Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Regular Union Meeting
GCC/IBT Local 432-M
Sunday October 1, 2006
2:00 PM

10393 San Diego Mission Rd
San Diego, CA 92108-2176, US

Negotiations Update!
(Come to the meeting and get updated on what is going on with negotiations.)

Look at what your Company wants for you.

"We want to see you at this meeting...
The Union-Tribune does not own you...
You can control your future!!! "

Your Union Negotiating Committee

Negotiation Update

Graphic Communications Conference
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
GCC/IBT Local 432-M
10393 San Diego Mission Rd #207
San Diego, CA 92108-2176

Phone: 619-283-6788 Fax: 619-283-8011
September 26, 2006

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
We continue to feel your frustrations regarding the schedule changes and pay cuts that you have had to endure these last few weeks. We are very proud of how all of you have believed in our fight against the Tribune and also understand why it was the right decision to organize with our Union.
The Anti-Union Tribune, to this point, has showed it will do what ever it takes to make our lives miserable for organizing and supporting your Union.
Negotiations were canceled this month and next by the company for reasons only the company knows. Although cancellations do happen, it seems very coincidental that it happened after our rally.
We are checking with our attorneys at this point to see whether it is legal or illegal to go out on strike at The Anti-Union Tribune at this time. It does not mean that we will strike but we are just checking out all of our options. We feel that they continue to violate our right to have a Union and negotiate a fair contract. All we want is to be treated fairly.
The National Labor Relations Board should be coming out soon with their decisions on the charges filed by the Union. We are hoping that they rule in our favor and that they make the company pay back all monies lost.

Your Union Negotiating Committee

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Be Informed...Get Involved...Support Your Union!

I decided to put up this weblogsite because I would like my brothers & sisters in the union (IBT/Local 432-M San Diego Chapter) to be informed, get involved and strongly support our union!" And it is really unfortunate that after winning the election last year up to now we still don't have our bulletin board at the workplace. I understand that everything should be negotiable and legal. I hope this site will help. This is our voices at work! Let your voice be heard! Having a union, is your basic human right as a worker! The picture is clear, UT does not respect our rights! " Respect is the cornerstone of good communication and networking!"
Let them know the union is coming back and it is alive at UT!!!If you want change, be not afraid!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

El Fili "The Reign of Greed"

They (UT) declare war...they've got war...YES, we are at war! The message from the company to us. Our answer...We have our strong & united union... Our voice at work! And it is our right!

It´s really sad that the company wants our department be full of hatred and make it a hostile place for a lot of my co-workers. The only strategy they know to fight against our right to have a union. As their company's nos.1 motto says "Human is their biggest resource!"They are hypocrite! Hate is the only reason people turn into monsters. No matter what nation or race you war there are no winners, we are all looser...war just sucks!!! Fight ignorance not immigrants! Homeland security starts with job security! Having a union is our voice at work and the anti-theft device to this greedy people!"Men of knowledge are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared but men of character are trusted!" They are terrorist!"
It's really a shame what they are doing to us!" as our brother Dwight Wilson (a.k.a Sinbad) said in the rally last August 24, 2006.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Now, Who's Next?

Today Oscar Gil is forced to quit and leave us and accept a new job. It is a sad day!!! He is one of the many who got affected on the new re-classification & schedule uniliterally implemented by the company.
The incident happened after having our thirty five-minutes lunch break. According to some sources Oscar was not able to go back to work on time after he took his lunch and Pam C. tried to suspend him but he rather told Pam C. (shift supervisor) that he is quitting this job! Benny Tatoy and Dwight Wilson (a.k.a. Sinbad) were the first one who informed me about the sad situation. And the news spread so quickly among my co-workers and everybody got shocked about his decision. Dwight and Jing told me that Oscar got another job and forced to quit this job because of financial reason, well that's what the company wants to give us economic hardship and leave them. I'm really sad when I knew about this. And before we end up the shift Oscar gave his last words to me. I told him we are really sorry for what happened and he promised me that he will still be behind us and try to attend the union meeting and will still give his support to us. And I honor his decision. For all we know Oscar Gil together with Steve O. are the good guys who initiate the ideals that it is time this department needs to have a union. And Ernie Bayalan, Benny Tatoy, Nathan Rabina, Freddie Perez and the rest of my co-workers together with his best friend Dwight Wilson (Sinbad) supported them. From collecting signatures, campaigning and making it win on the election last year, Oscar together with my friends and co- workers have gone a long way. After a year of supporting and standing up for what is right for us was a good time to re-discover ourselves as friends. We were together trying to spread the good things and the truth about having a union and their rights as a worker. In helping each other to solidify the group, a much deeper human relationship evolved through my co-workers, the real meaning of having a union " The Spirit of Brotherhood!" And partly we owe this to Oscar Gil!!! It is just sad to think that now that we are growing strong, more united and gaining a lot of support from the members this thing happened. It really shows that the management is so desparately doing anything just to get rid of the union! Lastly I would like to have a piece of advice to all my co-workers to be professional and do your job accordingly and always take note of any unfair labor practice they might commit and always write it down. It is not enough that you work hard, you must know your right as a worker, of course as human being! Don't fall into their trap....Don't be a victim! And we are not stupid... it is only a matter of numbers as Mark dal Nagro is always telling me: The decision depends on us, he said "It is the minority of a few or either the majority of the many!" What an intellectual comment from my friend Mark (He works in UT Packaging Department for the last 25 years). Before we start the shift today a lot of my co-workers got offended to Pam C.'s instruction about the rules and the policy of the company. ( She said anybody caught reading, talking and bringing food on the machine will be written up!) Just a reminder, we are not colony of ants she is dealing with human beings! Instructions are good but considerations works better. And that's what you call a good leadership, a leader who is trustworthy! How many times she messed up her job everyday? Favoritism (giving special treatment to other workers) the routing...the job assignment schedule...poor communication to all the workers...abuse of power... to name a few. Does she knows how to give credits to people who deserves? I am just wondering what Michael Connors job description now that Pam C. is running a one man- show learning everything on the floor. With the blessing from the upper management from her fairy godmother Pat M., I supposed, my friends and co-workers should open their eyes and be sensible everyday. Let's watch them!
Now the question is.....after Oscar....Who's Next? Maybe YOU...ME...THEM or US!!! "We should remember having a union is our basic human right !" And even the Congress cannot make any changes on this! It is the law.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Wages Are Falling

When UT employees attempt to stand up for themselves and try to form a union, they face threats, propaganda, discrimination, intimidation, and even firings. It's wrong, and it's got to stop now!!!