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Steelworkers on strike at Rotek Inc. in Aurora

There are 4998 comments on the story from Jan 18, 2013, titled Steelworkers on strike at Rotek Inc. in Aurora. In it, reports that:

About 120 members of United Steelworkers Local 8565 employed at Rotek Inc. went on strike Friday, January 18, according to a company spokesperson.

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Be here all night

Amelia, OH

#168 Jan 29, 2013
Tag I'm in

Amelia, OH

#169 Jan 29, 2013
All we have is maybe 25 well done I thought this might be a good idea until I saw who stood up and spoke their mind if that's who we're counting on to lead us we are doomed I'm out make that 24
Be here all night

Amelia, OH

#170 Jan 29, 2013
First family now brothers
How's the view from that island it will be getting lonely soon
Be here all night

Amelia, OH

#171 Jan 29, 2013
Thank you for the phone number now we can give it to them also.
Not that kind of give down south you perv
Hillbilly up north

New York, NY

#172 Jan 29, 2013
Hill Jack wrote:
I respect your position.I can tell your the Union Rep in Aurora
No one in florence has been guaranteed anything,the only thing the Union can guarantee us is Union Dues,and a strike if a contract is not reached. Same boat your in right now. Best wishes hope it works out for you
No I am not a Union Rep..
Jack A Root

Amelia, OH

#173 Jan 29, 2013
I know some of you ride motorcycles so I would like to offer down south's services to suck start them if your batteries are dead from the winter storage
Be here all night

Amelia, OH

#174 Jan 29, 2013
Hillbilly up north wrote:
<quoted text>
No I am not a Union Rep..
In case you haven't noticed we are busy here taking this board hostage we don't care about your union bull
down south

Amelia, OH

#175 Jan 29, 2013
Did I hear something about a weinie roast I'm there I got my blind fold. Do you need me to knit some blankets so we can snuggle?
down south

Amelia, OH

#176 Jan 29, 2013
And by snuggle I mean touch you in an inappropriate manner and hope you like it

Amelia, OH

#177 Jan 29, 2013
At one time in this country, there were few workplace safety laws, few restraints on employers, and incredibly exploitive working conditions that ranged from slavery, to share cropping, to putting children in dangerous working conditions. Unions, to their everlasting credit, helped play an important role in leveling the playing field for workers.
However, as the laws changed, there was less and less need for unions. Because of that, union membership shrank. In response, the unions became more explicitly involved in politics. Over time, they managed to co-opt the Democratic Party, pull their strings, and rewrite our labor laws in their favor.
As Lord Acton noted, "Power tends to corrupt," and that has certainly been true for the unions. Unions have become selfish, extremely greedy, and even thuggish in their never-ending quest to take in as much as they can for themselves, at the expense of everyone else who crosses their path.
That's why today, unions have changed from organizations that "look out for the little guy" into the largest, most rapacious special interest group in the entire country. Where unions go, disaster usually follows. Just to name a few examples:
1) Unions are severely damaging whole industries: How is it that GM and Chrysler got into such lousy shape that they had to be bailed out? There's a simple answer: The unions. The massive pensions the car companies paid out raised their costs so much that they were limited to building more expensive cars to try to get their money back. They couldn't even do a great job of building those cars because utterly ridiculous union rules prevented them from using their labor efficiently. America created the automobile industry, but American unions are strangling it to death. Unions also wrecked the steel and textile industries and have helped drive manufacturing jobs overseas. They're crippling the airline industry and, of course, we can't forget that...
2) Unions are ruining public education: Every few years, it's the same old story. The teachers’ unions claim that public education in this country is dramatically underfunded and if they just had more money, they could turn it around. Taxpayer money then pours into our schools like a waterfall and....there's no improvement. A few years later, when people have forgotten the last spending spree on education, the process is repeated.
However, the real problem with our education system in this country is the teachers’ unions. They do everything possible to prevent schools not only from firing lousy teachers, but also from rewarding talented teachers. Merit pay? The unions hate it. Private schools? Even though everyone knows they deliver a better education than our public schools, unions fight to keep as many kids as possible locked in failing public schools. In Wisconsin, we've had whole schools shutting down so that lazy teachers can waste their time protesting on the taxpayers’ dime. Want to improve education in this country? Then you've got to take on the teachers’ unions.
3) Unions are costing you billions of tax dollars: Let's put it plain and simple: Government workers shouldn't be allowed to unionize. Period.
Because you elect representatives to look out for your interests.
It's obviously in your interest to pay as little as possible to government workers, to keep their benefits as low as possible, and to hire as few of them as possible to do the job. However, because the Democratic Party and the unions are in bed with each other, this entire process has been turned on its ear. Instead of looking out for your interests, Democrats try to hire as many government workers as possible, pay them as much as possible, and give them benefits that are as generous as possible, all so that union workers will do more to get them re-elected.
In other words, the Democratic Party and the unions are engaged in an open conspiracy to defraud the American taxpayer. There's no way that the American people should allow that to continue.

Amelia, OH

#178 Jan 29, 2013
4) Unions are fundamentally anti-democratic : How in the world did we get to the point where people can be forced to join a union just to get a job at certain places? Then, after they're dragooned into the union, they have no choice other than to pay dues that are used for political activities which the unwilling dues-paying member may oppose.

Add to that the fact that the Democrats and the government unions collaborate to subvert democracy at the expense of the taxpayer and it's not a pretty picture. Worse yet, unions have gotten so voracious that they even want to do away with the secret ballot, via card check, so they can openly bully people into joining unions. The way unions behave in this country is undemocratic, un-American, and it should trouble anyone who cares about freedom and individual rights.

