Sunday, December 12, 2010

Negotiations Start Back Up: Get Ready!



Negotiations begin again Monday December 13, 2010 at 10 am. and end on Friday December 17, 2010. This week we will revisit the subjects we discussed during the first week but in greater depth. We expect to make some progress this week.

People probably wonder how the negotiatons go throughout the week and how it feels to do the negotiating from inside of the room. I'm sure everyone has their own idea of what it looks like in there.


If you watched the video above you have your answer. That is the same feeling you would get in the negotiating room. You are at your best and ready for anything coming from any direction.

Looking forward to working with your crew reps and stewards this week. You have a great bunch of people discussing your issues!

Stay strong, stay solid give your reps the support they need!

53 comments:

  1. i have my nunchucks and chinese stars ready to roll.

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  2. That was some funny stuff

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  3. Since a rumor has recently surfaced about short staffing the plant even further, a new topic for negotiation comes to mind. In the event of a reduction in force, any employee who finds themself out of work should get 2 weeks pay per year of service, plus free benefits for the same period...please get this idea on the table, thanks!

    The people who are NOT at this bargaining table (i.e. corporate abinbev) simply don't get that we have ALWAYS worked lean and mean, low margin, high quality. Every decision they make renders us more incapable of doing the quality job that we loved to do in the good old days. Not stocking spare parts to save money? Man what a great concept...increase the bottom line while preventing your plants from being reliable suppliers...and of course, why have 2 people work in an area and do it well, when we could only have one and have it go to shit? Think of the money we'd save!!!

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  4. Jeez, I hope they realize how much production they can lose by short staffing the plant. 6 Million could turn to 4 Million pretty quick if we do not have the proper staffing...Rolling like a freight train..

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  5. I for one think there is room for cutting the work force. We need to save money. Labor is the most expensive part of the can. I dont think we need 4 supervisors, we can get by with two. After all some supervisors never work the weekends. I dont think we need two production managers, we can get rid of one. After all I never see the victory dancer anymore. Why do we need two sector leaders for the back end? We can get rid of one. And how many QA managers do we really need. If one stops short the other runs up his ass. If we did away with these un-needed positions we would save millions of dollars and not loose a single can to production. After all is it really cost productive doing crossword puzzles in the break room for hours. JUST TRYING TO SAVE THE COMPANY SOME MONEY!!

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  6. I have always agreed with reduction in management staffing. the sups don't do alot and I for one am glad c crew got a great one and finally got rid of the lazy one that went to d crew. Sorry d crew for sending you our loose baggage. Hmmmm funny the 2 new sups are not ex military with there garbage attitudes. Finally mcc corporate got something right. NOW thats amazing. stay strong ny union friends.

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  7. yeah I agree Ken Carr was not a very good manager, hope he figures it out on D crew. Let the boys tighten him up over there lol

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  8. That's the thought I've had for a while.

    There is one group ....

    That is over-manned.

    That is under-tasked.

    That is over-paid for their output of work.

    Our Managers.

    Let's start cutting their FIRST!

    Imagine the money the company would save.

    What happened to BLUE OCEAN?

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  9. Who were those two dummies Sam was swinging and throwing around in the middle of that video?
    Anybody know??

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  10. 2 no votes that keep posting here trying to cause more trouble than they are worth. Or was it 2 excess baggage managers?

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  11. YEAH BUT !!!!!!!!!! HIIIIIIIII YA !!!!!!!

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  12. 2:30 you hit that on the nose. We have the worse managers,they can't even make a decision.
    Get rid of one Q.A Manager 2 sector leaders and one operations manager that will save the company about 700 thousand.We need all the teamembers they are the ones doing all the work and making decisions. Dan open your eyes team members are not the ones making you look bad it's that staff you have up front.

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  13. Whats going on with neg.We need a contract soon they are messing with people on the floor again.
    They just don't get it and they wonder why we went union.......... 7:14 you forgot the people person.

