Martinrea going UAW!

“Dewey Beats Truman!”

Since: Apr 12

Here

#141 Sep 30, 2012
Union YES!
Rubben

Madisonville, KY

#143 Oct 11, 2012
Rumor at the plant is that if the Union stays they are going to sell off the plant again.
Former Martinrea Grunt

Paducah, KY

#144 Nov 1, 2012
So, what's the story out at the Rea? I've heard that someone from the office was walked out for failing a drug test, around a half dozen people walked out at one time, and that Ada and the plant manager had been let go.

Has Ford actually pulled any lines out? Someone let me know what the heck is going on out there, please? Thanks.
Fools

Hopkinsville, KY

#145 Feb 20, 2013
The corporate management is incompetent and only obtained their positions through cronyism so they do not understand how to actually work their business efficiently. They believe just having a position in management is the same thing as actually managing. They are clueless.
tink1985

Hopkinsville, KY

#147 Feb 23, 2013
Union is not that great. My husband worked at DANA right before they went union. As soon as they went union it went to hell. i was not long after that they laid everyone off and sold the company to Metalsa. So where was the Union's help during that crap. They got no help they all had to get unemployment while they searched for new jobs. I would seriously think about it before you vote on it.

Since: Apr 12

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#149 Feb 25, 2013
tink1985 wrote:
Union is not that great. My husband worked at DANA right before they went union. As soon as they went union it went to hell. i was not long after that they laid everyone off and sold the company to Metalsa. So where was the Union's help during that crap. They got no help they all had to get unemployment while they searched for new jobs. I would seriously think about it before you vote on it.
You may or may not remember that a year or so before Dana workers organized their union the company mismanaged itself into bankruptcy. Workers were force fed a 2-tier wage system without an opportunity to negotiate, premium overtime pay was lost forcing workers to work 40 hours before overtime would be paid, the tuition reimbursement program was ended, overtime announcements occurred during the last 5 minutes of a shift, and finally, when bankruptcy did become reality, the stock that employee's were "strongly encouraged" to purchase became worthless.
After organization bargaining in the initial contract restored premium overtime pay, the vacation time off scheduling process was streamlined, the tuition reimbursement program was reinstated, workers received an amount of stock in the restructured Dana, and overtime scheduling was greatly improved.
We are still saddled with a 2-tier wage system that while by no means the choice of workers, is vastly improved and will remain a focus of future negotiations, I'm sure.
The sale of Dana to Metalsa was discussed with the Bargaining Committee on several occasions. The membership of the local union had to vote to ratify and allow the sale to be finalized. As I recall the vote was overwhelmingly in favor to allow Metalsa to purchase the Hopkinsville Dana plant.
Since that sale another contract has been negotiated that immeasurably improved the initial one bargained with Dana; a company emerging from bankruptcy and on extremely unstable financial ground. New business and an extension of current business has been achieved. Employee/Management relations have stabilized to the best I have seen in 10 years working at the plant.
There was indeed a massive layoff during the financial crisis that left GM, the principle customer for the products produced by the Hopkinsville Metalsa facility, bankrupt. This crisis was not brought on by the UAW or the workers at Metalsa. The terms of the contract ratified by the membership were followed in the eventual recall of laid off workers and today hiring is pretty much an ongoing process as we ramp up for the new product line.
Workers at any facility should think long and hard before deciding to take the steps necessary to form their own union. They should gather as much factual information as possible from both company and labor positions. It's hard work forming, building, growing an maintaining a union. No one is ever completely satisfied with the results of bargaining. In my experience working at the plant prior to and since becoming a union plant, we are much better off having a strong voice in the workplace. The boss has to negotiate and bargain. We are not "at will" employees. As the local grows and becomes stronger improvements in conditions will continue.
Dana

