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2014-08-21 at 15:16

March planned

Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino is urging members to join a rally Monday at City Hall, where they
Unifor Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino is urging members to join a rally Monday at City Hall, where they'll march to MPP Bill Mauro's office to protest what they say is a lack of support and interest by the Liberal government.
By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Unifor Local 1075’s bargaining committee plans to rally the troops on Monday, marching from Thunder Bay City Hall to Liberal MPP Bill Mauro’s office.

The demonstration is scheduled one day before striking Bombardier Transportation workers are scheduled to cast ballots in a supervised vote ordered by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, their chance to say yes or no to what the company calls its final offer.

Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said workers are upset that neither Mauro nor his Thunder Bay-Superior North counterpart Michael Gravelle have shown up at the picket line since the strike began more than five weeks ago.

“We feel that they are only friends in good times and not in bad times … We’re disgusted that they have not been down to the picket line. We’re not asking them to pick sides, we’re just asking them to hear us,” Pasqualino said.

“We listened to them during the campaigns and if you look at the votes they had overwhelming support from labour. Now when we have problems, they’re not anywhere to be found.”

In response Gravelle said he’s well aware of the situation on the picket line, but as a cabinet minister, it’s not appropriate to show up and shake hands with striking workers.

“This has been really, really tough,” Gravelle said Thursday, adding he’s sure both sides in the ongoing dispute want to see a settlement reached.

“But we need to absolutely respect the collective bargaining process. And what that means is decisions are made by the union membership and decisions are made by companies. And they need to work that out. To go there and stand in a line is a difficult thing and in our position, not an appropriate measure to take.”

Pasqualino said with or without provincial politicians, the resolve of his members remains strong.

He’s confident workers will vote against accepting the company offer when they vote next Tuesday at the Airlane Hotel.

He said he’s had plenty of one-on-one meetings with his membership and most back the union position.

“The consensus is they’re going to stick it out. They trust the bargaining committee to make the right decisions and they’re all upset.

They know what the offer is and they don’t find it acceptable and they actually are going to vote against this,” Pasqualino said.

The company’s latest offer includes raises that amount to about $4 a week, but also cuts benefits at retirement and switches new hires to a defined contribution pension from the current defined benefit pension, a major sticking point in negotiations.

Pasqualino says the company is top heavy and there are plenty of ways to find efficiencies without affecting past, present and future employees.

At least one union member stands fully behind the committee and the direction it’s taken.

Rick Poole is a veteran Bombardier employee and said he’s convinced the offer and subsequent vote are no more than union-busting tactics put in place to divide the ranks.

“I believe their whole intention is to try to divide this union,” Poole said, promising to vote against the offer and with the bargaining committee.

The company on Wednesday suggested tough decisions could be forthcoming if the offer is struck down by the membership, but it didn’t faze Poole in the least.

“I believe Bombardier is going to have to take a look at what they’ve put on the table for proposals and maybe address some of our proposals and sit down at the table an actually talk instead of talking in the newspaper and just pushing their agenda forward and expecting us to take it,” he said.

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westfortterri says:
Interesting reading the Unifor Facebook postings. These people should realize that anyone can see these postings and I am sure the Company is. You might as well start job hunting now. Everyone knows you have to be careful about what you post. Bulling and intimidation as well as threats. Not smart.
8/22/2014 8:34:23 PM
blackbird says:
Brothers and Sisters, Union and Non-union laborers and the citizens of Thunder Bay, here comments the true mentality of a few businesses and corporations.
This is what Unions (not just Unifor) and minimum wage earners are dealing, negotiating and working for. This is why Unions Exist.
People Don't be threaten for utilizing your given right to free speech.
8/24/2014 12:56:19 PM
FormerLatter says:
The 900+ unifor jobs will not move to Mexico, if a deal is not made now or in the foreseeable future, but Bombardier will move out of Thunder Bay. Make no mistake, "Canadian content" in these provincially funded projects can be satisfied in any of the empty plants/facilities in southern Ontario, and there would be line-ups a mile long with skilled workers ready to work on highly interesting, highly publicized, and highly respected projects such as the subway, Go Train, or street car.

Union leaders need to let their men and women vote WITHOUT INTIMIDATION. I fear the lows some will stoop to (next Tuesday) outside the MOL supervised building. MOL can prevent intimidation inside the voting center, but I feel for those people that will try to get inside to cast their vote and come out to be ostracized by the loudest (and least intelligent) of their peers.

