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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New Purple Sage Rider

Bowling Green, KY

#977 Mar 5, 2013
duh wrote:
<quoted text> Do you think that the workers at Florence are as DUMB as you
Wasn't at either meeting
Thankful

Toledo, OH

#978 Mar 5, 2013
I just don't want to see guys make the mistake of thinking the grass is greener on the other side!
New Purple Sage Rider

Bowling Green, KY

#979 Mar 5, 2013
There weren't any secret meetings. It was thought that word of mouth would spread quickly like it does on every other topic. Like it did for the first one. Mistake, maybe.

At the first meeting, a few guys that had been drinking, raised their voices to a person expressing his opinions, against unionizing. The rest of the room told these guys to chill out.

The second meeting went smoothly. We had a lot of guys there, that missed the first one. Mostly from plant 20. We drank a few beers, afterwards.

Not one harsh word was spoken.

Truthfully, the only harsh words are on this site.

I think there are enough yes votes to institute a union. What the USW wants though, before they will represent us?, is an 85% show of hands, from what I understand. Don't know if that's possible.

If you are in favor of a union, you should be there. If you are on the fence because you don't know enough, you should definitely be there. If you're not in favor of a union, come and explain to us how a union isn't in our best interest. If you're just an angry hater, stay at home.
Thankful

Toledo, OH

#980 Mar 5, 2013
New Purple Sage Rider wrote:
There weren't any secret meetings. It was thought that word of mouth would spread quickly like it does on every other topic. Like it did for the first one. Mistake, maybe.
At the first meeting, a few guys that had been drinking, raised their voices to a person expressing his opinions, against unionizing. The rest of the room told these guys to chill out.
The second meeting went smoothly. We had a lot of guys there, that missed the first one. Mostly from plant 20. We drank a few beers, afterwards.
Not one harsh word was spoken.
Truthfully, the only harsh words are on this site.
I think there are enough yes votes to institute a union. What the USW wants though, before they will represent us?, is an 85% show of hands, from what I understand. Don't know if that's possible.
If you are in favor of a union, you should be there. If you are on the fence because you don't know enough, you should definitely be there. If you're not in favor of a union, come and explain to us how a union isn't in our best interest. If you're just an angry hater, stay at home.
There is no point in explaining a no vote! You get a cold shoulder, a loud mouth, or gossiped about. I believe a no vote has been explained. Bottom line is nobody should be trying to pull people one way or another. People don't need persuaded and I'm sure we are gonna get a post here soon that says, "we aren't trying to persuade. We just want to inform people" yea right
Robtek

North Ridgeville, OH

#981 Mar 5, 2013
"Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor -- those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized -- do a disservice to the cause of democracy."

John F. Kennedy
August 9, 1960

Read through the UNFOUNDED ANTI-UNION PROPAGANDA and know the facts. The choices you make today may depend on your future and your families future. Protect yourself from the apparent unfair labor practices of Thyssen Krupp !
KKK

North Ridgeville, OH

#982 Mar 5, 2013
Duz ROTEK Actuly think they can have MONKYS COME IN AND TAKE OUR JOBS, THATS A BUNCH OF BNANAS !
Disgruntled

North Ridgeville, OH

#983 Mar 5, 2013
the only thing the company informs you about is how much they are gonna take from you this week, or your working 76 hrs. and if you don't your fired, or your working Sunday at time and a half, if you don't fill out the ungodly stupid SQDIP boards you will be suspended F**K you TK !
tuff stuff

United States

#984 Mar 5, 2013
Everyone should believe somthnig because its how they thnik not cuz union supportrs told you how things are gonna be. Don't matter if therye a operator who takes 5 brakes a day or a leadman who stands around all day or fork lfit driver who can't drive his phone up his ass. If you have too muhc to do and can't make the meetings, its OK. I've went to them and it is definatly something you can miss. Only problem is guys remember that adn talk shit about you on monday but seriouslsy they are guys you don't wanna follow anyhow
the shaft

Bowling Green, KY

#985 Mar 6, 2013
my vote is yes. I havent been with rotek very long but ever since iwas hired I have heard nothing but how our president is going to run this company into the ground and I have hear this from managment the most. All of them. Now hes closing the doors on half the company and you guys are telling me hes gonna shut our doors if we vote a union in.whatever. Got 30 year guys all scared to death. I have a mortgage and a kid. I cant take a 20% pay cut or wait 3 years to max out. If we dont havea union we just gotta take what is given to us.
Self Made

Louisville, KY

#986 Mar 6, 2013
For me this Forum has served its purpose and IM done with it. Everyone knows what to do or not do come MARCH 24th!
Not scared

