MDA-UAW & COMPANY UPDATES

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friday march 27, 2020 2:05 pm

Pharmacy deliveries

EB Pharmacy will be delivering prescriptions to New London, starting Monday next week.  The hours for delivery will be, 6:00pm till 6:30pm on Mondays and Thursdays to help with the 2nd shift employees.

Just for an FYI, EB Pharmacy is also sending prescriptions out by 2-day Fed-Ex directly to employees homes.  If the employee does happen to live in RI it is a very seamless process to have it filled from the Quonset point pharmacy as we share the same computer system.  New prescriptions are not required with the exception of schedule II controlled substances. 

The Pharmacy delivery's are in Bldg 88 2:15pm-3:30pm on Fridays and Yard Hospital from 1:45pm-3:30pm on Tuesday. 

 10 hour days

The question has been coming up about the 10's going away.  My answer would be no.  THEY ARE SUSPENDED TEMPORARILY UNTIL MAY 22.  This is temporary and only per the memo signed between the company and the union.  It expires on May 22, 2020.  This in no way, takes away from what we have in our contract, that is the reason for signing a memo,
it is a deviation for a specific period of time. We are hoping that all can go back to normal by then but want to continue supporting the safety of everyone.

 First shift starts

We have heard from some employees that they are being told they are not allowed to enter the facility prior to 5:45am.  It was the first we heard it. There should be no direction for this. Employees are coming into work for a 6:00am or 6:30am start, they park and head into their work area, within the facility.

Friday march 27, 2020 8:30 am

From President William E. Louis

This update is to inform the employees as soon as possible and to continue the transparency.  The Union and Company continue to make the safety and health of its employees their number one priority.We are facing unique safety and health issues and also business challenges related to the COVID-19 public health crisis. We understand the work life impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our employees and their families. The Union and Company have agreed to the following,
to alleviate hardships the COVID-19 public health crisis is still creating:

Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the following changes will take place:

- First shift hours, Monday through Friday for all will be straight eight hour days with a through lunch.

- Employees have the option to start at 6:00am or 6:30am and work till 2:00pm or 2:30pm.

> There is no shift premium for first shift.

- Second shift hours, Monday through Friday for any volunteers and staffed Salary, will be straight eight hours with a through lunch.

> Shift premium is given to all employees working second shift.

- Second shift hours are 4:00pm to Midnight for all folks and all facilities with the exception of shipyard support, Planning Yard and Waterfront which has the option for a 3:00pm to 11:00pm straight eight hours.

- All 10 hours shifts are temporarily suspended for the term of the agreement, presently though May 22nd, 2020.

- All overtime and/or make-up time will be executed on Saturday and/or Sunday, if available.

> Weekend hours for first shift will be 6:00am through 11:00am and 1:00pm through 6:00pm for
second shift.

Our goal is to "not" have anyone working prior to 6:00am, hourly or salary, or between the first shift ending and second shift beginning.

> Exceptions to this must be approved by the Director.

> This will allow for the cleaners to do their job before and after the shifts along with between shifts.  The cleaners are responsible for cleaning the bathrooms, handrails, door knobs, ATA terminals, kitchenettes, floors and emptying the trash. The company has ordered supplies for everyone to have so they can keep there desk area and surface clean, this is all of ours, responsibility.

We will continue to update you all and appreciate everyone working together to get through this situation.

Thank you and please let me know of any questions.

Marich 25, 2020 2:40pm

This is an update from Monday’s memorandum.

To increase employee separation and provide a safer working environment during these challenging times, additional changes to the standard shift start/end times are required.  Thank you to all who have volunteered and changed your work shifts to help facilitate our efforts. You are helping safeguard the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families.

Electric Boat Management and the MDA Union have agreed to the following work shift parameters which are applicable to all MDA and salaried employees.

These changes will be effective March 30, 2020 through May 22, 2020.

  • For New London Facility and Eagle Park:
    • First Shift will start between 0600-0630 and end at 1400-1430. This shift will be straight 8 hours with a work-through-lunch.
      • Employees shall not work prior to 0600. Exceptions to this must be approved the Director.

Note: Employees who choose to start before 0629 are not entitled to shift premium.

