ten day notice served to mahrt mill.

ten day notice served to mahrt mill.

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United States

#1 Oct 27, 2008
wonder if the share-holders know of the troubles at mahrt. they have been in negotiations for over a year. mwv can hire (make a position) new president of pharma whatever the title. back it with a huge salary + stock options and other perks. but refuse to give the employee's a fair raise, health care or retirement benefits. what does this say about their confidence of the future of the company. do they expect that the company is not going to profit, the economy is going to bust the company. if this is the expectation then why would anyone invest in such a venture. oh, they steal it from the rest of us to give it to big buddies. i get it haves and have not.

Conyers, GA

#2 Nov 1, 2008
At the Marht Mill, the company has already brought in trailers and have security guards at the main gate. This is going to be interesting to see what happens. I am sure upper management is not getting the insurance deal they have offered to the union workers. I hope stock holders are aware of what is going on. They think they can bring anybody in to run those machines...we will see.
DMP unionmember

Richmond, VA

#3 Nov 3, 2008
I'm at the MWV Evadale mill and our salary group is already asking questions about what is going to happen...are our set up foreman going to turn the job down if Mahrt strikes Friday...some salary hands are concerned they will be sent there to work...gotta love it

United States

#4 Nov 3, 2008
oh, they need to worry that they might have to get on the machines and work. They have spent over 500 grand setting up trailers graveling and so on getting ready. how can they justify spending that kind of money which doesnt come close to what we are asking for. at least if they put the raise into retro. it still would not cost them as much. and they are willing to put all of that out of pocket at once immediately. what kind of statement does this make for a company suffering from hard economic crisis. hey since you are in Evadale, how long were you guys down on production due to the storms. keep strong,
God Bless.

Bethlehem, GA

#5 Nov 3, 2008
Mahrtmillmama where did you get the information on the 500 grand the company spent on trailers graveling and getting ready. That is some good info and Id like to know your source, do you have someone on the inside?

Eufaula, AL

#6 Nov 6, 2008
company offer rejected it is time to show the company ( MEADWESTVACO ) that we at Marth mean it!we want a fair contract!

Fort Stockton, TX

#7 Nov 6, 2008
Here at the Covington location we are behind the Marht mill 100%. We have not had a contract for two years this December. The two mills that make over 90% of the profits for MWV's PRG are poised to go out together. The company needs to quit telling us what we will be giving up and put a fair offer on the table.

Eufaula, AL

#8 Nov 7, 2008
The mill has wasted a fortune setting up trailers, painting a stripe on the road, feeding people they won't let go home, and keeping salary employees there for hours just in case. I don't care whether it was $500 or $500,000. They spent money to keep their employees from reaping the benefits of a company's profits. Employees and their families lose regardless. They can go through that much trouble but not help out those that are the reason they make money.

United States

#9 Nov 10, 2008
Hey DMP, chalk one up for the company and their buddies the USW. second vote being taken today on the same offer. what is the point of voting in the first place if the results are disregarded until you get the vote you want? if the vote had been the other way around (to accept the contract) by a low margin would we still be revoting? Hell No. the USW even wanted to change the new vote to require 66 and 2/3 back to the PACE requirements. that tells you that they want this contract ratified at any cost. 2 of the locals felt that their members who voted for the contract would cross the line and go to work. they just told all of their members from that statement that they think most of them are RAT Bastards. I think that they might not have liked the outcome but, they would have stood strong behind their brothers when it came down to it. United We Stand has a new meaning, its for the company and the USW that is in their pocket.
very dissapointed in the panty waist union officials and they know who they are.

Bethlehem, GA

#10 Nov 10, 2008

Where did your brothers go? Did they all desert you? How could you dare talk about your union brethern and where is the BOND that keeps you all strong. LOL.

HHHMMMM most of the members would have crossed the picket line and go to work. Why you say? Because they need a job, benefits, a paycheck, insurance, vacation, etc... maybe because they realized that what they have and are being offered is PRETTY GOOD all factors considered or that the other OPTION (no job - no paycheck - a $130 strike benefit check after 3 weeks) wasnt quite so attractive.

Maybe you should all throw the USW officials out of office. Maybe you should just defect and go join the Teamsters or UAW or someone that REALLY CARES about you....since it looks like they really dont care about you after all.

They are only looking out for what is best for the UNIONS INTERNATIONAL..and that is the membership dues you all pay them to represent them. HOW ARE THEY DOING FOR YOU? Does not sound like you are too happy with their performance.

See my earlier post last week and I think the things you are complaining about the USW are the things I mentioned then.

Time for you folks to quit complaining and go make some board for the decent wage and benefits package you are being offered.

You folks all got what you deserved and were outsmarted by the company with your threats of standing shoulder to shoulder and we will show the company attitude.

You know what...at the end of the day..MWV will be around regardless of whether there is a union employee or non union employee making board at their mills.

You could have all walked out at midnight last Thursday and then come in Friday to apply for your jobs again without having the union to represent you.

That would have been the smart thing to do.

I hope you revoted the same way today you voted on Thursday. If not, I WONDER WHY YOU WOULD HAVE CHANGED YOUR MIND....DO TELL.

Fort Stockton, TX

#11 Nov 10, 2008
I can not express the discuess I have for the USW International right now. Now you know why the members here in Covington, Virginia want away from them and operate our own independant union. We know all too well how the USW operates, it just never feels good when they let good union members down. When the company threatened you and told you the best thing you could do is revote, the International should have stood up for you. What are we paying these clowns for anyway????
They are in bed with the company. They wanted this contract to pass. They care not what kind of contract you receive, just keep the dues rolling in. I am union all the way but I can not say that most of what UNKNOWN says is true. The unions have become what they set out to fight, BIG BUSINESS!!!!!!
We are starting our own union, where the local people look out for each other.
State of Oregon

West Monroe, LA

#12 Nov 10, 2008
When I was boy on our farm my mother used to raise chickens. From the those chickens the groceries for a large family were supplied, as well as mother's Christmas money. The greatest enemy the chickens had were skunks. In order to protect those chickens my three brothers and I had to dig out and destroy those skunks. Like our union brothers and sister did in Covington, VA. It was a dirty, foul, unpleasant, smelly job. We learned early in life that the jobs that most badly need doing and so often left undone are often the most difficult and unpleasant. Our task is to follow VA and restore faith in our paper unions.The USW leadership do not have the manhood or honor to admit their mistakes.

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