Vlasic Millsboro Plant Closure

Vlasic Millsboro Plant Closure

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Imlay Electrician

Niles, MI

#1 Nov 19, 2009
Whats going on at the Vlasic Foods Millsboro Plant. We herd it closed for two months and will run only one line next year. Let me know.
Imlay Electrician

Caro, MI

#2 Mar 2, 2012
Here we go again. Pinnacle has put the gun to our heads regarding closing its Imlay City, MI & Millsboro, DE plants. Should we not bow to there demands, Pinnacle will shutter these plants and open a new one with lower wages, no unions or bennies.

Yet the top dogs in New Jersey have yet to lower there wages, give up the company car & golf outtings.

Pinnacle brass needs to lead by example!!!!!!!!
Millsboro Vlasic Unionguy

Seaford, DE

#3 Mar 7, 2012
Since the Feb 29, 2012 announcement, talk around the Millsboro plant suggests Vlasic Union employees are leaning towards rejecting Pinnacles low offer of sharply reduced hours and essentially elimination of overtime wages.

Summer green seasons are very hectic and fast paced as the lines grapple with huge volumes of produce; and to work 7 days with Saturdays and Sundays at essentially straight (almost no overtime) pay is outrageous.

If Imlay and Pinnacle employees stand together and reject this offer, Pinnacles and Blackstones over-paid board will hear us loud and clear.
Millsboro Vlasic Unionguy

Seaford, DE

#4 Mar 7, 2012
Imlay Electrician wrote:
Here we go again. Pinnacle has put the gun to our heads regarding closing its Imlay City, MI & Millsboro, DE plants. Should we not bow to there demands, Pinnacle will shutter these plants and open a new one with lower wages, no unions or bennies.
Hello, Imlay Electrician, whats the talk around Imlay plant? Millsboro employees are hearing Imlay Union is prepared to accept anything, but this may be a tactic of managment pitting the two Unions against each other into a low bidding war.

The preliminary sentiment around Millsboro Vlasic is to reject and vote down this insulting 10 year offer. Those who are speaking out seem willing to call Pinnacles bold (possible) bluff.

If Millsboro is going down, we might as well go down with a good fight that we can live with. At the end of the day we can say we tried to put up some resistance to these greedy players.
Imlay Electrician

United States

#5 Mar 10, 2012
Hi Millsboro. Last Thursday the union voted down the company demands my a large margin. We need to pull together as one and stop Pinnacle's BS.

Please keep me posted.
Millsboro Vlasic Unionguy

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Mar 10, 2012
Hello IE, we heard the good news from Imlay.

Millsboro now needs to do the same, stand together, and reject these bullying tactics.

Sentiment feels somewhere around 75% AGAINST 25% FOR.

The vote was postponed for 2 weeks. Will keep you posted on any developments.
Imlay Electrician

Caro, MI

#7 Mar 11, 2012
Hi Millsboro: I have established an email address so you may contact me direct. It is...


I herd that Pinnacle wants to freeze your pension too. This happened at Imlay two years ago, and I need to advise you about this matter.
Millsboro Vlasic Unionguy

Tifton, GA

#8 Mar 14, 2012
Here is the latest from Millsboro as I understand it.

Since the Vlasic Millsboro labor contract isnt up until early 2013, the union leadership has decided just to remain neutral for 2012 and not respond to any new contract offer. It doesnt appear we will even vote at all before 2013, just not respond to the proposal and wait until November 2012 when the new negotiations would have begun anyway.

Imlays decisive vote sent the needed message loud and clear to Pinnacle and Blackstone management that its a one-sided bad deal where the plant employees get predominantly stuck holding the bag, trapped in a quite dim non negotiable 10 year contract.

Any Millsboro no vote would have just been redundant and unproductive.

Hopefully Pinnacle management will propose something new that is long term TEAM oriented with shared sacrifice up and down the company instead of what is being percieved as a Blackstone vulture capitalist money grab for quick short term gains that land on the backs of the people that can least afford it.

