AFT Connecticut is collecting messages of support to deliver to families still reeling from this senseless act.

We want to express our extreme sadness for the community of Newtown, and particularly the families of the victims. As a father myself, I know that this tragedy is a parent’s worst nightmare. This is a moment for America to come together and do what we do best-support one another as we try to recover from this inexplicable horror. In Solidary, Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President

IFPTE Mourns Member; Connecticut School Shooting Victim Posted by, Press Release, December 18

Newtown, CT – The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) is deeply saddened by the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School that left 26 dead including IFPTE member Anne Marie Murphy. Anne Marie Murphy, a member of IFPTE Local 136-13 and a Special Education teacher at Sandy Hook, was killed while shielding her students from the gunmen. Said IFPTE President Gregory Junemann, “The officers, members and staff of IFPTE are grieving the senseless deaths of children, educators and Sister Murphy. Our condolences and prayers are with her family and those who lost precious loved ones in this horrific incident.” Anne Marie Murphy, 52, leaves a husband, 3 daughters and 1 son. Murphy’s family asks that donations be sent to Autism Speaks, 1060 State Rd., 2nd Floor, Princeton, NJ 08540 or may be donated online at www.

AFT Statement On Massacre

Posted by, Press Release, December 14

Panel Appointment

USW Representative Appointed To OSHA Whistleblower Committee


By Jim Frederick,, December 13

he United Steelworkers today lauded the appointment of Nancy Lessin, a longtime activist on behalf of worker health and safety, to a seat on the 12-member federal Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC). Lessin was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. The panel, part of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), was established to make recommendations to Labor Department officials on ways to improve OSHA’s administration of whistleblower protections under OSHA and 21 other federal statutes. “Since 1979, when Nancy Lessin began working in the field of occupational safety and health, she has been assisting and educating workers regarding whistleblower rights, and advocating for strong enforcement of whistleblower statutes,” USW International President Leo W. Gerard wrote in nominating Lessin for the post. “She will bring unique and valuable insights to this committee, and I can think of no better advocate to stand up for the rights of whistleblowers.” The WPAC will include four members representing management, four members representing labor, one representing State Occupational Safety and Health Plans, and three experts representing the public. Nonvoting members will include representatives from three other Federal Government agencies that have jurisdiction over statutes with whistleblower provisions. The members will serve two-year terms. “Nobody should ever live in fear because they saw something wrong and spoke out to make it right,” Lessin said. “Meaningful whistleblower protections and strong enforcement of whistleblower provisions are vital to uphold safety in our workplaces, the health of our communities and the protection of the public.” A former health-care worker, Lessin has worked with the USW-Mazzocchi Center, a joint effort of the USW, the Labor Institute and the Communications Workers of America, for six years. She previously served as a health and safety coordinator with the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and with the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. The USW represents about 850,000 workers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean in a wide variety of industries, ranging from glassmaking to mining, paper, steel, tire and rubber to the public sector, service and health care industries.

“The entire AFT community is shaken to its core by this massacre of young children and the educators and school employees who care for and nurture them. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed today in one of the worst school shootings in history. We grieve for them all, and our prayers are with the Sandy Hook Elementary School community and all of Newtown, as well as the AFT nurses caring for victims at Danbury Hospital, following this heinous act. I just got off the phone with Newtown Federation of Teachers President Tom Kuroski, and pledged to do everything we can to provide support and comfort to the students, teachers, administrators, their families and everyone in this community grappling with this trauma. “Our thanks go out to all of the first responders for their efforts to ensure the safety of all the students and staff. In this horrible moment, there were also extraordinary acts of courage by school staff to lock down the school and protect children. “We’ll never be able to prevent every senseless act of violence, but our children, educators and school employees go to school believing it is a safe sanctuary. We’ve been through this too many times. Everything we can do, we must do, including a renewed focus on gun control and preventing gun violence.”

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Helping Hands Many children will have a brighter holiday thanks to union workers and their families who purchased toys for the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The Annual Spirit of Christmas Program gives 858 Wichita area children gifts they wouldn’t normally receive. Several of the toys were purchased with donated funds by members and locals. Union families’ kids also receive gifts, which helps families who have fallen on hard times. Volunteers, including those from Friends University, worked to prepare toy bags and bicycles at the Machinists Hall last week. An IAM logo sticker adorns each gift prior to its delivery by the Salvation Army. Photos courtesy of Jill Mason, District 70 Bookkeeper.

Santa’s Toy Shop: (Right) Kevin Mast and Nick Cross make sure a new bike works perfectly for an unsuspecting lucky girl. (Bottom) A group of employees from IPB2 present a $2,000 check to the Spirit of Labor Angel Tree program from monies raised through the year.

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