Steelworkers on strike at Rotek Inc. in Aurora

Jan 18, 2013 Full story: Recordpub.com 4,657

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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down south

United States

#1 Jan 18, 2013
Rotek south will join the fight against Dr. T he must go.
strike captain Tim

Clarksville, MI

#2 Jan 19, 2013
Unfair wage cuts imposed after contract rotek proposed was voted down. corporate greed is driving the middle class down the tubes. How about cutting salaried people by 20-30%. White collar workers need to take a major may cut. That would save the company millions if dollars.
Concerned Citizen
one of the victims

Macomb, MI

#3 Jan 19, 2013
a little education on the situation.. Rotek refused to show the books to the union . And declared they are in no financial difficulty. Then why ask only onion members for large pay cuts. Because of corporate greed ! All new formans just recieved a ten percent increase before negotiation started last november. how convenient to take care of their own people.but they still ask for pay cuts from union members,They claim they need to do this to remain competative in the market.we did not put them in this position . they did this to themselves, about a year ago they fired all 3 Foreman's that knew how to run the company.and hired new formans that had no background in steel mills at all.then 8 months ago they fired our plant manager.all 4 of these individuals had a lot of background and a lot of experience which kept a plant running smoothly.upon more bad decisions made by Roteks upper management now they come to the Union and ask us for pay cuts. maybe the people making a bad decision should take the paycuts ,after all they are the reason we are in the situation .we worked in good faith for approximately 3 months and then the company refuse to talk anymore. we also worked under an implemented contract which already involved the paycuts .we exhausted all avenues,we did not choose to strike we were forced out buy a very greedy corporation looking to benefit from the situation of our economy. god bless the Union in the members, stand strong brothers they will not get away with this. And now you know the rest of the story!
Smitty

Valley City, OH

#4 Jan 21, 2013
From what I hear Rotek employees get paid fat so if it were me I would rather give up a little just to keep the lion's share rollin' in. But to each their own.
rotek in ky

Florence, KY

#5 Jan 21, 2013
down south wrote:
Rotek south will join the fight against Dr. T he must go.
This is your fight. I agree dr t needs to go but so does your union. We were shown figures that says our two plants down here have been making enough profit to keep your plants up there in aurora open. I say cut the losses and get rid of dr t and we will be fine dowb here.
down south

Cleves, OH

#6 Jan 21, 2013
down south wrote:
Rotek south will join the fight against Dr. T he must go.
Rotek management in KY has lost it just like doctor t we at one time could. Have trusted them but now they are brain washed into his way of thinking. Out of fear for there jobs. Great showing. Of unity Sunday. 80 people strong. In two days .
down south

Cleves, OH

#7 Jan 21, 2013
rotek in ky wrote:
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This is your fight. I agree dr t needs to go but so does your union. We were shown figures that says our two plants down here have been making enough profit to keep your plants up there in aurora open. I say cut the losses and get rid of dr t and we will be fine dowb here.
you have to be in management. To make that comment..because we all know the truth ....
aurora boy

Brighton, MI

#8 Jan 21, 2013
Dr. Gudzsend bonus was 200,000 this year. So was Girman. Rotek did 170 million last year. Obviously the hourly should take a 30% pay cut...
rotek north

Brighton, MI

#9 Jan 21, 2013
Your hourly salaries in Florence are from what I understand, the same as those negotiated by the union in Aurora...Y'all
ol boy

Florence, KY

#10 Jan 22, 2013
Rotek north all you guys are is a bunch of buckeyes which is a worthless nut get you some of that one time!
rotek in ky

Florence, KY

#11 Jan 22, 2013
Swe we always been told we have the same everything at ur union but we found ouy u actually have different pension plan and different insurance. So that said i have a feeling you guys ate overpais to start with
KY GUY

Florence, KY

#12 Jan 22, 2013
Hear this we need to join together as a company in Ohio and in Kentucky and fight against this greedy management. They want to take money from the auroua plant what makes you think they won't take it from us here in Florence KY. We need to join together and fight for what we have and not get walked on like the us government is doing to us now. Concerned but disgruntled employees.
Another Ky Guy

Erlanger, KY

#13 Jan 22, 2013
KY GUY wrote:
Hear this we need to join together as a company in Ohio and in Kentucky and fight against this greedy management. They want to take money from the auroua plant what makes you think they won't take it from us here in Florence KY. We need to join together and fight for what we have and not get walked on like the us government is doing to us now. Concerned but disgruntled employees.
Well said! No one will stand up for us but us. Many of us have had a good job for sometime now, But slowly and surely everything is getting taken away. Some things can be understood in tough times(?) I certainly can't fathom $200,000 bonus as tough times if that may be true. With everything that has happen over the past couple of years I just cant help to think that my good job is becoming just a job. Pride in my work is becoming harder by the day and that's a product of poor management skills from the Very Top-Top. Priorities should be your employees, not how big of bonuses you can achieve by cutting from us. Take care of your people and they will take care of you. Take care of thy neighbor and thy brother. Stay strong up there North brothers. Many of us in the South feel the same way. Call it Ranting and raving, I just don't want to call my GooD Job, a..........job.
rotek north

Cleveland, OH

#14 Jan 22, 2013
What pension plan? We lost that 5 years ago. Insurance? Well that went from free, to 30 a week, to 80. Now they changed it again so the deductible nearly doubled and the copay is almost triple. Buckeyes taste good my friend. Sorry you like that creamy white nut. Believe what they tell you about the pay but I'm sorry to say its the same. They do that to keep y'all from organizing.
Regardless, we are in fact the same company with the same problems. Upper management. I was proud of all the salary personal that honked and waved to show their support to everyone on the line this morning. Too bad Gudszend, Girman, and their henchmen are all soulless f**ktards that couldn't manage to lead a thirsty horse to water.
rotek in ky

Florence, KY

#16 Jan 22, 2013
So if you say we make the same what is hourly pay?
BMF

West Chester, OH

#17 Jan 22, 2013
Any body that would join a union probably lets their wife dress them why as a responsible adult would you want someone other than you making decisions about your future let your hard work speak for itself quit crying and get back to work before we take it all
Another KY guy

Heath, OH

#18 Jan 22, 2013
Keep fighting the fight north.
Florence

Florence, KY

#19 Jan 22, 2013
stay strong you guys. I hope everything works out for you because you affect florence in every way with our pay. everyone needs to come together because dr. t does not care about us!
Concerned Citizen

Mansfield, OH

#20 Jan 23, 2013
Are you guys striking or being locked out?
That guy

Florence, KY

#21 Jan 23, 2013
BMF wrote:
Any body that would join a union probably lets their wife dress them why as a responsible adult would you want someone other than you making decisions about your future let your hard work speak for itself quit crying and get back to work before we take it all
That's Ok when they take your money and rights from you, you'll see who is crying. I I can't pay my bills I should have listen to other people. But no your a BMF. Haha.

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