Tower Automotive holds ongoing discus...

Tower Automotive holds ongoing discussions with unions

There are 13 comments on the Centre Daily Times story from Mar 13, 2006, titled Tower Automotive holds ongoing discussions with unions. In it, Centre Daily Times reports that:

Auto supplier Tower Automotive Inc. is holding ongoing discussions with its unions to reach a labor deal, delaying a decision by a bankruptcy judge on whether to cancel its union contracts, the company said ...

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mr logic

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#1 Mar 20, 2006
the company should honor contracts or be sued . they have more to lose then worker . iam not to be bluffed . get real i have the royal flush and they can only bluff . no matter what they say iam not going to fold on a royal flush . at worst i can only have to split the pot.iam not even close to negotiating a penny.what good is a signature ,hand shake or promise in this country if it can only be used against you.take the discussions to ok coral.its well over due.ty andy and barney.
mr logic

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#2 Mar 22, 2006
general motors offering 35,000 to retirer .cut that in half for taxes and give it to the goverment and then at the end of year the goverment can give it back to general motors and then you can give your 17,000 back to health insurance in your retirement years or supplements . your total profit minus what.figure it out jack ass . ty ben matlock
uncle b

Grandville, MI

#3 Mar 31, 2006
mr. logic,
your spelling, grammer and typing skills show that if you have a need to find a new job, your prospects will be limited. strike!! go union! it's the only way you will be able to make over $8 an hour.
wife

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#4 Mar 31, 2006
What really irks me about this is that the devotion and hard work of Tower workers is so overlooked in all of this. Where they comee up with the pay scale I dont know. My husband has been there over six years and makes 15.57 hour. His last two raises were like 11 cents and 9 cents or something close to that. A year mind you. 11 cents. The last layoff was told to him on the thursday before the last day. Uh by the way, your laid off!, and in 30 days no blue cross, but you can purchase it for 800 a month. Yeah right. we can afford that on 372 a week. We take meds. that will run us over 800 a month without medical insurance. But the loyalty is always there and he comes back everytime. Where else is there to go in michigan to make decent wages. Believe me if there were somewhere, hed be gone.you cant even get into personel to talk to a human at the plymouth plant.
they took perfect attendence away too after five years without a day missed. Unbelieveable, this place.
Tower employee Plymouth

Detroit, MI

#5 Apr 1, 2006
wife wrote:
What really irks me about this is that the devotion and hard work of Tower workers is so overlooked in all of this. Where they comee up with the pay scale I dont know. My husband has been there over six years and makes 15.57 hour. His last two raises were like 11 cents and 9 cents or something close to that. A year mind you. 11 cents. The last layoff was told to him on the thursday before the last day. Uh by the way, your laid off!, and in 30 days no blue cross, but you can purchase it for 800 a month. Yeah right. we can afford that on 372 a week. We take meds. that will run us over 800 a month without medical insurance. But the loyalty is always there and he comes back everytime. Where else is there to go in michigan to make decent wages. Believe me if there were somewhere, hed be gone.you cant even get into personel to talk to a human at the plymouth plant.
they took perfect attendence away too after five years without a day missed. Unbelieveable, this place.
Wife is absolutely right, the Plymouth plant closed their front doors first to their debtors,followed by employees,the Human Resources Director,and his assistant are both afraid to face angry employees,face to face ,and if you ever need the safety manager good luck,this terrible trio are what gives Tower employees a bad name,with trying to change everything that had been running good for almost 10 years.We should put the executives from corporate with these 3 and start their own company so they could run it into the ground,and be used as a" HOW NOT TO RUN A COMPANY FOR DUMMIES".
Milan Employee

Paris, TN

#6 Apr 1, 2006
Here in Milan, the Union is trying to negotiate some sort of benifits for the shutdown.The Tower Representative keeps saying we don't deserve anything.Right before she walks out of the meeting.Tower cares about nobody but there upper managment.Everyone Tower has something to do with ,from employees, to suppliers,to customers are cursed!
mr logic

AOL

#7 Apr 1, 2006
uncle b wrote:
mr. logic,
your spelling, grammer and typing skills show that if you have a need to find a new job, your prospects will be limited. strike!! go union! it's the only way you will be able to make over $8 an hour.
spell bob backwards . retired 5 years ago at 48 .who needs a job now .say uncle now . ty your nephew jethro.
Hemroid

Mexico, Mexico

#8 Apr 4, 2006
Punga punga punga all the way to the bank!
tower

United States

#9 Apr 5, 2006
can anyone tell me how a grocery bagger named dan berg made it to where he is today
Tower employee Plymouth