Keep Thunder Bay flourishing for the 10-15 years remaining on current projects, and many more projects to come in the future!
8/22/2014 8:32:16 PM
tbag4life420 says:
I am a bombardier worker spouse as well. If the brothers and sisters take the contract they will make unifor a laughingstock therefore affecting all other negotiations in town by unifor. It's crappy my family suffers but if they give up my negotiations will not go well come this winter. I don't need 2 strikes in one year thanks
8/22/2014 7:04:45 PM
Unions_Are says:
I have found these comments quite enjoyable and entertaining and have 1 story to share and it happened in 2012.
"December 7, 2012 - No. 155
Strike Ends at Bombardier in La Pocatière, Quebec
Workers Force Bombardier to Meet Many of Their Demands."


Stay Strong and Stay United Union Brothers
8/22/2014 5:38:32 PM
as44 says:
I work there and I'm voting YES. This is the best deal we are gonna get. I dred the parade on Monday just another chance for the small majority of clowns to embarrass themselves. Could care less about the unions rants about big business....that's the way the world works and always will! Good on the high level ceo's and presidents and owners of companies making big money I wouldn't complain if I was one of them. Bombardier pays my bills I make enough money to do what I want but not while I'm on strike. Let's go back to work! The major sticking point seems to be about new employee pension and benefits.....sucks to say but WHO CARES! Their not gonna hire anybody soon and if they do people have a choice weather or not to work there on those terms. And as for the cuts to benefits their not that bad......stay out of Dr.Reemuses office and quit trying to go on disibility for a sliver in your finger or bs stress leave! Good night and good luck......were gonna need it if you vote no
8/22/2014 4:50:36 PM
dahlbaby54 says:
I am a Bombardier worker spouse. I have read the latest offer as described in Mr. Pasquilino's memo of August 16th. For the life of me I do not understand why Dominic thinks these workers should loose their homes, cars, etc. to fight for workers that haven't even been hired yet. I really the cool headed members vote to accept this offer before we all go bankrupt.
8/22/2014 11:17:31 AM
Unions_Are says:
Very Sad...Unity Brothers, Vote your on your own, and never be swayed away from Solidarity.
8/22/2014 3:18:37 PM
hotchoc says:
With all of those brothers and sisters, it sounds like it is a family, only when your payments fall behind, when your children need care or the house needs a repair, Brother Tim and Sister Susan will not be providing you funds.

This union speaks like it is from 1950. The world is a different place and your Federal Government signed a trade deal with Europe that would have eliminated the 25% Canadian Content Legislation that Mr. Mauro fought for. I think he tried for even more, but not positive.

Without the province ensuring that this Ontario legislation was part of the free trade deal, exactly where do you think your jobs would be.

it is time to join the rest of us in 2014. You are doing your members a serious disservice by the way your executive has conducted themselves.
8/22/2014 10:10:50 PM
blackbird says:
Actually, your right about Unions except they've kept the thinking and ideas of what unity and solidarity are about for a hell of a lot longer then 1950. For hundreds of years under a different premise, Revolution...You ever see a millionaire/company revolt for their rights. The company's want to revert to the ancient times of servitude and slavery, only rich and poor. There's no need to monk Unions or Brother Executives who mean you no disrespect. They've conducted themselves with dignity and resolve, unity Bro's and Sisters.
8/24/2014 12:30:17 PM
blueox says:
Man, it's tough how do you explain to someone it's not about your car or your home, these are replaceable, it's about how are you going to pay for the rising costs of tuition for your kids. Family comes before your Job. I regret the extra overtime hours I spent on the job, and should have spent more quality time with my kids. You just don't know what hell and pain is till you experience it. Yes brothers and sisters, vote with your heart and not with worries of losing a house, or car or the job...Those are Replaceable.
8/23/2014 12:53:22 AM
lori says:
1995-2003--zero provincial dollars for Bombardier
2003, about 250 Bombardier workers
2003, Liberal gov't elected. Huge commitment to mass transit.
2003, Gravelle Re-elected, Mauro elected
2006, 7 8 or so -the money starts rolling and the contracts start coming
2014, 1400 workers at Bombardier.

