THAT'S RIGHT -
WE'RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT ANYMORE.
In about July 1994, the Union began organizing Respondent’s employees at the Newburgh facility. A petition was filed on August 18, and an election was held on October 6, which the Union lost..........THAT WAS THEN - THIS IS NOW.
.....a little history.....
EXCERPTS and COMMENTS ABOUT A DECISION OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
Respondent’s Newburgh, New York facility operates 24 hours per day, manufacturing beer and soda cans. Its approximately 175 employees (called team members) are assigned to one of four crews, each of which has a supervisor and a superintendent.
The plant manager is Tony Bhalla, and Brenda Danforth was the human resources manager at the facility.
Respondent (MCC) waged a campaign in which it sought to persuade employees to vote against the Union.
In-plant, and offsite meetings were held, and speeches and videotaped messages by Respondent’s corporate officials were presented.( sound familiar? )
An employee, who testified that during the campaign further stated that he wore an antiunion button which bore the initials “FTU.” He told Bhalla that the letters stood for “f*ck the union—fire the useless.”
According to the employee, Bhalla told him that “we know who they are and we’re gonna get them.” (Is this the caring Tony I heard so much about?)
It should be noted that the employees pretrial affidavit, given only 1 week before the hearing, stated that Bhalla remarked, “[W]e should fire them all.”
( ...and here we thought you really cared Tony )
Bhalla testified that he said nothing to the employee about firing employees who supported the Union, and that the employee's explanation of “FTU” was “fire the useless.” ( That is not what you were told Tony )
( Judge )
I credit the employee’s version of his “FTU” conversation with Bhalla. ( The Judge is saying Tony LIED on the stand )
It is clear that the button was directed toward the Union as it was worn in response to the union supporters’ wearing of their union buttons. It is logical to assume that the employee, who did not support the Union, would have had the confidence of Bhalla,
and it is further likely that Bhalla would have made a statement to him relating to discharging union supporters. ( Man that hurts Tony. The Judge has you LYING twice and confirms that you DID SAY you would fire them all. Our caring little Tony, you are not.)
On these findings of fact and conclusions of law and on the entire record, I issue the following recommended
ORDER (Condensed there is not enough room to print all of the orders )
The Respondent, Metal Container Corporation, New Windsor, New York, its officers, agents, successors, and assigns, shall
1. Cease and desist from
(a) Discharging or otherwise discriminating against any employee for supporting the United Steelworkers of America, OR ANY OTHER UNION
( like IBEW Local 363 ).
(b) In any like or related manner interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of the rights guaranteed them by Section 7 of the Act
So now we have the pleasure of having TONY FLY IN NEXT to explain why we don't need the IBEW, Local 363 or A CONTRACT IN 2010 -
16 years later.
You cannot convince us of that. Not this time.
Not with this STRONG UNION - IBEW Local 363.
Tony - the people have been through it and so have you. You violated the law last time and promised to change and fix the issues. Everything has changed - it got worse. You're gone. Our American company is now sold. We are left here hanging with no contract.
NOTHING WE HAVE IS WRITTEN DOWN IN ANY FORM THAT LEGALLY MEANS ANYTHING TO US. THE COMPANY HANDBOOK IS JUST THAT - FOR THE COMPANY.
EARTH TO TONY...WE are not stupid and WE'RE not gonna take it anymore.
STAY SOLID, STAY STRONG, BE POLITE - DON'T LET SMOOTH TONY MAKE YOU TURN ON YOURSELF AND YOUR CO-WORKERS - TELL HIM AND THEM ALL WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR - DON'T BE A HERO - AND JUST VOTE FOR IBEW LOCAL 363 ON AUGUST 27/28