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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Robtek

North Ridgeville, OH

#715 Mar 2, 2013


Thanks LMAO for sharing the video. Is my $15 a week for union dues worth it ? My $15/wk. for union dues is definitely worth it. STAND UP AND FIGHT BACK ? Hell yes !!!!
man up

Cincinnati, OH

#716 Mar 2, 2013
Are the guys from up north coming or not?
truth

Louisville, KY

#717 Mar 2, 2013
man up wrote:
Are the guys from up north coming or not?
f**k you scab jason belew
truth

Louisville, KY

#718 Mar 2, 2013
post #713 new purple sage rider... Thank You Vary Well Said... you guys don't let Dr T turn is into a shit hole shop
truth

Louisville, KY

#719 Mar 2, 2013
How do you like me now wrote:
To all my union brothers out there standing the line. I am proud to stand beside you. We can accomplish anything as long as we stand together. To the South a little education to the guys who do not support Local 8565. A strike is when we choose to walk out on the company to fight for what we believe in. A lock out in this case is when unemployment agrees with us that the concessions the company is asking for are ridiculous and are either unwilling to prove they need or can't which ever it may be. So many of you are quick to say stop whining go back to work. The money they have implemented is good money. Well here is my solution , since you guys think it is so great maybe the good Dr. will read your posts and realize he can get the concessions he wants down there. I really could care less if Florence wants to organize. You have clearly shown you don't know how to stand together. We do not need people like that in the union. Instead of standing together maybe you can hope together that the North gets a fair contract and Dr Tim does not come after Florence for the concessions he won't get out of the North.
Some more truth and love from 8565
well said
truth

Louisville, KY

#720 Mar 2, 2013
you have to fill the white cards out, before you can have a vote. before you get the white cards, you have to be at this meeting to show the Rep there is enough support, or no white card. it's going to have be a high percent of 150 guys. that the way it is!
man up

Somerset, KY

#721 Mar 2, 2013
truth wrote:
<quoted text>f**k you scab jason belew
You talk big when you're hiding behind your phone lost ball
truth

Louisville, KY

#722 Mar 2, 2013
man up wrote:
<quoted text>
You talk big when you're hiding behind your phone lost ball
f**k you SCAB ED... guess again
Robtek

North Ridgeville, OH

#723 Mar 2, 2013
truth wrote:
you have to fill the white cards out, before you can have a vote. before you get the white cards, you have to be at this meeting to show the Rep there is enough support, or no white card. it's going to have be a high percent of 150 guys. that the way it is!
I'm not a union rep, but I know you need about 35% initial support !
Indy

New York, NY

#724 Mar 2, 2013
New Purple Sage Writer Wrote
"We have a million dollar machine sitting idle for a week, because Jim Goddard can't get a requisition signed for a 1400 dollar part. At 130 dollars per machine hour, we've lost 10000 dollars in 4 days, because our company president doesn't trust our 20 year plant manager to buy a part that is across the street. I mean, literally, across the street. Jim Goddard is not allowed to buy shop towels, without permission. Yet, we are going to buy forgings at five times the cost from our competitors and work overtime to produce March and April's job orders. Unusual, isn't it? Trust this guy's micromanaging business plan?"

That’s what I’m talking about, their not figuring the costs of loss by refusing to put money into fixing the equipment how many parts lost?

1.Genesis 19:27-29: Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.
How do you like me now

