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The agreement includes wage increases, bonuses, an increase in guaranteed pay to 40 hours a week from the current 32, worker involvement, major pension improvements, an organizing neutrality clause that prevents creation of runaway non-union subsidiaries, phase-out of a two-tier wage system, and continuation of current restrictions on the contracting out of work.
“This contract meets and in some cases exceeds our industry pattern, and serves the best interests of both our members and the company,” said David Foster, Director of USWA District 11 and chief negotiator for the union.
“We are especially gratified that we have achieved the neutrality clause that guarantees card check recognition at any new facilities in which the company has a 40 percent interest,” Foster added. “That will prevent the kind of duplicity that LTV Steel committed against its workers in building a non-union plant in Alabama.”
GST also will guarantee, under certain conditions, card-check recognition at any plants in which it holds a 15-40 percent interest.
The agreement runs until Oct. 1, 2002. There will be a limited economic reopener on June 1, 2000, with binding arbitration if no settlement is achieved.
GST is the country’s largest producer of grinding media.
SOURCE United Steelworkers of America
On May 14th of this year, as Governor Romney began to secure the GOP nomination and the Bain Capital/GST issue gained steam, our friends at National Review Online ran this item on the Romney/Bain/GST Steel issue by Katrina Trinko. Trinko’s story about what we now know to be the first ad featuring Soptic — which did not accuse Romney of killing his wife (that came later in the SuperPAC ad from Burton) was read by a one-time GST Steel worker, who wrote the following, which is posted by NRO as an update to Trinko’s story:
I nearly choked on my Cheerios when I read that GST employees were blaming Bain for their downfall. I worked at GST Steel in Kansas City for four months in 1997 immediately after leaving the Navy.
Why only four months? Quickly after I started, I surprised to learn that several of my fellow USW Local 13-represented employees, mostly millwrights and electricians, we’re making between $100-130k. This was mainly due union-mandated overtime which, at least on a few occasions, consisted of the employees bringing in sleeping bags and pillows and sleeping in the shop. It would be hard for any company to stay competitive while paying double-time union wages to get their beauty sleep, but that’s not the half of it. The union employees obviously didn’t think they had it easy enough, so they went on strike in March of ‘97. The plant shut down for a couple of weeks until it re-started under the operation of management and non-union workers. The strike lasted a couple more months. I had a family to support, so I couldn’t afford to wait. I took another (non-union) job with another company. They shuttered the plant for good a few years later.
That’s Bain’s fault? Just classic.
Still later that day of May 14, Trinko had persisted, contacting the anonymous steel worker by phone. In a short post titled “Union Life at GST Steel,” Trinko wrote:
I talked this afternoon with the reader who had worked at GST Steel in 1997 and e-mailed about the conditions there. This person, who wishes to remain anonymous, elaborated a little more on the working conditions at the plant, saying that thanks to the union structure, there was little incentive to be productive. For instance, while some workers were required to file a report daily regarding certain productivity issues, they waited until the end of the day (when it was too late to fix things) to file the report instead of earlier, because they saw no reason to bother doing it at the most effective time. And he said for some of the employees — including those racking up $100,000 to $130,000 salaries — large chunks of the day were just spent waiting for something to fix or do, with up to 80 percent of day spent not working.
And those are the hours they weren’t sleeping and getting over time. During those overtime hours, when they brought sleeping bags, there was once a problem which required a couple of them to be woken up. Our reader thought the gig was up, once their sleeping had become known, but as it ended up, a supervisor was written up and that was it: The sleeping on the job continued as before.
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