Which side are you on? Do you know yet? Still on the fence? Can't be. Deep down you must have made your mind up. There are probably no fence sitters anymore - everyone now has a side to support in this. Don't forget - The most IMPORTANT one of those sides is your own.
I TRUST that the large MAJORITY OF PEOPLE will VOTE YES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR CO-WORKERS. I BELIEVE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE RISK OF WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT IN THIS CORPORATE WORLD WE ALL WORK WITHIN. YOU NEED TO VOTE YES IN ORDER TO HAVE PARTICIPATION AND PROTECTION.
Your fellow workers - who are on your side - came to the IBEW Local 363 and asked us to help them orgainize. They said they just wanted to PROTECT THEIR FAMILIES AND GET A WRITTEN CONTRACT.
None of that has changed since that day. Those are still the goals here.
Then on July 11 the workers at the Newburgh Can Plant came to the IBEW Local 363 Building to ask questions and get the answers they need to move forward. There were honest discussions about what options were available to all of you as you continue your new working life with the new company - ABInbev.
We answered any question that anyone wanted to ask. At least two people who came were openly not supporters - and they were welcomed and given plenty of time to hold the floor. We thanked them for coming even though they didn't seem to want a union and we made them feel welcome and free to ask their questions.
IT HAS BEEN OBVIOUS FOR ALMOST TWO SOLID MONTHS NOW that the workers at the plant have seen that coming together as a SOLID GROUP is the best alternative to protect everyones future in Newburgh.
Want a little proof of the strength in your numbers? Look at all the people FLYING IN AND OUT and the money being spent REACTING TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING AS A GROUP. What else could ANYONE of you have done INDIVIDUALLY TO GET TONY AND KEN to fly here?
If this was a question about your benefits or how your pension is doing I don't think they would put your little concern on the top of the "ta do" pile, AND FLY OVER AND SPEND $85,000 EDUCATING YOU - do YOU ?
This is an effort to get some stability, to have a voice at work and to have the rules that we are going to work under ON PAPER - IN CONTRACT FORM. A contract that has to be negotiated and agreed to by both parties in order for it to change.
THERE ARE MANY UNKNOWNS AHEAD - YOU ALL NEED THE PROTECTION OF A CONTRACT AND THIS IS HOW YOU GET ONE - YOU JOIN A UNION. To some people that is a scary thought. They have heard stories or had a bad experience. I can only answer for IBEW Local 363 - and there will always be an answer.
YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT WITH IBEW LOCAL 363. WE ARE LOCAL PEOPLE TOO AND WE LIVE HERE TOO. IBEW LOCAL 363 HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED IN THIS AREA FOR ALMOST 100 YEARS ALREADY!
Having a seat and a voice at the table trumps every bad thought, fear or question about the "union" when you compare it TO WHAT THE COMPANY CAN AND WILL DO to all of you WITHOUT THAT CONTRACT.
That NO CONTRACT SCENARIO has NO LIMITS when it comes to WHAT YOU CAN LOSE - and not just this year - BUT FOREVER.
Please be assured, IBEW Local 363 wants the workers at Inbev AB to make their own decision as to whether they want a contract and a union or if they don't. We are not after you to make money, collect dues or to fool you into anything. We are one of the most agressive, active and professional unions in the entire Hudson Valley and we reacted to a request from your fellow employees to come in and HELP you.
We do it because that is what we do.
We believe that the VAST MAJORITY OF YOU KNOW THAT IBEW Local 363 is the best choice for the future of all the workers at the Newburgh plant.
STAY STRONG, STAY SOLID, LISTEN AND BE POLITE, TELL THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR, EXPECT ONE ON ONES WITH TONY BEFORE THE WEEK IS OUT, THAT'S TEXTBOOK ANTI-UNION 101. TELL TONY WHAT HE WANTS TO HEAR TOO. ITS OK, LET IT FLY - IT WILL RELIEVE THE TENSION TO JUST TELL HIM YOU DONT WANT THE UNION - THEN HE CAN MOVE ON.
JUST REMEMBER - A CONTRACT IS THE BEST OPTION FOR YOU ANYTHING ELSE IS WRONG ADVICE.
DO NOT BE FOOLED INTO BEING AGAINST YOURSELVES. STAY STRONG!
VOTE YES IBEW LOCAL 363