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Jan 15, 2012
 
I heard Akebono was thinking about going Union again? Someone said they had Union Papers floating around.
Saw this about Glasgow Akebono:
"Glasgow voted to have uaw talks, it's time for Etown. Vote to see what ur options are, least slap management into the present! "
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Jan 15, 2012
 
While it is inevitable, unions are bad for the economy.
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Jan 15, 2012
 
Are they still hiring?
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Jan 16, 2012
 
Just saw this on the Glasgow Topix.
Man those guys are really pissed.

How to Join the UAW:
If you are an auto worker and are not a member of the United Automobile Workers of America (UAW,) your rights may be unprotected. Joining the union could help you secure better: working conditions, pay and benefits. The best way to get this protection is to join the UAW and organize a union at your workplace. A UAW representative can even help you out, every step of the way.

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Talk to others at your workplace and see if there is an interest in organizing a union. You need to let others know of the rewards that can come from being part of a union like the UAW. Handing out brochures or leaflets outside of your workplace is a great way to get your co-workers' attention and let them know that being part of a union is a right and that they cannot be punished for it.

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Fill out the "Organizing Request Form" at the UAW website. You will be required to include your personal information, information about your company and answer questions regarding other union organizations (or attempts to organize) within other workplaces owned by your employer. You will also be given a chance to tell the UAW what needs to change at your workplace.

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Vote Union, only way to go, why work without a contract, your boss don't...
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Nov 29, 2013
 
Teamster til I die wrote:
Vote Union, only way to go, why work without a contract, your boss don't...
Keep drinking the union kool aid.
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Come see me at retirement
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Teamster til I die wrote:
Come see me at retirement
It will be a LONG time before retirement. Akebono only contributes 3% to our 401K, which sucks. Remember the days when Ambrake contributed 5% and 6% to our 401K's? The key word here is "Ambrake" when this company looked out for it's employees and cared about their futures. It wasn't ALL about the bottom dollar then. Now it's lets see what we can take from the employees to add to the profit margin and send to Japan in Royalties.
Lowest Contributions to a 401K in town..........
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Jan 10, 2014
 
uh, it's 4% and that is very much a normal contribution %. 6% was nice though, at the time.
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Jan 10, 2014
 
From 6% to 4% is a Big Change. And this is Not a very normal Contribtion. I have Several friends that work at the other big factories in Etown and they contribute 5% and 6%. Back when Akebono (Ambrake) was the leader in the community, we had the best of everything. Pay, Benifits, Insurance . Now you base us on the other surrounding factories and put us somewhere in the middle.When you did put us on top.
We are all getting Older and need the old benifits back. Figure 2% in your 401K and see how fast it adds up over the next 10 years. But, I guess if you want to work until Social Security age, you can always get a job at WalMart to make ends meet.
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Jan 10, 2014
 
The union is suppose to meet with us again next week.
You need to attend and voice your opinion.
We do have options......If we stick together.

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Jan 11, 2014
 
1st of all 4% 401K matching is very normal and actually considered decent all across the country. 2nd, the other places in and around E-town or anywhere else for that matter that you think are at 6% usually are not actually 6%....they are matching 50-75% up to 6%. A BS way of saying that if you contribute 6% then they will match 3-4 of that. It is not something I approve of at all though as it is a play on words. 3rd Unions are usually really bad news over time BUT..... I have to agree that having Japanese run companies in America employing illegal immigrants ad taking advantage of American citizens is BS and needs to stop immediately. I also think that if they would keep the pay and benefits fair (at about the level they are now is fair) but put a cap of 48 hours on every employee that it would definitely make a difference on overall happiness and you would not need a union. I understand that the few people that can work 7 days and 12 hour shifts and not care about family life might not be happy with the reduction in OT; but for the most part I think employees overall would be happier, healthier, and actually want to come to work after a day or 2 off to rest, relax, take care of other things in life, and spending time with family.
This is just an opinion as I do not work for Akebono, but when you reach middle age or beyond like I have you look back on life and see just how much you did miss. My conclusion is: As bad as I hate to say it and as against unions as I am, it may be your only choice. It's to bad that Akebono does not step up and do the right thing to avoid the BS unions and make their employees actually want to work there.

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Jan 11, 2014
 
PS. Even if they are only matching 4% I doubt very seriously that is your contribution cap. Most places will let you contribute up to about 10% and match the first 4. If you contribute 8 total and they are kicking in or matching the first 4; that is 12 for the price of 8 free money and still a good deal. If you need to think about retirement (and you do) your contributions that they are not matching is still a very good way to save. The average growth on that money still averages almost double of what you could do yourself in an IRA or other out of plan mutual fund unless you are very good and very lucky.
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Jan 11, 2014
 
