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    Default Auburn Update.


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    Default Re: Auburn Update.

    Maybe we could get our President-Elect to go to the picket line, he did it in Chicago lol. Or even Gregoire to intervene she did with Boeing, and she is from Auburn. I heard that blog was going to be sent to the Governor. Since the unions supported both of them they should help support the ones on strike!

    CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - Obama: I’d walk picket line as president - Blogs from CNN.com

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    Default Re: Auburn Update.

    Looks like some OAKH Mgmnt punks flagged the blog as 'spam'

    You just have to click on the 'Proceed' button until the blogspot site manually reviews it and determines it's not spam.

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    Here it is..

    On any given dark, cold November day, Teamster members are at
    > Auburn-based Oak Harbor Freight Lines picketing and taking a stand.
    > Since September 22nd, they have been spreading the message of Oak
    > Harbor's union-busting ways. The strike against the company was called
    > due to allegations of Unfair Labor Practices, which is pending review
    > with the National Labor Relations Board. The allegations include threats
    > of termination, coercing, and attempting to bargain directly with
    > Union-represented employees.
    > The company and the union have been negotiating a new contract since
    > mid-2007, which would have taken the place of the old contract that
    > expired on October 31st, 2007. The two parties have been in disagreement
    > over the proposed company-run medical benefits. The benefits proposed by
    > the company, for one, are not of the same quality as the current medical
    > the union-represented employees have, and could substantially increase
    > costs for the retired employees.
    > In response to the Union's call of strike on September 22nd, the company
    > has hired Modern Staffing and Security Consultants, Inc. based out of
    > Sarasota, FL, who specialize in strike-replacements. The company has
    > also employed well-known union-buster lawyer John M. Payne of Seattle.
    > The workers provided by Modern Staffing have been doing this for years
    > and for a reason. Most of the strike-breakers employed by Modern
    > Staffing have prior convictions or DUI's. The owner & CEO of Modern
    > Staffing, James Rexroat, has a record as well, including theft of state
    > funds, lewd and lascivious behavior, exposure of a sexual organ, and
    > writing bad checks. Many of the replacement drivers they've hired often
    > express acts of road rage at the picketers just before entering the
    > street to make their deliveries and also during ambulatory picketing
    > where the striking employees follow the trucks to each delivery.
    > It has been very clear since the beginning of the strike whose side the
    > City of Auburn has been on. They have been called numerous times to the
    > strike zone by Oak Harbor for petty things such as the music being too
    > loud or a Teamster accidently stepping on the spray-painted line, while
    > nothing was done when a replacement dock-worker hit a Teamster with his
    > truck and then drove off.
    > There has also been a bit of confusion as far as how the picketing can
    > be executed. When the strike first began, it was understood that the
    > Teamsters could picket and detain each vehicle for up to three minutes.
    > After about a week of doing it that way, the City of Auburn Police
    > Department told the picketers they could no longer detain vehicles.
    > Teamster officials contacted the Chief of Police, and they received a
    > letter of apology from him stating he had a few "overzealous" officers.
    > It was then understood that detaining vehicles was acceptable again. The
    > following week, four random Teamsters were given citations for
    > disorderly conduct. A lawsuit was then filed by the Teamsters against
    > the City of Auburn for denying them their 1st amendment rights. The
    > matter was settled in King County court and the charges were dropped on
    > the four individuals. In exchange, the court decided it should take a
    > reasonable person 15-18 seconds to clear the area when a vehicle was
    > coming up to either enter or exit the facility.
    > This ruling had been followed for over two weeks when Oak Harbor filed a
    > temporary injunction that prohibited Teamster picketers from going
    > outside of a 10x80 foot area along the fence line or on the grass areas
    > across the driveway.
    > The temporary injunction leaves Teamster members with a lot of
    > questions. Can they file temporary restraining orders against the
    > replacement drivers who have almost hit picketers dozens of times? Will
    > the City of Auburn ever care that there are felons driving
    > tractor-trailers on their streets? How many more accidents have to
    > happen until anyone cares? You hear about the Boeing strike all the
    > time. Oak Harbor's Union-represented employees are not asking for any
    > pay raise. They are fighting for a fair contract so they can go back to
    > work.

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    Here is a response letter from Gap Inc.

    Thank you for your email about the current dispute between Oak Harbor
    > and the Teamsters. While we are aware, Gap Inc. is not a party to the
    > dispute and is not involved in negotiations in any way. We have been
    > monitoring the situation closely and have strongly urged both parties to
    > negotiate in good faith and to come to a fair and timely resolution.
    >
    > Gap Inc. has a long-standing record as a socially responsible company,
    > and we set very high standards for ourselves as well as the vendors and
    > suppliers we work with. This has been demonstrated time and again over
    > the past decade, and is well-documented in our three social
    > responsibility reports. As guided by our long-standing work in the area
    > of social responsibility, we know that any rash decisions related to
    > changing contracts can have immediate and long-lasting impacts on the
    > suppliers and their employees. For that reason, we feel it?s critical
    > that we give Oak Harbor and the Teamsters an opportunity to resolve this
    > matter.
    >
    > We thank you again for taking the time to contact us about this matter.
    > For more information about our social responsibility efforts, please
    > visit our website at gapinc.com.

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    Default Re: Auburn Update.

    Quote Originally Posted by Foster1662 View Post
    Here is a response letter from Gap Inc.

    Thank you for your email about the current dispute between Oak Harbor
    > and the Teamsters. While we are aware, Gap Inc. is not a party to the
    > dispute and is not involved in negotiations in any way. We have been
    > monitoring the situation closely and have strongly urged both parties to
    > negotiate in good faith and to come to a fair and timely resolution.
    >
    > Gap Inc. has a long-standing record as a socially responsible company,
    > and we set very high standards for ourselves as well as the vendors and
    > suppliers we work with. This has been demonstrated time and again over
    > the past decade, and is well-documented in our three social
    > responsibility reports. As guided by our long-standing work in the area
    > of social responsibility, we know that any rash decisions related to
    > changing contracts can have immediate and long-lasting impacts on the
    > suppliers and their employees. For that reason, we feel it?s critical
    > that we give Oak Harbor and the Teamsters an opportunity to resolve this
    > matter.
    >
    > We thank you again for taking the time to contact us about this matter.
    > For more information about our social responsibility efforts, please
    > visit our website at gapinc.com.
    The ILRF names the Gap in their findings. Because ohfl is part of their supply chain that places them in violation of the agreement for fair labor that the Gap has signed.

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    Default Re: Auburn Update.

    Sorry Sir but the President elect is busy but if you would like to leave a message BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH.

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    Default Re: Auburn Update.

    I have heard that Gap is pulling out from OHFL too, but on their own timetable. I have no idea what that timetable is though.

 

 

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