This union guy, wake up. The MPP's did their job. They got you members. They got your workers jobs. Real honest to goodness jobs.

Funny how your union had so much success when the Liberals got elected but did nothing before that ( read Paul Pugh here ).

I hope Mr. Mauro and Mr. Gravelle ignore these folks completely.

But here is one more point about this alleged union leader.

Where is your criticism for your NDP folks.

John Rafferty is your MP. Where is his efforts on your behalf. how much money did he bring here for Bombardier. What is he doing. Why are you not marching on his door. Or on the door of the former NDP guy. What are your NDP council members doing.

A joke.
8/22/2014 11:04:05 AM
Bob Roberts says:
Not too long ago in a far off galaxy a bunch of Union executives were brought to a meeting to discuss a labour dispute with a large corporation. The companies chief negotiator put a symbolic gun on the table loaded with 6 bullets. He then said the the Union Execs this is how its going to go, Concessions with pay, benefits, pension plan. New Hires starting rates reduced 15 %, say goodbye to cola over contract term. This is the 1 and only Final Offer. We highly recommend you go back to your members and urge them to accept. If not this is how its going to go. The strike going to last 6 months or longer. Plant will be shut down and production relocated within a year. The new facility will be non Union with No jobs offered to any past employee. You will loose 900 Union payimg member dues. We will bleed your national strike fund coffers dry with a prolonged Strike. Not a Peep from the the Six union Executives. The company offical , I'm done thankyou for coming and leaves.
8/22/2014 10:47:17 AM
Unions_Are says:
Unity Brothers, Speculation Sickens the Mind...May The Force Help Those who are Sick...
Vote with your heart, and not on Speculation!
8/22/2014 3:27:24 PM
Smartguy83 says:
LOTS of comments about how the employees want a fair wage and how the middle class just wants to get paid before they are paid on a level with min wage workers. Please not the proposal is for an increase every year. A 5c/10c/10c increase is significantly above inflation unless you are already being overpaid. The company has proposed a FAIR offer. I'm not saying it is the best offer for the members, but both sides have to conceed. The company has conceded ever so slightly, while the workeds stand pat. No need for union benefits/pensions to be better than management so be careful what you ask for, even if it's status quo the company has to address some unreasonable items.
8/22/2014 10:44:03 AM
toonarmy1970 says:
so let me get this right if the company I work for make more money this yr than last year am I entitled to more money.just asking as in my opinion what a company makes should not have a bearing in whether I get a raise or not
8/22/2014 10:40:49 AM
eastender says:
If a company gets rich on your labour, don't you think you should be entitled to share in that wealth? Take your time. Think it through carefully.
8/24/2014 9:04:59 PM
Royalflush says:
Dont let all the negative comments discourage you from your resolve. They are being made by company hacks to try to lower your morale. The bottom line is they have to finish producing those cars, and they need you to do it. Unity is strength. Stay together. Bombardier is not moving south anytime soon. Thats just scare tactics to break your morale. Dont crack now, because they are getting desperate. Stick with the plan.
8/22/2014 9:09:05 AM
Unions_Are says:
You got it Bro. I understand for some brothers and sisters it's heart breaking to view such hatred and negativity, BUT I've see the LIGHT, so to speak, instead of lowering yourself way down to their level, see it as "This is what they truly want to believe" and it's their right, so show them some sympathy and forget about enlightening them just IGNORE them. Strength is staying United. UNITY Brothers and Sisters.
8/22/2014 4:07:23 PM
Curious says:
Shame on Pasquilino for bad mouthing Gravelle or Mauro for not showing up!!! There is no place in a strike for politicians to get involved. You will just play with their worlds and make them look like they are on your side. Mr. Gravelle and Mr. Mauro have much more important things to do for our area! And shame on you also for suggesting that your members (your puppets) will not be voting for them again. A play on words again.
They have done a lot for our city and surrounding area and shame on you for badmouthing them. Unions have overstepped their bounds and their usefulness now is in question.
8/22/2014 7:45:07 AM
westfortterri says:
Dominic claims responsibility for bringing all the contracts here and now he claims he got the Liberals elected? Really? Just because he loves to be in the news, people actually believe that. Why is the Union so afraid of this vote? This is part of the bargaining process and they had to know this would happen. That's what Best and Final means. Next step is a MOL vote. Let the people decide, this is what democracy means. Bill Mauro and Michael Gravelle do not deserve this attack by Unifor and Don's endorsement did not get them elected

