Machinists District 9 provides Thanksgiving meals to Lodge 777 members after strike at Sunset Ford

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By SHERI GASSAWAY
Correspondent

A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR: After a three-week strike at Sunset Ford, Machinists Lodge 777 members approved a new contract that includes higher wages and pension protections. Workers returned to their jobs Nov. 22 and the following day, Machinists District 9 provided turkeys with all the trimmings to the members who were on strike. Here, Ron Wohlstadter (left), a Lodge 777 member who’s worked at Sunset Ford for 25 years, receives his Thanksgiving dinner from Lodge 777 President Scott Hargis. – Labor Tribune photo

Machinists Lodge 777 members recently on strike at Sunset Ford gathered around the table this Thanksgiving with free turkeys and all the trimmings compliments of Machinists District 9.

District 9 held a food drive at its union hall for the Lodge 777 members shortly before the strike ended. American Income Life insurance company provided turkeys and the district’s health and welfare office purchased grocery gift cards.

Lodge 777 members picked up the meals and gift cards Nov. 23 at the Laborers Local 110 parking lot, which is across the street from Sunset Ford. District 9 Business Representative Dwight Terry, who negotiated the contract, and Lodge 777 President Scott Hargis handed out the turkeys at the event.

“This is really nice,” said Ron Wohlstadter, a Lodge 777 member who’s worked at Sunset Ford for 25 years. “We sure do appreciate it, and it helps a lot after losing three weeks’ worth of pay.”

District 9 also provided meals and gift cards for Teamsters Local 618 members in the Parts Department at Sunset Ford who honored the strike.

“The support we received from the Teamster members at Sunset helped a lot,” Hargis said. “That solidarity is what being in a union is all about. Those workers lost wages, too, and we are happy to provide them with a Thanksgiving meal.”

Lodge 777 members returned to work Nov. 22 after approving a third contract proposal from the company. They went on strike Nov. 1. The new contract includes higher wages and pension protections for the 25 members.

 


 

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