bairo wrote:
1st of all 4% 401K matching is very normal and actually considered decent all across the country. 2nd, the other places in and around E-town or anywhere else for that matter that you think are at 6% usually are not actually 6%....they are matching 50-75% up to 6%. A BS way of saying that if you contribute 6% then they will match 3-4 of that. It is not something I approve of at all though as it is a play on words. 3rd Unions are usually really bad news over time BUT..... I have to agree that having Japanese run companies in America employing illegal immigrants ad taking advantage of American citizens is BS and needs to stop immediately. I also think that if they would keep the pay and benefits fair (at about the level they are now is fair) but put a cap of 48 hours on every employee that it would definitely make a difference on overall happiness and you would not need a union. I understand that the few people that can work 7 days and 12 hour shifts and not care about family life might not be happy with the reduction in OT; but for the most part I think employees overall would be happier, healthier, and actually want to come to work after a day or 2 off to rest, relax, take care of other things in life, and spending time with family.
This is just an opinion as I do not work for Akebono, but when you reach middle age or beyond like I have you look back on life and see just how much you did miss. My conclusion is: As bad as I hate to say it and as against unions as I am, it may be your only choice. It's to bad that Akebono does not step up and do the right thing to avoid the BS unions and make their employees actually want to work there.
I wish Akebono still matched the 6% like they use to. I would like to see them raise it to 5% as a show of good faith that they are giving back some of what they have taken away over the years. When the economy crashed a few years ago they took out pay and 401K contributions down. The pay came back, but the 401K never went back up to where it was? I and many others would like to see this back to where it was. I do also agree with you on the overtime and people would be much happier if they had a little time off to spend with their family. You are correct, people may actually want to come to work if they did have time off to rest. All very good points.
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" close the gap and become uniform across all of alebono". M Henderson 2013

I'd like air conditioned factory like South Carolina
I'd like no drug testing like corporate
I'd like $22 an hour like Clarksville and SC
I'd like mandatory 4 days off a month like japan I'd like 18 holidays like japan I'd like 5 wks vaca like japan
I'd like to not be on a point system like office at ABE

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Jan 12, 2014
 
If they were smart they would create a position for an employee rep (that they actually listen to) before they get screwed by a union. It would be much cheaper for them and easier on the employees to just make some changes now before it gets out of hand. Instead though they will probably ignore the little flame until it grows to an out of control fire....it would be typical of most larger companies. It's not rocket science to show your employees you at least want to listen to their ideas or complaints. Of course the previous person that talked about the royalties going to Japan is correct. Most "normal" American companies count raises and employee benefits as a fixed cost part of operations and figure that BEFORE net profit. Royalties, share holder dividends,etc. should always be paid from the net profits. It sounds like they are doing things ass backwards and paying dividends before the employee benefits part of operational expenses. This borders on violation of FTC standards (if they traded in America) and at the very least is unorthodox and spits in the face of employees.

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Jan 12, 2014
 
I tell you another thing that works really well IMO for paid time off. I have only worked for one place like this but 100% of the employees loved it and thought it was fair for both them and the company. Its based on percentage against hours worked so if your working huge amounts of OT then you are earning time off faster (which you will need from working so much)
You earn 1 hour off or every 19 hours worked. No vacation, pers. time, holiday pay, etc. It's just a bank of hours. You never loose it..you earned it, it's yours for life.
Lets say that the company is closed on Christmas for example. You decide that you want to get paid for it and so turn in the form a week ahead of time to use 8 hours of your time and be paid. Or maybe your doing ok and decide not to be paid for it and keep your hours..the decision is yours because they are your hours. Maybe you have a couple younger kids and know you may need those hours when they are sick or get hurt at school or the roads are bad, etc. Or maybe you want to take a 10 day vacation this summer and so you save your hours. Or say you have worked 7 days a week for a few weeks running and you need some darn chill time. Take 8 hours and get a day off. etc.etc. the point is that YOU are in control.
The formula equates to about 110 hours a year if your just working 40 a week. That allows new years eve and day, christmas eve and day, thanks giving eve and day, july 4th. plus a couple pers. days, plus 5 days vacation ( which could be 9 days off if the last day is friday, not paid for the weekend, take 5 days paid, then not paid for the weekend again and go back on that monday) If your one not to take many days off then your hours bank grows pretty fast. The more you work, the more hours you earn. It's a pretty fair system really for everyone no matter what kind of hours your putting in. Of course the down side is....
If you run out of hours and take a day off they get to fire you. The company has to have some control, otherwise people would take all their days for BS reasons and then still want to take off if something serious actually happens. Thats not fair to the people that are following the rules and being mature enough to not take off for every little thing. Where I used to work in another state and we had this system, we had a guy who never took off for anything. He had over 300 hours built up when he decided he needed a new car. He cashed in 250 hours to the company and put a huge down payment on a 30,000 car. He was happy, the company was happy for him because he deserved to be rewarded for not hardly taking any time off those years. Thats what happens though when a company decides to let you control your own life instead of trying to control it for you.
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Jan 12, 2014
 
