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#1 Sep 28, 2010
Are these people crazy dont they know they have one of the second highest payin jobs in the county?They need to remember Maremont.They can thank their president for healthcare cost rising.
RON

Athens, TN

#2 Sep 28, 2010
What was the deal breaker? Insurance, wages, ect.
truth be known

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#3 Sep 28, 2010
News says healthcare
JUST WONDERING

Loudon, TN

#4 Sep 29, 2010
I really hope that the union members rethink their decision! If they decide to hire permanent replacements they will get 1,000 applicants!
ASSA

Cedartown, GA

#5 Sep 29, 2010
Wonder if their buddies will shoot down the power all over Loudon like they did in the late 1970s.
Frustrated

Knoxville, TN

#6 Sep 29, 2010
I work at Viskase and have for 5 and one half years. I did not vote for this strike and do not support it! I know how good I have it and am not complaining one bit. The only thing we are gonna get from this strike is unemployment! Yes. look at Maremont and Boeing! The only reason I joined this union is to keep from getting my tires slashed in the parking lot and to keep my tools from being"lost." I for one will cross the line to work if the company will let me. Unions had a place at one time. That time has passed. Drop the strike and let's go back to work!
RON

Athens, TN

#7 Sep 29, 2010
truth be known wrote:
News says healthcare
They shouldn't worry about healthcare. Obama fixed it... lol

Since: Sep 10

Sevierville, TN

#8 Sep 29, 2010
Frustrated wrote:
I work at Viskase and have for 5 and one half years. I did not vote for this strike and do not support it! I know how good I have it and am not complaining one bit. The only thing we are gonna get from this strike is unemployment! Yes. look at Maremont and Boeing! The only reason I joined this union is to keep from getting my tires slashed in the parking lot and to keep my tools from being"lost." I for one will cross the line to work if the company will let me. Unions had a place at one time. That time has passed. Drop the strike and let's go back to work!
Good to see the useless union has'nt brainwashed all thier members. Let all of us who are "payin' their way, if you need anybody to watch your back from the spineless cowards.
See Know Evil

Knoxville, TN

#9 Sep 29, 2010
Frustrated wrote:
I work at Viskase and have for 5 and one half years. I did not vote for this strike and do not support it! I know how good I have it and am not complaining one bit. The only thing we are gonna get from this strike is unemployment! Yes. look at Maremont and Boeing! The only reason I joined this union is to keep from getting my tires slashed in the parking lot and to keep my tools from being"lost." I for one will cross the line to work if the company will let me. Unions had a place at one time. That time has passed. Drop the strike and let's go back to work!
And yet, you gladly accept the wages and benefits fought for and won on your behalf by your Union. People like Ken Banks love weak people like you. It allows them to threaten you into accepting less than living wages and no benefits for your family. Now more than ever as jobs are being sent oversees and people are being asked to make more and more concessions in the "right to work" state, unions are more important than ever in securing the rights of it's membership.
I have worked on both sides of the issue and I can tell you I would much rather be represented by a union than a capitalist.

P.S. Your health insurance is not being affected by Obama. It is being affected in "spite" of Obama efforts to secure healthcare for all Americans. Now let the lashing begin.
scab

Knoxville, TN

#11 Sep 29, 2010
I hope they take app's soon...
Resident of Loudon

Darien, IL

#12 Sep 30, 2010
See Know Evil wrote:
<quoted text>
And yet, you gladly accept the wages and benefits fought for and won on your behalf by your Union. People like Ken Banks love weak people like you. It allows them to threaten you into accepting less than living wages and no benefits for your family. Now more than ever as jobs are being sent oversees and people are being asked to make more and more concessions in the "right to work" state, unions are more important than ever in securing the rights of it's membership.
I have worked on both sides of the issue and I can tell you I would much rather be represented by a union than a capitalist.
P.S. Your health insurance is not being affected by Obama. It is being affected in "spite" of Obama efforts to secure healthcare for all Americans. Now let the lashing begin.
Ken Banks is the owner of Maremont, not Viskase, which is owned by Icahn. Ken Banks bought Maremont in March 2006 & immediately said he would bust the union out when the contract ended & he did by slashing wages in half. As a private owner, Banks could do what he wanted w/ his company. Viskase is worldwide w/ a full board of directors & willing to negotiate; Maremont didn't get that chance
wait a minute