Maybe I got it wrong, but that is the perception.
Imlay Electrician

Caro, MI

#9 Mar 15, 2012
Hi Millsboro. Thanks for the info.

Imlay made it in the local newspapers that we "may close" and that Pinnacle is seeking tax breaks from the City & County.

If Pinnacle wants to cut cost, they need to start at the top and "Lead By Example".

I'll keep you posted.

Tifton, GA

#10 Mar 17, 2012
Blackstone CEO hauls in 139.5 million for 2011


Mr. Schwarzman received $139.5 million in salary, carried interest and distributions from his holdings in Blackstone equity and funds. That puts him just past David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group and well ahead of Leon D. Black of Apollo Global Management and Henry R. Kravis of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts.
Millsboro Vlasic Unionguy

Bethlehem, PA

#12 Mar 19, 2012
alot of good stuff on that yahoo link.

pinnacles sales, cash flow and profits are up but you can see how the balance sheet is being pulled down by operating expenses, breakfast area and private labels. also a huge hit of 129 million including aunt jemima and tacoma plant closure.

no mention of the pickle operations. lets hope corporate can right the ship and keep millsboro and imlay open.
Imlay Electrician

Caro, MI

#13 Apr 12, 2012
Good Morning Millsboro:

Here's an FYI update...

Our "Pail Line" was removed a few weeks ago and management states they want to get out of the food service area. I guess Mc Donald's line would be next. Just hope its not being outsourced.

Kelly Maggs meets with our union today at Metro Airport (Detroit) Hotel. Just hope the outcome is postive for both Millsboro & Imlay City.

I will pass along any updates.
Imlay worker

Detroit, MI

#14 Apr 17, 2012
they got the union and company brainwased to accept this piece of shit and selling the workers down the river for corporate greed

Seaford, DE

#15 Apr 17, 2012
millsboro voted this afternoon and rejected the proposal in a landslide about 80/20

will be interesting vote for imlay!
Imlay Electrician

Caro, MI

#16 Apr 18, 2012
Hi Millsboro:

We at Imlay City had yet another meeting yesterday and are scheduled to vote on Thursday. I'll keep you posted.

Since: Apr 12

United States

#17 Apr 18, 2012
Does having a job mean anything to you people? It means alot to us and to my understanding the offer doesn't sound all that bad. Most companies do the same thing as what Vlasics is offering their workers.
Job or no job? I would pick job!
Imlay Worker Too

North Branch, MI

#18 Apr 18, 2012
It really is insane. Those people who are voting no on the Imlay proposal need to watch the news and read the newspaper to find out what is happening in the real world. Obviously they don't understand they are living in one of the worst economically depressed state's in this country. If they want to vote no, they should vote yes and go find a job elsewhere and give the rest of us and the effected community the opportunity to provide food, clothes, shelter and health insurance to our families. I hear the people that commute a distance complaining about how much gas costs them to drive to Imlay City. If those people could find a job closer to their home that paid them the wages and benefits that Pinnacle does, why the hell are they commuting to Imlay City to begin with???? Open your eyes people. It's simple do you want a job or don't you?

Since: Apr 12

United States

#19 Apr 18, 2012
Imlay Worker Too, you hit the hammer right on the head. I fully agree with everything you said there. Its sad to think there is those who think so negative against this proposal. I pray for you and my husband to continue to be able to work there and provide for your family. Not only we need this but Leaper County.
Millsboro stork

United States

#20 Apr 19, 2012
Imlay needs to stick with Millsboro and reject Pinnacle's obnoxious and offensive concession package. Only through unity is there strength!
millsboro says no

Seaford, DE

#21 Apr 19, 2012
10 year contract with no overtime and working Saturdays at straight pay is a suckers deal.

Also a 6 day work week of 39 hours will be terrible for those with long commutes once gas goes above 5 dollars.

About the only thing that makes Millsboro Vlasic a worthwhile job for the production workers is the overtime pay. If you remove the overtime pay it just becomes another hell-hole ordinary job that is typical of plant work.

C'mon Imlay! reject this piece of crap, we're with you.

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