Detroit, MI

#10 Apr 22, 2006
Well if anyone, from Tower has seen "Fatleen" ? gave the unions until May first,The Judge gave it until May Fifth,This company is just buying time from the courts before it cancels contracts,Tower Automotive is going to be the lab rat if a strike occurs better to have Three Thousand Strike instead of thirty four thousand from Delphi,The UAW negotiator for Tower I believe his last name is King has not made progress,if this is to be won we need a constant fighter not someone who is waiting,The UAW fought for benefits and salary years ago but a new revolutionary phase is necessary.we may have to go back 100 years in the union strategy but to win these benefits will have to be re-enacted
Disgruntled Tower worker

AOL

#11 Apr 23, 2006
I don't know what happens at other tower plants but at Tower Plymouth things have become very dishearting. Tower has become doing things that not only violate our union contract but also violates laws of the United States. It's sad because our Union does nothing, says nothing, and doesnt show any kind of support or backing of colleagues who have obviusly been wronged. Here are a few examples. At Tower plymouth, when a woman becomes pregnant she is forced to leave work on short term disability leave, because Tower says they know longer accomadate people who are disabled.Whe told to leave by Tower, the union rep that was with her her to make sure Tower wasn't doing anything illegal,said nothing, and had the audacity to ask the colleague "so what are you going to do ?" No advice, nothing but thats messed up that they are doing that to you. When it is a known fact that Tower Plymouth employs over 15 people who are currntly disabled and are accomadated everyday. Not only do they kick women out, in some cases Tower has called the Short term disability company to make sure that some women are not compensated by them. The Human Resource Dept. purposly tells women to get some kind of restsriction, but didnt tell them they would be sent home when they got the restriction. In another instance Tower lied to a first time father about dependant health benefits so he would miss the deadline to add the dependant to his insurance. As a result this fathers child has no insuarance and he pays out of pocket for all dr appoitents and trips to emergency. Tower has made an attendance policy that is so crazy that Colleagues don't have sick days. Colleagues used to have 4 unpaid days per year that they could call in for emergencys. Now you cannot call these days in. They have to be approved in advance by a team leader. I'm sorry but how can i preapprove my child being sick or getting a flat tire or an accident on my way to work.And if you are going to miss work you have to call them and tell them. If you don't you will be charged for missing a day and a half. Tower upper management stands behind colleagus watching them work all day with a prison warden mentaliity.There are so many more things that Tower has illegally done that doesnt get talked about. I don't know if I'm right or wrong by saying all this but I believe that everyone should be aware of things that effects the lives of tower workers. In the papers and the news all you see and hear are "Were broke" cries from management, and tough talk from the union that does nothing to help the people sweating in this plant everyday. I'm thankful that we have a union because if we didnt we wouldn't have any contracts for Tower to try and throw out.On the other hand while our Union and Tower are playing there political games in the papers,the workers are suffering everyday with no one to speak up for them.
Tower employee Plymouth

Detroit, MI

#12 Apr 24, 2006
Good to see other Tower Plmouth employees posting comments.I agree there are plenty of abuses at the Plymouth Plant,between union,management,people can not speak to the front office because they have locked themselves in avoiding vendors,employees,The way they changed our attendance policy,but we really have to watch out for is hurricane "Fatleen" when this one hits it will be at least until 2012 or 2013 before we can make our current wages,the Plymouth plant contract expires in 08,if Fatleen is sucessful our contract will be thrown out,we will be paying more for medical,because as you all know Tower supposedly is coming out of bankruptcy this summer,Uncle Sam will not be able to save us when Fatleen hits.
Plymouth worker

Detroit, MI

#13 Apr 28, 2006
I work for Tower Plymouth also,after reading all of the Tower employee posts,I really believe there is a problem with the management team at all of our Tower plants including corporate.The Tower Management team does not seem to have communication,when Fatleen entered as Tower CEO as employee Plymouth refered to CEO Kathleen Ligocki, she said that every plant was run independently,as it's own business,and that was the cause of the bankruptcy.The real problem is corporate greed,if employees were treated with respect and Tower worked as a team between management and employees there would be no problems,if employees knew that a sacrifice was needed and it was not going to the corporate wallet,they would probably cooperate,but in a society were executives lie to stay employed,The UAW needs to work directly with employees and represent them when there are abuses?That is why Corporate America went through a revolution.The main problem is not money but trust.America needs to trust once again.

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