Please use this post as a place for everyone to speak directly to Tony Bhalla. All of you need to let your friend Tony know how you feel and why you want IBEW Local 363 and why YOU WANT HIM TO SUPPORT YOUR DECISION.
I will comment on Tonys letter to you about the union and how he wants you to vote NO. Tony you should be ashamed. You know that the people are in a better position bargaining as a group. You are being selfish about this. Deep down you know what a powerful and FAIR partnership a contract brings with it.
Someone explain to Tony that there is no "third" party and that the union is all of you. If anything the attorneys they bring in or their consultants are the third and fourth parties here.
The union is the people and we are the union.
Tony says he is "very concerned" that the union will be driving a wedge between you and Dan. AFTER IBEW LOCAL 363 IS VOTED IN we will build a strong bridge between ourselves - the workers - and Dan. A two - way bridge Tony.
Tony you have union plants in other parts of the country - why do you fight your friends in Newburgh who just want a say at the table and what they have written down?
Tony call Se'Lux or Zumtobel two world wide companies who employ over 100 IBEW Local 363 employees EACH and ask them what the relationship is with the union. It is great Tony.
Call LSI Industries, another plant that has over 100 IBEW Local 363 employees working for it and ask what the relationship is with the union. It is great Tony. LSI is on the same property as you - the AIRPORT PROPERTY.
Tony we can't depend on you or even Dan to take care of us. What if you get a golden parachute or you leave? What will happen to us in the future? WE NEED A CONTRACT NOW TONY.
You stated that the company is strong, our plant is strong and our future is promising in terms of job security. We work hard for this company and we are proud and happy that it the case. Why does any of that have to change because we pick IBEW Local 363 to represent us? WE don't see where it should Tony.
Why does it have to be so different Tony? We just want a voice, some say and a written contract. We are not planning on asking for the impossible Tony. You know us better than that. Why do you fight us and accept the other UNION plants in the ABINBEV "family"??
Work with us Tony - you too Dan - when it is all over we need to all meet and talk. Our negotiating committee (made up of us -the workers and our union) will all meet and all get on the SAME PAGE.
Remember Tony YOU WILL NEED TO STILL BE OUR FRIEND WHEN WE CHOOSE IBEW LOCAL 363. If you can't do that - than you never were a REAL FRIEND TONY. We think better of you Tony. WE WANT TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL RESPECT THE PEOPLES WISHES AND WORK WITH US ALL WHEN WE JOIN OUR NEW UNION - IBEW LOCAL 363.
We have the best intentions to work together for everyones benefit in the end - do you Tony?
Your actions from here forward will answer those questions Tony.
We won't be fooled again.
You guys have the floor........