History of Local 223

THE HISTORY OF LOCAL 223


1932 --Election of FDR

1935 --National Labor Relations Act enacted

1936 --Re-Election of FDR

1938 - P.U.C.H.A. passed

1940’s Utility Workers Organizing Committee

1941 - Industry Nepotism

1943 - Local 223 Organizing starts by bargaining units

  • Substations Organized
  • Conners Creek Organized
  • Trenton Channel Organized
  • Underground Lines Organized
  • Construction & Maintenance Organized
  • Shops Division Organized
  • Buildings & Properties Organized
  • Marysville Organized
  • Delray Organized
  • Motor Transportation Organized

1944 - Meter Reading Organizes

1945 - World War II ends

1947 - Company strategy to keep union divided

1950 - Detroit Edison construction phase starts

1951 - Stores Division leaves I.B.E.W.

1953 - Stores Division votes to join Local 223

1955 - AFL & CIO Merge to strengthen unions

1956 - Central Heating Organizes

1957 - Lay-off construction

1959 - Landrum-Griffin Act passed

1960’s residential growth

  • St. Clair Organizes
  • Civil rights movement


1963 - Fermi I’s first sustaining chain reaction achieved

1965 - The War in Vietnam escalates

  • Mass Hiring at Detroit Edison


1966 - Strike and lost C.O.L.A.

  • River Rouge Organizes


1967 - Suburban Growth

  • Fermi I suffers a partial meltdown

1968 - Harbor Beech & Meter Department Organize

1969 - Strike - Local 223 gets C.O.L.A. back

  • Gas deregulation


1970 - Started construction of Fermi II

  • Discrimination Lawsuit against Detroit Edison and Local 223

 

1971 - Monroe Organizes

  • NLRB adopts Collyer Policy
  • Construction and Maintenance split into separate units



1972 - Fermi II Organizes, bidding limited

  • One Week Strike over T-10’s
  • Nixon re-elected ( Richard not Hal)



1973 - Energy conservation

  • Oil Crisis

 

1974 - Coalition of Labor Woman formed

1974 - Employment Retirement Security Act passed

1975 - 3 Year Contract Agreement Reached

1978 - 3 Year Contract Agreement Reached

1979 - Environmental standards

  • Three Mile Island Incident



1980 - Joyce Miller is first woman elected to AFL/CIO
--------Executive Board

1980’s Minority hiring

  • Wildcat strike at Monroe



1981 - 3 Year Contract Agreement Reached

  • Union dropped from discrimination suit



1981 - 13,000 PATCO Members fired

1983 - I.B.E.W. Local 17 contract settlement

1984 - Seven week strike over Health Care cost sharing

  • 3 year Contract Agreement Reached



1987 - 2 year Contract Extension Reached

1989 - 3 year Contract Agreement Reached

  • Electric Industry Deregulation surfaces
  • Construction Division dissolves into Substation and Maintenance



1990 - Macomb Headquartered employees Organize

1991 - Large buy-out resulted in membership deduction

1992 - The Year of Not - Contract negotiation reaches
-------- impasse

  • Company imposes their proposals.
  • Union works without a contract.



1993 - Bill Usery attempts to build relationship between
-------- Union & Company

  • Usery assists in reaching 2 year Contract Agreement

 

1994 - 1st OPT Contract, one year Agreement Reached

  • Grievance load falls from 1200 to over 100 due to the new Union/Management Relationship.



1995 - Contract expires and new form of contract
-------- negotiations (IBB) is used

  • First ever 4-year agreement is ratified.

 

1996 - Beginning of Partnership activities

1997 - Maintenance and Production Divisions form
-------- Power Generation Division per 1995 agreement.

1998 - 3 year Contract Extensions offered.

  • OPT accepts extension
  • Trades reject extension
  • Union lobbies for fair deregulation bill.
  • Unprecedented Successor Clause negotiated.
  • First ever Local 223 Offsite Conference for General Council members at Treetops Resort in Gaylord.

 

1999 - Historical 5 year Contract Agreement.

  • Office of Labor Management partnership is created.

 

2000 - State of Michigan passes Utility Deregulation Bill

2000 - Local 223 Major Player in Deregulation Bill

2000 - First ever Steward Training classes designed for Local 223
--------Stewards based on Local 223 Agreement and History.

  • Classes Presented by Local 223 Executive Board at three locations to nearly 300 stewards.

2001 - Local 223 Organized the first work group
---------outside the Greater Detroit area adding members from Grand------------ Rapids and Traverse City to the OPT Bargaining Unit.


2002 - Local 223 signed an agreement to represent workers at
---------- a Co-Generation Plant in East China Michigan.


2002 - Just under 1000 members of Local 80 of the
--------Service Employees International Union Voted to join Local 223.
--------This Unprecedented merger was brought about by hard work
--------and dedication of the executive boards of both Local 223 and
--------Local 80 as well as the cooperation of the National SEIU and
--------UWUA leadership.


2002 - Workers from the General James M. Gavin Power Plant
--------at Cheshire, Ohio voted to become members of Local 223.
------- This was the first ever Local 223 work group organized
------- outside the State of Michigan.


2005 - On May 19th Local 223 moves into new Union Hall
--------in Dearborn.The new facility is located in the Fairlane
--------Industrial Park on 15160 North Commerce Road off
--------Greenfield Between Rotunda and Michigan Ave..

 

"What the Future Holds is clearly unknown
but you can be sure We will All be part of it."

 

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