Agy Huntingdon Sending jobs to China

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Fatboy

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Jun 21, 2009
 

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Agy Huntingdon (Advanced Glass Fiber and Yarns) has been recently sizing down its work staffing in the last couple of months due to the economic down turn. But on june tenth they have become the main share holder of a shanghai china fiberglass manufacturing plant , Owning now 70% controlling intrest with the option and intent to purchase the last 30% in the near future.( see letter annoucement here) http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/topix...

This was finalized June 10th. On June 11th they sent out a letter stating that they will be shutting down there E-glass And S2 glass operations in the huntingdon pa plant,and moving it to there "AIKEN South Carolina Plant" which will put about 80 Percent of the huntingdon work force out on the streets. They will also be ending production Nov. 1 one day after there unions contract is up after they recieved back all there lost wages just under 3 years ago that agy had taken as much as 5 dollars an hour to help get them out of bankrupcy.

To me the dates that all this has accourd certainly is suspicious and agy really isnt hiding this to well , so congrats on screwing over the american workers yet again.
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Jul 1, 2009
 
FCI has been doing the same thing for years to their workers in the exact same fashion minus the union contracts. They would move operations from one plant to the Huntingdon County plant then off to Mexico, India, China or Maylasia. It's a shame that it happens and Huntingdon county will soon have no decent wage jobs but the prison.
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Jul 6, 2009
 
Yeah good job on you last contract!!! Yes you got all your wages back. But it seems that no one saw the big picture did they? So where are your wages going now? To China?
I do recall an upper management saying
“you may have won the battle but you will not win the war”.
Outstanding job local 1034T
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SO, do you think AGY would not be moving manufctuing to Aiken and China if we would not have fought to restore wages? If this is so,then you don't understand greed.Did you know the CEO made $1,750,000.00 in 2008? Huntingdon makes the highest quality fiberglass yarn in the world and I'm seeing the fools running this company try to cut quality to increase profits--the Huntingdon employees refuse to cut quality,they still have AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE pride in the work they do--this is why Agy is taking jobs out of this plant
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Leeched wrote:
SO, do you think AGY would not be moving manufctuing to Aiken and China if we would not have fought to restore wages? If this is so,then you don't understand greed.Did you know the CEO made $1,750,000.00 in 2008? Huntingdon makes the highest quality fiberglass yarn in the world and I'm seeing the fools running this company try to cut quality to increase profits--the Huntingdon employees refuse to cut quality,they still have AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE pride in the work they do--this is why Agy is taking jobs out of this plant
Well i guess you will want more money on this up coming contract right? Or is that greed too? Keep up the quality and see if the company cares.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
All we want is to be treated fairly, honestly and no cuts this contract.---And you are right, the company doesn't care.But we do, because we have morals that money can't buy! And if that means the plant shuts down ,then so be it.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
bucky wrote:
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Well i guess you will want more money on this up coming contract right? Or is that greed too? Keep up the quality and see if the company cares.
I dont see how we could want more money considering all of our jobs are gone the day after our contract is up ( besides the matline). Even before there were talks of layoffs the general feeling around the plant was as long as they didnt try to cut our wages again we were all happy with what we were making but your entitled to your opinion and just assume that we are full of greed for getting our takin wages back.
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Jul 10, 2009
 
I wish you all good luck. There is 14.5 million people out of work. I hope you all won't be added to the 14.5 million.
Leeched

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Jul 13, 2009
 
Well, they just added 6 company people from Huntingdon to that 14.5 million.
bucky

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Jul 13, 2009
 
At least they are being fair about it. They are targeting company employees as well as union employees.
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Commented on this in 06 when the the contract was up. Two stikes in the last several years is not a way to endear yourselves to management. The union at the plant just does not get it. Despite the dislike of management, you have to work with them. You pissed them off. Now you have to live with the outcome. Good luck finding a job that pays even the reduced pay before the wages were restored. Incidently, the $5 dollar cut only affected non skilled jobs that should never had been paid the amount they were getting.
Leeched

