NRV Volvo workers on strike and picke...

NRV Volvo workers on strike and picketing this morning

There are 22 comments on the WSLS story from Feb 1, 2008, titled NRV Volvo workers on strike and picketing this morning. In it, WSLS reports that:

UAW local 2069 members are picketing outside the Volvo plant in Dublin, despite the wintry mix. via WSLS

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josh

Greensboro, NC

#1 Feb 6, 2008
I heard that the strikers had to be paid extra strike premium pay to picket because on of the union members claimed that picketing while holding a sign was harder work than what he is paid for in the plant. That is just unbelievable. Well the strike will give Volvo time to to have the new Truck plant in Mexico up and running before the strike ends , this will allow the strikers to transition into service work like greeting at Walmart or taking orders at the McDonalds drive through.
Lee

United States

#2 Feb 7, 2008
In response to the comment made by "Randy"-It is not all about medical insurance and as far as "cross the lines & go to work", that is what my
husband would like to be doing "working". The company is not allowing anyone to work except supervisors and higher authority.
As to "Josh"-know what your talking about instead of "I heard".... Have you ever been done wrong by a company? Probably not. My husband is one of the men on strike and believe me he would rather be working. Not everyone wanted to strike but you have to do what you have to do (majority vote). As for a greeter at Walmart or taking orders at McDonalds, IT'S A JOB!!!!!!
not represented

United States

#3 Feb 9, 2008
I am also affected by the NEW RIVER VALLEY strike... Our #'s are down due to the strike. The difference in this post and others I have seen, is that I am 100% behind them!!! As a production worker at an arvin-meritor plant in Asheville N.C. we supply axle's to the Dublin VA. facility. As a non-union facility we do not have the contract that these fine UAW members have. MANDATORY overtime...TIME OFF WITH OUT PAY... A new 2-tier wage structure...horible health insurance... are just a handful of the "benefits" that come along with being non-represented. I wish we had the power to NEGOTIATE!!! GO NO RIVER VALLEY!!!!
Don

Roanoke, VA

#4 Feb 11, 2008
josh wrote:
I heard that the strikers had to be paid extra strike premium pay to picket because on of the union members claimed that picketing while holding a sign was harder work than what he is paid for in the plant. That is just unbelievable. Well the strike will give Volvo time to to have the new Truck plant in Mexico up and running before the strike ends , this will allow the strikers to transition into service work like greeting at Walmart or taking orders at the McDonalds drive through.
you heard wrong. get your facts straight you are required to picket for 4 hours for $200 a week. you get no more than that everyone gets the same you moron.
Randy

Knoxville, TN

#5 Feb 11, 2008
Lee wrote:
In response to the comment made by "Randy"-It is not all about medical insurance and as far as "cross the lines & go to work", that is what my
husband would like to be doing "working". The company is not allowing anyone to work except supervisors and higher authority.
As to "Josh"-know what your talking about instead of "I heard".... Have you ever been done wrong by a company? Probably not. My husband is one of the men on strike and believe me he would rather be working. Not everyone wanted to strike but you have to do what you have to do (majority vote). As for a greeter at Walmart or taking orders at McDonalds, IT'S A JOB!!!!!!
WELL TELL YOUR HUSBAND TO GO TO WORK AT WAL-MART OR MCDONALDS AND GIVE THAT VOLVO JOB TO ONE OF US THAT WILL WORK INSTED OF STANDING OUTSIDE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY!!!!
Randy

Knoxville, TN

#6 Feb 11, 2008
Don wrote:
<quoted text> you heard wrong. get your facts straight you are required to picket for 4 hours for $200 a week. you get no more than that everyone gets the same you moron.
WISH I COULD GET 200 FOR 4 HOURS OF WORK
CRY ME A RIVER GO BACK IN AND YOU WILL MAKE ABOUT 200 DOLLARS A DAY!!!1
Randy

Knoxville, TN

#7 Feb 11, 2008
Randy wrote:
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WELL TELL YOUR HUSBAND TO GO TO WORK AT WAL-MART OR MCDONALDS AND GIVE THAT VOLVO JOB TO ONE OF US THAT WILL WORK INSTED OF STANDING OUTSIDE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY!!!!
ALSO I HAVE TO ADD THAT YOUR HUSBAND NEEDS TO GET OFF HIS HIGH HORSE
BE A MAN AND ANSWER TO THESE POSTS INSTED OF HAVING HIS WIFE DO IT. ITS NOT LIKE HE IS WORKING MORE THAN 4 HOURS PER WEEK, MAYBE IF HE WOULD STAND ON THOSE LINES THE 8 HOURS A DAY 5 DAYS A WEEK HE MIGHT SHOW SOME DEDICATION.
Don

Roanoke, VA

#8 Feb 17, 2008
Randy wrote:
<quoted text> WISH I COULD GET 200 FOR 4 HOURS OF WORK
CRY ME A RIVER GO BACK IN AND YOU WILL MAKE ABOUT 200 DOLLARS A DAY!!!1
you been listening to Timberlake.. loser you have no clue as to what you are talking about so just keep flipping your burgers at Burger King.! and quit being a troll on here
Dan

Porterville, CA

#9 Feb 20, 2008
What union idiot decided to "walk." When all major truck manufactures are building plants in Mexico. "Unfair labor practices" what? They actually are required to show up every day and be accountable for their actions when things don't go as planned. Like last year when the production line was screwed up for months. They already have and take more vacation time than most americans, including a day off for the first day of hunting season!

