Is a union trying to organize at Erie...

Is a union trying to organize at Erie Insurance?

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Mother Jones

Erie, PA

#1 Oct 26, 2012
I have 20 years in at Erie Insurance, I've held various positions over the years and I am generally satisfied with my employment.
However in the last few years things are not what they used to be, we are scolded if we have a family picture in our work area, supervisors are very petty about work procedures and the general work atmosphere has tanked in many departments. Earlier this week when we were on break one of the "decent supervisors" in my area mentioned that some employees were looking at unionizing certain areas of the company, she said we had to be careful because if the upper management found out they would fire anyone involved, does that sound like a good working condition?
I do know that since the new CEO came on board the company has lost it's family atmosphere and it is not what it used to be.
Has anyone else heard where or how we can get more information on organizing?
St Larry

Colver, PA

#2 Oct 26, 2012
Mother Jones wrote:
I have 20 years in at Erie Insurance, I've held various positions over the years and I am generally satisfied with my employment.
However in the last few years things are not what they used to be, we are scolded if we have a family picture in our work area, supervisors are very petty about work procedures and the general work atmosphere has tanked in many departments. Earlier this week when we were on break one of the "decent supervisors" in my area mentioned that some employees were looking at unionizing certain areas of the company, she said we had to be careful because if the upper management found out they would fire anyone involved, does that sound like a good working condition?
I do know that since the new CEO came on board the company has lost it's family atmosphere and it is not what it used to be.
Has anyone else heard where or how we can get more information on organizing?
Try Google, troll.

Since: Nov 07

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#3 Oct 27, 2012
LMAO!

I guess you don't know that you CAN'T get fired for organizing. Keep trying little troll..
Jill

Pittsburgh, PA

#4 Oct 27, 2012
Up @ st. V's they fired a few for talking about it. Be careful who you talk to @ work& talk to a union rep ASAP! U can & will be terminated for "other" reasons if found out. They make stuff up on you.
SWJ

Erie, PA

#5 Oct 27, 2012
Mother Jones wrote:
I have 20 years in at Erie Insurance, I've held various positions over the years and I am generally satisfied with my employment.
However in the last few years things are not what they used to be, we are scolded if we have a family picture in our work area, supervisors are very petty about work procedures and the general work atmosphere has tanked in many departments. Earlier this week when we were on break one of the "decent supervisors" in my area mentioned that some employees were looking at unionizing certain areas of the company, she said we had to be careful because if the upper management found out they would fire anyone involved, does that sound like a good working condition?
I do know that since the new CEO came on board the company has lost it's family atmosphere and it is not what it used to be.
Has anyone else heard where or how we can get more information on organizing?
I've heard from a number of friends who work at EIE that conditions are not what they used to be. However, trying to start a Union there will lead to no good for employees and the community.

The only people who will benefit will be Union organizers and Union staff.
Stitch Johnson

Erie, PA

#6 Oct 27, 2012
I have ten years at Erie, I had heard about this last fall, I hope it is true and that we can get some positive movement on it. The CEO is an a--hole.
Unions-what they are

Erie, PA

#7 Oct 27, 2012
SWJ wrote:
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I've heard from a number of friends who work at EIE that conditions are not what they used to be. However, trying to start a Union there will lead to no good for employees and the community.
The only people who will benefit will be Union organizers and Union staff.
They are all about feeding unions leaders and promoting single causes. Examples such as getting projects to benefit their members and leaders, many times at the expense of the overall company they are part of.
Face it, unions have helped some, but nowadays, don't see much benefit from an outdated organization.
St Larry

Colver, PA

#8 Oct 27, 2012
Sounds like Terry Cavanaugh's pushing people to do some work and stop squatting on their cushy jobs, and they don't like it.
CEO at Erie

Erie, PA

#9 Oct 27, 2012
St Larry wrote:
Sounds like Terry Cavanaugh's pushing people to do some work and stop squatting on their cushy jobs, and they don't like it.
He may be pushing people and hopefully al the higher-ups including himself, because think about it, some of them make huge salaries, have many, I mean many, bonus plans, to make sure they get their chunk of the pie.

Also, face it, many people have been promoted based on who they know, and what cliques they can join. These people come in with high school degrees and get on the good side of the boss without ever achieving any thing. Many have big mouths and kiss butt to move up. But many do not help agents sell more business, and that's what is all about. Those that can do that should move up and make more money/be promoted.
Erie sucks

Erie, PA

#10 Oct 27, 2012
Fk erie insurance. Hope it burns. Good luck unionizing. The only good ones are the unions already in place.
truth

Corry, PA

#11 Oct 27, 2012
Rollout wrote:
LMAO!
I guess you don't know that you CAN'T get fired for organizing. Keep trying little troll..
That law's a sieve.

http://www.americanrightsatwork.org/publicati...
Desmon Tutu

Erie, PA

#12 Oct 27, 2012
Cavanaugh is a douch, pompus blow bag.
Go Union!
Pigs

Girard, PA

#13 Oct 27, 2012
What a great idea! Unionize the whole work force! Follow the union pig overlords they will not lead you astray!

