By COLIN STAUB
Machinists, electricians and operating engineers at the Mondelez-Nabisco bakery in Portland have new contract agreements.
Operating Engineers Local 701 ratified a contract for the facility’s six stationary engineers Feb. 25 that raises wages an average of 5.5% in the first year and 4.5% in the second. That brings the operators closer to market wages in the Portland area, said Peter Ullrey, business rep for Local 701. Operating engineers perform maintenance at the facility, fixing conveyors and tending to the boilers. The new contract runs through December 2024.
Machinists District Lodge 63 and IBEW Local 48, which bargain jointly at Mondelez, agreed to a two-year extension of their existing contract, which now runs through the end of 2023. The contract covers 23 machinists and seven electricians. The extension provides a 3% raise this July and a 2.6% increase next year, said Bob Petroff, business representative for the Machinists. The contract increases the shift differential from 50 cents to 75 cents for second shift, and from 50 cents to $1.50 for third shift. Lead man pay increased by an additional $1.25 per hour. Members ratified the agreement before it expired at the end of 2021.
Most workers at the bakery (about 200) are represented by Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) Local 364. They struck for 40 days in August and September and succeeded in turning back company demands to offer worse health coverage to future hires.