    • Second Shift will be from 1600-2400. This shift will be straight 8 hours and shift premium applied to all employees.
  • For Groton, which includes Long Hill Road, Waterfront, and King’s Highway:
    • First Shift will start between 0600-0630 and end at 1400-1430. This shift will be straight 8 hours with a work-through-lunch.
    • Second Shift will be from 1500-2300. This shift will be straight 8 hours and shift premium applied to all employees.
  • All 10 hour work shifts are temporarily suspended for the term of this agreement (May 22, 2020).
  • All overtime and/or make-up time will be executed on Saturday/Sunday (based on work availability)  in accordance with the following shift schedule:
    • First Shift 0600-1100
    • Second Shift 1300-1800

 New London Parking:

To allow Electric Boat employees greater parking flexibility at this time, all restrictions in the New London parking garage are now lifted and temporary parking solutions have been made available at Fort Trumbull by the city of New London.  When utilizing street parking, please ensure you park in a legitimate parking spot. For additional information on New London parking resources, please click here.

Please take advantage of using both entrances (Gate A and Gate C) to the parking garage to relieve congestion. Employees that would like to park in the NLPG will need a NLPG sticker starting Monday 3/30. Please be reminded that LT. Stabley will be available in the parking office from 0900-1100 and 1500-1630 from Monday through Friday.

Driving regulations in the NLPG must be followed. New London Security will continue to monitor the cameras and issue citations for drivers found to be in violation of the garage driving regulations. Driving regulations are:

  • Coming to a full stop at posted stop signs
  • Observing the posted speed limit of 10 mph
  • Giving right-of-way to pedestrians
  • Obeying aisle markings and traffic directions

Violations will result in suspension of NLPG privileges.

As a reminder, if you feel sick do not come to work. You should call your healthcare provider from home and then inform your Supervisor.

We greatly appreciate your continued patience, flexibility and cooperation at this challenging time.  We have a responsibility to maintain our operations – and we must do so, as we always do – with safety in mind. 

Please continue to monitor Homeport, EB Landing and social media for additional updates and be sure to reach out to one of us or your Supervisor, Manager, or Director with any questions. 

Emil Casciano, Vice President, Engineering and Design

March 25, 2020 9:30 am

This update is to inform the employees as soon as possible and to continue the transparency. The Union and Company continue to make the safety and health of its employees their number one priority.We are facing unique safety and health issues and also business challenges related to the COVID-19 public health crisis. We understand the work life impact the COVID-19 crisis is having on our employees and their families. The Union and Company have agreed to the following, to alleviate hardships the COVID-19 public health crisis is still creating;
Effective Monday, March 30, 2020, the following changes will take place:

- First shift hours, Monday through Friday for all will be straight eight hour days with a through lunch.

- Employees have the option to start at 6:00am or 6:30am and work till 2:00pm or 2:30pm.

> There is no shift premium for first shift.

- Second shift hours, Monday through Friday for any volunteers and staffed Salary, will be straight eight hours with a through lunch.

> Shift premium is given to all employees working second shift.

- Second shift hours are 4:00pm to Midnight for all folks and all facilities with the exception of shipyard support, Planning Yard and Waterfront which has the option for a 3:00pm to 11:00pm straight eight hours.

- All 10 hours shifts are temporarily suspended for the term of the agreement, presently though May 22nd, 2020.

- All overtime and/or make-up time will be executed on Saturday and/or Sunday, if available.

> Weekend hours for first shift will be 6:00am through 11:00am and 1:00pm through 6:00pm for second shift.

Our goal is to "not" have anyone working prior to 6:00am, hourly or salary, or between the first shift ending and second shift beginning.

> Exceptions to this must be approved by the Director.

> This will allow for the cleaners to do their job before and after the shifts along with between shifts. The cleaners are responsible for cleaning the bathrooms, handrails, door knobs, ATA terminals, kitchenettes, floors and emptying the trash. The company has ordered supplies for everyone to have so they can keep there desk area and surface clean, this is all of ours, responsibility.

We will continue to update you all and appreciate everyone working together to get through this situation. Thank you and please let me know of any questions,

William E Louis, MDA-UAW Local 571 President

March 23, 2020 

A message from EB president Kevin graney

Sunday, March 22, 2012 10:30 am

I now want to share with all of you a conversation I had with the V.P. yesterday, Saturday.