5) Government unions are bankrupting cities and states: Government unions have bled billions from taxpayers nationally, but the damage they're doing on the local level is even worse. We have cities and states all across the country that are so behind on their bills that there have been genuine discussions about bankruptcy. There are a lot of irresponsible financial policies that have helped contribute to that sorry state-of-affairs, but unquestionably, the biggest backbreakers can be directly traced back to the unions.

As the Washington Times has noted, union pensions are crushing budgets all across the country.

Yet it comes as little surprise that the same profligacy that pervades the corridors of federal power infects this country’s 87,000 state, county and municipal governments and school districts. By 2013, the amount of retirement money promised to employees of these public entities will exceed cash on hand by more than a trillion dollars.
So, what happens when these pensions can't be paid? They will come to the taxpayers with their hands out. When they stroll forward with their beggar's bowl in hand, the American people should keep their wallets in their pockets. That may not seem fair, but the public sector union members have gotten a great deal at everyone else's expense for a long time and if somebody has to take a haircut, and they do, it should be the union members instead of the taxpayers they've been bilking for so long.
Non brother

Amelia, OH

#179 Jan 29, 2013
Just found out that Obama cheated to get his people on national labor relations board and he got busted so all his appointments will be nullified so watch for major cash grabs by all unions to try and fight it
Be here all night

Amelia, OH

#180 Jan 29, 2013
Unaware this is our board we don't care we run this mother you should ask permission first
Can you feel me yet

Amelia, OH

#181 Jan 29, 2013
I'm just getting started
I know your watching big brother
I got this

New York, NY

#182 Jan 29, 2013
Shut the f up . Unions created the modern American lifestyle that we have all become accustom to. With out those brave souls long since past the American standard of living would be more on par with the 50% of the world that lives on less then 2 USA dollars a day. Jp Morgan chase, Exxon, Citi group , Walmart, all the the Mega corporations that earn more revenue the Saudi Arabia rule the would. Not Democrats, not Republicans. The ultra rich. Unions are one of the last stands the average human has as a bargaining tool in the war of economic slavery.
Slavery as most of us American thinks is you house, feed and care for your workers. Economic slavery forces the slave to house and feed its self. They must find it difficult. Those whom have accepted power as the truth rather then truth as the power.

New York, NY

#183 Jan 29, 2013
Here's something to think about. The federal reserve prints the US currency. The fed is a private institution, founded by the same people who started the companies I mentioned in my last post. In order to create money the government must create bonds to give to the fed much like the bonds you and I can purchase. Like those bonds they must be repaid with interest. How does the government repay the interest you ask? By issuing more bonds there for creating more money. Its a clever scam for the fed. It can never be repaid. That's why the us debt is 16000000000000 and snowballing. Its not from unions. Its not from Medicare. Its not from war. Those same people in the fed own companies that profit greatly from war. Its from outright greed of a few. Very much like the greed we see destroying Rotek. I recommend we stop fighting amongst our selves and start fighting the real problem.
Fresh from picket line

Cleveland, OH

#184 Jan 29, 2013
This will be my last post, there is too much stupid stuff that doesn't even pertain to the rotek strike in Aurora.

We're still manning the picket line 24/7 and will continue as long as it takes. They have brought scabs in, but we don't really think they are doing anything inside. Just a decoy to piss us off. We'll still yell and holler at them as they drive by in the scab bus. If they are running our machinery, I hope they don't F*** it up too bad.

To the workers in Florance:
Being a Union member has pros and cons, and there are a thousand different opinions about it in our shop.
Dr. T is as bad or worse as described by previous posts I've read on this forum..... He's is a back stabbing piece of crap. Once our labor dispute is resolved, he'll be looking at you fellers next. We're not going to settle for concessions because we know we're making money in Aurora. We've sent tons and tons of bearings and forgings out the door. I don't know who is feeding you crap that you guys are carrying us, but it's not true.
Good luck to everybody, I hope Rotek remains viable for the sake of everybody's families.

New York, NY

#185 Jan 29, 2013
And by greed at Rotek I mean, not quenching forging properly, not stress relieving rings after hardening, using seals know to be too short, skipping processes such as relieving hardness gaps correctly. The list goes on and on. If your a customer I'm sure your already becoming painfully aware of these problems. All thanks to the good Dr. in his quest to maximize profit. God damn are we lucky to have him aboard.

New York, NY

#186 Jan 29, 2013
The scabs are real and they are coming from the holiday inn . Well said fresh from the line. Indeed

Chardon, OH

#187 Jan 29, 2013
It sucks that you guys aren't working but I think I some point you need to look at the bigger picture. You are making no money standing outside. Rotek will continue to run with or without you. They have no plans on giving you guys what you want. Be happy to still be making 20+ an hour with no education required. There are hundreds of men and women ready to take your jobs for a fraction of what you were/are making. Yes, pretty much everyone in America pays for insurance so you will have to do that, too. I'm tired of reading about everyone whining about a 10% cut. Yes. 10%. 25 an hour to 22.50 is NOT 30% like some are claiming. The people making 25 are not going under $20. You have been mislead if you think that's correct. Go back to work before you PERMANENTLY do not have a job! Where else in this crappy state will you go and think you will be paid $25 an hour for what you do? If there is a job, great for you guys, but my guess would be there isn't one. Suck it up and go back to work. Realize you are making more than many people in professional positions!

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