Workers at Lincoln College (formerly NADC) rallying for improvements in 2012.
SEIU members working at Lincoln College of Technology (formerly known as Nashville Auto Diesel College) voted to ratify a new three-year agreement that gives Lincoln faculty improvements in wages and benefits.
Regarding wages, SEIU negotiated a $2.45 increase for instructors over the term of the agreement. Language specifying how a possible second shift in the body shop would be scheduled was included in the contract as well as protections to limit the amount of time an employee would have to work over his assigned schedule. There was improvements for funeral leave, sick leave, and stronger language to recognize seniority.
Regarding employee health insurance, workers enrolled for single coverage will receive $1,000 up front to cover the initial cost of coverage. Workers enrolling in family coverage will receive 2,000 dollars up front.
The SEIU bargaining committee was made up of Tim Lewald, Jeff Baker, Earl Fields, Paul Losh, and Jason Black. The new agreement expires in 2017.
Hundreds of faculty & students rallied against unfair layoffs at NADC.
In a ruling by arbitration, two veteran instructors who were laid off by the Nashville Auto Diesel College were ordered back to work with back pay with interest. SEIU Local 205 represented the instructors in their grievance against the company.
In 2011, the Nashville Auto Diesel College laid off two instructors who had seniority over 14 other instructors in their division. According to the collective bargaining agreement between NADC and Local 205, “seniority will govern all layoffs,” and yet, NADC still laid them off citing the reason of “their failure to attain Master ASE certification” – implying that they were not qualified to teach. But the instructors had been qualified, the arbitrator decided, because both instructors had been teaching their courses for years. The arbitrator also pointed out that, “instructors hired before January 1, 2006 were not required by the Agreement to complete […] certification to keep their jobs”. Both instructors were hired long before 2006.
As a result, the union’s grievance was sustained and both workers are to be made “whole in all respects”.
Just hours before their contract expired, the Bargaining Committee of SEIU’s Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) chapter voted overwhelmingly to approve a new five-year agreement. The new agreement will result in better working conditions, better communication procedures with Management, and will increase wages by $4.50/hr over the five-year period of the contract.
“This was a tough set of negotiations,” says local president Doug Collier. “The committee was very frustrated at some proposals Management was making and the membership was fully prepared to go on strike”. Bargaining Committee member Jeff Baker – a union member for nine years – attributed the success of the negotiations to solidarity since 90% of the NADC instructors are in the union. “If there’s one lesson to be learned here it’s that when workers stick together, they can win – even in this economy”, Baker says.