The company wants to talk about the 2nd shift and not having enough volunteers for a 2 week period.  Knowing this starts tomorrow with the 2 shifts, we will be looking at a change for next week in possibly enacting the 2nd shift by MDA contract.

This would mean, if implemented, that 2nd shift would add more folks due to not enough volunteering, unfortunately.  This would have to be done in accordance with our contract and seniority.  I would also like to inform you all that Salary is around a 50% split between 1st and 2nd shift.  This is the best way to reduce to employees i areas and spread them out.  This is probably the last option prior to shutting down.

I know this will upset many folks but this is the safest option and I don't have many answers for this other than if it goes through, it will be by contract.  We would also ask for 2 shifts with 4-10's, if possible.

I will update you all more when I have something.
Thank you, Bill Louis

Sunday, March 22, 2012 10:00 am

Just an update on "Working from home".  The union asked the company to include the hourly folks in this option where - and if - it is feasible, and the work can be done at home by having the right tools needed.  The union has no say or input in who is able to or not.

There is an SP that Salary uses and we will be held to the same rules/approval from the director.  I can say that I don't think, with most MDA jobs, this is an option for many.

But what I can say is that a little more than a dozen MDA folks  have been approved to work from home.  Our union office has 2 company laptops that we can lend out if  a member is in need of it, if they get approval and dont have already have a company laptop.

Again, this won't be available to many and we don't have any say in the approval of who is allowed or not.
Thanks, Bill Louis

Sunday, March 22, 2012

from President Bill Louis

Hello all,

I know everyone is looking for me to give more and more updates.  Believe it or not, I am in the same position as many of you and pass along any info I can while dealing with my own family, with fears and many questions unanswered.

So please excuse me if I don't have answers for every situation out, there because I don't - but will continue to bring your concerns to the company while trying to work with them, all the while not agreeing myself with many answers given.

But I do feel they are doing the best they can with the business of 17,000 employees and needing to keep the business open and running while keeping all safe.

I will let you know that I have spoken with the company daily.  I received a call yesterday from EB medical letting me know that there was an employee of interest along with 3 others they were in contact, sent home from B Tower 3 in NL yesterday.

That area has been cleaned. They will inform me of the test results as soon as they come in, along with others that are still pending.

I will also say that I suggested, probably with others, the idea of a shut down that could be implemented very soon and replace the Christmas one. I have signed a memo with the company to be prepared for this when/if it gets to that decision.

I was on a conference call Friday afternoon with the company to discuss the 2 shifts and it taken effect tomorrow.  All info I have posted from day 1 with all the options have not changed, at this moment, it just took a little while for management to get the correct info/translation, which is at no fault to them.

It has been very frustratied getting the info out.  This is why I have been trying my best to get the correct info out there and then have to explain why ours is different  - which I have spent many hours this past week doing and will continue the best I can.

Thank you, Bill Louis

Friday March 20, 2020 2:08pm

From Emil Casciano
VP Engineering and Design

Last update for the day based on questions I’ve received.

1.  Shift work starts Monday

2.  For those parking in the NL garage, you’re welcome to park without a pass, but please get a pass by the end of next week.

3.  For those working in Groton, two food trucks will support in the evening (not sure what time) and the grab and go will be available in the cafeteria. If other support becomes available, we’ll get the word out.

4.  Extra shuttles will be made available to support those still using the water street garage. The shuttles to and from WSG will be 0530-0830 and 1330-1600.

5.  The City of New London is working with us on parking arrangements and we will put out an update for you. Unfortunately, they are meeting at 1400 today, so the update won’t be available before many leave for the day.

Thanks for your continues patience and support!

Friday March 20, 2020 9:00am

An update from Emil Casciano

Two updates for you:

1.  Despite what I said in #4 below, the shuttle will continue service next week as we evaluate what is needed. If you rely on the shuttle service to get you to and from work, you can continue to do so. I will update you again if that policy changes.2.  Great news for those who have volunteered for second shift – the cafeteria is flexing to support! The services that will be provided are included below. 

