In the past few months, District Council 2, which represents the printing industry, has ratified contracts for members in California, Utah, Nevada, Nebraska and the state of Washington reports Secretary-Treasurer Clark Ritchey.
In Northern California, MTA Brown Mail ratified a four-year agreement maintaining the status quo and Community Printers negotiated a three-year contract. A one-year extension was given to Central Valley News Sentinel (aka Lodi News) and Wheeler Sonoma Printers.
We continue bargaining in Northern California, at UC Berkeley, Pacific Printing Service Corp., Papyrus, Custom Paper Products and Westrock. Future negotiations in the Bay Area include Adhesive Products, Dakota Press, Firefighters Print & Design, Lama Books, Metro Mailing Services, Portocork, and all the plants included in the Bay Area Multiple (Aabco Printing, Autumn Press, Chimes Printing, Golden Gate Print & Media Service, In/Out Printing, New Solidarity, RCA Super Print, Santa Rosa Printing, Service Press, Suburban Press, Trade Lithographers, GW2 Printing, and National Printing).
DC2 recently prevailed in an arbitration regarding Seniority Violations at The Neil Jones Food Co (aka Tomatek), where the company violated the contract when it created a seniority list for the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Department. Many mistakes and inconsistencies were made in the members’ seniority records, which improperly took account time that employees spent in previous positions when calculating job position seniority. The Arbitrator ruled in the Union’s favor and will have the company correct any and all errors in its database. Affected employees will receive any benefits that were improperly withheld based on inaccurate seniority calculations.