New Contract Ratified
Today the Frontier Unit of IBEW 503 held its contract ratification meeting. Our members voiced very real concerns about the economic and business times we live in and about how these issues were addressed in the contract proposal. It is clear our members understand these issues very well.
Ultimately our contract vote was held and the new contract was ratified by a 4 to 1 margin. The bargaining committee, business manager and business agent of Local 503 Unit 1 wish to thank the membership for this vote of confidence in the work we did. While being far from a perfect contract, we believe we presented the best contract available under the current market conditions and it appears clear that our members felt it was a pact they would use to chart their next few years in our industry.
The contract features job security language that did not exist before this agreement. Our benefit and wage packages compare very favorably with those negotiated recently by Frontier local unions. The reality of medical cost shifting continues to plague our members as it does all who collectively bargain for fair and just compensation in this environment. It is gratifying that our members recognize these realities. The officers of Local 503 look forward to moving forward and helping our members protect the rights they have secured for the next three years.
Again, the officers and bargaining team wish to relay our sincerest thanks to our membership for their loyalty and support throughout this difficult process.
While the meeting was the opportunity for members to cast their contract ratification votes, it also gave your officers the opportunity to express their unqualified support to our members affected by the recent layoff announcement. Now that seeking a contract is behind us, all of our members can be assured that this situation remains the number one priority of this local. It is our belief that the contributions of these members have been consistently valuable over the years and all of these people deserve the opportunity to continue to make such contributions.
We wish to assure everyone that we will pursue this matter with the urgency it deserves.
Again, sincere thanks to all of our members and supporters for everything throughout this process.