This was welcome news to those involved that I have spoken with.Our Local was officially informed by management last week that there would be a need to recall 6 pressmen at this time. the recall of the 6 is unprecedented considering no one has ever come back after being let go? This recall is a direct result of, and in compliance with the recall language of our contract. What would the company have been able to do had we not negotiated recall? Our contract guarantees recall for nine (9) months from the last day of employment. The current recall period for the remaining 57 expires in January 2010.
I am personally very happy for the 6 brothers that are being asked to return of which four have already responded to the company. The other two have until August 3,2009 to respond or the company has the right to go to the next name on the seniority list. That is why we have an "APB" out for Mike Norman, he is the only person we have yet to reach. Messages have been left and we were informed he is on vacation, so we will continue to attempt to notify Mike until we reach him.
The six returning pressmen are tentatively scheduled to return on August 24,2009. I hope to learn where these 6 brothers will be assigned and whether this will result in any transfers between facilities soon.We welcome the opportunity to print any product the company can negotiate to print and hope to see the return of many more, if not all of our brothers and sisters.