BCTGM Strike Vote Wednesday

BCTGM Strike Vote Wednesday

There are 176 comments on the Emporia Gazette story from May 11, 2012, titled BCTGM Strike Vote Wednesday. In it, Emporia Gazette reports that:

Sources say the local Bakery Confections, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union that are employed at the Emporia Dolly Madison plant will have a strike vote Wednesday.

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crazy

Dallas, GA

#21 Sep 17, 2012
pittsburgh pa wrote:
if a we just go back and get the money the last two ceo's stole before leaving the company and upper level management either gets a make over or takes a 25% pay cut we as workers wouldn't have to take any concessions hell we might even show a profit... why is it no news paper ever give gives are side of the story all they would have to do is stop in a store, we would be glad to share our story with the american people.
Pittsburgh,i agree.it aint gonna happen!why didn't bankrucpy judge hang this sorry management team,and company. hell figure our pay per hour.might as well flip burgers.less stress.good luck with our attitudes,and work ethic.lets give them what their paying for,nothing.
crazy

Dallas, GA

#22 Sep 17, 2012
ill ibc,i wasn't calling you a yankee.go back and read my post.im a red neck southern peach,and proud of it.have some very good friends who are Yankees . bottom line is we hostess employees have had enough.com pany is letting board members,and management run company in ground.I used to be proud of working for hostess,now im ashamed media makes it sound like were misfits.com pany treats us that way.i say close doors now,its gonna happen.
crazy

Dallas, GA

#23 Sep 17, 2012
just read bctgm web, page 5.hostess trying to sell off merita in south.go ahead close the doors.without merita hostess is out,nobody wants nasty wonder bread.bring back loneranger and merita.hostess stinks......
ILL IBC

Lincoln, IL

#24 Sep 18, 2012
They are preparing to have town hall meetings for the bakers as they feel you were mis-informed of the situation.
Merita adds alot to the bottom line of this company and if they sale it I would like to know how they plan on replacing that income?oh yea i forgot but cutting our pay and jobs.
The way the run the routes are often in violation of dot, I need to talk to other union stewards in areas to aide in the complaint i brought forth before and am going to again if this company goes forward, though we are all praying that if contracts are thrown out bakers threaten strike so they will liquidate.
It was a good company but the time has come to close the door on the execs that are only looking at lining their pockets with our money.
crazy

Dallas, GA

#25 Sep 18, 2012
ILL IBC wrote:
They are preparing to have town hall meetings for the bakers as they feel you were mis-informed of the situation.
Merita adds alot to the bottom line of this company and if they sale it I would like to know how they plan on replacing that income?oh yea i forgot but cutting our pay and jobs.
The way the run the routes are often in violation of dot, I need to talk to other union stewards in areas to aide in the complaint i brought forth before and am going to again if this company goes forward, though we are all praying that if contracts are thrown out bakers threaten strike so they will liquidate.
It was a good company but the time has come to close the door on the execs that are only looking at lining their pockets with our money.
''ILL IBC,we were not mislead our union rep,told us he knew the ecomoney was bad,we needed our jobs,but could we pay bills on what we were making.none of us can afford pay cut again.whos to say they want close doors anyway.I agree with you just close already.give us unemployement.time I pay union dues,ins.taxs, gas to get to work,hell id be better off,19 years,only first 10 was good .our drivers union rep,isnt any help,i go straight to union,i can speak for myself.good luck to hard workers.shame on greedy board members.
rosa the fairy

Knoxville, TN

#26 Sep 18, 2012
It sounds more and more like we Union members should deviate from the Union machine and form our own representation among ourselves. It seems most of us agree that our Union is not properly looking out for us.Its just a thought...
ILL IBC

