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USW Refinery Strike is Corp Low Wage Scam

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped. But in case you haven't been following the Refineries have offered 95% of double last contracts wage increases and the sticking point is "All workers entering the refineries must become signatory to the USW"

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements with formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages.

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”


In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html




Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture



Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.


Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.


Robbie Hunter
RH:kt
opeiu#29/afl-cio






At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money

California Master Agreement signed by Robert LaVenture calls for
$20.00 per hour Certified Welder
$17.00 per hour Certified Electrician


USW Refinery Worker's Strike is a Corp Scam to Lower Wages

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped. But in case you haven't been following the Refineries have offered 95% of double last contracts wage increases and the sticking point is "All workers entering the refineries must become signatory to the USW"

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements with formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages.

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”


In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html




Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture



Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.


Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.


Robbie Hunter
RH:kt
opeiu#29/afl-cio






At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money

California Master Agreement signed by Robert LaVenture calls for
$20.00 per hour Certified Welder
$17.00 per hour Certified Electrician





USW Refinery Workes Strike is a Corp Scam to LOWER Wages

As a 20+ year member of the IBEW I wish to offer my sincere apologies to Omaha Steve and any USW members who are being duped

The USW maintains to the AFL-CIO and the Building Trades Councile they are not trying to go after Union Jobs while entering into agreements formerly Non-Union Contractors for the same Trades Jobs at Less Then 50% wages

Additionally they have promised their own membership, (the Refinery Operators) they would be able to move up into these “formerly good paying” jobs – Sorry guys, I don’t think you are going to want to drop down to $17.00 per hr to fill these positions the USW is proposing.

Small wonder they have instructed their workers not to talk to the media about the “Issues”

In fact the USW has instructed picketers not to talk to the media so it can “control the message” that the strike is over safety, not wages. “This is not a bunch of greedy workers trying to get more, more, more,” said USW spokesperson Lynne Hancock. “We know we’re well paid. That’s not the issue.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2015/02/06/oilw-f06.html



Here is the Building Trades most recent reply to USW District director Robert La Venture


Robert LaVenture
District Director
United Steelworkers, District 12
3150 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Suite 110
Albuquerque, NM. 87110

Dear Mr. LaVenture:

I am in receipt of your letter dated February 3, 2015 in which you take exception to the facts included in a recent communication to our affiliated Building Trades unions regarding the USW's actions in California's refineries.


Your claims of misrepresentation are not supported by the facts that are in our possession. To quote directly from your letter "The USW does not seek and has not proposed, that USW members perform any work in the area of construction, new construction, outages or turnarounds. ... Most importantly, the USW does not seek to undermine construction workers' wages."

Attached is the USW's collective bargaining agreement with Brinderson Construction with an effective date of June 1, 2010 and USW's master labor agreement with an effective date of January 1, 2014, claiming work that is the jurisdiction and livelihood of each of the individual Building Trades unions. The USW entered into these outrageously low-wage agreements with the same contractors that the Building Trades have engaged against in courts and job actions and other proceedings for abusing construction workers at refineries over the last twenty years. For example, please see the attached class action notice in the Small v. Brinderson lawsuit.

Furthermore, on July 24, 2014, you personally signed, under penalty of perjury, the attached document entitled: "Statement of Robert LaVenture Regarding California Refinery Operations Master Agreement" that discusses the formation of a contractors' association in partnership with the USW and names five construction contractors in direct opposition to the Building Trades.

Indeed, these companies are well known to the Building Trades for paying substandard wages and for routinely importing workers from low-wage Southern states, taking advantage of these workers' desperation and undermining local Building Trades workers that have historically performed construction on turnarounds and shutdowns at California's refineries.

In your letter you state that "...it is an outrage for fellow union members to undermine our collective bargaining efforts" and claim to be for “...solidarity and improved conditions for all” Re: Robert LaVenture reply February 4, 2015 Page 2

but the USW's sustained actions, beginning with your entry into the construction industry and partnership with these construction contractors initiated in 2007, prove differently. The USW is willfully conspiring with low-wage anti-union contractors that undermine the middle-class-blue-collar jobs of California Building Trade's members and is in direct contradiction to your statements above.

The California Building Trades will engage based on the facts, rather than advancing false claims that do nothing but undermine local standards. Until and unless you engage in a truthful manner, I do not see the point of any further dialogue regarding these issues but, rest assured, we will not let unsubstantiated claims to be levied at our unions while USW continues to undermine workers and industries in a drive to gain membership.


Robbie Hunter
RH:kt
opeiu#29/afl-cio




At the end of the day – a whole lot of workers are going to make a whole lot less money


Stay tuned - I'll post the Wage Structure of the "Master Agreement" Mr. LaVenture has become signatory to for California - but believe me my brothers in the refineries $20 per hr for a Certified Pipe Welder is probably not what you guys were thinking of either





Where can I hang some .pdf on the internet that can handle a lot of traffic

Big Story of Corp scam coming and need a place to hang proof
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