Posted 03-04-2004 at 16:28:09
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Ian works at the MeadWestvaco (a recemt merger)plant in Atlanta. He is a technician, mechanic, whatever you want to call it. Thats where they make all your beer and coke, pepsi cartons. Next time you have a 12 pack, look at the bottom, it says Mead, :).
ANYWAY, he has had to put the union to work for him. There is a new boss that has been in from Chicago since oh, about October. Ian is a very hard worker, never late, never absent, always there when asked. The boss switched him to first night shift January first. Thats M,T, off, W,Th, work, F,S,S, off. Then M,T, work, W,Th, off, F,S,S, work. These are twelve hour shifts. SUpposedly he is needed to train a guy, who incidently trained him (go figure). He agreed, and a couple of weeks ago, his boss decided he needs to be on second shift, which just reverses the nights, so in order to get on that schedule, he had to work two weekends in a row. So..he did that without question.
The other morning, Ian goes in, and somebody tells him the boss wants to see him, so he went in, not thinking much about it. He soon found out he should have had a shop steward with him.
His boss asked him why he hadn't been coming in EVERY Sunday, which is start up day/night. He explained that when they had discussed this at the beginning of the year that he would NOT be coming in every Sunday, that the contract specifically states employees cannot and will not be made to work that many consecutive days and hours in a row. His boss asked him if he had been getting points for not being there on those Sundays. Ian says no, because thats against the contract. His boss asked him if he was willing to lose his job over it? He said no, because I know thats what the contract says, and his boss says it doesn't say that. He told him thats the only day he gets to go see his dad, and he hasn't been doing that, because he has been so tired. His boss tells him he doesn't believe that is why he won't come in. Ian said, well, you can believe whatever you want to.
Ian goes directly to Lorraine, who is head of the union there at the plant, and tells her the story, and requests a meeting with her, his boss, and himself, and a shopsteward. He got it today, and his boss was proven wrong.
So NOW...guess what, his boss is changing his schedule again...third time in two months, to 11 pm-7am, Monday through Friday.
Oh, one more note, Ian was already going in one extra day a week before this Sunday thing came up.
He is a union member, thank goodness, and they are sticking up for him. I just know this guy is gonna ride him ragged though. He is supposed to go back to Chicago in July, I asked Ian what the rumor was about the guyin Chicago, he says they were glad to see him go, lol.
Posted 03-05-2004 at 12:11:31
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Tell Ian to hang in there.
I noticed one feller on here telling you the union is useless.
He also whines about folks getting above minimum wages or welfare,or medicaide, or WIC and/or any other *give away gubermint program*, regardless of the circumstances of the person.
On the other hand tho, ifn youll notice he's drawing a check from his employers and using the company equipment to post the whines while he's on their clock. He orta be out doing some kind of company bizness at least a few minits ever day or 2.
According to him lying and stealing from a public job is normal and customary so go for it. On the other hand if a person is blind, crippled, or crazy they need to be shot so he don't have to pay taxes in support.
What runs up the cost of doing bizness in America?? Non producing duds like him on the payroll no matter if it's a union job or slave labor.
Oh yeah----Semper Fi