Systems Control workers voting today
on proposed new contract
(Wednesday - September 01, 2021 - Members of Local 2221 of the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) will vote today
(Wednesday) on a recently proposed contract, hopefully eliminating the
need for a planned work action.
Workers will be voting on a proposed four-year agreement offered by Systems Control, of Iron Mountain.
The union held special meetings on Monday and Tuesday, to give employees an opportunity to review the proposed contract in detail.
Among other things, the company is proposing pay increases of 3.8% in the first yar, 3.1% in years two and three, and 3.3% in the final year. The company will also give a financial boost to the employees' Health and Welfare accounts.
Should members approve the proposed contract, the action will avert a threatened walkout by System Control employees. Members of the union were encouraging a strike, as they had been working without a contract since April.
In a series of last minute meetings last week, the proposed contract was approved by the company, but now awaits the approval of the union membership. In order to facilitate the election, workers on the first shift will be allowed to vote, with pay, during the last half-hour of their shift. Workers on the second shift will be allowed to vote, with pay, during the first half hour of their shift.
Were there to be a strike, it would likely shut down the entire complex, located in the City's industrial park. This would include the Boss Snowplow manufacturing facilities. Traditionally, union members will not cross a picket line set up by another union.
Systems Control designs and manufactures customized, turnkey systems that protect, transmit and distribute energy from source to grid to consumer.