Do you think IAC Mendon will remain o...
Bush

Montmorenci, IN

#41 Mar 19, 2009
Mindful In Mendon wrote:
I hear he was a star football player. Maybe he is use to attention without giving any. He is older but still gets it I am sure.
Oh my god""" We went through this shit at greencastle, Star football dickhead supervisor & a colts cheerleader bimbo bitch supervisor that was more concentrated on doing her nails than managing the cell! What the f--k do these plant managers think???????
MIM

Baldwinsville, NY

#42 Apr 4, 2009
Our meeting with IAC took place at the UAW/Ford Training Center in Detroit today (4/3/09 @ 1pm. Present at the meeting was Steve Winslow, Jason Waller, Harry Lawson, Terry Sutherlin, Jerry Boller, Nolan Costin, Director Mo Davison, Asst Director Mark Ferrel, Fuzz Lemay, Ric Issacson, many other Barg Committees from other locals as well as Jim Kamsickas, Jeff Freiberger, Jim Kepler from IAC.

Jim got up and gave a powerpoint presentation. He said that sales have dropped by 6 million units in one year. Current sales forecast 8.1 million in sales for 2009 or a 41 % reduction in sales. Credit markets are drying up. Their banks are refusing to extend anymore money unless concessions are made. IAC wants to renegotiate with ALL 12 IAC plant and have new agreements in place by April 30th. Concessions are plant specific and were not shared with us at this meeting. They said that if this doesn't happen banks will cut off their money and they will go bankrupt. Jim said his next scheduled meeting with the banks is on April 15th and he has to prove to them this is in the process. I asked Jim where the proof was that the story he was telling us was true and was told by Vice-President Bob King, UAW Attorney Jeff S, and Ric Issacson they had seen IAC Financial books and they wouldn't have agreed to bring us all together if they didn't believe it was true. They want to dispatch several teams to do multiple contracts at once. He said Ross has already pumped more money into the plants and will not continue to throw more money at a nonprofitable venture. They then went thru a slide on salary concessions that I will not type right now do to time constraints. They have broken the plants into two groups. Group A: Huron, OH - Madisonville, KY - Mendon, MI - Port Huron, MI - and Wauseon, OH. This group represents the most viable plants. If these plants agree to take concessions, their jobs are safe. Group B: Greencastle, IN - Lebanon, VA - Sheboygan, WI - Sidney, OH - Strasburg, VA - St. Clair, MI - Warren, MI are plants whose future is up in the air. If they agree to take concessions, the new contract will be shelved (like they did with Edinburgh) and they will not activate the new contract unless they decide to keep the plant open. Which means hypothetically we would continue our current benefits and wages until they either close us or put new work in the plant. They said they were doing this because they didn't want to ask any anyone to take concessions and then close their plant a month later.
Mitch

Apopka, FL

#43 Apr 6, 2009
Ouch.
laid off in mendon

United States

#44 Apr 8, 2009
There was a meeting today at the high school. I couldn't make it. I was curious as to ehat it was about. If any one knows please write back. I know It had nothing todo w/ laid off workers being called back, but I still want to know......
mendon maid

AOL

#45 Apr 8, 2009
laid off in mendon our meeting was the same as MIM our plant was told to take cuts of 1.7 million dollars that is just our plant, but they don,t know what or where they want to make cuts big joke lot of double talk, could not get straight answer from corp, anyone on here from the wassion plant a driver told us today they were told not to deliver any material for you guys thought you should know , is your plant one of the shut-down plants? eveything thing is a mess here, the chair person is on vaction so is plant manger what a joke everyone pissed and confused, what a waste of time ,. we have paper for suggestion but will probally end up like our last ones on the floor of union hall!!!!!!!!!!
mendon maid

AOL

#46 Apr 8, 2009
also human resource people , were writing names of everyone that asked questions and wrote commets like asked rudly very angery what a bunch of nazis

Since: Apr 09

Battle Creek, MI

#47 Apr 8, 2009
There was something on the local channel news about our meeting in Mendon today. I am told one of our workers(lower tear pay scale laid off) went on camera saying she would agree to concessions if it meant she had a job to come back to? Has anyone informed her that these concessions they are asking for is not to bring back laid off workers, but just to pay the bills and remain open? Come on people? More cuts in Mendon? We have given enough, and if you keep bending over they will keep taking. Now is the time to get together collectively as a bargaining unit and make a stand. We are tired of giving and NOT receiving!
gordy

Loveland, OH

#48 Apr 8, 2009
Just curious what each plant produces i.e. carpet, plastics ? thanks
mendon maid

AOL

#49 Apr 8, 2009
yes i agree mendon worker, saw that also I thought to my self even if we vote for concessions that does not mean we will get jobs back , yes i want my job but i need to make profit also, and what took them so long they have known about this since jan, my bullshit,detecter is going off
Diana

Kalamazoo, MI

#50 Apr 8, 2009
mendon maid wrote:
also human resource people , were writing names of everyone that asked questions and wrote commets like asked rudly very angery what a bunch of nazis
oh yes I was a rude one because when he was talking about profit sharing I said we don't have that...