8/22/2014 7:19:40 AM
Unions_Are says:
I empathize with Brother Dominic, I grew up with you and your family, we went to Westgate and lived in Westfort (Frederica St)You worked for Can-Car now Bombardier all your life. Being voted for President by your local brothers and sisters then criticized and mock by a few disheartening souls is such a shame, be strong and do the best you can for your brothers and sisters, remember there will always be the malcontent and discontented few, but god bless their poor souls.
Stay Strong and Unified Brothers and Sisters.
8/22/2014 6:08:21 PM
Gomoe says:
$4.00 per week. How is $0.76/hour Cost of Living allowance equal $4.00 per week? The $0.10/hour in year to will also come with a COLA...
8/22/2014 6:19:58 AM
tudor says:
Mr. Pasquilino the bully. Allegedly you are a union leader. Do you really think an elected official should be at a picket line, even your good old NDP buddies on Council. They represent everyone, that is business and labour. They are not to take sides in a strike dispute. Your suggestion smacks of desperation and I hope Mr. Mauro ignores your workers completely. Put up a closed for staff holidays sign and open up on Tuesday.

UNIFOR is losing control over this strike. Admittedly the raise is silly.

But this was handled so poorly that if this contract is accepted, the entire union leadership should resign because it will be clear that they were not supported. And what do you think a union guy is going to say face to face and risk being blackballed by the union heads.

This guy really thinks his bully tactics that didn't work on the company are going to work on our two Ministers. Laughable. Tell him to take a giant leap.
8/21/2014 11:24:53 PM
progress now says:
Of note:

"Local 1075 president Dominic Pasqualino said workers are upset that neither Mauro nor his Thunder Bay-Superior North counterpart Michael Gravelle have shown up at the picket line since the strike began more than five weeks ago."

This is a collective bargaining process. I don't see a way politicians, particularly elected ones can legitimately interfere.

I don't see what the march is all about. The city and the province did everything they could to get Bombardier work. Honestly, they did their job here.

I am all for your declarations of independence and solidarity. But that has implications - you can't run to politicians and ask them to hold your hands when you exercise it.

