IBEW SC U-05 met with Ameren Illinois on May 3-4. The Company provided a counter proposal on their new technology language and a counter to our clerical proposals. Work remains to be done on both proposals.
The rest of the two days was spent listening to presentations on benefits, uniforms, telecommunications, and tapping/stopping high pressure distribution and transmission gas lines. There are still unanswered questions on the above issues. The parties agreed to take the new telecommunication classifications to a joint subcommittee. This subcommittee will meet on May 19. Each Local Union will have a business representative and rank-and-file members in attendance.
The System Council submitted a package proposal on benefits and the Company rejected it.
Our next meeting is scheduled for May 18 with follow-up meetings on May 31, June 1 and 2.
Business Manager John Johnson and the negotiating committee