At the Union Meeting Friday night, we voted on the $1.25 wage disbursement. The members decided to put 10 cents on pre-funded medical, 10 cents on training, 56 cents on the local pension, and 49 cents on a 13th check for retirees.
There was information provided for a 13th check for our retirees and beneficiaries. Under this plan they would receive a 13th check equal to their pension check up to a cap of $1,175.
This plan was not discussed at our Union meeting prior to the vote. It was presented to our retirees at the Thursday retiree meeting the day before. I asked at the union meeting why an important plan like this was not presented to our members to discuss, consider, and then be brought to a vote. My question was left unanswered. This is a major boost to our retirees from the working members. Each working journeyman will contribute $980 a year working 2000 hours using the 49 cent contribution rate.
The proposed distribution recommendation was posted some time Wednesday on the Local 290 website. Why was this plan not communicated to all the members prior to voting on the money? Doesn’t the Business Manager want the members to be fully informed before making a very important decision for our retirees?
This well intentioned plan is another example of the current Business Managers extreme lack of transparency and shows he doesn’t want the members to be able to vote their support of a plan prior to funding it.
Transparency and democracy were promises he repeatedly made to the members in the last election. Why does he abandon these principles again as he did with the education reimbursement money for the retirees at our contract meetings?
Why doesn’t the Business Manager trust all 290 members to make a fully informed decision!
– Brother Lou