Well as usual someone is doing all the talking without knowing many, or make that any facts. As far as USW members not passing physicals and the union not assisting when those individuals lost wages, is mainly because many of those jobs are subject to physical. Several more are even required by federal agencies like MSHA, to set standards.I don't know about all these allegations, but as a former worker at the GIPP site, I can surely vouch for some!
Know of at least two instances where workers were off on long term illnesses. Upon their return, they were informed by the company they had no input on job or schedule changes since they were not present during these changes, despite their seniority. When USW was asked to intervene, their response was-
Several workers had trouble passing their yearly physical when Schenck was the company doc. the company's response was to immediately cut these workers pay rates back to "trainee".
USW response- NOTHING!
There is now a worker that was forced into a lesser position due to 2011 layoffs. His position has since reopened. Being senior most qualified, you would think it would be a no-brainer for him to step right back in. Heck, even the company agree's with that.
But hold on! USW insisted on going against all common sense and insisting job go up for bid, utterly leaving this worker holding the bag.
And guess what else? the job winds up going to a hispanic waste handler! Hmm.....
Now here's the real jaw-dropper:
During this last contract negotiation, USW now has the president, vice president, and financial secratary immune from any potential layoffs, despite where they fall in the seniority list with their fellow workers! Yep, real concerned a bout their brothers and sisters aren't they?
Chapo and lying go together just like flies and sh.. However, the union is unwilling or unable to stand between this turncoat and the workers.
This was the second time I had the displeasure of the USW "represent" me. It will be the last. Then, as now, they care about their own agenda, not the workers who finance their shenanigans.
As far as the displaced worker being more qualified and being passed up for another work the most important thing is seniority. Without seniority a union has no basis, the only thing that matters is seniority.
"super Seniority", or the article that gives leadership the ability to not be laid off regardless of seniority is very common in most unions. This give the union the ability to withstand layoffs and not be busted up or broken because of layoffs.
Not going to even talk about such idiotic topics such as race especially when people are posting annonoumsly