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Posted: 12 Aug 05, 22:01 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Anyone know anyone affected by this?

http://www.comcast.net/news/international/index.jsp?cat=INTERNATIONAL&fn=/2005/08/12/199391.html


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Posted: 13 Aug 05, 04:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Why do you say "useless union"? Apparently they saved their members their jobs. If employers are not willing to pay their people enough money to make a decent living, it's perfectly okay for the workers to go on strike. That the ground workers went on strike to support their colleagues is not illegal as far as I know. Why a British catering company has to be owned by a US company is another story.


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Posted: 13 Aug 05, 08:55 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rip do you work for the railroad or are you a contractor that does work for the railroad?


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Posted: 13 Aug 05, 23:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lisser - I work for a company that supplies specialty components for freight railcars to the railroads.

YV - I do not understand the logic of shutting down a whole airport and stranding 70,000 customers because of issues at a food service company.



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Posted: 14 Aug 05, 09:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Rip Van Winkle wrote:

Lisser - I work for a company that supplies specialty components for freight railcars to the railroads.

YV - I do not understand the logic of shutting down a whole airport and stranding 70,000 customers because of issues at a food service company.


Ok, my Dad retired from CSX. He wasn't in a union bc he was management but I know he said he'd never cross a picket line.


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Posted: 14 Aug 05, 13:19 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"YV - I do not understand the logic of shutting down a whole airport and stranding 70,000 customers because of issues at a food service company."

Well it was like this: The US owned catering company who works for BA did not want to raise the wages for their employees who went on strike and were subsequently fired off their jobs. The BA ground personell is represented by the same union and walked out of work to support their colleagues. The catering company did not refuse to raise the wages becauae they would make no profit, they refused to raise the wages because they would not make enough profit for the Amnerican share holders. In the end they all had to understand the simple fact that share holders won't do the job and they re-employed the fired workers.

I work for my keep, I do not own (did not inherit) shares of companies and I do not live on the work of other people. Therefore I understand when people go on strike for their working rights and I don't mind any inconvenience.








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Posted: 15 Aug 05, 05:04 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

This makes interesting reading:

www.sky.com/skynews/article/0,,30000-13411808,00.html

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Posted: 16 Aug 05, 23:12 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"Gate Gourmet, which is undertaking restructuring amid financial losses, said it was trying to resolve the dispute. The company, owned by U.S.-based Texas Pacific Group, reported a loss of 23 million pounds ($41.25 million) in the last fiscal year, and was expecting a 25 million pound ($44.84 million) loss for the current year."

I wonder where Gateway Gourmet will find the money.

I've worked for two unionized companies, and trying to implement an quality improvement initiative was like pulling teeth. The attitude and antagonism and the imicilic work rules were patheticly incredible.

I have worked for a non-union company union for the last 15 years. The working relationship is supportive and cooperative ... something I did not experience in a union shop.

The company I work for now has a sister plant that is in the process of moving to Mexico partially because of its highly paid inefficient and uncooperative union workforce. A few years ago, the sister company built a lunchroom for its employees. The union workforce mostly refused to use it because they would rather drink in their cars or drink their lunch in the bar. On the occasions that I visited the sister plant, the workers were generally antagonistic, and it was nearly impossible to get anything done.



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