Post # 1
My husband’s employer, which is the largest employer in the area, is in contract negotiation of the employee union right now. The employer is asking all employees to work 2.5 more hours per week, pay more for benefits, give up 2 holidays per year, and take a 15% pay cut with no raises for four years. I am really frustrated about this. When did employers start demanding more hours at work for less pay?
Post # 3
When the economy went to shit.
But seriously, I read about this all the time. I can’t recall enough of the details to accurately quote which business it was etc… but there was a case in Canada recently, in I believe either a paper mill, or some other kind of manufacturing plant, where the workers were asked to take a SIXTY percent wage cut, or else the plant would close. I’ve googled like mad to find it… and I can’t, but I believe they ended up closing temporarily, then hiring all new staff at the reduced wage.
If it’s a choice between no job, and a pay cut, unfortunately most of us would have to choose the wage cut. What really SUCKS is that this burden is on the backs of the working class, and the fat-cat CEOs continue to make 100 times the salary of their average worker.
Post # 4
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FI’s industry is also doing this (maybe it’s the same?? I don’t know the details; he is not directly involved, he is part of a contracting company that works in the industry). It’s perfectly legal for the employer to negotiate the terms of the union’s contract down… is it morally right? Of course not. But in this case the industry is kind of weak right now and I’m sure they are just trying to find whatever way to make more money or keep the same profits, this time at the expense of the employee. The union might strike if they can’t come to a favorable agreement because they got screwed over the last time negotiations happened :1
Post # 5
Yes it is legal but it totally sucks.
Post # 6
It happens all the time to the police officers and firefighters in Baltimore and they risk their lives to protect us. It’s crazy.
Post # 7
The thing about contract negotiations is just that it is a negotiation, the labor side will come back with their offer also. I am a Union house, so I am completely understanding of these situations. It is completely acceptable for the company to try to get the best deal for their company as it is completely acceptable for Labor to try to get the best deal for their members, it is all about balance. When the balance is tipped in either direction is when you have problems, for everyone involved.
Post # 8
Totally legal and totally sucks. Around here (not my particular employer, but a lot in the area) furlows are really popular instead of pay cuts – I guess because they don’t seem as bad – but they’re worse! It’s usually two weeks, two. So hey, two weeks off work, great! But two weeks off without pay? That could really mess up some people who live paycheck to paycheck.