Since: Apr 09

Battle Creek, MI

#51 Apr 8, 2009
mendon maid wrote:
yes i agree mendon worker, saw that also I thought to my self even if we vote for concessions that does not mean we will get jobs back , yes i want my job but i need to make profit also, and what took them so long they have known about this since jan, my bullshit,detecter is going off
They have known about this all along! Your correct with the BS meter going on. Our own UAW bargaining committee was called to an emergency meeting Last Friday in Detroit. So our bargaining committee has known for a week. The company, has known since the first black friday in early November. They have been cutting work force and salaried since then. But at what cost do the workers say enough is enough. Let the CEO's take the brunt, let the "mahagony" row of Mendon take more than 4%. Hell we didn't even get a $5 turkey for Christmas. We have implemented a recycling program that could have at least bought one per family. Oh wait...its not the peoples, it belongs to the company for them to use as they see fit....Trips to Florida anyone?
Diana

Kalamazoo, MI

#52 Apr 8, 2009
what makes that lady on the news think she is getting her job back? that is where we are going to get screwed all those laid off people are going to get to vote and effect us and there still not going to have a job... I am tired of concessions every 2 years... I sure would like to see pay scale at the other IAC plant's, rumor is we are lowest paying..
Dianne

United States

#53 Apr 8, 2009
Does anyone have any ideas on how we might save the company money without concessions????
If we put our "steam" into trying to help instead of just being mad, we might just surprise ourselves.
I wonder how much top corporate officials are "sacrificing" before they tack it onto us, but we will not gain a thing by belly-aching and blaming, so why not try thinking?
unhappy in wauseon

Bucyrus, OH

#54 Apr 8, 2009
did you mean the wauseon plant? If so they told us today we were not closing. Unless pretty much we dont take concessions.

Since: Apr 09

Battle Creek, MI

#55 Apr 9, 2009
Any of the plants can close if you do not take concessions..That is why they are shelving the lowest plants to see if WE will take them. It has been history in Mendon that we have always bent over backwards to take concessions to keep our jobs. I have been there for over 15 years and for the last 6 of them we have had concessions throughout the plant. What will kill us is if the laid off workers have the belief that they will be called back to work by voting yes. It will not! The question was asked if we at Mendon do NOT take these concessions, will they close the doors, the response was NO. Mendon getting the door panel line, came from a plant that closed because of that line. They couldn't make a good part, or make the line profitable. We still aren't doing a good job. As far at the 900 seating line, look at it like this. They are for big trucks. No one can afford a new vehicle, let alone a gas guzzler. What makes you think that even if they keep us around that we won't go through this once again because big trucks are not selling? In speaking with some that came from the marshall plant before it closed they said Mendon was appearing to be doing the same things that they(marshall) had been doing before it closed. Ask around.
Disgusted in Mendon

Kalamazoo, MI

#56 Apr 9, 2009
Concessions at this point is only buying time for the sinking ship called IAC! Everywhere you turn you hear of people taking pay cuts to just keep their job, we have a job but don't make enough money to live. We can't buy the cars on lower wages and neither can all the rest of the people forced to take pay cuts out there. So how is giving up more money going to help boost the economy and get IAC back on track? It's only a matter of time. Sending our jobs to the Mexico and China plants is only exploiting those people for their cheap labor but in the end it is always the same...who will be buying a car??? Not us, not the Mexicans and not the Chinese...I don't think anyone will win this one.
Disgusted in Mendon

Kalamazoo, MI

#57 Apr 9, 2009
Diana wrote:
<quoted text>
oh yes I was a rude one because when he was talking about profit sharing I said we don't have that...
It's a good thing too or they'd be taking even more from us!! He says Mendon has no profit at the meeting so why in the heck would we ever want a profit share? Take a dollar and get a penny!!!! LOL

Since: Apr 09

Battle Creek, MI

#58 Apr 9, 2009
Disgusted in Mendon wrote:
Concessions at this point is only buying time for the sinking ship called IAC! Everywhere you turn you hear of people taking pay cuts to just keep their job, we have a job but don't make enough money to live. We can't buy the cars on lower wages and neither can all the rest of the people forced to take pay cuts out there. So how is giving up more money going to help boost the economy and get IAC back on track? It's only a matter of time. Sending our jobs to the Mexico and China plants is only exploiting those people for their cheap labor but in the end it is always the same...who will be buying a car??? Not us, not the Mexicans and not the Chinese...I don't think anyone will win this one.
Just a curious question on this one...What ever happened to the union promoting "BUY AMERICAN"...hmmmm makes you wonder how american we can be when we keep sending our stuff to the 3rd world countries...I agree, we can't afford to buy anything at this point and taking away more wages to keep a dieing industry afloat? makes NO sense.
Curious

Cantonment, FL

#59 Apr 9, 2009
Let's not over react until we see what we come up with. We need to give our committee suggestions on what we think we could live with that isn't too bad. From what I have read on here from other plants, we are lucky to have a much lower target then most of them. I know I have several relatives out of work and there isn't anything out there right now. The company says they are quoting business for us and the only way they are going to give us something new is if we participate. I hope there are enough people that let this sink in, think about the long term ramifications of their decision and don't just react on emotion. Does it suck? Yes, we all feel that way, but we must understand the times we are in. I for one hope we get it done with some minor changes that we can all live in and then have faith in the plant leadership team getting us some business.

Since: Apr 09

Battle Creek, MI

#60 Apr 9, 2009
Curious wrote:
Let's not over react until we see what we come up with. We need to give our committee suggestions on what we think we could live with that isn't too bad. From what I have read on here from other plants, we are lucky to have a much lower target then most of them. I know I have several relatives out of work and there isn't anything out there right now. The company says they are quoting business for us and the only way they are going to give us something new is if we participate. I hope there are enough people that let this sink in, think about the long term ramifications of their decision and don't just react on emotion. Does it suck? Yes, we all feel that way, but we must understand the times we are in. I for one hope we get it done with some minor changes that we can all live in and then have faith in the plant leadership team getting us some business.
That is just it...We have let it sink in! We have thought about the "long term" ramifications that happened from all the other concessions we have taken to get new business that has left the plant. Obviously you have NOT gotten laid off for any length of time and have worked steady through out all of this. For those of us that have had "our time in and out" one week on/one week off, we are tired of the not knowing, and surely tired of giving away benefits to get business that does not stay!

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