Strike has dragged for OPW

Strike has dragged for OPW

There are 100 comments on the The Cincinnati Enquirer story from Nov 30, 2007, titled Strike has dragged for OPW. In it, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that:

WEST CHESTER TWP. - About 160 workers at the OPW Fueling Components plant here have been on strike for 10 weeks, with little prospect of returning to work.

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Linda Humphries

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Dec 3, 2007
This strike has been an eye-opener for us. We are becomming more aware of the economic future of our country. The plight of the blue-collar worker is in jeopardy. Big, fat corporate out-sourcing is un-american and greedy. Baby boomers need to re-connect to the political arena and speak up in search of truth from our candidates. Enough with the talking heads! We want truth and restoration of the American Dream that we have spent our lives trying to achieve. Shame on greedy CEOs! We are close to another Boston Tea Party-only we would have to ask permission from a foreigner to use our own ports!
andy moris

Nashville, TN

#2 Jan 7, 2008
Have you heard of competition????? If any company doesnt find ways to cut costs then their competition will. They need to get their butts back to work!
Shauna Huffman

Mason, OH

#3 Jan 12, 2008
andy moris wrote:
Have you heard of competition????? If any company doesnt find ways to cut costs then their competition will. They need to get their butts back to work!
Mr. Moris must be a white collar worker. When corporate America becomes greedy, no one wins.
Doug

Cincinnati, OH

#4 Jan 23, 2008
So what's going on with this. Last thing I heard the union offered a deal to settle but I still see people standing outside. It didn't sound good last time I saw and it appears the company has moved on so why are there still people out there? Hard to believe that the final offer would be rejected knowing full well that they've already placed most of the staff. I don't know the situation and the details just curious to know what's going on.
Shauna Huffman

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Jan 24, 2008
Yes there was a proposal. Would you allow only 20 to 30 people to go back to work for training purposes and leave over 100 people out in the cold. Those union members went out together, and should return together. After all that is what a union is. People standing together.
Tanuya

Middletown, OH

#6 Jan 26, 2008
People need to know the whole picture before they judge us! This is not a economic strike,We have saved the company hundreds of thousands of dollars and the more we give up the more they want. All we want is our senority and some help on our insurance.This is a case of corporate greed .The company people received 6% raises .Its time to cut their wages to be more competative. All this strike has done is put more money in their pocket and ruined the name and quality of Opw.
miller

Cincinnati, OH

#7 Jan 27, 2008
andy moris wrote:
Have you heard of competition????? If any company doesnt find ways to cut costs then their competition will. They need to get their butts back to work!
competition competition thats all we here in America from the the big corprates making big money and lining their pockets with gold this company already has cheap labor they don't know how to make it work. It takes a smart management team to keep it in America and make it work. It don't take a smart person to move it or cut the blue coller wages if wages need to be cut then why don't they cut their's. they always tell us that we are a team ateam stays together. please reply Mr. Morris or shut up.
Hamilton Ohio

Cincinnati, OH

#8 Jan 28, 2008
The whole OPW thing is that the company wants the recognition and the money for everything they do. ITS CALLED CORPORATE GREED! They dont care about their workers all they care about is the money that goes into their pockets. We have made them a lot of money over the years working mandatory overtime. We have sacrificed our valuable time with our families working 10 - 12 hours a day Monday thru Friday, 6 - 8 hours every Saturday. And this is the thanks we get. This contract they wanted to cut our wages by $2.00 an hour. We have been making our wages that we make for years now and we all have lived on that and they wanted us to take a cut. Who in there right mind could accept to work for that. Our bills are based on the income that we are making, not but cutting them by $2.00 and then expecting us to pay more for insurance. Some people would have taken a $7.00 hour pay cut. Who would think that is right, when the company was making millions. It is right for them to get raises and we dont. We make that company!!! We are the ones who slave in the long hours and the heat. You dont see them working 10 - 12 hour days or work on a Saturday get for real. And they want to slap us in the face. Nice try!!! We have worked so hard for what we got and all they are worried about is their own pockets. Why dont they take big pay cuts, their making $400,000.00 a year plus bonus why not share that. Why does a company that has around 250 - 300 employees have 7 Vice Presidents? Come on get for real! Whoever disagrees with this put your self in our shoes, you'd be fighting to.
Roger

