Negotiating Changes to Local UAW Labor Agreement
We assisted a major Milwaukee-area manufacturer in negotiating significant changes to its labor agreement with the United Automobile Workers. These involved streamlining leave procedures, reducing overtime costs, and eliminating retiree insurance benefits, among others. Our work focused on developing the bargaining strategy, representing the company at the table, developing employee communications, and demonstrating through appropriate benchmarking that the changes sought by the company were consistent with prevailing wages and benefits in the market. We also developed and successfully negotiated new contract language to address and anticipate changes resulting from the Affordable Care Act. We ultimately succeeded in obtaining a five-year contract without a work stoppage, which has already paid dividends in the form of bringing additional work, which had been performed off shore, back to the Milwaukee area.