Gerdau Negotiations in Wilton Iowa
Volume 1, Issue 1
August 24, 2005
INITIAL GERDAU PROPOSAL, "EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING"
10 months of stellar relations between Gerdau Ameristeel and
the workers of Local 8581, the Company presented a disappointing
proposal that removes almost all workplace protections. This offer
was made in spite of the smooth transition, employee
engagement, and record return on capital employed, that Gerdau
received when they took possession of the Wilton Mill.
The first article the Company rejected was the very successorship
language that guaranteed the uninterrupted flow of product and
profits during the change of ownership. The Company spokesman
David Grigereit, Attorney from the Atlanta based Ogletree &
Deakins, characterized our successorship clause as
The main thrust of the Company proposals was to minimize
employee rights, and Union involvement in any sort of work place
protections. The Company proposes to:
1. Reclassify any and all jobs in the plant with regard to duties,
pay, and hours of work. The Union will be allowed to "discuss" the
new classifications. "The matter will not be subject to the
grievance arbitration procedure, and the decision of the Company
2. Institute a policy of "flexible scheduling" to decide who works
where, when, and how long, including, but not limited to,
mandatory 10 or 12 hour shifts with no guarantee of hours.
3. Remove all overtime pay provisions except for the legally
mandated overtime in excess of 40 hours. Most hours previously
counted toward overtime eligibility will no longer count.
4. Continue the separate contract for the shredder employees,
while expanding the use of low paid "Temp. Employees." We
need to unite our members under one contract.
5. Turn back the clock on 28 years of successful labor relations by
removing the protections afforded under past practices and local
working conditions, while expanding management rights to
include anything else they may vet think of in their wildest dreams.
Further updates will be released as additional
discussed. Make sure management hears the opinion of each and
every one of our members!
Gerdau needs to learn: These are YOUR JOBS - This is YOUR
ISSUED BY THE NEGOTIATING COMMITTEE OF USW LOCAL