Safeway-Unsafe!

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#1 Dec 9, 2011
My name is Mary VanGorder. I am Emily’s mom. This is the story of why Emily’s dad, Mike, got fired from Safeway.



Mike VanGorder began working for Safeway’s Distribution Center in Tracy, CA in 1995. The biggest issue at the facility has always been safety. They went on strike in 2000 over safety issues. Safeway has been practicing unsafe working habits for years. Cal Osha recently went through the warehouse again and fined Safeway almost $200,000 for violations. Safeway was obviously aware they were breaking the laws, as they made Osha get a warrant and bring the sheriff to be able to set foot on Safeway’s property. In the United States of America we have the right to a safe working environment. Safeway is not providing their workforce with this. Despite some serious accidents over the years, it’s business as usual for Safeway. Since Cal Osha has walked through, Safeway has done nothing to fix the violations, preferring to play their case out in court instead of putting safety first for their employees. Not only is the union unorganized and divided, they also have done nothing to solve these unsafe conditions.



Mike has been out there since 1995 without being disciplined for not making the production standards. As a matter of fact, Mike is such a model employee Safeway tracked him down to use him in their company powerpoint presentation about the warehouse. Frustrated with everything going on, Mike decided to silently protest at his job. For 3 weeks he went to work wearing a t-shirt speaking out against Safeway and Teamsters. It said “Slaveway & Teamsters, working together to break down working conditions.” On October 13th he was called into the office and told to remove his shirt by his supervisors. He refused, believing Safeway had no right to do so since he was speaking out against unsafe working conditions. At no time was he told he would be fired if he didn’t, they just took his badge and walked him out telling him he was suspended pending an investigation. On October 20 he was notified he had been terminated for insubordination for refusing to take his shirt off.



On October 1st Mike had his meeting with the Union and Safeway. Before the meeting started Safeway offered Mike his job back with conditions-no backpay, he’d be on a final warning (6 months they could fire him for any reason) and he sign an agreement that he would never do anything like this again. Mike declined the offer, he just wants to be made whole, and they wouldn’t have offered him his job back without a discussion if they didn’t know they were in the wrong here. He met with them again on October 8th with no change.



We’re now awaiting arbitration, and the case has been filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
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Jerry Brown

Patterson, CA

#2 Dec 9, 2011
Mike ain't too bright. Is He?
Insubordination on the job, when he's lucky to have a job nowdays.

Guess he found out trying to be a Union Thug just doesn't cut it anymore.
Hope he can get unemployment, being fired for trouble making may get him turned down.

Some lessons in life are harder than others.
This one should teach him some humility.
Chris

Seattle, WA

#3 Dec 10, 2011
What were the safety violations?
Dave

Chicago, IL

#4 Dec 27, 2011
Typical union idiot. Without even commenting on the "you have a right to a safe work enviroment" (hint: no you don't) here is what I take from this:

1) Safeway is such an unsafe place yet Mike worked there for 6 years without accident?

2) Safeway is such an unsafe place yet Mike didn't look to leave for a better/safer job?

3) Mike has a young daughter at home yet risked his job by parading around like an idiot by wearing anti-Safeway gear.

4) He was politely asked to remove the shirt, which he stupidly refused to do.

5) Safeway took the action that every other employer out there would have done and canned him for insubordination.

6) When Mike was offered his job back he actually had the stones to ask for back pay to "be made whole".

6) Mike has his daughter go on the internet and talk about the money Safeway made (which is totally irrelevant to an employee being an idiot).

7) The daughters stupid note make no reference at all to the unbelieveably idiodic actions of her father and he takes no responsibility for what happened.

8) His daughter is growing up believing this is how the world works. She is screwed.

In summation, Mike acts like a complete idiot, is given a chance to save his job, he refuses, he gets fired, then has his daughter go on the internet and claim to be part of the 99%. And of course, it's Safeways fault - in no way could he possibly be responsible for his own actions.
Dave

Chicago, IL

#5 Dec 27, 2011
Oh, and to the little girl holding the sign....your dad was fired for insubordination - NOT for speaking out against the company. Your dad has done you a terrible disservice buy allowing you to think otherwise and using you to spread the wrong information to gain sympathy for his idiodic actions.

TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF. Ok, rant is over.
Dylan

Thorold, Canada

#6 Jan 23, 2012
6) Mike has his daughter go on the internet and talk about the money Safeway made (which is totally irrelevant to an employee being an idiot).