Where are those big boy pants we hear so much about?
8/21/2014 10:28:01 PM
Unions_Are says:
Hi There Brothers and Sisters. The word for the day...PROPAGANDA...the companies and businesses use this tool all the time, except they use it to spread lies and deceit, we use it to show UNITY & SOLIDARITY. I invite all the couch potatoes in web land to come out and catch some sun, I'll get some extra signs made up for you.
8/24/2014 12:38:30 AM
watchful says:
The politicians have no business taking sides, showing support or not is not what they are elected to do. This is your strike, you asked for it and now you live with it. Heck even Toronto is laughing. Go back to Montreal Ave where you belong. If you are so jealous over what management makes, get educated and move up the ranks.
8/21/2014 9:53:18 PM
Unions_Are says:
Unity brothers and sisters, thousands of Unifor Members across the country are supporting you, your strength and resolve is a inspiration.
8/22/2014 11:54:56 AM
Eastender says:
I hate to say it, but when the concept of free trade was concieved, it spelled the end of the strength of unions. This is what the corporations wanted, and got. Corporations owe no allegiance to any one, or any country. They are a profit making machine, and will do whatever is necessary towards that goal. Whatever powers unions used to have are gone. We will soon be relegated to work for slave wages, AKA, minimum wage.
The only light I see in this scenario is that Bombardier must be planning to operate in Thunder bay for a while, why else would they seek to change the defined pension plan to a defined contribution plan, if it wont be effected for many, many years to come. By the way, I worked at a union job all my life, and was and still am a strong union supporter.
8/21/2014 9:33:43 PM
bubba says:
REEKS of desparatian.It's business kids, most of Thunder Bay and the province don't care, even at the 3 jobs for 1 equasion. It ain't politics, it's business. Get your deal or dare the company to take the business elsewhere. Unifor happened because the former of the separate membership couldn't support the "palace" that don't do squat except bitch. It's not political !
Signed a Steelworker member
8/21/2014 9:28:53 PM
Unions_Are says:
Ahh...The new OLG Casino Steelworkers Union, what were they looking at, no wage increases for 5 yrs., a wage freeze, having no say on their concerns, the threat of privatizing, and because of a Union they now have increase in wages on a 3 yr. contract, They now have a real voice in their workplace and a process to enforce the agreement to ensure they are treated fairly, improvements not concessions to their benefits and working condition. My, my, my and a real masculine name Steelmaker's. They did very well and we are very supportive in all their endeavors, keep up the great work and solidarity, we're proud of our new brothers and sister's.
8/22/2014 10:40:20 PM
orca says:
This vote will show how strong the support for Unifor is from the members.
8/21/2014 8:44:41 PM
Geordie says:
With my workplace collective agreement up the end of August and having seen the way Unifor is handling this, I'm starting to be concerned
8/21/2014 7:35:32 PM
Unions_Are says:
Brother Geordie, don't despair Stick Together your vote counts so vote for the best contract you and your fellow workers are satisfied with.
Even if the contract is up, it might be a year before they even start talking, you should worry if the union concedes to Bombardier, your company is watching and there will be a precedent. Unity is Strength, good luck.
8/22/2014 4:42:57 PM
kurt says:
as much as i like the idea of unions , and being a brother - or a sister - it all comes down to each and everyone person , cause in the end .. .your brothers wont help you out when your house is getting repo'd .....
8/21/2014 7:12:41 PM
blueox says:
Don't be discouraged about Unions, I've been in one for over 40 years and am now retired. I've been involved in strikes that lasted 6 months, not one brother or sister lost their home, went bankrupt. One time the BMO held off my mortgage payments for 4 months, and I paid it all back. The CEP had what they called a defense fund, all the locals were asked if they wanted to participate they were not forced, besides my regular union dues I paid into this fund that went to any local who participates and is on strike, Unifor has the same under another name, so yes we brothers and sisters from other locals help, that's what Unions are about, and again NO one should coerce or tell them to take the deal.
8/22/2014 11:50:19 PM
Wazzman says:
To all of you saying this is gunna close the plant give your head a shake really what go to mexico and build em do you think the consumer will accept it i think not or what open a plant in toronto not likely how many millions of dollers do you think that would cost em and also the man power where are they commin from you think anyone in toronto is gunna go work their arses off for 17-25 bucks an hr lol and do you think ttc will be willing to wait five more yrs for the next car if they are lucky it would take em 5-10 yrs to produce one car with all new workers so now what just say to ttc sorry cant do it i am lost for words by some of your rants enough is enough
8/21/2014 5:57:16 PM
SamIAm says:
Michael Gravelle and Bill Mauro you both come around when its election time smiling and laughing at 6 am as we all come into the plant but when we need you , even just to drop by and say anything to us, your ghosts nowhere to be seen. Guess how many votes you just gave up. 900 workers , their spouses, family and friends. Thanks for nothing!!!
8/21/2014 5:22:47 PM
YellowSnow13 says:
To start, NO POLITICIAN should of been anywhere near the picket line. It has nothing to do with them. This is a labour dispute and since they do not directly pay employees they have no say in the outcome. All they did was suggest using Bombardier. Now with that said, you vote seeking puppets should of stayed away. Now didn't Unifor totally back the Liberal party at the last election? Maybe that is why you are on strike today. Think about it.
8/21/2014 5:13:40 PM
mikethunderbay says:
a little confused by your comment. what would unifor backing the liberals(which i can't remember if they did or not) in the last election have to do with the union voting and choosing to go on strike? What I do know is Dominic Pasquolino was standing out front of Bombardier with the NDP candidates during the election helping them hand out brochures.

Also is it just me or is Pasquolino really starting to seem desperate. The fact is this plant would be closed without the liberal governments investment in mass transit so i would say right there that they were there for them during tough times when the plant only had 250 people working there and now has 1400 all of which were created and maintained by the liberal gov't investment. All Pasquolino seems to be trying to do is distract his membership from his advice to go on strike and maintain the strike while the membership tries to live on 250 a week. An absolute joke move by the union and I know most in the city will agree
8/21/2014 7:34:34 PM
progress now says:
Of note:

"Now didn't Unifor totally back the Liberal party at the last election? Maybe that is why you are on strike today. Think about it."

