Local 790


Many process plants contain high speed rotating equipment – for example, compressors, centrifuges, and centrifugal extractors.

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When management at Solvay’s Chicago Heights plant reinterpreted contract language regarding safety shoe reimbursement and unilaterally implemented its new policy, Local 7-765-01 filed a grievance, an unfair labor practice (ULP) charge and took the case to arbitration.

The local won.


There really is no other way to describe 2020.

The challenges facing our country and the world this year are ones for the record books. They’ve meant a demanding year for Rapid Response, with repeated actions and 123 different InfoAlerts, ActionCalls, and Feedback Reports. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the excellent work you did this year protecting and fighting for the core values of our union.

Here is 2020 at a glance:

The employer subcontracted maintenance work. 7 of 14 maintenance support utility workers
had retired and the employer had not filled the vacancies. When the employer
could not muster enough MSUs for a job, they brought in contractors. There is no
language in the CBA limiting the employer’s right to subcontract. Two prior
arbitration awards informed the employer that failing to fill vacancies did not
allow them to subcontract other positions.

Award: grievance sustained.

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