But then when Erie Ins. announces that they are building a new facility in Texas to handle the "overflow" or they move their HQ to a higher profile city don't go crying to the union pigs as your job is shipped out of the city! But no no company would ever do that....

Go ahead unionize, drive another Fortune 500 company out of Erie. We can survive with out them!
St Larry

Colver, PA

#14 Oct 27, 2012
Pigs wrote:
What a great idea! Unionize the whole work force! Follow the union pig overlords they will not lead you astray!
But then when Erie Ins. announces that they are building a new facility in Texas to handle the "overflow" or they move their HQ to a higher profile city don't go crying to the union pigs as your job is shipped out of the city! But no no company would ever do that....
Go ahead unionize, drive another Fortune 500 company out of Erie. We can survive with out them!
Hear, Hear! Call in the Pinkertons!

(groan)
Pigs Brain

Erie, PA

#15 Oct 27, 2012
That's the ticket "Pig", roll over and let the corporate rulers lord over you. How do you exist with so much fear built up inside? That is the mentality that let the greedy bastards take control of this great country and the working class to be eased out of existence.
Bend over and take another one for the team or grow a set.
What happens when they move south and their insatiable greed can not be satisfied and they then go to Mexico, who's fault is it then? In your world I am sure you would blame Obama and the democrats.
Carl Bernstein

Erie, PA

#16 Feb 27, 2013
Mother Jones wrote:
I have 20 years in at Erie Insurance, I've held various positions over the years and I am generally satisfied with my employment.
However in the last few years things are not what they used to be, we are scolded if we have a family picture in our work area, supervisors are very petty about work procedures and the general work atmosphere has tanked in many departments. Earlier this week when we were on break one of the "decent supervisors" in my area mentioned that some employees were looking at unionizing certain areas of the company, she said we had to be careful because if the upper management found out they would fire anyone involved, does that sound like a good working condition?
I do know that since the new CEO came on board the company has lost it's family atmosphere and it is not what it used to be.
Has anyone else heard where or how we can get more information on organizing?
Why don't you do this? Find another job?
Pat McGroyne

Girard, PA

#17 Feb 27, 2013
What's this I'm reading, the new CEO has taken the coveted Erie Culture and thrown it out the window?!?! You don't say?!?! The culture shift is people are now expected to do actual work? This cant be good news for all of the uneducated do-nothings that have skated by for so long. Now these same do-nothings want to try and organize to save their pathetic asses? Organized labor only protects the lazy and uninspired. Dont believe me? It is siphoning the very life out of the GE plant here in Erie with each passing minute ( among other things, like trading a reliable product for $1 billion in profit, good job Lo).... if it is true and new management is cleaning up EIG, then all of the silk scarf wearing, ugly, bad skinned trolls that treated everyone under them poorly you deserve what you have coming..... choo-choo!! here comes the kharma train
Jack MeHoff

Erie, PA

#18 Feb 27, 2013
Frank, I was out at Kahkwa earlier tonight, someone in the know said that Cavanaugh may be on the way out the door at Erie. The Hagens are not real thrilled with him and whatever the Hagens want they get. Look out tall bald man!
Carl Bernstein

Erie, PA

#19 Feb 27, 2013
In their defense I will say that Erie Insurance does run its business like a sole-less gestapo regime. However, I agree with you Pat. Once these unions, in the current modus operandi, get in these places they ruin them!

I would much rather see the company suffer from good employees leaving for better opportunities than I would like to see this crap-assed unions get their greedy, godless hands in there.
Say What

Mansfield, OH

#20 Feb 28, 2013
Pat McGroyne wrote:
What's this I'm reading, the new CEO has taken the coveted Erie Culture and thrown it out the window?!?! You don't say?!?! The culture shift is people are now expected to do actual work? This cant be good news for all of the uneducated do-nothings that have skated by for so long. Now these same do-nothings want to try and organize to save their pathetic asses? Organized labor only protects the lazy and uninspired. Dont believe me? It is siphoning the very life out of the GE plant here in Erie with each passing minute ( among other things, like trading a reliable product for $1 billion in profit, good job Lo).... if it is true and new management is cleaning up EIG, then all of the silk scarf wearing, ugly, bad skinned trolls that treated everyone under them poorly you deserve what you have coming..... choo-choo!! here comes the kharma train
I do not think that you know what the hell you are talking about. Unless you have ever worked at EIE you have no idea. I worked there back in the 70's. I absolutely hated it! Ding the bell rang you went on break, ding the bell rang you were back at your desk working your ass off. I am not afraid of work and I a am not lazy. They treated people like a bunch of grade school kids. It was awful! Even to think about it to this day I shudder. So you saying that the new CEO actually wants people to "work" you have no freaking clue. It was like a concentration camp there. After 3 years I left and have never had any regrets about doing it. Take a look at pictures of sweat shops with all the sewing machines lined up and that's exactly what it was like with the renewal department. So shut the hell up about the people not "working". They would breathe down your neck all day long. And don't take to long to take a pee, holy crap, they must have done a study on that and it should only take you 3 seconds to get in and out of the restroom. Believe me if you are a "do nothing" as you state you would be out on your ass in a heartbeat.

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