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Jul 17, 2009
 
Well guess what Alfarata,the people here at Huntingdon will survive without AGY, but(remember these next few words ) this company will NOT without Huntingdon people.Where else are you going to find a plant that has 200 employees with 20+ years experience and despite being shit on for the last 10 years, still care about how well they do their job and still make the best fiberglass yarn in the world .The company has been trying to figure out why they can't make as good a product elsewhere for years while they've invested in everything but the workers.The best plan in the world with the latest and greatest machinery in the world ,wont make a superior product if the employees don't care--someone at the top needs to get off their powertrip and take a hard look at some common sense and by the way ,there has only been two strikes in the last 20+ years!
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Well Alfarata Some people will not see the obvious. So now the union got the $5 back and the company had to raise the price of their product. The price of the product cuts the profit factor out for the company. So now most customers are looking for a good product at an affordable price. So now the customers buy from another company. So they got their $5 bucks back but there is less sales. With less sales means less jobs.
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Jul 21, 2009
 
So,Bucky,the fact that the CEO of AGY made $1.75 million last year didn't affect the profit factor??????????There were only 1200 employees in the whole company in 2008 )
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Worked at the plant for more years than I care to remember. Back in the 70s the employees cared about the work and management were in touch with them but also held them accoutable. Now management in not in touch, but the dead wood is protected by the union. Wave goodbye to Aiken and China to the yarn jobs. Thank UNITE NOW not the company for the exodus of jobs. Survive without AGY yes but get ready to flip some burgers for $6 per hour!
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Jul 22, 2009
 
The real truth is both sides are to blame--there is deadwood and there is greed-some workers do as little as possible while some salary intentionally break the contract -
negotiations is where both sides need to put history aside and agree to provisions that the union can hold company employees accountable while the company could hold union employees accountable -in other words , work together for the benefit of all--I believe its still not too late for something to change.
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Jul 25, 2009
 
Leeched you have mentioned the only reason a union will or would survive.“Deadwood” the majority of the functions for a union is to keep these deadwood people in a job. I just can not understand a person missing enough days and then gets fired then the union gets this person his job back. It is evident the person doesn’t want the job. Why doesn’t the union tell their membership that attendance or reporting to work at their scheduled time is very important, and then work? Yes work, it is not a social event. Sure there are other functions of a union like holding people back, taking due’s, and misinformation or rumor mill. Why don’t you try to convert me by bringing real change yeah, I have heard that line before too. You did say something about putting history aside didn’t you??
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Jul 25, 2009
 
When the company hires a temp and gives them a better job in the same department than someone who has 35 years in the plant it gives that worker a "why should I give the co. a 100% effort when they're going to treat me like that" attitude.(just one example of many)Where's the incentive to be a model employee? They just added another "deadwood"-and on and on it goes.It's all about being treated fairly and honestly-when that doesn't happen over and over again ,more deadwoods-It takes years to gain trust and minutes to loose it--history is a hard thing for some people to let go of-ask someone about the sucesshare money that workers thought they would receive if they met certain goals-after they met them the co. raised the goals so no money would be paid out.More deadwoods-From what job level in the co. do you think change will have to be initiated?At the bottom? At the top?
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First place why would a company hire a temp? Is temp being brought in to show up a 35 year employee? Or to make them look bad, or are they brought in to get the 35 year employee to do their job? So you are telling me that a person with 35 years experience feels that he or she is insulted and so now he or she won’t give a 100 %? Maybe you might want to think about that some. It sounds like the union endorses this kind of behavior? Let me enlighten you some. Deadwood in management does not have the luxury of job security. Now on the other hand a union deadwood the company is stuck with for life and they could be a 1 yr to a 35 year employee. Work ethics have changed for companies so they are forced to make these changes with their work force. So now it is time for the unions to step up to the plate with their version of change don’t you agree? So here these words again “history and change”.
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Jul 27, 2009
 
Well bucky,The co.asked the union if they could hire temps to fill in for vacations,(actually they threatened to not allow people to have their vacations)so the union trying to work with them (and pushed by them)agreed to allow a certain number of temps to be hired.Right off the bat they hired more than was just agreed to.Then put temps on all daylight(something many employees will never see),allowed them smoke (full time union employees would not be hired if they smoked),then gave them the "easy" jobs and forced older employees to do the "crap"--Would YOU work hard for somone (just like a big bully) that treated you like that?--I challenge you to go up to the plant and talk to union AND salary employees and ask them how they're being treated.Don't forget, salary too.---------And by the way,mismanagement is "deadwood" too!

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