You guys have told me that the company is planning on bringing the "negotiators" in to speak with you next week.............. I am asking you all not to antagonize or bother these people either - it's not worth it.
Let's look into the future and study what will be said at their meetings and some questions they cannot answer:
NEGOTIATOR: Hello my name is NEGOTIATOR KEN. I want to speak to you about the upcoming election, negotiating, what happens in negotiations and what risks you are taking.
WORKERS: Hi! NEGOTIATOR KEN, we are all sitting at the big round table and listening good. We want to hear why we need to allow ourselves to be treated like children with no rights here in the Newburgh Can plant.
NEGOTIATOR KEN: OK Great. You guys seem to all be on board so far with the concept, so let's start right up. Do you guys know that IF YOU VOTE THE UNION IN and we begin to negotiate we will start at zero, nothing, no money? Do you know that we could start negotiating at minimum wages and no benefits?
WORKERS: Who would do such an awful thing to us Negotiator Ken? You were brought here to speak to us for our benefit, weren't you? Ohhhh, so you must mean that it would be the UNION that says they want our pay to go down?.....and THAT is WHY we shouldn't vote the union in?
NEGOTIATOR KEN: No, it would be the company, or really me - Negotiator Ken - who would propose that your pay should go down because you want the union here.
WORKERS: Oh, but why would YOU or the company want to hurt us and our families like that? I thought that you all cared about our families and well being? Isn't that why we are spending so much time in these captive meetings all month? Because the company is concerned about US?
NEGOTIATOR KEN: Well, we will have to do that to fight against the union.
WORKERS: But we thought Dan told us that we were free to make our choice and he encouraged us to excercise our rights and to weigh out the facts. But he said in the end we have the right to make that choice.
NEGOTIATOR KEN: Well, Dan must have mis-spoke a little. He does that some times when he talks to you guys. He meant as long as you made the choice that was best for the company and the best choice for us is that you have no voice and no rights at work. We don't want the union to butt in OUR decision making either.
WORKERS: But all 164 of US are the union. How can you have these meetings for us, give us almost parental-like advice,warn of terrible things that could happen and THEN not tell us that it is YOU who will do those terrible things to us? All we want is our wages and benefits written down - we just want what is fair to us. We are mostly longtime employees. It makes us wonder about the company intentions and true feelings for US when we know that as a union shop we will still value the company but question whether they will do the same for us. We are all the same people we have always been! That would be a bad attitude to have and a bad business decision to make. It does not make sense.
NEGOTIATOR KEN: Yes it does! It makes perfect sense. You see the union is supposed to protect the interests of the workers. We cannot have our 164 workers have any protections that would give them a right that would interfere with one of our management decisions - no matter how bad of a decision it may be for the workers. You see? We are protecting you from the union.
WORKERS: But Negotiator Ken, you DO realize that you are talking right here to THE VERY PEOPLE who will make up the UNION NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE and also the people that they will represent? You know that we ALL are the union, don't you? You know we chose to call them in here, don't you? Did they tell you that 72% of the employees signed cards authorizing IBEW Local 363 to represent us and even more have contacted the union to join in? Do you realize right now we know you are threatening and trying to scare us out of organizing and thus not being able to negotiate at the table? We realize that is what you are doing.......and it is not working.
NEGOTIATOR KEN: Threats? Uh, no we are not threatening. Do you know that negotiations could take up to a year or longer and we could still have no contract?
WORKERS: But we also know - and so do you NEGOTIATOR KEN - that most of the negotiations will be to get what we are doing now on paper. That will not be that hard or time consuming NEGOTIATOR KEN, in fact, fair negotiations couldn't possibly take a year. Maybe a a month but that's it. Unless you plan on purposely stalling the negotiations or not bargaining in good faith - then you could drag it along but it would be so obvious to all of us. Plus then the people would start to get antsy on that production floor - and that's no good for the company profits is it NEGOTIATOR KEN? Besides you know that negotiating IN BAD FAITH would be a Federal Law violation and an Unfair Labor Practice so we have to disagree with your timeline.
NEGOTIATOR KEN: Do you guys realize you have to pay the union to negotiate for you?
WORKERS: No, IBEW Local 363 pays for the entire cost of negotiating no matter how long it takes! We don't pay anything until we vote yes on the contract! Isn't that great? By the way, what do YOU get paid to do this, NEGOTIATOR KEN?
NEGOTIATOR KEN: I will not disclose that.
WORKERS: Are you here NOW for our benefit and because you are concerned about our families and our lives?
NEGOTIATOR KEN: Oh yes, I care very much about you all, That is why I am here today.
WORKERS: So then we can TRUST YOU and be confident that you would not propose anything bad for us at the negotiating table because you care about us?
NEGOTIATOR KEN: No, no, you have it all mixed up. When I get to the NEGOTIATING table I will be AGAINST you and your families benefit. I know it is confusing but I really do care TODAY. I am here for your benefit and you should all LISTEN CAREFULLY to my logic. BELIEVE MY WORDS - I am your friend.
Negotiator Ken, Dan, Tony and every other bought and paid for entertainer that they march out are going to tell you ANYTHING to get you to not vote for yourselves and your own future. They are just saving their own asses - that is what each one is doing - except Britto - he owns the place. He's waiting on the sidelines to fire one of them when the IBEW gets in here and I can't wait to see it.
Whoever gets it will deserve it for trying to threaten and scare the people because WE ARE COMING IN. IBEW Local 363 is THE PEOPLES CHOICE AND IT CANNOT BE STOPPED.
The fact is that everything the people have is in jeopardy right now and it will continue to be in jeopardy every day - UNTIL WE HAVE A CONTRACT AND IBEW LOCAL 363 IN NEWBURGH. Just look at you recent history of LOSING THINGS - there is your future without that contract.
The biggest risk for the Newburgh Can Plant workers is to be WITHOUT A UNION........... not to have IBEW Local 363 represent them.
We are VOTING IN OUR UNION! Let's keep what's good and improve the rest! Let's get a contract......and no Kenny, it ain't takin a year either.
STAY SOLID, STAY STRONG, LISTEN AND BE POLITE AND JUST VOTE FOR IBEW LOCAL 363.