Really? Its irrelevant that the CEO is making millions of dollars a year and instead of paying a fine and fixing the things that are unsafe they drag it out in court instead of giving injured people compensation they deserve? PEOPLE YOU ARE ON THE INTERNET, RESEARCH.
John

Paw Paw, MI

#7 Jan 23, 2012
Dave Buffalo Grove, IL, I'll agree with you that speaking out against the company is insubordination when you agree that the average citizen has no reasonable expectation of freedom of speech. Something you conservatives always clain we do have freedom of speech as Americans whenever your politicians are campaigning but actively work against the rest of the time.

This is why we call people like you TEAtards.
Tim

Saint Petersburg, FL

#8 Jan 24, 2012
This was labeled insubordination just to give it a BS viable cause to fire. I commend this guy for working in an unsafe environment without having an accident, he did what he had to do in order to not get hurt and support his family, it is unfortunate that Safeway didn't make it safe in the first place and forced this guy to take matters into his own hands, including going out his way to not have an accident in 6 years, when Safeway should have instilled measures to secure a safe environment.
Rick

Hamilton, OH

#9 Jan 25, 2012
Dave wrote:
Typical union idiot. Without even commenting on the "you have a right to a safe work enviroment" (hint: no you don't) here is what I take from this:
1) Safeway is such an unsafe place yet Mike worked there for 6 years without accident?
2) Safeway is such an unsafe place yet Mike didn't look to leave for a better/safer job?
3) Mike has a young daughter at home yet risked his job by parading around like an idiot by wearing anti-Safeway gear.
4) He was politely asked to remove the shirt, which he stupidly refused to do.
5) Safeway took the action that every other employer out there would have done and canned him for insubordination.
6) When Mike was offered his job back he actually had the stones to ask for back pay to "be made whole".
6) Mike has his daughter go on the internet and talk about the money Safeway made (which is totally irrelevant to an employee being an idiot).
7) The daughters stupid note make no reference at all to the unbelieveably idiodic actions of her father and he takes no responsibility for what happened.
8) His daughter is growing up believing this is how the world works. She is screwed.
In summation, Mike acts like a complete idiot, is given a chance to save his job, he refuses, he gets fired, then has his daughter go on the internet and claim to be part of the 99%. And of course, it's Safeways fault - in no way could he possibly be responsible for his own actions.
Yes Dave you DO the right to a safe workplace.Your typical Rat employer may try to tell you differently but trust me, by law you have the right to a safe workplace. Of course it was those Union thugs that got you that right but even you Scabs benefit.
Michael

Mesa, AZ

#10 Jan 26, 2012
Well, Safeway just lost a customer and I'll be telling others.

So, he managed not to get killed...that's means it's safe?
You say the economy is so bad, you should be subservient, then use not leaving for another job because it's unsafe? You don't see the problem with that logic?
Being asked politely to waive rights doesn't make it magically good.
Woah

West Des Moines, IA

#11 Apr 4, 2012
What made the place unsafe?
FYAH

Spokane, WA

#12 Oct 15, 2012
Dave wrote:
Typical union idiot. Without even commenting on the "you have a right to a safe work enviroment" (hint: no you don't) here is what I take from this:
1) Safeway is such an unsafe place yet Mike worked there for 6 years without accident?
2) Safeway is such an unsafe place yet Mike didn't look to leave for a better/safer job?
3) Mike has a young daughter at home yet risked his job by parading around like an idiot by wearing anti-Safeway gear.
4) He was politely asked to remove the shirt, which he stupidly refused to do.
5) Safeway took the action that every other employer out there would have done and canned him for insubordination.
6) When Mike was offered his job back he actually had the stones to ask for back pay to "be made whole".
6) Mike has his daughter go on the internet and talk about the money Safeway made (which is totally irrelevant to an employee being an idiot).
7) The daughters stupid note make no reference at all to the unbelieveably idiodic actions of her father and he takes no responsibility for what happened.
8) His daughter is growing up believing this is how the world works. She is screwed.
In summation, Mike acts like a complete idiot, is given a chance to save his job, he refuses, he gets fired, then has his daughter go on the internet and claim to be part of the 99%. And of course, it's Safeways fault - in no way could he possibly be responsible for his own actions.
Do you work for Safeway?
FYAH

Spokane, WA

#13 Oct 15, 2012
Dave wrote:
Oh, and to the little girl holding the sign....your dad was fired for insubordination - NOT for speaking out against the company. Your dad has done you a terrible disservice buy allowing you to think otherwise and using you to spread the wrong information to gain sympathy for his idiodic actions.
TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF. Ok, rant is over.
You have no idea what you are talking about. At all

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