Mr. Thomas also congratulated members and local representatives for their invaluable support and all those involved in the negotiations who helped reach the best possible agreement. "I couldn`t be prouder to be part of a union that, in the face of harassment and alarmism, is a united front. The employer was forced to relax when confronted with the solidarity and determination of the members. (In the current agreement, the employer pays both parts of the pension.) The new three-year contract covers the period from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017. . . .