I am thinking about what you are trying to say, and for the life of me I can't figure it out.
8/21/2014 10:34:03 PM
JustMO says:
JustMO says: I think the union should think hard about the people's lively hoods they are gambling with... For what exact reason did this happen? The only thing that's going to come out of this is a locked door to the plant when it's closed and minimum wages for those who can't find other work without the skills you'll need. The union and the company aren't going to care who's eating and who's not after this is rejected. Scary world out there, take it for what it is and be happy you have a paycheck every 2 weeks. I wonder what the strike vote would be now after these past 5 weeks of hell??
8/21/2014 4:37:44 PM
sg says:
you speak like the union is this big invisible entity. It's your fellow workers! Hello, of course they care, it's affecting them too.

Livelihood. Just saying
8/21/2014 6:46:51 PM
nvjgu says:
Boys and girls , it's time for the pay cheque's to start going up. If bombar. packs it in here, then they pack it in. Everything else has. Stuff can't continue to go up and the pay stays the same, vote no. I am a Union member of Sheet metal, SMWIA local 30 Toronto.
8/21/2014 4:30:21 PM
tbayfinn says:
You are living in a fantasy world nvjgu, it is a worldwide economy. Why would you care if this plant leaves Thunder Bay being in Toronto? There is no other work for most of these people in this city, they would need to relocate, most likely out west, not Toronto. You would call it a win if they don't accept the union's demands and leave Canada? lol... Defined benefit pension plans are a thing of the past, time to get in tune with this century.
8/21/2014 11:07:45 PM
Dudebro says:
Exactly jonthunder, if Gravelle shows up there, no matter what he does or says , someone will twist it any way they want to make it look like he's taking sides.
Right now, they're all like kids in a candy store and they'll use anything.

Hammer down guys, vote this one down- your days of buying a nice new truck, quad, or taking your family away for a nice weekend out of town are going to be all over.
I for one don't want to see this plant leave Thunder Bay, but if it does there will be no one to blame but yourselves.
These days, peoples finances and personal well being come before other peoples hurt feelings. I'm sure many of the workers are starting to feel it about now.
8/21/2014 4:22:13 PM
dynamiter says:
Mr gravelly is excellent at saying a whole bunch of words that can be interpreted anyway you want them.
8/21/2014 7:22:26 PM
Decide says:
Blame themselves for wanting some good things in life.
Blame themselves for wanting a decent wage, nothing like the bankers, lawyers, doctors get, just decent. And from a company that makes all it's money off gov't contracts world wide to boot!! Maybe even a few gov't bailouts here and there!!
The spin on the middle class being evil or something has fully taken root I see.
Companies making billions exploit loopholes that reduce their taxes. No one crying about that.
Lower class drawing more social help. MIDDLE class footing the entire bill.
Why is it when middle class want good wages, pensions, they are attacked for being greedy, while corporations, lawyers, doctors all raking in huge amounts, are considered acceptable and "that's just how it is".
What do we all do when the majority of middle class wages are similar to fast food wages?? Who will then drive our economy? Answer that?
Pick on million dollars wages with golden parachutes for a change.
8/22/2014 12:10:34 AM
Unions_Are says:
Brother this is what they want, they illicit responses to make themselves feel like smart people, show them respect and love, show a little sympathy and ignore them, We're about Solidarity and not negativity. We have something they don't have and it bothers them. It's really funny to read some of these comments. Truly Unbelievable.
Stick to fighting for your rights, Unity Bro.
8/22/2014 3:44:29 PM
Oliver Paipoonge Resident says:
There's a Super Great Letter in Saturday's Chronicle Journal A5 section written by the President of Thunder Bay and District Labour Council "Negotiate at the table" What a great perspective from someone who doesn't work for Bombardier or is affiliated with Unifor. If those who are confused this should enlightened you.
8/23/2014 1:01:15 PM
jonthunder says:
I respect the position of Minister Gravelle; politicians should not be even seen to be taking sides in and during a labour dispute. If the union wants to communicate with politicians there are many avenues of communication that do not involve a public appearance that could send many different signals.
The union membership should think hard about the proposed pension plan changes. Many employers, including governments are moving towards defined contributions and away from defined benefits - that is what our economic world dictates in these times.
I don't know all of the details, but the pension part of the offer from the company seems within reason to me; but again, I don't know all of the details....hope all parties come to a fair and respectful agreement.
8/21/2014 3:40:46 PM
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