A response to the Company update titled “The Facts about Mechanic & Related Negotiations" dated November 25:
Right out of the box, starting with the first sentence the Company reinvents history by shoveling another lie on top of its already impressive mound of falsehoods and deceit. While it is true that the Company filed for mediation, the Company’s version of how and why that happened is completely false.
Throughout the late Fall of 2013 and during the negotiations that took place in Chicago during the first week of November 2013, the Company made it clear that it was not interested in reaching an agreement. While worrying about its then-declining financial outlook and the criticism its leadership team was taking from Wall Street; the Company threw up numerous obstacles by picking scope-related fights with the Union bargaining committee by suddenly and unilaterally changing the medical programs. When it was not blindsiding the Union bargaining committee, the Company was making piddling contract proposals that any reasonable person would know were not even close to fair.
On the last day of negotiations, the Union committee made a comprehensive last and final offer to the Company in an effort to close out the negotiations and reach a deal. The Company did not even review it. It rejected the Union’s proposals and sent most of its team home. While most of the Company’s negotiating team was running home, the Company’s lead negotiators came in and advised the Union committee that it had rejected the proposal and that it was filing for mediation. Without having reviewed the proposal, they told the Union committee that the Union’s proposal was a non-starter. There was no discussion of future dates because the Company pulled the plug on all direct negotiations and decided to run to the NMB. The fact that the Company once again has gone to great lengths to lie to you about how and why we are all where we are at now in the negotiation/mediation process, shows that they are more interested in dividing the membership and sapping it of its will to fight for a fair contract than in negotiating in good faith.
The rest of the Company’s letter is just more of the same garbage and whining by over-priced corporate hacks and propagandists attempting to convince you that they actually are the good guys and have been negotiating in good faith and that everything is the Union bargaining committee’s fault. We will not insult your intelligence by gracing any more of the letter with a response, as we are confident that you will recognize the Company’s lies and games for what they are.
Now let’s examine some more facts. None of this membership asked for a merger to occur; this was a dream of executives who saw the ability to make huge amounts of money going forward. Those executives achieved their dream; the Company is now making record profits. Mergers make money but they also cost money in the form of better contracts that reflect the Company’s health. The Union committee recognizes that a healthy company is much better to bargain with than one that’s failing. In following that logic, now is not the time to bargain backwards on protective work rules and benefits. The membership has been clear with the committee on this. The Union committee is ready and willing to bargain in a serious fashion for an agreement you can all be proud of. When the Company is done trying to mislead and negotiate directly with the membership, the Union stands ready to finalize an agreement.
All Members Urged to Update Their Addresses
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