There is a new partnership in Newburgh now. It is the members of the IBEW Local 363 and ABINBEV. We are going to be the new driving force in the can industry. We are going to set the bar. We are going to set the standards.
We want two things here - production and a contract.
After that we cannot be stopped. Now some in management might fear that second subject but have no fear - we are level headed people.
Let's talk about your health care experience. There is a lot of concern about the plan we have now - why? Which plan was the best? Which plan gave you the best coverage? Why is the plan you have now not cutting it? Are there enough doctors? What plan would you like better? Is this plan now good for you? What are your costs? How do you feel about the company announcing they want to increase your contribution to 35% of the premium? Is that too low? Do you want to pay more maybe?
What about a sick day or two? What about earning them throughout the year? Must be awful when you are on your back on a scheduled work day and you miss a days pay. I know they said that you should get sick on your off days but can you REALLY do that? Do you think that having a sick day or two to use wisely during the year is a good or bad idea?
What about breaks and lunch periods: How can the way it is set up be improved? What do we want to see changed? Is there a way to actually leave the property at lunch? Twelve hours at work everyday is a long time to be in "lockdown".
( Even prisoners get an hour a day out of their cells )
We are collecting the thoughts and ideas of the people to bring in to negotiations. These are a couple that have come up. What's your take on them?
What is it that you would change first? What is the most important issue to you?
Isn't it exciting that after all of these years you are ACTUALLY BEING ASKED WHAT YOU THINK?
Having a VOICE and being able to express your concerns at your place of work is an overwhelming and totally different experience isn't it?
Stay solid, stay strong and we will move forward and show the company that ALL of this will be WELL WORTH THE PAYOFF for them too.