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New Officers Elected To Lead Local 42

Members of Local 42 have voted in new officers to lead the union for the next three years. The new officers are:

President:                                     Steve Cochran
Vice President:                             David Gleeson
Financial Secretary Treasurer:     Roger Dalton
Recording Secretary:                   Billy Quigg
Trustees:                                      Troy Hunt, Joe Herron, Mark Lemmon
Guide:                                           Frank Stewart
Sergeant at Arms:                         Bishop Knight

Thanks to all who ran for office and all those who got out and voted, for keeping our union strong. Special thanks to the Local 42 Election Committee for running a smooth election.

Slovakia Workers’ Strike Successful

A united workforce at Volkswagen’s Bratislava plant won higher wage increases than proposed by management after a six-day strike that concluded Monday, June 26. Reuters news agency reported that the agreement reached by the Modern Union Volkswagen (MOV) and Volkswagen Slovakia (VW SK) resulted in a 4.7% wage increase effective immediately, another 4.7% increase in January 2018, 4.1% in November 2018, and a 500 Euro bonus as of June 1, 2017. Union leader Zoroslav Smolinsky said the combined effect of the increases totals 14.12% with the bonus factored in. Volkswagen’s proposed wage hikes totaled 8.7% before the strike was called June 20.

“We’re ending the strike with a very successful negotiation. We managed to agree on a combined wage hike of 14.12 percent by November 2018, “ Smolinsky said. “I would like to thank all of those who participated in the strike, as well as those who supported it,” he added. “Without their effort, we would not achieve this success.”