Steelworkers on strike at Rotek Inc. ...

Steelworkers on strike at Rotek Inc. in Aurora

There are 4998 comments on the Recordpub.com story from Jan 18, 2013, titled Steelworkers on strike at Rotek Inc. in Aurora. In it, Recordpub.com reports that:

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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the kid

Bowling Green, KY

#2014 Mar 31, 2013
Contrary wrote:
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I can think for myself! I don't want the company thinking they can take money from me at anytime. You obviously don't under stand how the union works. Its obvious that what you do know about a union is from what someone who is against a union has told you, which are plenty of myths!
Look there is NO One coming into our plant. If we get a union, the people running it will be us! How is that not thinking for ourselves? We elect each other!!! We vote on issues!!! We are speaking for ourselves obviously!! If we ever had to go to court to fight the company then we can get help from higher up and they help with lawyers!
What about all of that doesn't click with you?
Why don't you want a contract?
Why don't you want that security?
What security does the company give you? They cant even tell you there will not be cuts in 6 months!
Why didn't we get a 2 percent raise this year? Because Aurora's numbers were down. right? So this was a company issue, right?
So why are you saying that the pay cuts are only a Aurora issue?
These business decisions that are being made is an Rotek Issue!! If they happen there, it will happen here!
There is No reason they need us to take these concessions. Rotek is not going anywhere. Have you heard management tell you that if a union forms then we'll lose our jobs? No, you haven't.
If you have heard that it has come from someone else. Haters!! If you are to make a sound decision, your not going to get straight information from someone who doesn't want a union to form.
Plants shut down and move for economic issues not because unions form!
Look at the stock market. Corporate America has never made this much money in all of history!!!!!
Rotek doesn't need 20 or 30 percent from anybody, They have PLENTY!
As far as paying dues, Guys its 1.4 percent of your weekly pay, somewhere around 14 bucks a week.
So it's 1.4 percent or 20 to 30 percent. NO Brainer!!
Rotek south for many years didn't need a union but new leadership with a different business plan cause's change and it's time for us to change too!
As far as cars being messed with, whose to say Kevin or someone isn't out there being mischievous to make others look bad. We just don't know, could be anyone! This shouldn't be happening at all. Its a pi$$ poor way to handle a situation!
It will not be Florence who makes a decsion to strike or not strike. It will be Aurora, which seems to be everytime the wind blows. Did you guy's in florence ever think maybe your playing into Dr. T hand. Maybe with two Union shops he will just shut both them down and move to Germany. Your want protection because that what a bunch of guys standing around a barrell for three months tell you. The truth is the guys standing around the barrell are not profitable.
truth

Louisville, KY

#2015 Mar 31, 2013
the kid wrote:
<quoted text>It will not be Florence who makes a decsion to strike or not strike. It will be Aurora, which seems to be everytime the wind blows. Did you guy's in florence ever think maybe your playing into Dr. T hand. Maybe with two Union shops he will just shut both them down and move to Germany. Your want protection because that what a bunch of guys standing around a barrell for three months tell you. The truth is the guys standing around the barrell are not profitable.
Why not Florence? Aurora has nothing to do with us.

What is a Union?

A union is workers joining together to pursue policies and goals beneficial to one and all. Nothing more, nothing less. In other words, a union is you and your fellow workers, acting in concert to better your everyday working conditions.

A union is what gives the individual worker a voice in decisions and events that directly affect him or her in an undertaking that constitutes a major portion of life, that is, work.

A union allows workers a say in changing workplace conditions and solving workplace problems. With a union contract and grievance procedure to back them up, workers don’t have to suffer in silence or feel that their only option to unacceptable conditions is to quit their jobs.

As a worker, you have a right under federal law to form a union, select representatives of your choice and bargain collectively with your employer. This helps balance the power that employers have over individual employees.

Belonging to a union gives you rights under law that you do not have as an individual. Once you have formed a union, your employer must bargain with you over your wages, hours and working conditions.

Who runs the union?

The union leadership is elected in a strict democratic process. The officers are nominated and elected from among each individual local’s membership. Elections are held for officers in most local unions every three years.

It is important to note that as described above, every local union officer is a member. Every officer has worked under a collective bargaining agreement like every other member. All local union elected officials were selected to run the day to day business of the union because of their skills, commitment and ability to serve the membership.
truth

Louisville, KY

#2016 Mar 31, 2013
this to: "the kid"

Myth: Unions force workers out on strike often.

Fact: Workers in USW and most other unions vote whether or not to strike. Ninety-nine percent of USW contract negotiations are settled without a strike. No one ever wants a strike.
truth

Louisville, KY

#2017 Mar 31, 2013
this to: "the kid"

Myth: Companies close due to unions.

