Contracts and new members

District Council 2 has ratified contracts for members in California, Colorado, Nebraska, Oregon and the state of Washington over the last few months.

In Northern California, we recently organized a new company, the San Jose Mailing Group. Congratulations to our new members there who ratified a four-year agreement with a 2% wage increase in each year of the contract. Vacation benefits and contributions to the SIP 401(k) plan were bargained.

Also ratified in Northern California were Pacific Printing Services Corp. and Papyrus Printing, a sister company. Both companies ratified a four-year contract with increases in each year of the agreement, contributions to the SIP 401(k), and additionally, Pacific Printing continued contributions in the GCIU-ERF & Printing Specialties Health & Welfare Fund.

Custom Paper Products bargained a two-year contract with wage increases the first year of the agreement, while maintaining the status quo on the pension. A one-year extension was given to Firefighters Print & Design.

DC2 recently settled an arbitration at IP Compton regarding FMLA leave using vacation days. The company violated an agreement that did not allow for vacation days to be used while on FMLA for a family member. The grievance was resolved with the affected employees being made whole.

At IP Elk Grove, a grievance over California Paid Sick Leave was settled in arbitration, affecting all IP plants in the state. The outcome was more generous that what state law provides; not only do the employees get 24 hours of paid sick leave, but they also get an additional 12 hours of unpaid sick leave.