Members of IAM Local 611 working at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, GA overwhelmingly ratified a three-year agreement last week with Pegasus Support Services. The group of more than 80 members perform a myriad of jobs covering a total of 67 job classifications including Air Traffic Control, vehicle and building maintenance, supply control, HVAC service and even R&R coordination for active duty military.
The membership secured increases in wages, pension contributions, paid sick leave, Health and Welfare compensation and tool allowances along with substantial equity adjustments for four job classifications. They also gained a shoe allowance and improvements in various contract language.
The Negotiating Committee consisting of 611 Local President Cal Nachimson, Vice President Eduardo Dominguez, Committeeman David Baggett, District 131 Directing Business Representative Billy Barnwell and Aerospace Coordinator Bobby Barnwell held the negotiations via a remote service provided for free by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this bargaining committee for their dedication and the hard work they put in preparing for these negotiations,” said IAM District 131 Directing Business Representative Billy Barnwell. “They really stepped up to the challenge of the times and by holding these negotiations remotely, they showed the work of the labor movement can still be done, even during a pandemic.”
“Congratulations to all involved in these negotiations,” said IAM Southern Territory General Vice President Rickey Wallace. “As a Union, we are very proud to represent the people who work hard supporting our nation’s military at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. It makes us even more proud to see them get a deserving contract that benefits their families and their communities.”
“Outstanding job by the entire negotiating committee,” said IAM General Vice President Mark Blondin. “They put forth a journeyman’s effort and achieved a journeyman’s contract for the membership. I’m very proud of the work they have done here.”