Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Seeks Help from Cummins Chairman and CEO for Machinists Union Members on Strike at Cummins

BOSTON, March 24, 2022 – The Massachusetts congressional delegation, led by U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, sent a letter to Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger asking for his assistance in ongoing negotiations between Cummins Inc. and Machinists Union Lodge 447.

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Thirty members of Machinists Union Local Lodge 447 in Cummins have been on strike for six weeks at locations in Dedham, Mass., Scarborough, Maine, and Concord, NH The strike began Saturday, February 12. Cummins wants to implement inconsistencies and subjective pay-for-performance policies instead of guaranteed salary language, which has been negotiated since the start of the contract.

“We are concerned that the company’s recent proposals in negotiations could put the workforce here in Massachusetts at risk,” read the letter. “This includes concerns that Cummins management insists on a contract with inconsistent and subjective pay-for-performance policies. We implore you to carefully consider the value, institutional knowledge and dedication of these employees and to bargain in good faith with Local 447 of the Machinists Union in the coming days.

Read the full letter here.

“IAM Local 447 wishes to express our sincere appreciation to the Massachusetts Congressional delegation for their support in this fight,” said Mike Vartabedian, IAM District 15 Assistant Business Representative. “Our members are taking a stand to improve the lives of their families. This letter from our esteemed elected officials will give our members a boost on the picket lines.

Watch the One Day Longer, One Day Stronger video of the rally here.

“The IAM looks forward to working with the Massachusetts congressional delegation to bring our members back to the table to secure a fair contract,” said Brian Bryant, IAM General Vice President for the Massachusetts Territory. Is. “Our Cummins members provide an essential service to their communities, and they deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.”

Cummins workers maintain generators at nursing homes, keep emergency vehicles running and support frontline workers. Asking for a fair and equitable contract that corresponds to current economic conditions is what they deserve.

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