Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas And Happy New Year From IBEW Local 363

IBEW Local 363 would like to wish everyone - hourlies, management, yes votes, no votes a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We hope we are able to help you have a better 2011 and beyond!


  1. Here's my List of Special Holiday Wishes:

    * - For those Co-Workers who have lost someone special this year - May God Bless
    * - For those Co-Workers who are sick or injured - Get Well soon
    * - For those who have family in the Military - God Bless them for keeping us Safe and Free
    * For my immediate Co-Workers on the Maint. Crew - Thanks for putting up with me at times. You are my second family.
    * - Sam, Steve and John and IBEW Local 363 Harriman - Thank You
    * - MCC Newburgh Work Force - Lets work as one because when we do , there's no stopping us. We are the best Can Plant in the world when we do.
    * - Special Wishes go to My Family and Your Families for a Healthy and Happy New Year.

    Happy Holidays to All !!!!!!!

  2. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and may your holidays be filled with peace,love laughter, friends family now & forever. Thank you Sam, Steve & John and IBEW 363. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL

  3. MERRY CHRISTMAS to all.Enjoy your days with your families.

  4. I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

  5. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. And please remain safe these holidays. Luv ya!!

  6. It is christmas Morn and I say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. May the new year bring happiness and Joy to all of my brothers and sisters in the can plant and everywhere. And a special thanks to Sam, Steve and John for all your hard work helping us. We at Mcc Newburgh are the cream of the crop and we will continue to be the best at what we do. Once again Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

  7. JoAnn Schaeffer said...December 25, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    Greetings of the season and every good wish for the New Year.
    Christmas is forever,not for just one day,
    for loving,sharing,giving,are not to be put away,
    like bells and lights and tinsel,in some box upon a shelf.
    The good you do for others is good you do
    May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace,
    The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
    The warmth of Christmas grant you love.


  9. Hi everyone.Happy holidays! I hope you made it through the storm OK. Im glad it happened when most of us were off. I hate to bring us back to reality but this time of year brings about a major issue for us all. Inclement weather policy. For 22.5 years there has been no inclement weather policy. Why? The company has always wanted the ability to manage any crisis so that labor is least cost factor as possible. Thats fine as long as peoples lives are not at risk. This type of storm lives are at risk if you have to travel in this type of weather. I think there has to be on paper a definitive descritption and reaction plan to this type of situation.In the past I have risked my saftey to go to work to ensure that I would not be disciplined for not showing up in states of emergency. A case by case basis was told to the employees after the fact, never before. We could not judge whether we would risk being disciplined or not without input from Metal container. That has to stop. Today. Please give input on how you would like to address this issue with the company.

  10. arep, you've got a good start there....
    We need a policy which says "stay home when a state of emergency has been declared". Also, it should state that if a state of emergency prevents us from going home, the company will put us up next door. End of story...we need to be treated like something other than replaceable parts in the machine.

    Peace and a Happy new year to all!

  11. I agree that there needs to be something written down so that there is some way to know when to come in if there is severe weather. Im tired of the guessing game or the favoritism game on who gets a pass for not coming in when others get banged for an occurrance.

  12. Last year I drove through deep snw and went off the road trying to get to work during a state of emergency. All because nobody said is was alright to stay home.

  13. Thank you for bringing this topic up.I want something in writting so I know what to do when we have storms. I dont mind the small storms but these big ones put us in harms way.

  14. Its not funny until someone gets hurt. Then its freakin hilariuos.

  15. Hey everyone you are right this does need to be discussed and it will be brought up in negotiations. We have been taught about safety all our career's here at Mcc they show us videos all the time how to stay safe but never do they preach about major snowstorms and what to do about those situations. That is because mgmt. only cares those days about making cans and not about our safety. This will be brought up to Sam and Mike Forte about keeping us safe I promise. I agree the little snowfalls we can manuever in but the big ones need to be addressed for sure. It amazes me that mgmt. has struggled with these decisions all these years. Keep up the blogging and let us know your ideas it helps alot at the bargaining table trust me. Stay safe for the new year and enjoy your families during this holiday season. Go local 363 we love you guys.

  16. Happy New Year guys...

    I'm not a member, just following this from a far and hope your negotiations and vote go well.

    Always great to see Labor taking its rightful place at the decision table.

    Good Luck and thanks for all your hard work.

  17. Congratulations on your victory for workers!

    Unions built the middle class. Companies made money. Everyone won.

    Let Ronald Reagan's legacy of union hating - perpetuated by the right wing today - end. Ironic that he was once the president of SAG.

  18. Congrats and happy holidays to all of you! Stay Strong!
    In Solidarity,
    Jim Savage
    USW Local 10-1

  19. It's so good to see this.
    I am x employee.
    I want this to be successful for all!

  20. Great work you guys are doing here! Just visiting from "DailyKos" which has a diary on your unionizing - great way to overcome management anti-union propaganda!

  21. Has anyone ever gotten written up for staying home when there was a major snow storm?

  22. Yup, I received an occurrence and lost my perfect attendance day.
    The snow storm prior to the big one of last year. Left for work and there was a tree from my neighbors yard across my driveway. I tried to pull it out of the way with my truck, it was too big and too slippery for the truck to pull, even in four wheel drive. Do I grab the chainsaw and try to cut it up at five o'clock in the morning and get an occurrence for being late for work anyway? Once again it's a no win situation set up by our management. I banged in and cut the tree up throughout the day, it was a monster. A few days later the big storm hit, I risked my life coming into work to avoid another occurrence. Driving under downed power poles and over downed power lines in a state of emergency.
    Was it worth it to make freaking beer cans?
    Never again.
    Our present management is thankless.
    Our lives mean nothing.
    Padding their pockets is more important than our safety and lives.
    I'm so thankful we have a Union.

  23. Who knows? Maybe you get written up maybe you don't. That's the problem with everything. Nothing in writing and changable whenever. Nobody ever knows what to really do. Management doesn't ever give you that out as in stay home. They make you feel guilty and even punish you on your decision. They trust us with millions of dollars of equipment but never really trust us (you people know what I'm talking bout). EH it makes me sick...

  24. as far as snow days/ snow emergencys go you should not be held accountable as far as late/ pad days go. i think a 2 hour limit sounds o.k time to make it to work everybody that works here knows that this is a 24/7 job. plan ahead if you know a storm is coming set the alarm clock to give you time to think will i try this ore not? but there is people that work here that see a flurry and say i am calling in due to a snow storm that's the problem here those people don't really care about there jobs ore the money. and if you are at work and a snow emergency happens and you are stuck there mcc should cover the cost of the hotel for a night no questions asked.this is just my idea of a snow day/emergency that sounds reasonable enough for the me i did not see many ideas on this from other t,m. i am not trying to hammer the company for a act of GOD. i am just trying to come up with a reasonable idea to help with our contract on a cold subject.

  25. Yes I got written up a couple of years ago when the city I live in decleared a state of emergency.I even brought the local paper in to show that but it did not matter.Lost my perfect attendance and written up.I value my life more than making cans.