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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:27 AM
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We voted for our new contract.
This is the post I made when they were negotiating.

"We've been working 4 days a week since November. Things are slow. They said that we lost 45% of our business.

This is what the powers that be are asking of us.

5% cut in pay
4 10hr. days
Working Sat. and Sun.'s and take 2 days off during the week.
No day shift, only 2nds, and 3rds.
No money going to the pension plan for 16 months.
Go to a medical co-pay instead of deductibles. (Actually this would save me money as we have a huge deductible.)

In exchange, they are saying that they will close the plant in Mexico and move the business up here.

Our new contract increases the money going into the pension by a little. 5 cents.
We will for ego our 20 cent raise for this year, but will get a 20 cent raise for the other 4 years of the contract.

The top 4 in management took a 40% cut in pay. ( This is not a huge manufacturer. We may have 1000 people all together) The rest of management took a 3.5% pay cut.)

I'm thrilled. I was expecting them to ask for the world, like they started out to do.

In exchange, our plant is getting 80 new product lines. We will begin working 5 days a week in a couple of weeks. The sad thing is most of the work seems to be coming from the only other unionized plant we have. In Michigan. I feel bad for them.

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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:31 AM
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1. It seems like they just kinda spread the jobs out, and didn't
create any new ones..
Good for management for kickin in too.
peace and do good work..
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 09:56 AM
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2. I remember the first post
Edited on Sat May-02-09 09:56 AM by Omaha Steve

What do you manufacture? Any consumer goods?

The hand shake deal we had with the Mayor of Omaha was thrown out by the city council. So our contract is in limbo. Yesterday the Mayor said in the paper we may see layoffs starting to employees in the next month or two. The elections are on Tuesday the 12th. After that there will be a new Mayor and a couple new council members. We just have to play wait and see.


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justgamma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-02-09 07:09 PM
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3. We make components for appliances.
refrigerator shelves and freezer baskets. There are still appliance manufacterers in the states.

Sub-Zero (high scale) told our salesman that they are losing, an average of, 1 supplier a week due to business closing.
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