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  14. 2;44, Blue Ocean evaporated when Inbev took over and instituted "SCORCHED EARTH" and their "DREAM ON" philosophy. And I agree there seems to be layer after layer of ass-covering in management from The COO down. If you remember Mr. Selinger he started to clean the management house and left the ranks of hourly workers alone. He may have been a prick, but he was headed in the right direction. He wanted a streamlined, efficient group of managers. Small management corps, strong workforce. Not managers managing to manage to have assistants to assist in being nothing more than buffers, scapegoats and go-fers. Managers cost more to maintain. And Mr Bhalla has managed to have them multiply like rabbits. But to make matters worse the quality and know how of the business is non-existent with some of the hires. The 2 new managers seem to have broken that way of thinking. Mr Bhalla should clean his own house before he wrecks ours and in turn his own.
    But it's not about them saving money. It's about us, our need for a real rule book, written down policies, equal days in the kangaroo court for all. As a matter of fact, no kangaroo court. Try to arrest the thievery and raiding of our benefits to fill the pockets of a person or persons, who could care less about us, you, me all of us. So, if, or since, they have hired bad managers and retained them and others, that is their problem and maybe they might just wake up and see that it isn't the hourly who's causing the great decline but themselves. HAH! And if you believe the would for one second "blame themselves for anything?" Well, you must have just fell off the turnip truck. Continue to support your reps.

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  15. Lol--I forgot about the "Peoples Manager" Also,
    2:30 well said. Some good points in your post.

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  16. Up Up and Away! I see superman still continues being a scumbag.He likes lying so he can see others being put on the hotseat instead of himself. How many people does he have to get fired. He and The victory dancer quite the dynamic duo. They get their rocks off by pulling the wings off flies. Upper management still continues to endorse that behavior. More reasons to get a contract to protect ourselves from unjust actions.

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  17. What happened? Been on vacation.

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  18. warehouse issues as always.

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  19. These AGV's fucking suck! When will management take ownership?

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  20. you know that answer

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  21. everybody watch your asses the rumor mill has it that Tony wants paper on anyone that gives them opportunity. Who wants to take a bet that Jason Owens aka Superman writes up or fires somebody next.

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  22. He would'nt do that. We have the IBEW behind us. We are union strong!On my crew we all stick together no matter what. We trust each other and will watch each other asses. Union made and union strong. Support our reps. I want everybody to wear there union shirts to work this weekend to show support.

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  23. check in to it its amazing what that idiot does. He has to ask the hourlies how to tie his shoes then cant wait to write them up at first chance. That guy is as stupid can get.

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  24. I know. He is the company hatchet man. Warren just loves this jerk. Does his bidding for him and provides Warren with a buffer . Someone to blame things on when the shit hits the fan. Jason dont even realize he is being set up as the fall guy.

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  25. he's just like the guy he filled in for. paul (the sneak,lying) Mcgenious. two peas in a pod.

    paul used to do the same stuff. hide up in the cat walks. sneaking around the plant to try to catch someone doing something wrong. everyone needs to start to keep a log book (notes) and write down every time you see a manager break the rules. write it down because you would be surprised how it all builds up and the things you forget after a few weeks. information is key. stay informed at all times. watch each others backs more than ever everyone.

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  26. Sounding pretty paranoid, folks. Focus on the positive, or else you'll shoot yourselves in the foot.

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  27. Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn I love the smell of contract negotiations in the morning.

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  28. A good day at negotiations today. Some work done more to go tomorrow.liked what we did and looking forward.

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  29. Starting to move in negotiations. The weather out west has put a little kink in the schedule but we pushed on. Winter time travel impacting travel from St. Louis. Reps at table continue to inspire me to do the best for our plant. Lots of discussion,nothing taken lightly.Consideration for all views for our members brought up. The input from everyone is coming into play in many different ways. Sam,Steve, and John keep showing us how they know what they are talking about. The support from our members is defintely felt and appreciated. Keep it coming everyone.

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  30. Let's all wear our IBEW union shirts to work to show our support to the crew's reps. That will also show the company our strength as a union. To all my brothers and sisters, we are union made and union strong! Proud to be American made. Remember to watch your back, there are sharks in the water and they smell blood.

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  31. good call 10:31, I will wear mine on Friday night. I just hope I'm not the only one. There is only one way to keep the sharks off the beach...................LMAO!