bairo wrote:
If they were smart they would create a position for an employee rep (that they actually listen to) before they get screwed by a union. It would be much cheaper for them and easier on the employees to just make some changes now before it gets out of hand. Instead though they will probably ignore the little flame until it grows to an out of control fire....it would be typical of most larger companies. It's not rocket science to show your employees you at least want to listen to their ideas or complaints. Of course the previous person that talked about the royalties going to Japan is correct. Most "normal" American companies count raises and employee benefits as a fixed cost part of operations and figure that BEFORE net profit. Royalties, share holder dividends,etc. should always be paid from the net profits. It sounds like they are doing things ass backwards and paying dividends before the employee benefits part of operational expenses. This borders on violation of FTC standards (if they traded in America) and at the very least is unorthodox and spits in the face of employees.
WE AGREE 100%, Most "normal" American companies count raises and employee benefits as a fixed cost part of operations and figure that BEFORE net profit. Royalties, share holder dividends,etc. should always be paid from the net profits. It sounds like they are doing things ass backwards and paying dividends before the employee benefits part of operational expenses. This borders on violation of FTC standards (if they traded in America) and at the very least is unorthodox and spits in the face of employees. All we ask is the company be fair and give back to the associates who are working their butts off 7 days a week to make all these profits only to have you send them to Japan under the table as a Royalty. We will never show a profit as long as your doing this. You always told us "When we Prosper, You will Prosper" Quote from Plant Meeting Years Ago. Well we are making money no matter what you say, your counting the Royalties you send to Japan as a "Cost" , It's not, IT's OUR Profit. IT's Our Potential Raise, IT's Our Potential Bonus, IT's our Potential 401K Benifit, IT's our Potential Better Insurance. It has to be illegal to send Royalties to Japan the way you are? Did you notice there was NO mention how much the Royalty was we sent to Japan. They don't want to let that cat out of the bag. Millions and Millions of Dollars......Show your workers you care and give a little back to them.
Give them a raise or bonus or better 401K,, Anything. You send Millions in Royalties to Japan, Put in a Security System, Remodel Bathrooms, Redo Landscape, Put on New Roof, Paint All the Time, New Conference Rooms, New Furniture, New Lighting, and On and On and On. What have the Associates Receved??? Besides Working them 7 Days a Week.
Agree, Spit in Their Face.........Sad......Very Sad
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Jan 12, 2014
 
Why are y'all telling topix? You think big wigs get on here? Don't y'all have meetings? Take a stand! Some o e has to get some balls and open your mouth! And I'm not being a smart butt. I just thought there were meetings. But when I was growing up mom dad was in a union. I always thought unions were a good thing but my husband says no. He only knows what men around him say.
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Jan 12, 2014
 
bairo wrote:
I tell you another thing that works really well IMO for paid time off. I have only worked for one place like this but 100% of the employees loved it and thought it was fair for both them and the company. Its based on percentage against hours worked so if your working huge amounts of OT then you are earning time off faster (which you will need from working so much)
You earn 1 hour off or every 19 hours worked. No vacation, pers. time, holiday pay, etc. It's just a bank of hours. You never loose it..you earned it, it's yours for life.
Lets say that the company is closed on Christmas for example. You decide that you want to get paid for it and so turn in the form a week ahead of time to use 8 hours of your time and be paid. Or maybe your doing ok and decide not to be paid for it and keep your hours..the decision is yours because they are your hours. Maybe you have a couple younger kids and know you may need those hours when they are sick or get hurt at school or the roads are bad, etc. Or maybe you want to take a 10 day vacation this summer and so you save your hours. Or say you have worked 7 days a week for a few weeks running and you need some darn chill time. Take 8 hours and get a day off. etc.etc. the point is that YOU are in control.
The formula equates to about 110 hours a year if your just working 40 a week. That allows new years eve and day, christmas eve and day, thanks giving eve and day, july 4th. plus a couple pers. days, plus 5 days vacation ( which could be 9 days off if the last day is friday, not paid for the weekend, take 5 days paid, then not paid for the weekend again and go back on that monday) If your one not to take many days off then your hours bank grows pretty fast. The more you work, the more hours you earn. It's a pretty fair system really for everyone no matter what kind of hours your putting in. Of course the down side is....
If you run out of hours and take a day off they get to fire you. The company has to have some control, otherwise people would take all their days for BS reasons and then still want to take off if something serious actually happens. Thats not fair to the people that are following the rules and being mature enough to not take off for every little thing. Where I used to work in another state and we had this system, we had a guy who never took off for anything. He had over 300 hours built up when he decided he needed a new car. He cashed in 250 hours to the company and put a huge down payment on a 30,000 car. He was happy, the company was happy for him because he deserved to be rewarded for not hardly taking any time off those years. Thats what happens though when a company decides to let you control your own life instead of trying to control it for you.
I wish you worked in our HR Department ! This is the best idea I have heard and is Very fair. Especially for those working all the 7 days a week and 12 hr days. If they were to do this I bet they would get a lot of volunteers for overtime and it would give others a break. I really hope HR is reading this and takes this idea into consideration. If you don't mind telling us at Akebono, But What company did this and maybe our HR Department could contact them and find out how it works. Or maybe you could write our HR Dept a letter and explain it to them or Call. We really need the help and appricate the idea. This is a Great Idea and Fair to All. Great Moral Boost if This Could Happen. Thank you for Writing This!!! HR did Say if ANYONE had any ideas please let them know. Myron needs to Read This.......

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