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James Dodd

Memphis, TN

#1 Sep 30, 2010
UAW is already at certain plants down south talking to people.The cuts in pay and benefits of the hourly employees and not to management has given fuel to the UAWs cause. Why would caterpillar create a breeding ground for this with their tight fistedness? I am out of Memphis and I have heard the complaints and have filed complaints to the national labor relations board about Cat management harssing members and creating a hostile work environment to keep a union out. Hear me now. Management tryimg to keep a union out is against the law. So the current plant managers have fought with GM we heard and is running through the workers like a bull in a China shop. Well, no more. We will put a foot hold in the south and the threats will not be tolerated. So straighten up for we are on our way.
Bethany Coles

Memphis, TN

#2 Sep 30, 2010
I agree something needs to be done. We are losing too much to the big companies anyways.
TrueBlueCorinthi an

Jackson, MS

#3 Sep 30, 2010
A union at the Mississippi Caterpillar facility would be the most ignorant move that could happen. This would be the final nail in the coffin. I understand and appreciate the anger of the employees. But at least you still have jobs. A lot of people around here don't. You vote in a union and believe me Caterpillar is GONE. They will move it to another of the new facilities that are getting fired up.
Logistics Union Organizer

Memphis, TN

#6 Sep 30, 2010
Logistics should be easy to organize cause its just starting up with a low payscale.
Pea Pie

Corinth, MS

#7 Sep 30, 2010
Local Cat workers!!!!! DO NOT LET THESE PEOPLE TALK YOU INTO THIS!!!! THEY HAVE NOTHING TO LOOSE!! AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN.....However you do not!!! GOOD LUCK!!!
UAW organizer

Memphis, TN

#8 Sep 30, 2010
http://uaw.org/node/1937

Go here to contact me. We are going to be in the area talking to people.Management will tell you not to organize and we have done heard complaints. We have passed that on to the National Labor Relations Board.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#9 Sep 30, 2010
Well i worked at a certain factory around here for a couple of years thats shutting its doors now and they tried to get a union in to give the workers better pay about ten years ago and everyone voted no cause management was basically scaring the hell out of everyone saying if they come we will lay people off and shut the plant down well ever since everyone in that plant voted no they laid off 700 workers plus now they are laying off another 400 by december the crappy thing about it all they did anyway what they said they were gonna do even after everyone still voted no union the only thing that they succeeded in was not paying the workers what they really could have been making. before the layoffs happened. so not only did they screw the workers out of better pay the next ten years they still shut the plant down anyway. so i say get what you can out of them cause they are going to do what they want to do anyway.whether you have a job or not.or better pay or not. may as well have one that way you at least have a voice in what your pay is going even if they shut it down.
Kieth Simmons

Memphis, TN

#10 Sep 30, 2010
He is right. You have to stand up for your rights.There is strength in numbers.
Steve Johnson

Memphis, TN

#11 Sep 30, 2010
If they were leaving, they wouldn't be petting their management to death. No factory, no warehouse, no need for management here. Use some commonsense.

ctown70

Since: Aug 10

Pinola, MS

#12 Sep 30, 2010
Ghostwriter004 wrote:
Well i worked at a certain factory around here for a couple of years thats shutting its doors now and they tried to get a union in to give the workers better pay about ten years ago and everyone voted no cause management was basically scaring the hell out of everyone saying if they come we will lay people off and shut the plant down well ever since everyone in that plant voted no they laid off 700 workers plus now they are laying off another 400 by december the crappy thing about it all they did anyway what they said they were gonna do even after everyone still voted no union the only thing that they succeeded in was not paying the workers what they really could have been making. before the layoffs happened. so not only did they screw the workers out of better pay the next ten years they still shut the plant down anyway. so i say get what you can out of them cause they are going to do what they want to do anyway.whether you have a job or not.or better pay or not. may as well have one that way you at least have a voice in what your pay is going even if they shut it down.
Comparing a medium that became obsolete with a company that creates equipment that is still being used 50 years after it is made isn't comparing apples to oranges. It's comparing zebras to watermelons.
Bill Fines

Memphis, TN

#13 Sep 30, 2010
Why don't you guys at the Oxford plant consider organizing?
NLRB

