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FREEWILL56 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-12-08 09:10 AM
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85. Now defunct UE Local 610 checking in too.
Edited on Fri Dec-12-08 09:27 AM by FREEWILL56
Victim of reagan era. We said no to pay cuts too as we knew we weren't going to have a job in the near future anyway. We also voted out a few of our higher up representatives that sold us out and there was some of the same mentality that we're seeing today in the blaming of the employees. One union leader was going to retire with a pension too with our funds if he'd have stayed in office a bit longer. He sold us out and he went out faster than we did, we saw to that. It was simply designed to bust up the union so they could reap bigger profits than they already were. I had good inside info that the company had profits that were 700% ABOVE ALL COSTS and they could've reaped from the natural gas that they found and drilled wells for for free heat and more profits if they sold some of it. It's now a mini shopping center with maybe 100 low paying non-union jobs as opposed to the 3000 union jobs and that's at just one of the plants at its peak.
BTW, I was a union steward and served picket duty on a 6 month strike just a few years prior to their uinion busting by shutting down the plants. That they did with the ray gun's blessings. A few years later after the great shutdown they reopened another new plant just a few miles away from the one that is now a shopping center, but they placed mainly engineers there so there's no production facilities. The engineeres were the only ones that weren't in a union and these weren't the same ones they hired for the new plant years later. One interesting note on all of this was that the many management personnel they shipped south were stranded down there as the company closed those facilities too.
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