Truck sales are at a all time low, the strike is a blessing for Volvo, instead of blaming the economy, they can just blame the union. At this time Volvo has no incentive to resume production.
BeeBee

AOL

#10 Feb 21, 2008
It saddens me that the Union would vote to strike at such an unstable economic time. I live in Pulaski county, VA and know that Volvo pays more than ANY other jobs in the county for unskilled labor. Granted I am aware that after working for Volvo the men and women are no longer considered unskilled so no emails about that please. The benifits beat all of the other companies and the company has been extremely good to the employees. I have many friends and associates that work with Volvo and I was amazed when they first went on strike and you asked why, the only answer was a pat"we need a better package" then after a few days it changed to " saftey issues". It actually makes me ill to drve by the plant and see growm men smoking their lungs out and complaining about health issues. Volvo can build this plant in Mexico have it fully functional in less than a year and recoup the cost on labor savings in less than three years time. I wonder where the unio will be when that happens? What will the union do for a county that is already suffering when we have 3000 families wothout jobs?
Melissa

Antioch, TN

#11 Feb 21, 2008
Randy wrote:
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WELL TELL YOUR HUSBAND TO GO TO WORK AT WAL-MART OR MCDONALDS AND GIVE THAT VOLVO JOB TO ONE OF US THAT WILL WORK INSTED OF STANDING OUTSIDE NOT MAKING ANY MONEY!!!!
randy you're one of the biggest idiots to reply yet. next to josh. three years ago volvo was hiring directly off the streets! you did not have to go through the vec. where was your dumbass at!! they are not giving away the money we work extremely hard for every red cent. they had to hire off the streets because they could not find enough people to do the heavy lifting and hard work on the assembly lines. people were quiting constantly within the first day to the first week. all of you that think we have it so easy come give it a try the next time volvo is hiring. then let's talk!
Melissa

Antioch, TN

#12 Feb 21, 2008
Dan wrote:
What union idiot decided to "walk." When all major truck manufactures are building plants in Mexico. "Unfair labor practices" what? They actually are required to show up every day and be accountable for their actions when things don't go as planned. Like last year when the production line was screwed up for months. They already have and take more vacation time than most americans, including a day off for the first day of hunting season!
Truck sales are at a all time low, the strike is a blessing for Volvo, instead of blaming the economy, they can just blame the union. At this time Volvo has no incentive to resume production.
dan truck sales are at a all time low because of rising diesel fuel prices and the beginning of a recession. if volvo is going to mexico they had it in the works way before this strike. truck sales are at a low through out the world. we now have a global economy. in turn you see the effects of a global recession.
Melissa

Antioch, TN

#13 Feb 21, 2008
BeeBee wrote:
It saddens me that the Union would vote to strike at such an unstable economic time. I live in Pulaski county, VA and know that Volvo pays more than ANY other jobs in the county for unskilled labor. Granted I am aware that after working for Volvo the men and women are no longer considered unskilled so no emails about that please. The benifits beat all of the other companies and the company has been extremely good to the employees. I have many friends and associates that work with Volvo and I was amazed when they first went on strike and you asked why, the only answer was a pat"we need a better package" then after a few days it changed to " saftey issues". It actually makes me ill to drve by the plant and see growm men smoking their lungs out and complaining about health issues. Volvo can build this plant in Mexico have it fully functional in less than a year and recoup the cost on labor savings in less than three years time. I wonder where the unio will be when that happens? What will the union do for a county that is already suffering when we have 3000 families wothout jobs?
BeeBee,
you said you had many friends and associates that work FOR volvo. unless you work there you're on the outside looking in. you do not know how the work conditions are or the treatment of the employees are so do not speculate until you actually work inside those doors. better yet, you come work underneath a dangling heavy duty truck cab, knowing the crane that is holding it has not been serviced in god knows how long or you torque a bolt made of cadmium. did your friends and associates tell you that it causes cancer? or should we just deal with these unsafe conditions because the job pays good and companies are going overseas? there are laws against these practices. would you work in these conditions? if your answer is yes, your are an even bigger idiot than Randy and Josh.
keena