Memphis, TN

#14 Sep 30, 2010
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT
The NLRA guarantees the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in
other protected concerted activity. Employees covered by the NLRA* are protected from certain types of employer and
union misconduct. This Notice gives you general information about your rights, and about the obligations of employers
and unions under the NLRA. Contact the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal agency that investigates and
resolves complaints under the NLRA, using the contact information supplied below, if you have any questions about
specific rights that may apply in your particular workplace.
Under the NLRA, you have the right to:
• Organize a union to negotiate with your employer concerning your wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of
employment.
• Form, join or assist a union.
• Bargain collectively through representatives of employees’ own choosing for a contract with your employer setting your
wages, benefits, hours, and other working conditions.
• Discuss your terms and conditions of employment or union organizing with your co-workers or a union.
• Take action with one or more co-workers to improve your working conditions by, among other means, raising work-related
complaints directly with your employer or with a government agency, and seeking help from a union.
• Strike and picket, depending on the purpose or means of the strike or the picketing.
• Choose not to do any of these activities, including joining or remaining a member of a union.
Under the NLRA, it is illegal for your employer to:
• Prohibit you from soliciting for a union during non-work time,
such as before or after work or during break times; or from
distributing union literature during non-work time, in non-work
areas, such as parking lots or break rooms.
• Question you about your union support or activities in a
manner that discourages you from engaging in that
activity.
• Fire, demote, or transfer you, or reduce your hours or
change your shift, or otherwise take adverse action against
you, or threaten to take any of these actions, because you
join or support a union, or because you engage in concerted
activity for mutual aid and protection, or because you choose
not to engage in any such activity.
• Threaten to close your workplace if workers choose a
union to represent them.
• Promise or grant promotions, pay raises, or other benefits
to discourage or encourage union support.
• Prohibit you from wearing union hats, buttons, t-shirts, and
pins in the workplace except under special circumstances.
• Spy on or videotape peaceful union activities and
gatherings or pretend to do so.
Under the NLRA, it is illegal for a union or for the union
that represents you in bargaining with your employer
to:
• Threaten you that you will lose your job unless you
support the union.
• Refuse to process a grievance because you have
criticized union officials or because you are not a member
of the union.
• Use or maintain discriminatory standards or procedures in
making job referrals from a hiring hall.
• Cause or attempt to cause an employer to discriminate
against you because of your union-related activity.
• Take other adverse action against you based on whether
you have joined or support the union.
If you and your coworkers select a union to act as your
collective bargaining representative, your employer and the
union are required to bargain in good faith in a genuine
effort to reach a written, binding agreement setting your
terms and conditions of employment. The union is required
to fairly represent you in bargaining and enforcing the
agreement.
Illegal conduct will not be permitted. If you believe your rights or the rights of others have been violated, you should
contact the NLRB promptly to protect your rights, generally within six months of the unlawful activity.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#15 Sep 30, 2010
NLRB wrote:
EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
UNDER THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT
The NLRA guarantees the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers, and to engage in
other protected concerted activity. Employees covered by the NLRA* are protected from certain types of employer and
union misconduct. This Notice gives you general information about your rights, and about the obligations of employers
and unions under the NLRA. Contact the National Labor Relations Board, the Federal agency that investigates and
resolves complaints under the NLRA, using the contact information supplied below, if you have any questions about
specific rights that may apply in your particular workplace.
Under the NLRA, you have the right to:
• Organize a union to negotiate with your employer concerning your wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of
employment.
• Form, join or assist a union.
• Bargain collectively through representatives of employees’ own choosing for a contract with your employer setting your
wages, benefits, hours, and other working conditions.
• Discuss your terms and conditions of employment or union organizing with your co-workers or a union.
• Take action with one or more co-workers to improve your working conditions by, among other means, raising work-related
complaints directly with your employer or with a government agency, and seeking help from a union.
• Strike and picket, depending on the purpose or means of the strike or the picketing.
• Choose not to do any of these activities, including joining or remaining a member of a union.
Under the NLRA, it is illegal for your employer to:
• Prohibit you from soliciting for a union during non-work time,
such as before or after work or during break times; or from
distributing union literature during non-work time, in non-work
areas, such as parking lots or break rooms.
• Question you about your union support or activities in a
manner that discourages you from engaging in that
activity.
• Fire, demote, or transfer you, or reduce your hours or
change your shift, or otherwise take adverse action against
you, or threaten to take any of these actions, because you
join or support a union, or because you engage in concerted
activity for mutual aid and protection, or because you choose
not to engage in any such activity.
• Threaten to close your workplace if workers choose a
union to represent them.
• Promise or grant promotions, pay raises, or other benefits
to discourage or encourage union support.
• Prohibit you from wearing union hats, buttons, t-shirts, and
pins in the workplace except under special circumstances.
• Spy on or videotape peaceful union activities and
gatherings or pretend to do so.
Under the NLRA, it is illegal for a union or for the union
that represents you in bargaining with your employer
to:
• Threaten you that you will lose your job unless you
support the union.
• Refuse to process a grievance because you have
criticized union officials or because you are not a member
of the union.
• Use or maintain discriminatory standards or procedures in
making job referrals from a hiring hall.
• Cause or attempt to cause an employer to discriminate
against you because of your union-related activity.
• Take other adverse action against you based on whether
you have joined or support the union.
If you and your coworkers select a union to act as your
collective bargaining representative, your employer and the
union are required to bargain in good faith in a genuine
effort to reach a written, binding agreement setting your
terms and conditions of employment. The union is required
to fairly represent you in bargaining and enforcing the
agreement.
Illegal conduct will not be permitted. If you believe your rights or the rights of others have been violated, you should
contact the NLRB promptly to protect your rights, generally within six months of the unlawful activity.
this is what exactly 10 years ago that people said no to and look whats hap tod

