RWDSU International
Health and Safety Meeting for Strauss Members
March 27, 2009
Strauss Technicians

Dear Member,

Please be advised that the Officers of Local 108 has scheduled a “Health and Safety” Meeting for all members employed by Strauss. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss “Health and Safety” concerns and OSHA standards in the shops and warehouse, as it relates to the automotive industry. The meeting will be chaired by our International Health and Safety Director.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, April 5, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Union office located at 1576 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, New Jersey 07040.
You may also prior to the meeting, mail in or e-mail your concerns to Local 108. The Union’s general e-mail address is

Fraternally yours,
Charles N. Hall, Jr.

March 25, 2009

Workers from the Strauss Discount Auto stores (members of RWDSU Local 108) will rally against the renowned auto parts and service retail chain’s failure to negotiate a fair, equitable or responsible contract with its union, RWDSU Local 108.  The current contract expired in October 2008, and Strauss Discount Auto’s executives have refused to offer a contract that provides economic relief or fairness for its loyal and dedicated workforce despite the retail chain’s continued success.  Note:  Leading economists believe the impact of the current financial crisis on the auto parts industry is minimal.

Presenting their “final offer” last week, Strauss Discount Auto (owned by Autobacs Strauss Inc.) is offering zero pay increases, costly shifts in health care plans, elimination of pension plans and seniority rights, and no management sacrifices.  In addition, Strauss executives are seeking union-busting measures and planning on paying $600,000 in severence pay to executives.

Workers aren't the only ones disappointed with the actions of Strauss Management. Community Leaders and Elected Officials who have expressed support for the workers include Charles Wowkanech, President of the New Jersey State AFL-CIO, Thomas P. Giblin, Essex County Assemblyman and President, IUOE Local 68, and U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne who released this statement of support.

Members of RWDSU Local 108 are scheduled to vote on a strike authorization on Sunday, March 29, 2009.  Strauss Discount Auto has 88 stores throughout New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  A strike will impact over 500 mechanics and sales staff workers.

  For additional coverage on this story please visit the RWDSU website.

First Pact For Englewood Health Department Workers
January 5, 2009
Englewood Health Department employees in Englewood, New Jersey, joined the RWDSU in 2007 to give themselves a union voice on the job, and now with their first contract, they are seeing the benifits of union representation.

"For 14 years i've watched as the staff of the Health Department was told what we will get and what we will do without us ever having a word in the process," said employee Matt Traudt. "Now,thanks to Local 108, the city will have to listen to our concerns."

The workers at the Englewood Health Department ratified their first union contract on October 15, 2008, finally giving them a say in their workplace and implementing wage increases and other benefits. The four-year agreement gives members four percent wage increases the first two years, and three-and-a-half percent wage increases the second two years.

Employees will also receive four personal days. Previously, they had only one personal day per year. In another important workplace improvement, members can now choose comp time or overtime pay for overtime hours worked. Previously, wokers could only earn comp time.

"It's good to have one voice for us. This is a new beginning for the Englewood Health Department Staff," said member Enock Moochie.

Employees issue birth/death and marriage licenses, and serve as public health inspectors in Englewood, New Jersey.

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