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  32. What is the one way to keep sharks off the beach?

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  33. great meetings this week. we all seem to be getting better at this and kudos to sam steve and john plus the two gentlemen from corporate who have been a pleasure to negotiate with. things are moving in a positive way and moving at a good pace. we will soon have a great contract that we can all live by and all work together with plus have great reps from the union hall and stewards to help back them up. this was one of the greatest things that this plant has done since the beginning. Everyone trust your reps they are doing a great job also. we definetely are union strong and all loving every minute of it. metal container mcc and the union is loved by all even the management are more than likely excited to get the help that they so need lol. they will hopefully learn how to treat us better.

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  34. you go boy tear it up lol

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  35. 98% OF AMERICANS SAY 'OH SHIT'

    BEFORE GOING IN THE DITCH ON A

    SLIPPERY ROAD.



    THE OTHER 2% ARE FROM OHIO ,

    INDIANA, MICHIGAN OR WISCONSIN ,

    AND THEY SAY, "HOLD MY BEER AND

    WATCH THIS."

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  36. NAW, NEW YORKERS WILL DRIVE THROUGH THE DITCH PICK UP THE FULL BEERS THAT ARE IN THE DITCH AND POP-UM OPEN AND DRINK THEM ALL T HE WHILE NOT GETTING STUCK. LOL AND THEN DRIVE BACK THROUGH THE DITCH BACK OUT ONTO THE ROAD AND KEEP GOING.

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  37. Management has lost another person. Todd Connor is leaving in January. Why is it that all the decent and respected individuals in the front office are leaving? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  38. Todd was one of the good guys. One of the best.. Take care Todd...

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  39. Todd was great,did his job well and sooooo respectful to all. He will surely be missed. Good Luck Todd

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  40. Was hoping that somehow Todd was to become our Plant Manager !!!!!!!!! Just shows how you can get so much done being a nice person rather being a rude one and doing nothing but piss people off. General Electric is going to be happy with Todd.

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  41. Good Luck Todd!You are a great person and sure going to miss working with you.GE is getting a great persom.Take care and GOD BLESS!

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  42. Any other openings at GE? Go IBEW. Union made and union strong. Smart move on Toddie cakes part. I know one cpo that will miss him.

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  43. All the CPO's will miss him. Good Luck back up in your old stomping grounds, Todd. With Beth gone, you and Marie exiting there is no glue left up there to hold the front office together. You will all be sorely missed.

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  44. Too bad some of the other managers up front do not have the same mgt style as Todd. Respectfull, good attitude and friendly. Take care Todd and good luck. Keep in touch. You will be missed..

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  45. Todd Im glad to have known you and wish you the best of luck at GE.Your a good man and we your friends will miss you greatly. You have been an asset to the company and from my view you would have made a great plant manager someday.Thank you for all you have done. Our loss is GE's gain.Go getem.

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  46. Merry Christmas??? Another cup? Must of blew the budget on trying to stop the union from coming in!!! Remember the parties? Holiday beer? Ham and Turkeys? Budweiser Steins? Gift cards? Raffled certificates to River Grill and Torches? Pictures with Frames? No more, another cup!!! Sam, All I want for christmas is a contract

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  47. I wonder if Dan gets a christmas Bone us

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  48. If being respected and liked by the hourly staff was equal to cash Todd would be a rich man! Good luck in your new job. ace

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  49. Sad to see how really demoralized management has become...as Luiz Edmond stated in his 'Holiday message', our culture is now in place...

    And our best people are running for the exits...

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  50. Beth is a sweetheart, and always took good care of us.

    Marie, the consummate professional, nothing stopped her from doing an excellent job.

    Todd, a true gentleman, whom I hoped would replace our present plant manager and get our us pointed in the right direction.

    The best are leaving, and look what managers we're stuck with.

    I'm so glad we have a Union now.

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  51. Good Luck Todd you are the best we will miss you
    Linda will really be lost without you, She always had nothing but good things to say about you.One of the good guys are leaving what a shame. Good luck at G.E !

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  52. Todd Good Luck in your new job.Who will fill your shoes digger..MCC will go to shit now.

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