Maryville, TN

#13 Sep 30, 2010
I wouldn't be so quick to slam capitalism that is what got you the job in the first place. A big reason for the sad state of the economy can be laid at the feet of unions. Look at Detroit. They have served their purpose but it is time for them to go!
Frustrated

Knoxville, TN

#14 Sep 30, 2010
Well I just came from a meeting on the new offer the company made to the union. We were told in so many words that the company is prepared to hire replacement worker as soon as we strike. This was said by George May the regional VP for the union. Oh yes, one more thing. As I was clocking out this morning about 20 of the new replacements walked past us from the upstairs break room. I can get insurance, jobs are not so plentiful.
volfan

Mcminnville, TN

#15 Sep 30, 2010
Are they hiring replacements now? I for one would love to have a job that pays this well and provides these benefits.

I have nothing against the fine people who work at Viskase but the reality is that I need to feed my family and would be truly grateful to have health insurance again. You can bet I will be in line to take your job when you go on strike and they begin hiring replacements.

Think long and hard before you walk-out that door. You may discover that you have made a huge mistake once you do.
SWK

Friendsville, TN

#16 Sep 30, 2010
scab wrote:
I hope they take app's soon...
I will be in line
See Know Evil

Knoxville, TN

#17 Sep 30, 2010
Resident of Loudon:

I know exactly who and what Ken Banks is.

Wait a minute:

Capitalism never GAVE me anything.

Volfan:

Lower than a snakes belly in a wagon rut. When you get that job, thank a union for the wages and benefits that you will draw until the company decides you and your family no longer need them.

Isn't that what makes Americans great, we will go half way around the world to defend the capitalist rights to sell Bic Macs and import Toyotas, yet we will not support our neighbors in our own towns...Man you are awesome!
TheSource

United States

#18 Sep 30, 2010
Frustrated wrote:
Well I just came from a meeting on the new offer the company made to the union. We were told in so many words that the company is prepared to hire replacement worker as soon as we strike. This was said by George May the regional VP for the union. Oh yes, one more thing. As I was clocking out this morning about 20 of the new replacements walked past us from the upstairs break room. I can get insurance, jobs are not so plentiful.
HEE HEE HAAA HAAA, you don't have a clue as to what you're talking about, I actually WORK there and NO SUCH THING HAPPENED, and it's MAYS not MAY, idiot.
sweetwater- tn

Louisville, TN

#19 Sep 30, 2010
in today's economy, people are glad to work for something reasonable, with a benefits package for their family. we are not expecting huge wages, just reasonable and benefits, and if viskase is offering that, folks should realize those jobs they are giving up are not easy to find anywhere. its true, replacement workers will be lined up to work.
Someone in Loudon

Jackson, GA

#20 Sep 30, 2010
Will someone PLEASE post on here what the package is? How much of a cut on the health care and the pension plan? Keep in mind health care has sky rocketed like crazy. We can think the new health care laws for that.

Here's some examples of the new laws going in effect the other day:
1) dependents can me covered until the age of 26
2) No dependent can be excluded on insurance due to pre-existing conditions.

Yes they are good laws, but guess who will have to pay for these - mr. JOE PUBLIC -aka YOU. If it was a fair amount of healthcare premium increase - say about 10 to 15% yes that would be fair. But if it was like Maremont - making the employees pay as much as $500 more per month - UNFAIR.
Why Is That

Seymour, TN

#21 Sep 30, 2010
Somebody please explain to me why it's an employer's responsibility to provide health insurance to their employees. I never have understood that.

Businesses are not created to provide jobs and benefits. Businesses are created to provide products or services and make profits for it's owners.

A benefit is just that, a benefit. Anybody who does have a job and benefits should be thankful and appreciative to their employer.

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