Fact: Companies close for economic reasons—and the vast majority of companies that close are nonunion. Some companies, however, like to keep this myth alive by illegally threatening workers who attempt to form a union by saying the company will close. Studies have shown that, in fact, unions help decrease employee turnover and can increase efficiency.
the kid

Bowling Green, KY

#2018 Mar 31, 2013
truth wrote:
this to: "the kid"
Myth: Companies close due to unions.
Fact: Companies close for economic reasons—and the vast majority of companies that close are nonunion. Some companies, however, like to keep this myth alive by illegally threatening workers who attempt to form a union by saying the company will close. Studies have shown that, in fact, unions help decrease employee turnover and can increase efficiency.
We'll see there is 150 people and thier families hoping your right?
If your not then what are you going to appologize. Get real..
truth

Louisville, KY

#2019 Mar 31, 2013
the kid wrote:
<quoted text>
We'll see there is 150 people and thier families hoping your right?
If your not then what are you going to appologize. Get real..
You get a direct return on your investment because your dues go directly into providing services to you and your family.
Contrary

Louisville, KY

#2020 Mar 31, 2013
Kid,

Why would that be his plan?

A decision like that would be made over his head and if it would be made having a union shop and a non union shop or No union shop's or 2 union shop's wouldn't matter. They would do it no matter what! So your statement is foolish!

Why would Aurora's union tell us what to do? We have to vote on issues like that! We are our own union whom make our own decisions.

Your saying Aurora's non profitable then don't you think the company wouldn't hesitate to shut the doors? They have been looked out for quite sometime now and rotek isn't going anywhere. Wanna know why, Because Aurora can be Very Profitable with the right leadership and managed correctly. That's why they are still there!

They had a bad year, what happens when Florence has a bad year? Are we to expect cuts in pay every time we do? That's unreasonable and that's what Dr. T is doing up in Aurora.

When these cuts make it our way, are your apologies for telling us we don't need a union gonna pay our bills?

NO, They will Not!!!
Contrary

Louisville, KY

#2021 Mar 31, 2013
Kid,

May I add, Aurora has only strike 3 times in over 30 years. I would like to think the wind blows far more often then that.
truth

Louisville, KY

#2022 Mar 31, 2013
truth wrote:
<quoted text>You get a direct return on your investment because your dues go directly into providing services to you and your family.
"the kid"

Your dues are an investment — one that pays off handsomely.
Robtek

North Ridgeville, OH

#2023 Mar 31, 2013
Happy Easter to all !
truth

Florence, KY

#2024 Apr 1, 2013
Haven't looked for a week or so. Looks like truth boy is still talking to himself
truth

Louisville, KY

#2025 Apr 1, 2013
truth wrote:
Haven't looked for a week or so. Looks like truth boy is still talking to himself
•Keeping written notes of any incidents in which company officials or supervisors threaten, harass, or punish workers because of union activity

•Immediately reporting any such incidents to your organizing committee and the union staff.

•Your notes don’t have to be worded a certain way, but you should include what was said or done, who was involved, where and when it happened, and the names of any witnesses.

*If you have witnesses great, But you don't need a witness ......
truth

Louisville, KY

#2026 Apr 1, 2013
•Keeping written notes of any incidents in which company officials or supervisors threaten, harass, or punish workers because of union activity

•Immediately reporting any such incidents to your organizing committee and the union staff.

•Your notes don’t have to be worded a certain way, but you should include what was said or done, who was involved, where and when it happened, and the names of any witnesses.

*If you have witnesses great, But you don't need a witness

*With enough violations, there will be no need to vote the union in or out. We will only need to vote on a contract.
the kid

Bowling Green, KY

#2027 Apr 1, 2013
truth wrote:
<quoted text>You get a direct return on your investment because your dues go directly into providing services to you and your family.
Your are dreamimg. i have relatives in the union. You bought this. Good Luck!
truth

Louisville, KY

#2028 Apr 2, 2013
the kid wrote:
<quoted text>
Your are dreamimg. i have relatives in the union. You bought this. Good Luck!
At least your relatives are smart.

Dr T's ..........to do list

MEDICAL PLAN
Aurora .... Damn union!
Florence .... I screwed them, more bonus for me.

PAYCUTS
Aurora .... Damn union!
Florence .... I can't do it right now. But when I fined out what percent the union will fall for, I'll fix that. ha ha they think there to good for a pay cut.

