Thursday, November 01, 2007

Negotiations, Day 1

I apologize for the suspense, I needed to share some of the day with my family and I won tickets to the NHRA Finals in Pomona today, and enjoyed a day to relax and do nothing!

O.K. As I've said before, Management visit's this site on a daily basis, with that in mind, I will reserve any information that will affect our negotiations or the process.

I can say that our committee is committed to this process in order to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement that will benefit our membership as well as the company.

An exchange of initial proposals was performed and our committee, our Teamster Representatives and as well as our Attorney are in the process of reviewing their proposals as they are obviously doing with ours. It is my understanding that management posted a notice and it stated that several items were agreed to, that is correct. Those were areas that basically are standard language in most collective bargaining agreements.

Certain discussion issues were raised at the table regarding our L.A. shop and recent decisions and changes that have resulted in unfavorable treatment of our brothers and sisters. Our disapproval of these actions were voiced and our Representative did asked that they get Walker off your A**es. It is obvious why he is doing what he is doing. I hope this company does not condone his treatment of our brothers and sisters any longer.

Obviously this will take, so some time so be patient, be cautious and always be conscience of your surroundings. It's open season in L.A. and there are a couple of individuals who don't hesitate to do the bidding of management and will betray a fellow pressroom employee in a heartbeat. It's no secret who they are and why they do it. What ever happen to the golden rule?

We've just begun, but as we move forward, we will find a middle ground between their proposals and ours.

We will be able to disclose a bit more information at the upcoming meetings, so do your best to attend either one, hope to see all of you then.



Dave Rascon said...

It’s a fact that management’s best tool, is and always will be, to divide and conquer. It is a shame that management would stoop so low as to use some misguided employees for the purpose of spying on their work force. What could management have said or promised to these individuals that would make them turn on people they have worked with for decades? What makes these employees think that they know this management team so well that they can trust them fully after knowing them only a short time? We are in good hands with Mike Huggins, TEAMSTERS, and our attorneys. You nominated and voted your negotiation committee. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but its not just the committees job that is important. It’s everyone’s job to show you mean to get a fair contract. I’m asking all of you get behind your committee members and show your support when ever possible. You have a bigger job than you know.

Anonymous said...

Dave Rascon said...

It’s a fact that management’s best tool, is and always will be, to divide and conquer.

Divide and conquer? Do you remember what the original vote was? I think you were divided to begin with.

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