Lincoln, IL

#27 Sep 18, 2012
Well there is the thought among many that the union isnt always defending us,they have become just as big as corporation as the ones they are suppose to protect us from, we are just the pawns in the middle, but without unions this whole industry would be nothing but a sweat shop and that seems to be what they are heading for,, seems to many of the stewards only look out for themselves and not their members.I am ised to going it on my own against them and will again it seems,
Here's hoping the Bakers stay strong and close this place down, sounds as if that is what Hurt plans on doing and rightly so, to bad many of my brothers and sisters in the teamsters didnt see the full ramifications of this or failed to vote at all. Bakers do what the Teamsters should have done, say no to this being a going concern, luck to all.
crazy

Dallas, GA

#28 Sep 18, 2012
rosa the fairy wrote:
It sounds more and more like we Union members should deviate from the Union machine and form our own representation among ourselves. It seems most of us agree that our Union is not properly looking out for us.Its just a thought...
sounds to me like teamsters,didnt care enough to vote.at least our union told us they will do this again,and again.
johnn doe

Paterson, NJ

#29 Sep 19, 2012
we are going to stay strong in jersey. Time for this company to close and stop making the executives richer. Even with concessions co wouldnt last long. they just trying to make one last score of our hard earned money before we close. Im very disappointed in the teamsters that they didnt do the right thing. But we need to make the stand ourselves. Go bctmg. Time to strike!!!!
crazy

Dallas, GA

#30 Sep 19, 2012
johnn doe wrote:
we are going to stay strong in jersey. Time for this company to close and stop making the executives richer. Even with concessions co wouldnt last long. they just trying to make one last score of our hard earned money before we close. Im very disappointed in the teamsters that they didnt do the right thing. But we need to make the stand ourselves. Go bctmg. Time to strike!!!!
we don't have enough members in Atlanta to matter,but if I get unemployement,for a year,and side job every now and then id make more. time I pay for gas in car,plus wear and tear on vehicle,id probably have more.jobs are harder with less money and lousey insurance that will cost me more.this isn't gonna end we got greedy ceo,board members, same sorry management.
ILL IBC

Lincoln, IL

#31 Sep 20, 2012
Well they petitioned the court to allow the rejection of the contracts and cited that the BCT mis-lead its members.
I do hope the BCT members stay strong and do not cave in to the barrage of pressure they are going to receive from the company.
Crazy- you are right unemployment will pay better than the jobs we will be left with and may save many with the gas and wear and tear on vehicle not to mention the mental strain this company imposes any more.
I have been here 27 yrs , this company will not be one you can make a living at but one that will suck all it can from the employees while management lines their pockets.
crazy

Dallas, GA

#32 Sep 20, 2012
ILL IBC wrote:
Well they petitioned the court to allow the rejection of the contracts and cited that the BCT mis-lead its members.
I do hope the BCT members stay strong and do not cave in to the barrage of pressure they are going to receive from the company.
Crazy- you are right unemployment will pay better than the jobs we will be left with and may save many with the gas and wear and tear on vehicle not to mention the mental strain this company imposes any more.
I have been here 27 yrs , this company will not be one you can make a living at but one that will suck all it can from the employees while management lines their pockets.
''ILL IBC, know, what you mean been here 19 years dont believe what I have seen from hostess.our union told us the truth,we were not ,mislead,we were not told about a white horse gonna resuce company.we were told they can keep taking bonus,and we were lied to by company first time.jobs get crazyer,harder,more dangers,and knowone wants to hear that.look at cost of living.how long since we had a raise?much less a bonus.were going backwards and working our tails off, no wonder we have bad attitudes...[management sucks] how long we gonna let them get away with this....
ILL IBC

Lincoln, IL

#33 Sep 21, 2012
Well the hard truth hit some today as they learned the sales manager had been out selling the idea of outside deliveries to our vend accounts and how much it was going to cost them, they are hoping bakers shut this place down and are more than willing to honor a strike.
Yes, we don't really think as last time that management will actually take a pay cut and many of them are leaving too...
The time to draw a line had to come, let it be now
crazy