Taylor, MI

#987 Mar 6, 2013
the shaft wrote:
my vote is yes. I havent been with rotek very long but ever since iwas hired I have heard nothing but how our president is going to run this company into the ground and I have hear this from managment the most. All of them. Now hes closing the doors on half the company and you guys are telling me hes gonna shut our doors if we vote a union in.whatever. Got 30 year guys all scared to death. I have a mortgage and a kid. I cant take a 20% pay cut or wait 3 years to max out. If we dont havea union we just gotta take what is given to us.
All I can say is a 20% pay cut would be 17 dollars an hour which after taxes would be 544 a week.... Sounds a lot better than the 200 a week they are making on the line.
florence II

Florence, KY

#988 Mar 6, 2013
Robtek wrote:
"Those who would destroy or further limit the rights of organized labor -- those who would cripple collective bargaining or prevent organization of the unorganized -- do a disservice to the cause of democracy."
John F. Kennedy
August 9, 1960
Former union president of the screen actors guild ( six terms)
president of the U.S (two terms)
Ronald Reagan
1981
to the air traffic union workers " your fired "
Disgruntled

North Ridgeville, OH

#989 Mar 6, 2013
Our labor unions are not narrow, self-seeking groups. They have raised wages, shortened hours, and provided supplemental benefits. Through collective bargaining and grievance procedures, they have brought justice and democracy to the shop floor.
-- John F. Kennedy
Disgruntled

North Ridgeville, OH

#990 Mar 6, 2013
I am now not required to contact 2 employers each week to recieve unemployment benefits, due to a rogue company locking us out ! I am changing my name from "disgruntled " to "Union-brother" !

Hey Rotek= LMAO !
Union brother

North Ridgeville, OH

#991 Mar 6, 2013
This blog has definitely been a great tool for the workers of this hostile company. Whether you are an Aurora worker or a Florence worker we can now relay information and facts to each other concerning our future. Hopefully our co-workers down south can understand the importance of this opportunity that has been layed-out in front of them.
Union brother

North Ridgeville, OH

#992 Mar 6, 2013
"History is a great teacher. Now everyone knows that the labor movement did not diminish the strength of the nation but enlarged it. By raising the living standards of millions, labor miraculously created a market for industry and lifted the whole nation to undreamed of levels of production. Those who attack labor forget these simple truths, but history remembers them."

Martin Luther King Jr.

Since: Mar 13

Location hidden

#993 Mar 6, 2013
The choices we make today will greatly influence where we are tomorrow. I thank God for the protection he has provided me with.
florence II

Florence, KY

#994 Mar 6, 2013
Self Made wrote:
Everyone knows that management gets on here to try and temper these comments down.
They know what's on the line is, OUR WAGES or THEIR JOBS! If we do organize then more than likely someone in the office will be made an example of. Just the way it is. So of course they are gonna do everything they can to temper this debate!
You have to ask yourself, Why do we Work? Money!
We have to keep every option on the table open. What's in OUR BEST INTEREST. Our WAGES or their JOB?
So you can see why these meetings would be conducted as quite as possible. We aren't trying to HIDE ANYTHING. The more the merrier. No secrecy is happening. We want ALL HOURLY EMPLOYEES, Hell MANAGMENT can even come that way if we have questions we can ask them. If there's nothing to hide they shouldn't have a problem answering any question's. Not to just write them down and get back to you later, So they can see how DR.T wants to answer these questions.
The way the two plants are separated, Communication is difficult! I think everyone at one point or another has seen this forum so there aren't any excuses not to be there March 24th. Spread the word!!!!
What`s in the unions best interest ? they can`t stop rotek from closing the doors, organizing can not protect your jobs from going some where else, did`nt help the union up north.
florence II

Florence, KY

#995 Mar 6, 2013
the shaft wrote:
my vote is yes. I havent been with rotek very long but ever since iwas hired I have heard nothing but how our president is going to run this company into the ground and I have hear this from managment the most. All of them. Now hes closing the doors on half the company and you guys are telling me hes gonna shut our doors if we vote a union in.whatever. Got 30 year guys all scared to death. I have a mortgage and a kid. I cant take a 20% pay cut or wait 3 years to max out. If we dont havea union we just gotta take what is given to us.
you got no time invested, i have twenty plus years here. if you can`t afford a 20% pay cut how in the hell can you afford and 100% pay cut ? and on insurance.
Union brother

North Ridgeville, OH

#996 Mar 6, 2013
They might as well close the doors because they will never replace us. Hopefully, a company like Timken or GE buys the place. I'm sure they wouldn't run it into the ground like present management is doing, and then try to blame the union for the mis-management of this company. Take a closer look at where the problems are, in other words look in the mirror !

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