Nebo, KY

#150 Feb 27, 2013
tim59 wrote:
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You may or may not remember that a year or so before Dana workers organized their union the company mismanaged itself into bankruptcy. Workers were force fed a 2-tier wage system without an opportunity to negotiate, premium overtime pay was lost forcing workers to work 40 hours before overtime would be paid, the tuition reimbursement program was ended, overtime announcements occurred during the last 5 minutes of a shift, and finally, when bankruptcy did become reality, the stock that employee's were "strongly encouraged" to purchase became worthless.
After organization bargaining in the initial contract restored premium overtime pay, the vacation time off scheduling process was streamlined, the tuition reimbursement program was reinstated, workers received an amount of stock in the restructured Dana, and overtime scheduling was greatly improved.
We are still saddled with a 2-tier wage system that while by no means the choice of workers, is vastly improved and will remain a focus of future negotiations, I'm sure.
The sale of Dana to Metalsa was discussed with the Bargaining Committee on several occasions. The membership of the local union had to vote to ratify and allow the sale to be finalized. As I recall the vote was overwhelmingly in favor to allow Metalsa to purchase the Hopkinsville Dana plant.
Since that sale another contract has been negotiated that immeasurably improved the initial one bargained with Dana; a company emerging from bankruptcy and on extremely unstable financial ground. New business and an extension of current business has been achieved. Employee/Management relations have stabilized to the best I have seen in 10 years working at the plant.
There was indeed a massive layoff during the financial crisis that left GM, the principle customer for the products produced by the Hopkinsville Metalsa facility, bankrupt. This crisis was not brought on by the UAW or the workers at Metalsa. The terms of the contract ratified by the membership were followed in the eventual recall of laid off workers and today hiring is pretty much an ongoing process as we ramp up for the new product line.
Workers at any facility should think long and hard before deciding to take the steps necessary to form their own union. They should gather as much factual information as possible from both company and labor positions. It's hard work forming, building, growing an maintaining a union. No one is ever completely satisfied with the results of bargaining. In my experience working at the plant prior to and since becoming a union plant, we are much better off having a strong voice in the workplace. The boss has to negotiate and bargain. We are not "at will" employees. As the local grows and becomes stronger improvements in conditions will continue.
Thereis a reason why union membership is declining rapidly!

“Dewey Beats Truman!”

Since: Apr 12

Here

#151 Feb 28, 2013
Dana wrote:
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Thereis a reason why union membership is declining rapidly!
Yes a class war waged by Republicants aimed at destroying workers rights!
tim59

Cadiz, KY

#152 Mar 1, 2013
Dana wrote:
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Thereis a reason why union membership is declining rapidly!
Union membership is actually beginning to grow, again. Just sayin'.
Stupid people

Tucker, GA

#153 Mar 2, 2013
You all have no idea about Martinrea yes some bad parts were sent out to ford but I was only cause of a bad weld as far as everything else false u just have to let someone know ur going to the rest room and they just replaced all the vending machines and water fountains on the floor it's a great job and I get treated with a lot of respect out there
Bliggityblah

Williamsburg, KY

#154 Mar 5, 2013
Enjoy it while you can cause it's eventually gonna burn down.
Go union

Nebo, KY

#155 Mar 7, 2013
Sounds like its not very safe out there. Somebody is caught under a robotic arm and they've called the helicopter. How does something like that not have a light curtain?
Barry

Madisonville, KY

#156 Mar 7, 2013
Martinrea had bad parts get out because they were writing falsified weld reports to keep stuff going out the door.

The vending company handles the vending machines , not Martinrea . Martinrea will and does take a cut of the money you spend while there making them money.

The light curtain will be working before OSHA shows up to investigate , then it will be the workers fault.
martyrea

Albuquerque, NM

#158 Mar 8, 2013
The antiunion posts in this thread are straight out of the union busters handbook.
Don't listen to them! The Shelbyville plant is proud to be union. Without the UAW , martinrea would have us working for minimum wage 24/7. Instead. We have great pay ,no forced Sundays, job security.
whatever

Hopkinsville, KY

#159 Mar 8, 2013
martyrea wrote:
The antiunion posts in this thread are straight out of the union busters handbook.
Don't listen to them! The Shelbyville plant is proud to be union. Without the UAW , martinrea would have us working for minimum wage 24/7. Instead. We have great pay ,no forced Sundays, job security.
Martinrea has bad parts get out because they use to hire the best of the best. Now they hire loser street thugs.
Barry

Madisonville, KY

#160 Mar 8, 2013
martyrea wrote:
The antiunion posts in this thread are straight out of the union busters handbook.
Don't listen to them! The Shelbyville plant is proud to be union. Without the UAW , martinrea would have us working for minimum wage 24/7. Instead. We have great pay ,no forced Sundays, job security.
No forced Sundays ??? We must work at different Hoptown Martinrea plants.
whatashame

Hopkinsville, KY

#161 Mar 8, 2013
whatever wrote:
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Martinrea has bad parts get out because they use to hire the best of the best. Now they hire loser street thugs.
no its because they care about quantity not QUALITY!
whatashame

Hopkinsville, KY

#162 Mar 8, 2013
Barry wrote:
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No forced Sundays ??? We must work at different Hoptown Martinrea plants.
think he works at shelbyville plant.sundays are a given at hopkinsville plant!lol

“Dewey Beats Truman!”

Since: Apr 12

Here

#163 Mar 8, 2013
You notice how lax safety is at non-union places? Unions want living breathing healthy brothers and sisters. Companies want cogs in a machine. Look just north of here at the coal mines. When the unions were king, safety and health were top priorities. Now the coal mines kill people without a thought.
for real

United States

#164 Mar 8, 2013
U really don't think anyone wanted this young man to die. I swear I see some of the dumbest shit ever said on this blog.

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