USW Says that Siemens' "Sweet Talk" Doesn't Conceal Its Union-Busting Efforts

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 10, 2012 — (PRNewswire) — The United Steelworkers (USW) said today that workers in a North East, Maryland Siemens' plant who recently signed affiliation cards with the (USW) have become targets of the company's anti-union philosophy. The company has launched a full-blown union-busting campaign, hiring an anti-union consultant, Ken Cannon, who advertises "40 years of experience supporting managements' efforts to remain union free." 

 

This action comes on the heels of Siemens signing a Global Framework Agreement with its General Works Council, the German Metalworkers union IG Metall, and the IndustriALL Global Union on July 25 where the company pledged to respect workers' right to choose a union.  (See http://www.industriall-union.org/industriall-signs-gfa-with-siemens). The Agreement states that "Members of employee organizations or unions will be neither advantaged nor disadvantaged on account of their membership."

In a recent letter to employees, Siemens' Director of Operations, Joe Didwall, stated: "Siemens does not believe a union is in the best interest of our employees here in North East. The reason is two-fold: Unions haven't delivered on their promises and unionized employers can have difficulty being competitive in today's global economy." The General Manager, Izadore Hossler, told workers "if organized we will lose customers in the south as they don't want to do business with a union facility."

Cannon has been conducting meetings with employees at which he has told them that he is making $1,000 per day, some $173,000 per year and does not need the money, but does this work for fun.  He told the employees he wins all of his campaigns and has never had an unfair labor practice filed against him.   He told the employees he will be there for the next 30 to 45 days, going around the plant to talk to them one-on-one. Cannon has told some employees that "if you don't agree with the Union, they will fire you."

"This is a classic union-busting operation," said USW International President Leo W. Gerard.  "It is completely inconsistent with the company's stated principles and with International Labor Organization Conventions as well as U.S. law."

The USW represents about 850,000 workers in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean in a wide variety of industries, ranging from glassmaking to mining, paper, steel, tire and rubber to the public sector, service and health care industries.

 

SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)

Contact:
United Steelworkers (USW)
Siemens
Web: http://www.usw.org

 




Review Article Be the first to review this article
Rand3D

SolidCAM - Break The Chains

Featured Video
Jobs
Mechanical Engineer for Allen & Shariff Corporation at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mid-Level Mechanical Engineer for Kiewit at lenexa, Kansas
System Designer/Engineer for Bluewater at Southfield, Michigan
GIS Data Analyst for CostQuest Associates, Inc. at Cincinnati, Ohio
Software Developer for CHA Consulting, Inc. at Norwell, Massachusetts
Product Manager for CHA Consulting, Inc. at Boston, Massachusetts
Upcoming Events
Live SOLIDWORKS Event Hosted by Converge at 2482 Patterson Rd Unit 2 Grand Junction CO - May 22, 2018
ESPRIT World 2018 at Indianapolis Marriott Downtown 350 West Maryland Street Indianapolis IN - Jun 11 - 15, 2018
HxGN LIVE 2018 at The Venetian Las Vegas NV - Jun 12 - 15, 2018
IMTS2018 International Manufacturing Tech Show at McCormick Place Chicago IL - Sep 10 - 15, 2018
Kenesto: 30 day trial
MasterCAM



Internet Business Systems © 2018 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise