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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BMF

West Chester, OH

#22 Jan 23, 2013
That's right I am
BMF

West Chester, OH

#23 Jan 23, 2013
Good looking too
Hillbilly up north

United States

#24 Jan 23, 2013
I was out this morning and even thou it was 6deg outside I was proud to be on the line with my brothers standing up for what is right.. And I would like to thank all the support from the true brothers down south.. And for the rest of you down there that don't agree with us well sorry you feel that way and I'm not goin to waste my time tryin to talk to you cause you already think you know it all.. But I will say this if u think your not next on the chopping block you are way wrong.. When they do cut your wages and insurance come back on here and tell us how you feel then with no union support..
down south

Cincinnati, OH

#25 Jan 23, 2013
watch out my brothers mangement it already working there magic on you thats cause there asses are on the line and they will promise you anything.just ask around and see who they didnt deliver too.bmf you can kiss my ass maybe someday you will grow balls and let them bounce off your sister chin
bbb

Lockport, IL

#26 Jan 23, 2013
The comment about the new supervisors getting a 10% increase is completely false. They were on a 90 day probationary period and after that their wage was set to what they agreed on when hired. The problem with the union is they take a bit of gossip and turn it into glorified falsehoods to make themselves feel better about there decision to strike. Let's just pray that rotek does not end up like hostess did over a 20%(that's right 20%) cut in certain positions not all. Get over yourselves USW!!!
Wake up

United States

#27 Jan 23, 2013
Do you really think 24 bucks an hour to drive a towmotor or dump coal on a piece of steel is a fair wage? I worked at rotek for about 6 months and have never met such a spoiled bunch of bi.ches. Go across the street to viking forge if your cold out there and make what you deserve. 12 bucks an hour and you go home tired and filthy.
BMF

West Chester, OH

#28 Jan 23, 2013
I didn't know it took balls to work hard and speak for myself. Otss if you won't do it some one else will next man up
Fresh from picket line

Alliance, OH

#29 Jan 23, 2013
concerned citizen: we're are locked out of the shop, technically we are forced out. the persons negotiating on behalf of thyssenkrupp walked out on a federal mediator during talks. They will not let our accountants look at the books to see how large their profits our, yes, profits. They flat out said they're not hurting. Sounds like all talks are stalled.

To Rotek South, beware. They will take anything and everything they can, soon. We haven't received anything for a Xmas bonus in at least 2 years. Production bonuses left with Osborne. They won't even buy a measly pizza for safety merits. Now they won't do anything for retirees. They've taken everything thing from us that's not spelled out in our contract book. Now before this lockout they had roughly 120 production workers left after numerous rounds of layoffs(roughly 70 hourly laid off), while over 80 salary remained. Go onto careerbuilder.com and search rotek ohio and you'll see they are still hiring salary. They are out of hand. We pray that Germany will see where the true waste is coming from and start chopping heads. Wish us luck, as we are freezing our butts off for what we believe is right.
Fresh from picket line

Alliance, OH

#30 Jan 23, 2013
I believe the post by bbb is the thyssenkrupp PR media rep that keeps telling the media we're on strike. You can go eat a twinkie bbb.

We are not on strike, and we wish to return to work while a contract is settled. But you refuse!!!

Sorry about the grammatical errors on post #29 It's been a long day.
Anonymous

Cincinnati, OH

#31 Jan 24, 2013
down south wrote:
Rotek south will join the fight against Dr. T he must go.
. Speak for yourself not everyone. If I made 30 dollars an hour to drive a tow motor, my are would be grateful not boo hoping. Aurora needs to put on your big boy panties and go to work. It would be different if you were profitable. Florence can only carry the load for so long, we don't want to go down on your sinking ship.
Anonymous

Cincinnati, OH

#32 Jan 24, 2013
Why wont someone from up north nut up and post pay scale. Down south is roughly low end 20 and high end 25. Oh, I cant believe your insurance isn't free, you got to be kidding me. Who has free insurance anymore. You guys need to look around at the real world. I could give two shits for or against the union. The bottom line is if anyone up north or down south thinks we do not have a damn good job your wrong. Managements salaries, bonuses, decisions, planning, etc is out of our hands. If they run rotek in the ground so be it, you cant control that with or without a union. You'll just be making more money per hour when the ship sinks.
down south

Cincinnati, OH

#33 Jan 24, 2013
now let the brainwashing begin we are having meetings now where before its posted on the board because rats and asskisser have told them about whats going on if we had random drug testing your asses would be gone we know who you are so enjoy you dope your days are numbered. brothers up north when this is over lets meet halfway have a beer I prefer a titty bar
Bowtie boy

