Local 239 and Ramblings
A couple months back we held our annual state of the business
meeting and he was nowhere to be found. Whoever heard of
a meeting this large without the President or Chairman being
there to say something, anything? We're looking all around
wondering where he was, waiting in anticipation. With the
plant losing a shift we hoped he'd be able to shed a little
light on a bleak situation. Imagine our disappointment and
confusion when they showed a video of the Detroit Auto Show
in a slot that last year was allotted to him. Everyone had
that, "what the?" look. Was he not invited or
a no show? Remember last year he got a standing ovation?
A lot has happened since then and a standing ovation this
year was questionable, we'll never know.
Recently our plant manager joined other truck executives
in a meeting with the Governor and state officials at the
Governor's Mansion in Annapolis. Can you guess who wasn't
invited? That's right, sorry Charley. What are we to make
of that? Shouldn't the UAW have been there? Could it be
those in attendance know they can get or already have whatever
they want from this local? Didn't he say he would eat whatever
they put on his plate? Doesn't that mean we have to eat
it too? Do we seriously want to eat any more of what they're
feeding him? Questions, questions, questions...
Ratification vote? They want us to ratify the Allison agreement,
May 21, 2000 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM, (If you don't vote
it doesn't count) we have that right should we decide to
transfer there if or when they close this plant. I personally
don't want to go there; especially since they want the Living
Agreement that we have here. If not you, there must be somebody
you know that's been shafted because of this contract. They
don't even have a contract at Allison yet and I know a few
people that have been screwed, not counting the ones getting
screwed because of appointments. I may not be going to Allison,
but I will vote.
I went to the Arlington presentation last week to put
feelers out for a possible transfer. I asked their Chairman
if Arlington had a Living Agreement and you could tell it
was an insult the way he shot back, "We don't have
a Living Agreement Contract!" Then he takes a shot
at our union when he said, "We have union meetings
once a month and an open door policy for you to air your
concerns." Wow, meetings once a month? Not for this
local. An open door policy? Yea right, I don't think so,
not here. Hell, I've been here ten years, I wouldn't know
our Chairman if I ran into him and Alfred looks right through
you like you don't exist. Their arrogance says stay away
and don't bother knocking thank you very much.
What we have here is a failure to communicate and the
problem is with the union. We pay dues for once a month
meetings and that is what we should have, now more than
ever, regardless of attendance. Whose union is this anyway?
So much has happened since our last meeting and so many
questions. It's as if they're hopping we forget by the next
quarterly meeting, not. Man I wish we had a real union so
we wouldn't have to think about this crap.
Sincerely, a Disgruntled Member