"I'll get back to you!"
A few months ago you had the pleasure of participating in "captive audience" meetings against your own will. Representatives for Dart let you know about "hidden benefits" you did not realize you had and explained how well you were all being treated. Workers asked questions and were repeatedly told, "I'll get back to you!" It has been quite awhile now, have they got back to you? No they did not. Why? They want to make it look like they are addressing your problems, but in reality they are ignoring you and waiting for you to give up hope.
You will be forced once more, against your will, to attend meetings in the near future. Be sure to keep the focus at the meetings on your issues. Make them address your wages, benefits, pension and working conditions. The only way you can be sure that they address your issues is through collective bargaining. Hopefully Dart will take the high road and keep this process informational and not confrontational. The workers deserve to be able to make an educated decision.
Attend your Union Meeting!
· Tuesdays at Midnight after swing Shift at the Dynasty Suites Hotel 6th Street & Paseo Grande.
· Wednesday's 8am - Dynasty Suites.
· Wednesdays 2pm & 4pm - Pizza Palace Magnolia and Rimpau.
Common questions and answers about being union
How much are union dues and initiation fees? Where does the money go?
You will pay $15.52 a month to the AWPPW office and your new local will decide on the difference to run your own daily business. You will not pay initiation fees. The money that goes to headquarters provides each local with legal representation, training of your officers, organizing and a defense fund. You will not pay a cent until you have completed the process, and vote on a new contract with the bargained wage and working conditions you agree to with the company. The AWPPW is a non-profit organization and all money expenditures are public knowledge, disclosed to the Department of Labor.
Will Dart try to move the plant? NO!
Dart has already publicly stated they would not move their Corona operation and in fact plan on expanding. It is illegal for Dart to move any part of their operation while in an organizing campaign. Companies do not close because of a union; they close if they stop making a profit.
Will we have to go on strike? NO!
The AWPPW cannot put workers out on strike. Employees from your plant would have to vote to do so. 98% of all contracts are decided without a labor dispute! We are not soliciting that as an option. Most of our contracts have no strike clauses. Dart will probably insist on this for your first contract.
Who is going to run our local? YOU WILL!
You will elect a bargaining board and officers to run your newly formed local from workers you work side by side with. They will be taken out of your plant and trained by the AWPPW at the association's expense.
Will Dart know how I vote? NO!
The election to decide if you are to be union is by secret ballot and is controlled by the National Labor Relations Board.
Will Dart have to bargain a contract with us? YES!
Even Dart management will tell you that they have to bargain in good faith, and that the NLRB will monitor to the point of mediation if there is a break down in negotiations. All of your wages and benefits will be frozen, and you will bargain from there.
If you have any other pressing questions, please call toll
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Looks good so far!