Ft Mitchell, KY

#34 Jan 24, 2013
Sucks to lose money, but if your not making a profit.....you as in a rotek north not rotek as a whole with florence busting a$$ everyday keeping your doors open. Then why on earth would it be good buisness to allow the buckeyes to continue to ride the gravy train without buying there ticket. There is no proof that they are taking anything from florence. Just the same old b.s. & drama that some of us like to thrive on. I feel there is no need to freak out & try to make a change over speculations of what a few paranoid conspiracy theorists THINK COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN!!!!! Im not by any means saying it cant happen but I also know how the hear say line works & by the time each pot stirrer get his turn with the spoon you have one steaming bowl of sh@t. happy with what I have!!!!!
HITMAN

Florence, KY

#35 Jan 24, 2013
Bowtie boy wrote:
Sucks to lose money, but if your not making a profit.....you as in a rotek north not rotek as a whole with florence busting a$$ everyday keeping your doors open. Then why on earth would it be good buisness to allow the buckeyes to continue to ride the gravy train without buying there ticket. There is no proof that they are taking anything from florence. Just the same old b.s. & drama that some of us like to thrive on. I feel there is no need to freak out & try to make a change over speculations of what a few paranoid conspiracy theorists THINK COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN!!!!! Im not by any means saying it cant happen but I also know how the hear say line works & by the time each pot stirrer get his turn with the spoon you have one steaming bowl of sh@t. happy with what I have!!!!!
Amen. They haven't said anything about cuts here. Only on the union, and DOWN SOUTH id like to see some random drug test. Lets see how many lazy bums screaming union agree to that. Still haven't seen a response to the pay question either. A little over 23 for machine operator.
Bowtie boy

Ft Mitchell, KY

#36 Jan 24, 2013
Well now they know what we make, so now they know what to say. If they were sure they didnt make more than us it wouldve been posted already. So theres our answer. Theyre makin more than the guys that are makin the profit. Which im happy with my wage, best money ive ever made. Not real hot on the idea of the plant we are carrying makin more. Im sure there was a time they may have earned it but times change.
down south

United States

#37 Jan 24, 2013
Moral is at a all time low at Rotek south maybe Dr t should come and talk to Rotek south.... code 352 Chicago usw
BMF

West Chester, OH

#38 Jan 24, 2013
Grant County Mafia wrote:
<quoted text>. Speak for yourself not everyone. If I made 30 dollars an hour to drive a tow motor, my are would be grateful not boo hoping. Aurora needs to put on your big boy panties and go to work. It would be different if you were profitable. Florence can only carry the load for so long, we don't want to go down on your sinking ship.
Never thought I would see eye to eye with the grant county mafia but sign me up I can feel my neck getting red already
As far as my sister that guy and if by that guy you mean that guy that is super lazy and couldn't organize a bowling team with PDW's help, we'll I do live in Kentucky so you got me there
Dirty Harry

Florence, KY

#39 Jan 24, 2013
First, the guys that are postin from here down south needs to quit tryin to talk for eveyone else! Maybe its for attention and it makes you feel good! Second, moral is not low! It depends on who you talk to! The guys that say that try to get by doin the least they can do, bitch about everything including how they hate their job. The guys behind all this need to sit back and ask their self if this will benefit the company here in Florence? Or will it drive us out of a job like it did up north? Are you all that greedy? And what about this so called meeting on sunday? The ones that planned this should have told each and everyone of us instead of calling certain individuals that r against it to tell us about it! Quit tryin to hide because we know who you are! Just keep on gettin by doin the least you can and get by with it!
u r clueless

Newark, OH

#40 Jan 24, 2013
Dirty Harry wrote:
First, the guys that are postin from here down south needs to quit tryin to talk for eveyone else! Maybe its for attention and it makes you feel good! Second, moral is not low! It depends on who you talk to! The guys that say that try to get by doin the least they can do, bitch about everything including how they hate their job. The guys behind all this need to sit back and ask their self if this will benefit the company here in Florence? Or will it drive us out of a job like it did up north? Are you all that greedy? And what about this so called meeting on sunday? The ones that planned this should have told each and everyone of us instead of calling certain individuals that r against it to tell us about it! Quit tryin to hide because we know who you are! Just keep on gettin by doin the least you can and get by with it!
You sound dumb & ignorant. I'm sure you bend over willing.
concern worker

Florence, KY

#41 Jan 24, 2013
How about instead of starting this new problem with we should have a union or not have one how about we fix the problems that we have right now. First and foremost is COMMUNICATION we have none.or very little down in Florence and seems like no one has a clue what's going on and for the people that do should speak up. Second is this good ol boy system we have in Florence you have guys come in day in and day out and work hard and you have guys that do nothing all day and the ones who work hard are the ones getting yelled at or they make a mistake. You have management talking crap about how awful they are. You can make hundreds of good parts but they can't let go.on that one part. They overreact things like that and say things they shouldn't say. I understand bosses have there favorites but don't make it that obvious.

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