Kelleys Island, OH

#725 Mar 2, 2013
New Purple Sage Rider wrote:
<quoted text>
Smart enough? You don't have a clue.
This isn't about Aurora. This isn't about our management in Kentucky. This isn't about Jim Goddard, Kevin Burkemeier, Danny Glenn or any other perriwinkle blue wearing employee, in Kentucky. This is about having a say, as a group united, in your benefits and wages for the future. If you trust Dr. Tim Gudszen's business plan or are a company loyalist,at heart,or are a spineless, weakminded human being, then sit at home Sunday at 2pm.
We have a million dollar machine sitting idle for a week, because Jim Goddard can't get a requisition signed for a 1400 dollar part. At 130 dollars per machine hour, we've lost 10000 dollars in 4 days, because our company president doesn't trust our 20 year plant manager to buy a part that is across the street. I mean, literally, across the street. Jim Goddard is not allowed to buy shop towels, without permission. Yet, we are going to buy forgings at five times the cost from our competitors and work overtime to produce March and April's job orders. Unusual, isn't it? Trust this guy's micromanaging business plan?
I've been a loyalist for 20 years. They took away my bonus. They didn't give me a raise last year. They removed my wife's medical coverage. Why? When you guys sit here and brag to Aurora about our workload being so huge. Why? Why was it necessary to save this money,at my/our expense. That's where company loyalty went, Jim. To answer a question you asked one of my coworkers, 10 years ago.
And, if you're just a spineless, weakminded human being, stay at home Sunday, we don't want you there, anyway. Go to church, though. Pray for God's help, because you're too afraid to stand up for something.
Well said. If you don believe in the union you have a right to express your opinion. I don't think it would hurt the guys who are on the fence or don't even want a union to show up and listen to what they have to say. I have never heard that having to much information is a bad thing. If you don't want a to be organized you can vote no. We all want the same thing fair wages and medical. To be a world class company they need some world class management. Who have a clue on how to run a great bearing company which Rotek once was and can be again. They have the workers thats obvious. Would not be here for 50 years if they didn't. Lets all hope Germany will remove Dr Tim so we can move forward. That would be the first step in working towards world class. I want nothing more than a fair contract And to go back to work. Negotiating means that both sides have to give. The union understands this unfortunately dr Tim does not. The North is winning the battle but will Florence be the victim in the end. Together we could do great things. Wages of what we were making and better health for all is not a bad investment in a company. Small piece if the pie actually. I do not wish any one to lose a job but how can a company be profitable with the salary to hourly ratio we have. If you or I had nothing to do for six weeks they would have laid us off but not one salary person has been let go before the lock out when work was down and we laid of 60 hourly people or now that we have been standing out side for 6 weeks. Makes no sense to me.
truth

Louisville, KY

#726 Mar 2, 2013
Robtek wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm not a union rep, but I know you need about 35% initial support !
if all the guys back at the shop that said yes, went to the last meeting, we would be voting now.
hilljack

Bowling Green, KY

#727 Mar 2, 2013
How do you like me now wrote:
To all my union brothers out there standing the line. I am proud to stand beside you. We can accomplish anything as long as we stand together. To the South a little education to the guys who do not support Local 8565. A strike is when we choose to walk out on the company to fight for what we believe in. A lock out in this case is when unemployment agrees with us that the concessions the company is asking for are ridiculous and are either unwilling to prove they need or can't which ever it may be. So many of you are quick to say stop whining go back to work. The money they have implemented is good money. Well here is my solution , since you guys think it is so great maybe the good Dr. will read your posts and realize he can get the concessions he wants down there. I really could care less if Florence wants to organize. You have clearly shown you don't know how to stand together. We do not need people like that in the union. Instead of standing together maybe you can hope together that the North gets a fair contract and Dr Tim does not come after Florence for the concessions he won't get out of the North.
Some more truth and love from 8565
your right, your union does not need guy`s like us. because there would be no union.
truth

Louisville, KY

#728 Mar 2, 2013
hilljack wrote:
<quoted text>
your right, your union does not need guy`s like us. because there would be no union.
what a "DUMBASS"
slient till now