Starbucks: open at 6am Second shift:  Café – 4pm to 7pm

  • open grill from 4pm to 7pm offering Grab & Go items from the slider: burgers, hot dogs, chicken tender baskets, fries etc…..
  • offer prepackaged salads, sandwiches, fruit cups, parfaits and other Outtakes items form the salad bar and air screens.
  • cold bottle beverages and retail snacks

 Starbucks – 4pm to 7pm

  • offering drip coffee, hot & cold espresso drinks, muffins, salads, sandwiches, parfaits and other Outtakes items
  • cold bottle beverages and retail snacks

 Market 24 on BC3 connector

  • increase par levels on prepackaged salads, sandwiches, frozen entrees and other Outtakes items
  • increase bottle beverages and sweet & salty snacks

 Green Mountain coffee kiosk – 24/7

  • make sure kiosk is fully stocked to accommodate higher usage.
Friday March 20, 9:00 am

Bill Louis, President
MDA-UAW Local 571

PLEASE understand that we are trying to post updates to keep you as informed as possible. I know that some of you, no matter what, continue to put negative comments and opinions on our Facebook Page.  I do understand everyone has different thoughts, ideas, issues, concerns etc.... that doesn't mean the Company is not trying to do the best they can by providing as many options as they can to help "all employees" not just hourly and salary.

Nothing put out on social media will make everyone happy, that's a fact!  BUT, I am asking you all to be positive and do what you can to help get through this. Options today give employees ways to avoid crowds, still get paid, stay home, flex..... What ever way you are looking to do it, you must talk to your supervisor so they are aware of what you are doing.  Unfortunately, communication is once again the biggest issue, some do it better than others. 

All I am asking is for you to please try and support the options we have in place the best you can.  It doesn't help to complain about every option out there, not sure what would be good for all and I don't think that option exist.

Again, I am posting info to help inform you and if you have questions, please let us know.  You can call our office at 860-448-0552 to ask anything.  Again, we are "asking" for your help with the 2 shift option.  This would be for a few weeks as of today. 

This does not take away the 80 hours, the 2852 shop order or the flex or the 4-10's. I don't think it is a bad request to ask for help, both hourly and salary, but again, if you can't, please work with your supervisor and let us know of any issues. 

Thank you for your time and have a great day

Friday March 20, 2020 7:30 am

William E Louis
MDA-UAW Local 571 President

Thank you for your patience with all the communication that has been going around.

I want to let you know, that I am very frustrated how yesterday went in rolling out the email from the Company.
Dave Reagan and I sat with Tom Purcell and Emil Casiano to help draft up that correspondence that just went out, and I was due to roll out this option of 2nd shift to our members, before or with, the company, but this was not the case. 
Notification was not coordinated with the Union.  We had no say in when they did this so that your Union could explain more about it first. 

 Our goal is and has been, to work with the company the best we can for all employees during this difficult time.
These options are always changing, but the efforts are being presented to help keep all employees safe and healthy
while also trying to maintain our jobs and paychecks. 

 We are hoping and endorsing the proposed 2 shifts for a temporary period.
This is not a DIRECTION but again, we are asking for your help in supporting this.

We made the agreement to make it a "through lunch" of 8 straight hours.
2nd shift will receive shift premium and the NL garage will be open for ALL, 1st come, 1st served.

This is only temporary and all will go back to normal once we get through this.  If these options are a problem for some folks, please see your supervisor to discuss your schedule and the company will look to accommodate.

 Again, we ask for your help in making this work for the short time ahead.  If you have any questions, please call me at 860-448-0552 and we can discuss this further, or you can email me at [email protected]

Email dated Thursday, March 19, 2020

Company proposes for a second shift:

Just got back from Alpha trials on the Vermont – what a boat! The propulsion plant operated exactly as designed and the hull integrity was certified to test depth. Well done on the design, engineering and construction!

 The Union President Bill Louis and I have sat down to discuss how we should respond to the COVID-19 situation. We ask you to embrace these temporary measures and work together as a team to help keep everyone healthy and safe while also getting our job done.

 1.  In the next few days, we would like to start a two-shift policy throughout the company. The goal of the two shifts is to maximize the benefits of social distancing while continuing to work the products necessary to support the needs of our national defense. The two shifts will be 0600-1400 and 1600-2400 – straight 8 hour shifts. Second shift (hourly and salary) will get shift premium. If you have concerns about these shift times, please discuss with your Supervisor - we will accommodate exceptions to the maximum extent possible. The time before each shift will be used to clean and sanitize common areas. Some specific areas may have different arrangements based on business need and location (for example, construction support, chemists, etc).