AOL

#14 Feb 22, 2008
My husband doesn't work for volvo. He works for a company that does work for volvo. this strike is taking a lot out of our income. we can hardely pay our light ,heat bills are buy food.He gets unemploment but due to volvo lay off a few months back, his amount payed into unemploment was low.his amount for a weekly check will be 262.00. plese get this stike settled soon. it is afecting more people than just volvo workers
Melissa

Antioch, TN

#15 Feb 25, 2008
keena wrote:
My husband doesn't work for volvo. He works for a company that does work for volvo. this strike is taking a lot out of our income. we can hardely pay our light ,heat bills are buy food.He gets unemploment but due to volvo lay off a few months back, his amount payed into unemploment was low.his amount for a weekly check will be 262.00. plese get this stike settled soon. it is afecting more people than just volvo workers
Keena,
I am really sorry to hear about the struggles that you and your family are having to endure because of the strike. I am a Volvo employee and it saddens me when I hear of the struggles that the strike is causing others. We had to stand up to Volvo this time. We are having to sacrifice an arm to save a body. So many of the village idiots that have replied know absolutely nothing about what goes on in the plant because they don't work there. They have made such mean, untrue statements based on what they have heard or just sheer stupidity and ignorance. You stated the facts without bashing, but got your point across. Many of us are struggling right now. I would like to thank you for being honest, but not cruel and insensitive to anyone. I agree with you, I also hope the strike is resolved soon so everyone can resume with their lives as they knew it before the strike.
RANDY

Knoxville, TN

#16 Feb 26, 2008
Melissa wrote:
<quoted text>
randy you're one of the biggest idiots to reply yet. next to josh. three years ago volvo was hiring directly off the streets! you did not have to go through the vec. where was your dumbass at!! they are not giving away the money we work extremely hard for every red cent. they had to hire off the streets because they could not find enough people to do the heavy lifting and hard work on the assembly lines. people were quiting constantly within the first day to the first week. all of you that think we have it so easy come give it a try the next time volvo is hiring. then let's talk!
MELISSA, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? I DRIVE A TRUCK THAT DOES ITS WORK FOR VOLVO AND MAKE JUST AS MUTCH AS MOST VOLVO EMPLOYEES. IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE YOUR THE IDIOT AND REALY NEED TO READ THE POST BEFORE YOU COMMENT ON THINGS.
Melissa

Antioch, TN

#17 Feb 26, 2008
Randy,
You are even more pathetic than the ridiculous comments that you made on the post. Sitting on your lazy butt all day while driving around in your truck has made your brain foggy. Who really cares if you make as much money as the Volvo workers? I'm glad that you make decent wages by which you can support yourself and your family. No one made any mention of our wages but you. I said that we work very hard for our money. You should take your own advice and read the post in full and understand what you are reading before you post a rebuttle!
Genger

United States

#18 Feb 28, 2008
I don't work for Volvo but I have worked for factors in the past that did not have a union. The treatment was "you do this or there is the door". When you have a strong union the company can't talk to you that way. The conpany don't like the union because if there wasn't a union they could pay the people what they wanted. Like 7 to 8 dollars an hour. I know I have been there and know what I am talking about. I know it is hard on every one even myself. For the people that has never worked on a line in a factor don't knok it till you have done it. It is very hard work an you never have time to stop. When there is issue's with health and safety and you know this is true and people has went to the company and the company stil insist on the worker to work in that inviorment. What if you was in the shoes of a man that or woman that had to work in unsafe place and the company knew about it and did nothening. Give this some true thought. I do stand behing the strike an all that are out on the side of the road. There not going to let the company push then around.
Your Moma

United States

#19 Mar 1, 2008
To all the people that talks bad about the union and saids that they would like to have a job at volvo. Instead of working at wal-mart if you a had enough gutes to stand up wal-mart you might have the same things that a union has. You must work in scab labor state N.C. an other places to me you are nothern but of scabs. And that is all you ever be cause you don't have enough guts to stand up against the company. I hope that one day you may wake up an smell the coffee. When you are a member of a union you are there to honor you brothers and sisters and when there is a strike you much still honor your union. Because with out the union you will never have nothing but company supervisors tell you what and when and where to job you must go to. ANd if you don't they will show you the door. If this is what you chose to do you should never down the union people that has better way of live.
Jo Boy

United States

#20 Mar 1, 2008
To all peole that don't have a union I hope that you are happy that make the company millions of dollars why you have nothing. They have there fine homes fine cars, country clubs why you try to make ends meet. They set back and laugh how dum you are for not makeing a better live for self. I hope that you never have nothing because you do not have a enough guts to stand up against a company an get what you need to make a good life for your family. All right to right to work law states are nothing but scab labor and that is all that it will ever be. And to the people that live in scap labor states I hope one day that you will wake up learn to fight for rights a make a better way in life for yourself.

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