Bowling Green, KY

#729 Mar 2, 2013
How do you like me now wrote:
<quoted text>
Well said. If you don believe in the union you have a right to express your opinion. I don't think it would hurt the guys who are on the fence or don't even want a union to show up and listen to what they have to say. I have never heard that having to much information is a bad thing. If you don't want a to be organized you can vote no. We all want the same thing fair wages and medical. To be a world class company they need some world class management. Who have a clue on how to run a great bearing company which Rotek once was and can be again. They have the workers thats obvious. Would not be here for 50 years if they didn't. Lets all hope Germany will remove Dr Tim so we can move forward. That would be the first step in working towards world class. I want nothing more than a fair contract And to go back to work. Negotiating means that both sides have to give. The union understands this unfortunately dr Tim does not. The North is winning the battle but will Florence be the victim in the end. Together we could do great things. Wages of what we were making and better health for all is not a bad investment in a company. Small piece if the pie actually. I do not wish any one to lose a job but how can a company be profitable with the salary to hourly ratio we have. If you or I had nothing to do for six weeks they would have laid us off but not one salary person has been let go before the lock out when work was down and we laid of 60 hourly people or now that we have been standing out side for 6 weeks. Makes no sense to me.
We did have people who wanted to hear about the union come to the first meeting, we had 51 people, we did a show of hands for the union and only about half raised their hands. its just not there. 25 out of a 150 not good
truth

Louisville, KY

#730 Mar 2, 2013
slient till now wrote:
<quoted text>
We did have people who wanted to hear about the union come to the first meeting, we had 51 people, we did a show of hands for the union and only about half raised their hands. its just not there. 25 out of a 150 not good
"DUMBASS" If you do nothing, you will get nothing
hilljack

Bowling Green, KY

#731 Mar 2, 2013
untruth wrote:
Just heard there will be no alcohol served Sunday. Sup wit dat?
wait a minute, grown man being told you can`t have a beer, what happened to that whole thing you have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. i was so moved by that.
Robtek

North Ridgeville, OH

#732 Mar 2, 2013
When you work for a non- union company, going through the phase of organizing can be a scary thing, it will take some guts and determination. Some of the things you will worry about= will I be harrassed or possibly lose my job. Fellow Florence workers you have that right. Sections 7 and 8 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) guarantee employees the right to create, join, and participate in a labor union without being unfairly intimidated or punished by their employers.The courts have ruled that Section 7 of the NLRA gives employees the right to:
•discuss union membership and read and distribute union literature during nonwork time in nonwork areas, such as an employee lounge
•sign a card asking your employer to recognize your union and bargain with it, sign petitions and grievances concerning employment terms and conditions, and ask your coworkers to sign petitions and grievances, and
•display your prounion sentiments by wearing message-bearing items such as hats, pins, and T-shirts on the job.
I sincerely wish fellow Florence workers the best of luck throughout this process. Personally I don't know any of you, I am just a regular working guy like yourselves. I have worked my whole life in a non- union environment, struggling to make the best living I can for myself and my family. I knew nothing about unions before I came to Rotek (north) 6 yrs. ago. With the ever so changing times while your government screwing you from one side and now our employer trying to screw us from the other. I can honestly say that being a part of Local 8565 has been rewarding and endearing exp. I would not have it any other way. After being unjustly locked out by these greedy bastards, I have never been prouder than being a part of this movement. As we continue our fight for our future, our livelihood, the list goes on and on, we as ONE become closer and stronger. Our future and yours depend on it ! Peace out.
hilljack

Bowling Green, KY

#733 Mar 2, 2013
tuff stuff wrote:
Hopefully my coworkers are smart enough to not listen to some of the guys who wanna do this or say we oughta do that. Everyone should see the fact is the guys who are pushing for a union, are the ones who either have had a run-in with the bosses or are just plain sorry asses. Hopefully guys are smart enough not to listen to these type of guys and know what's best for us. There are quite a few in plant 40 and I see it every day in plant 20 (theres more in 40, and just because one of em is a leadman, don't make him right). You should cancel your meeting Sunday cuz ain't many coming
you are talking about the leadman in plant 40
truth

Louisville, KY

#734 Mar 2, 2013
hilljack wrote:
<quoted text>
wait a minute, grown man being told you can`t have a beer, what happened to that whole thing you have to stand for something or you will fall for anything. i was so moved by that.
"DUMBASS" your stupid, I don't want to talk to you

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