2.  For those that are asked to work second shift, obviously the cafeteria will be closed, so you’ll need to use the grab-and-go or bring your own.

3.  Please keep your desks clear of all paper, pencils, staplers, calculators, etc. We need to maintain a clean desk policy to make it easy to clean in the event that someone shows symptoms and needs to be quarantined. The cleaning staff will focus their efforts on the common areas (bathrooms, handles/doorknobs, kitchenettes, ….). We have purchased additional disinfectant wipes that will be staged in working areas for employees to clean their desks. Those supplies were ordered a couple of weeks ago and should be available in the next week. In the event that we have asked someone to leave the building and self-quarantine, the cleaning staff sanitize the area.

4.  I’ve noticed clustering in the cafeteria and Starbucks line. Please be mindful of the social distancing guidance and try to stagger your meals/coffee so everyone isn’t in line at the same time. The Wet Dock cafeteria is already on staggered hours and the cafeteria in B88 will get there shortly (hours to be announced). In NL, we are going to implement a staggered lunch period. Please try to adhere to these times to the best of your ability as we continue to try and limit the crowds as much as possible:

a.       Tower A 1100-1130
b.       Tower B 1145-1215
c.       Tower C 1230-1300

5.  As an additional measure to maximize social distancing, the shuttles will stop between facilities and the Water Street Garage when we get into shiftwork. In NL, the garage will be open parking except for reserved spots with a sign – this will take effect sometime next week and anticipate this will accommodate all employees in the NL facility. The garage will be first-come, first-served throughout the entire garage as soon as we transition to shift work. If this creates a hardship, please let us know ASAP so we can have the discussion.

6.  If you feel sick do not come to work! You should call your healthcare provider from home and then inform your Supervisor.

 We are trying hard to protect our employees while getting the job done. We appreciate your patience as we work together to get through this challenging situation. The situation changes several times a day and we are trying to do the right thing while keep you all informed. Be sure to use the EB Landing app on your cell phone to obtain the latest information from your personal phone. I do not have a reliable estimate of how long we will be in shift work, but it could be a few months.

 Emil Casciano
Vice President, Engineering and Design

Working with the UAW and listening to the concerns of our people, we have agreed to cease production at our plants across North America, starting progressively from today through the end of March.

DETROIT – Today, General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) confirmed it will begin a systematic orderly suspension of manufacturing operations in North America due to market conditions and to deep clean facilities and continue to protect people. The suspension will last until at least March 30. Production status will be reevaluated week-to-week after that.
  • Production at Ford’s U.S., Canadian and Mexican manufacturing facilities will be halted after Thursday evening’s shifts through March 30 to thoroughly clean and sanitize th

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As you know, the UAW has strongly requested that the Big 3 automakers cease production for the next two weeks to safeguard our members, the workforce that makes their products and our communities.

“Our thoughts are with our member and their family, coworkers and friends at GM’s Warren Technical Center, who rightfully are worried about their loved one’s health and their exposure to Coronavirus. It is important that our members are quarantined in accordance with U.S. Government Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The UAW is working with GM to inform any members who should be in quarantine.

DETROIT – The United Auto Workers (UAW), General Motors Co., Ford Motor Company and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced today they are forming a COVID-19/Coronavirus Task Force to implement enhanced protections for manufacturing and warehouse employees at all three companies.

UAW President Rory Gamble, GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett and Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, and FCA CEO Michael Manley will lead the task force.
They will be supported by:

Brothers and Sisters: As the United States is faced with the concern of the new Coronavirus known as COVID-19, I feel it is important to speak to this topic with all our UAW membership. I want to be very clear that we do not take this matter lightly. In detailing some important actions that our UAW is taking relative to the virus; I want to assure our brothers and sisters that we continue discussions daily to ensure the necessary steps are being taken to maintain a state of preparedness.
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“All UAW members including the UAW leadership are and should be angry about the charges of former UAW member Gary Jones and his alleged actions. This is a violation of trust, a violation of the sacred management of union dues, and goes against everything we believe in as a Union. Jones and all who betrayed the trust of our union should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, with no exceptions.  The UAW - under the leadership of President Gamble and the entire IEB - moved last November to remove Jones from office and force his expulsion from the UAW.