Dallas, GA

#34 Sep 21, 2012
ILL IBC wrote:
Well the hard truth hit some today as they learned the sales manager had been out selling the idea of outside deliveries to our vend accounts and how much it was going to cost them, they are hoping bakers shut this place down and are more than willing to honor a strike.
Yes, we don't really think as last time that management will actually take a pay cut and many of them are leaving too...
The time to draw a line had to come, let it be now
I don't understand why we cant sue them,last time around we didn't get what was due us,plus they stoped penion.
Casey Ruffell

Orem, UT

#35 Sep 21, 2012
crazy wrote:
today in Atlanta,were voting on taking another pay cut,remember board members voted their selfs a big fat bonus back in august 2011.took all funds out of company.why didn't judge make them put that money back in company.im not voting my self another pay cut!I would vote to strike.Fed up with management team.that is 18% pay cut in 3 years,i might as well flip burgers at burger king.hostess employees stand up for your selfs,have a back bone...call the companys bluff,hell they want have jobs either.unions have sold us out...
Unions Suck! End of story. Compainies without them succeed. Ones with them don't.
Casey Ruffell

Orem, UT

#36 Sep 21, 2012
If all you Hostess workers that are voting to not accept an 8% cut and then getting 4% of it back over several years and having no job. You should work for Coca-cola or Pepsi. They pay their workers worse for break your back work. I worked for Coca-cola for 6 years. They pay their C-Store drivers about $30,000 a year. They have to count their trucks in the morning. If they're off it comes out of their pay at retail cost and not what it cost Coca-cola. You have to stack that heavy crap off of the truck in all wheather onto the ground and haul it in with a hand truck. Then have it counted in, make any adjustments and pick up empty shells and credit that to the store and haul those to your truck. You have to merchandise the stores as well. Then print up your final invoice for each store. Then when you're done you have to go back to the plant and have your palletts, empties, and left over product counted in. Then go in and print your "end of day" paperwork.I was starting at 4:30am and getting home about 7:00pm. There is no way your bread routes could be even close to as hard and you get paid the same or more.
ILL IBC

Lincoln, IL

#37 Sep 21, 2012
well many of our routes start at 4 in the morning and dont leave until after 7 and both of those examples would be in violation of D.O.T. and if your not part of the issue here you really have no say in the matter.
ILL IBC

Lincoln, IL

#38 Sep 21, 2012
crazy wrote:
<quoted text>I don't understand why we cant sue them,last time around we didn't get what was due us,plus they stoped penion.
Crazy, see where the company says it does not think bakers will strike and can only call strike if in fact they try to impose new contract...stay strong
crazy

Dallas, GA

#39 Sep 21, 2012
ILL IBC wrote:
<quoted text>
Crazy, see where the company says it does not think bakers will strike and can only call strike if in fact they try to impose new contract...stay strong
(ILL IBC)COULDNT AGREE MORE.routemen are feed up, I don't blame them,im in till the end.were not taking this,had enough,hostess has not changed with times,except gotten worse.we pay our dues and will fight for whats right.nonunion people suck it up,if you love your job now. u must be brown noising,sounds like your lazy,are took on a job meant for a man.
crazy

Dallas, GA

#40 Sep 21, 2012
Casey Ruffell wrote:
If all you Hostess workers that are voting to not accept an 8% cut and then getting 4% of it back over several years and having no job. You should work for Coca-cola or Pepsi. They pay their workers worse for break your back work. I worked for Coca-cola for 6 years. They pay their C-Store drivers about $30,000 a year. They have to count their trucks in the morning. If they're off it comes out of their pay at retail cost and not what it cost Coca-cola. You have to stack that heavy crap off of the truck in all wheather onto the ground and haul it in with a hand truck. Then have it counted in, make any adjustments and pick up empty shells and credit that to the store and haul those to your truck. You have to merchandise the stores as well. Then print up your final invoice for each store. Then when you're done you have to go back to the plant and have your palletts, empties, and left over product counted in. Then go in and print your "end of day" paperwork.I was starting at 4:30am and getting home about 7:00pm. There is no way your bread routes could be even close to as hard and you get paid the same or more.
get back what is already ours,maybe ?????s a big word, company will do this again,and again....you take their crap,were not.....

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