ctown70

Since: Aug 10

Pinola, MS

#16 Sep 30, 2010
Ghostwriter004 wrote:
<quoted text>this is what exactly 10 years ago that people said no to and look whats hap tod
whats hap tod!!!

Anyways, again, you are comparing a company that made printed text, with a company that has made machinery for well over 80 years. The printed text is becoming obsolete. Heavy-duty machinery will never become obsolete. You simply can't compare the two. Quad/Graphics shutting down has nothing to do with the workers being unionized or not.

Tell me. Do you think that had World Color unionized ten years ago that it would still be open and going strong today? If so, please let me know so that I can stop wasting my time typing words to an idiot.
jimmy smith

Memphis, TN

#17 Sep 30, 2010
a union gives you strength and a voice in your abilty to bargain for wages,benefits,retirement,and job security.How does any of the hourly employees feel right now.Can they just be terminated for any reason.That doesn't happen with a union protecting you.I'm sure all the people Caterpillar unfairly terminated wish that had a union standing up for them.Kroger,a grocery store,has a union and the factories do not.A bunch of sackers have more gumption that a bunch of blue collar workers,come on.
UAW

Memphis, TN

#19 Sep 30, 2010
The biggest complaint we are getting is about the merit increases.They were promised a raise every six months and then frozen.The stock dividend goes up and the only way a shop employee can get a raise is if the supervisor wants to give him one,once a year.
That is not fair.You guys made the company not them.You make the product that they sale and make a profit off of.You deserve a voice.Do you enjoy being belittled when you have an all employee meeting?Don't go to these meetings to be insulted.You are worth more than they treat you.Your human being who should be treated with respect.Unite!Unite!

Since: Sep 10

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#20 Sep 30, 2010
ctown70 wrote:
<quoted text>whats hap tod!!!
Anyways, again, you are comparing a company that made printed text, with a company that has made machinery for well over 80 years. The printed text is becoming obsolete. Heavy-duty machinery will never become obsolete. You simply can't compare the two. Quad/Graphics shutting down has nothing to do with the workers being unionized or not.
Tell me. Do you think that had World Color unionized ten years ago that it would still be open and going strong today? If so, please let me know so that I can stop wasting my time typing words to an idiot.
oh yeah dont worry your shits gonna be obsolete to their mr safe and secure i wouldnt be so safe and secure there were alot of robots that were unmanned in i that were digging holes and trenches and doing all kinds of heavy machinery stuff and none of those robots had cat sitting on the side of them either dont worrry your days are marked to and youll be sitting in the same shet pot like world probably in about ten years maybe even less i say less. no difference production work is production work whether your making magazines engines plastic toilet paper lawn mower engines timber products cocacola
doesnt matter same shet different day what does matter is how much shet are you willing to take up the ass in the mean time.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#21 Sep 30, 2010
meant to say iraq and
dardar

Corinth, MS

#22 Oct 1, 2010
Has anyone thought about the fact that this country is in a recession? CAT employees are lucky to have jobs that pay as well as they do.
The only thing a union ever did for me was put me out of work. I worked in a dept store in Ohio that was unionized. They were negotiating our contract and the company fought long and hard. The company finally gave in and we were told within weeks that our store was closing.
I would NEVER vote to unionize!!

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#23 Oct 1, 2010
dardar wrote:
Has anyone thought about the fact that this country is in a recession? CAT employees are lucky to have jobs that pay as well as they do.
The only thing a union ever did for me was put me out of work. I worked in a dept store in Ohio that was unionized. They were negotiating our contract and the company fought long and hard. The company finally gave in and we were told within weeks that our store was closing.
I would NEVER vote to unionize!!
they were going to close anyway and they cant close down anyway there are strict laws companies have to abide by before they close their doors and they have to allow now many many months before they shut down they dont do it in weeks any more

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