AOL

#9 Jan 29, 2008
This company boasts about management giving themselves large bonuses and raises!Twice each year!Then they expect the blue collar workers to take a wage cut!
Donald

AOL

#10 Jan 29, 2008
Hey! I know a few of these people. They are not out on the street trying to get more money, they are simply trying to get their jobs back! They tried to get some help from the company on their health insurance so they rejected the first proposal from the company. The company responded by not coming to the bargaining table for the first 4 weeks, and when they did they replaced these people with people of the street. And these people off the street even have caused the company many large headaches! Some have been using drugs, some of them have caused fights, and many of them proved to very unreliable workers. But the company still keeps them because they pay these people about half the normal wage the older workers were paid. Maybe the company will learn the hard way---YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!!!
Donald

AOL

#11 Jan 29, 2008
I stopped and spoke with some of these people when I saw they were still on the street a couple days ago. I was surprised to find out they are not fighting for money, but that they were replaced by street people who are not experienced at what they are doing in there! The company is supposedly paying them a small wage compared to the well experienced workers that got replaced. I spoke with 2 of the people who had more than 20 years time put in that place. WHAT A WAY FOR THE COMPANY TO TREAT DEDICATED WORKERS!!
tea

Middletown, OH

#12 Jan 29, 2008
I feel so sorry for those people on the picket line. They are out there fighting for what they have earned and them bastard in management are doing buisness as usual. I also feel sorry for the stations who purchased the nozzles built by those scabs, they are not qualified and I hear they are shipping out junk.It will take somone getting hurt for the company to realize that.
Michelle

Ross, OH

#13 Jan 30, 2008
I am one of the workers on strike and have worked there for 17 years. It does suck to put in all that time into a place and this is how we get treated. There are many people with 30-40 years of service. On the doors in the office that lead out to the plant there is a sign that reads "Through these doors are our most important assets to our company our employees" If that is a true statement then why in the world are we out on the street and are being replaced by scabs who don't even know what they are doing. They are having numerous customer complaints on the products they are sending out. The main reason we are still out is due to seniority they want to only bring back 30 people of their choosing and not by seniority and keep the scabs!!! Now is that fair?? We are not going back in there until we all go back together!!!
Michelle

Ross, OH

#14 Jan 30, 2008
I am one of the the people who is on strike. I have 17 years of service in this company. While many of my coworkers have 30-40 years of service. On the doors in the office that lead out to the plant there is a sign on the doors that reads " Through these doors are our most important assets to our company, our employees" Now if this is a true statement then why in the world are we out on the street and replaced with scabs? The main reason we are out right now is due to seniority issues the company only wants to bring back 30 people of their choosing and not by seniority and keep the scabs. We went out together and we are not going back in there until we all go back together!!!
Tanuya

Middletown, OH

#15 Jan 30, 2008
Good job Michelle!!!!!!!!!!
Michelle

Ross, OH

#16 Jan 30, 2008
LOL Just wanted to make sure eveyone got that TWICE!!! Thanks Tanuya
Sansoon Machale

AOL

#17 Feb 4, 2008
Is it true this company is going under? My uncle tells me his company is getting more and more defective products from opw. He is going to look elsewhere for more reliable nozzles and couplings that do not leak and try to fall apart. A lot of his customers are complaining about defective products. The nozzles are not working properly. What is wrong with this place?
marlene

Mason, OH

#18 Feb 8, 2008
WAKE UP OPW!!! How many vice presidents do they need.
P-ON

United States

#19 Feb 8, 2008
Sounds like they need to fire some of those vice presidents and corporate people and put the strikers back to work. Talk about a cost reduction!
marlene

Mason, OH

#20 Feb 8, 2008
I mean really. If your president is so imcompetent he needs so many people to back him up. What good is he

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