Local 458M was recently informed that Brother Marcus Hedger is returning to work at Fort Dearborn Company!
Brother Hedger has been fighting for his job back since he was unfairly terminated back in 2010. The Union filed a grievance for him and we won initially but the company kept appealing. This went on for the last 6 years at different levels.
We finally won a decision back in March that was really the furthest the company could go. After a short time, the Company dropped all objections and contacted Hedger and offered him his job back. He started back at Fort Dearborn on June 6, 2016. Our attorneys are still working with the company to figure out how much Fort Dearborn owes him in wages and benefits lost while he was gone. They have to pay the difference between what he earned while working at SG 360 in Wheeling and what he would have earned if he had never been terminated.
We welcome this great news and congratulate Brother Hedger for not only returning to a job he wanted but also for standing strong during some very adverse times!!
• In a non-union setting, workers count on their own individual strength; in a union setting, workers count on their own strength plus the collective strength of the group.
• In a non-union setting, the employer makes all the rules; in a union setting, the rules are negotiated by the union and the employer.
• In a non-union setting, the employer enforces the rules however he sees fit; in a union setting, workers have a procedure in place to respond to unfair enforcement of rules, even to the point of having an outside, neutral arbitrator decide who’s right.
• In a non-union setting, the employer decides what employees will be paid and what benefits, if any, they will receive; in a union setting, the employer is required to negotiate with the union on all pay and benefit issues the union brings to the bargaining table.