Negotiating committee members from IAM Local 2439, along with District 98 Directing Business Representative Bob Miller, completed an online negotiating prep program prior to entering contract talks with TCC Pennwest Homes LLC. The week-long class included training in drafting contract language, presenting proposals, analyzing the company’s strength and weaknesses and identifying a broad array of potential tactics.

“In these ever-evolving times we all need to be prepared for different and creative forms of collective bargaining,” said District 98 DBR Bob Miller. “We were all impressed with how smoothly the online training was conducted, and we did not have any problems accessing the training during the week. I would like to thank International President Robert Martinez Jr. and the IAM Executive Council for their continued support of this program and also the staff, instructors and technical staff at W-3 for putting together this virtual training.”

“In these crazy times it was great to be able to take this class online,” said negotiating committee member Chris Bradybaugh. “Taking this program was almost like being at the Winpisinger Center.”

Since July of last year, the IAM’s negotiations preparation programs have been conducted online. Since the pandemic started, the need for education is greater than ever before, so IAM staff at the Winpisinger Center have adapted the way they are providing education to membership by moving programming online. 

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