2 TIER PAY LEVELS
Aurora .... Damn union!
Florence .... Ha ha they never seen it coming. I got them right were I want them. Yes more bonus for me, the next few years. As we get rid of the overpaid.

PAID HOLIDAYS
Aurora .... Damn union!
Florence .... One shop has to keep running smoothly. Ha ha they think there going to keep it.

REDUCED VACATION HOURS PAY
Aurora .... Damn union!
Florence .... Ha ha in do time, nothing to stop me.

OVERTIME PAY
Aurora .... Damn union!
Florence .... I'll take care of that, there's nothing they can do about it.

THE GOAL
I will line my pockets with the green stuff.
LOL

The time has come to arm ourselves against Dr T and organize!
FLO JOE

Florence, KY

#2029 Apr 2, 2013
truth wrote:
Free Choice Act
More working people than ever—some 57 million—say they would join a union if they had a chance, according to a survey from Peter D. Hart Research Associates. But employers routinely harass, intimidate and coerce workers who try to exercise their right to form a union at work.
On April 19, 2005, a bipartisan coalition reintroduced into Congress the historic Employee Free Choice Act (S. 842 and H.R. 1696). The act would strengthen protections for workers’ freedom to choose by requiring employers to recognize a union after a majority of workers sign cards authorizing union representation. It also would provide for mediation and arbitration of first-contract disputes and authorize stronger penalties for violation of the law when workers seek to form a union.
When workers are allowed to choose a union through a democratic majority verification process (also called “card-check”), they can make their voices heard without having to endure intimidation and harassment from managers during drawn-out National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election procedures. Research shows the majority verification process helps workers and employers improve their relations and work cooperatively toward mutual goals.
America’s unions are mobilizing to reform the nation’s labor laws. In late September there were 215 representatives from the house and 42 senators who are sponsoring unprecedented legislation to give workers who want to join unions a fair chance to do so.
what happened to the right of a private vote? are people dumb enough to think the unions won`t try to use intimidation on non union workers ? it can be abused by both parties.
FLO JOE

Florence, KY

#2030 Apr 2, 2013
truth wrote:
• The card is kept strictly confidential by the USW and the National Labor Relations Board (US Government). Rotek will NOT know you signed a card unless you tell them.
• You ARE protected by Federal Law (National Labor Relations Act), if you want to sign a USW card.
then why are the people who are collecting cards telling the names of the those who signed in order to convince others to sign.
so and so signed , so you should too.
FLO JOE

Florence, KY

#2031 Apr 2, 2013
truth wrote:
•Keeping written notes of any incidents in which company officials or supervisors threaten, harass, or punish workers because of union activity
•Immediately reporting any such incidents to your organizing committee and the union staff.
•Your notes don’t have to be worded a certain way, but you should include what was said or done, who was involved, where and when it happened, and the names of any witnesses.
*If you have witnesses great, But you don't need a witness
the above appiles to workers who do not support a union. you can report, keep notes, name people. you have rights to be protected in the same manner.
FLO JOE

Florence, KY

#2032 Apr 2, 2013
truth wrote:
<quoted text>Why not Florence? Aurora has nothing to do with us.
What is a Union?
A union is workers joining together to pursue policies and goals beneficial to one and all. Nothing more, nothing less. In other words, a union is you and your fellow workers, acting in concert to better your everyday working conditions.
A union is what gives the individual worker a voice in decisions and events that directly affect him or her in an undertaking that constitutes a major portion of life, that is, work.
A union allows workers a say in changing workplace conditions and solving workplace problems. With a union contract and grievance procedure to back them up, workers don’t have to suffer in silence or feel that their only option to unacceptable conditions is to quit their jobs.
As a worker, you have a right under federal law to form a union, select representatives of your choice and bargain collectively with your employer. This helps balance the power that employers have over individual employees.
Belonging to a union gives you rights under law that you do not have as an individual. Once you have formed a union, your employer must bargain with you over your wages, hours and working conditions.
Who runs the union?
The union leadership is elected in a strict democratic process. The officers are nominated and elected from among each individual local’s membership. Elections are held for officers in most local unions every three years.
It is important to note that as described above, every local union officer is a member. Every officer has worked under a collective bargaining agreement like every other member. All local union elected officials were selected to run the day to day business of the union because of their skills, commitment and ability to serve the membership.
the union does not tell the co. how to run the business, it bargains, or it strikes.
truth

Louisville, KY

#2033 Apr 2, 2013
FLO JOE wrote:
<quoted text>
what happened to the right of a private vote? are people dumb enough to think the unions won`t try to use intimidation on non union workers ? it can be abused by both parties.
It's a bill that congress did not pass. Go back to work eddie!

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