Hollingsworth Members Approve First Contract

September 26, 2019

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On September 11, 2019 private sector members who work at a Mail Transport Equipment Service Center (MTESC) in Temperance Michigan for Hollingsworth LLC ratified terms of an initial collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

The agreement was hard won – in the face of a bitter anti-union campaign – with ratification coming a year and a half after the group voted to form a union. Workers had to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board and beat back an attempt to decertify the union. The members stood together against the company’s union busting tactics, and as a result they now have a union contract.

“The negotiation process with this company has been a long and hard struggle. But the workers stuck together throughout and we have won our first contract,” said Support Services Director Steve Brooks.

The employees at this company were “at will” employees - meaning they had no rights and could be fired for virtually any reason by the company. This agreement gives the members a grievance process, safety rules, seniority rights, bereavement leave, incentive bonuses, and future wage increases.

The terms of this agreement will expire on March 27, 2021.

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