In late 2015, Hitachi Ltd, a Tokyo-based multinational conglomerate, completed acquisition of AnsaldoBreda from its former parent company, Finmeccanica.
IBEW Local 1245 represents the non-management workers at AnsaldoBreda’s Bay Area manufacturing facility, which builds and services rail cars for San Francisco Muni as well as other mass transit systems. Local 1245 is the only IBEW signatory with Hitachi or any of its subsidiaries.
In mid-May, Local 1245 and Hitachi agreed to a one-year extension of the current collective bargaining agreement, which includes a 2.7% wage increase effective June 1, 2016. That extension was unanimously approved 10-0 by the members at AnsaldoBreda.
Shortly after the successor agreement was approved, the company informed the union that it wants to re-open negotiations.
“It is unclear how the next round of bargaining will proceed, but we fully intend to work tirelessly to protect the wages and benefits that our members at AnsaldoBreda have earned and deserve,” said Senior Assistant Business Manager Ray Thomas.
–Rebecca Band, IBEW 1245 Communications Director