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Sounds from your description that they are not working outages at power plants as contractors, which is what they seem to be urging people to do, in order to get leverage.
They might have more credibility if their background was "fighting in the trenches" like the rest of us. Something to think about I guess...
If you substitute "Bartlett" for the "NPUA" in your question, I think you answer your own question...Here is the hypothetical situation - John Doe is a card carrying member of the NPUA Bartlett and lives next to Plant A, a non NPUA, non Union Bartlett site. Now Plant B, an NPUA Unionized Bartlett site is having an outage the same time as Plant A. If John Doe is offered and subsequently turns down a position at Plant B, the NPUA Bartlett site, so that he could work Non-Union Bartlett at his home site how does that affect Johns standing w/in the Union Bartlett?
“Let me be clear, neither DZ Atlantic nor Bartlett have been willing to negotiate higher wages without involving the NLRB. They continue to be the low bidder and subsequently do not want to pay you a living wage. We have received no response from either of them until we brought in the NLRB. At that point, they can no longer ignore your requests. Remember that important point when it comes time to vote. “
Bartlett was the only vendor in this business to pay advanced per diem ”
"ARTICLE XIV – SALARIES AND EXPENSESSection 1. The salary of the President shall be 145% of the highest wage secured for the members of the NPUA through collective bargaining. The salary will be based on a standard work week of 54 hours. The salary will be paid in biweekly amounts."
I personally don’t see a “Union”. I see a business venture disguised as a Union that only cares about how much money they can put in their own pockets. Listen to their message – all they promise and talk about is higher wages, they don’t talk about benefits like affordable health insurance, dental insurance or retirement plans – benefits don’t put more money in their pockets, wages do.
You compare NPUA to Bartlett, and I'll grant you that over the years Bartlett has instituted some good change for the industry. So, not to attack Bartlett but ...That one I have to raise the flag on
In the past, Eric was distinguished from most posters by his ability to comment with little or no emotion or personal attacks. But, the past is just that. The past.
ruth13 - you obviously don't understand what I am asking or how most Unions operate. It is not the same as substituting Bartlett for the NPUA. If a tech decides to not confirm for Site A w/BNI because he or she is waiting on their home site, Site B there is no problem. They don't go to the bottom of a call list, in fact they would go to the top of the call list for Site B when we start hiring for it. But with most Unions if you turn down a job with them your name normally goes to the bottom of their call list, and that was what I was asking - if a tech turned down a Union job at Site A, would their name go to the bottom of the Union call list possibly being too far down to get the slot they wanted at their home site, another Union job.
I have not enjoyed the interaction from their representatives Nukeworker.
The above quote was taken from the NPUA’s Propoganda Site on Nov 3, 2010…Once again the NPUA Management throws out blatant falsehoods and half truths. Why? Because they think the majority of you are too ignorant to know the truth or too blind to see their propaganda for what it is. They want you to just sit back and open wide while they spoon feed you this drivel. How does the NPUA think wages have been increased over the years without their influence…magic? Now I can’t and won’t speak for Atlantic but I can tell you Bartlett has never ignored the requests and needs of our workforce when it comes to compensation packages – When Bartlett got into this industry y’all were on 1099’s, Bartlett changed that. Bartlett was the only vendor in this business to pay advanced per diem and is still one of the few that will advance you Perdiem when you first arrive on a site. Bartlett was the first company to introduce good, affordable health care. Bartlett was the first to introduce a 401k plan limited though it may be, Bartlett has always championed the highest wages our clients will allow us to bill for and we are constantly in a fluid state of negotiations with our clients to increase compensation packages, i.e. wages, diem, bonuses, benefits, etc… The NPUA states that “We have received no response from either of them until we brought in the NLRB” – of course they had received no response from Bartlett prior to them involving the NLRB. The reason why is because they never contacted us to begin with. Their way of contacting us is force a vote and then demand a re-vote if it doesn’t go their way. Quote from Retread on nukeworker.com on Nov 3, 2011“Eric, if as you say, you want to pay $35 an hour, why are you afraid of unionization”ResponseRetread, I am in no way “afraid” of Unionization, I am against Unionization by this “Union”. Here are a few of the reasons why…1. The way this “Union” uses falsehoods and half truths to con the workforce – remember I, as an employer, am held to tell the truth by the NLRB when it comes to organization attempts where as the “Union” can say anything they want be it truthful or not. 2. The way this Union attacks Bartlett 3. I’ve seen who has “worked” under this Union and truthfully it only makes Bartlett look good having the majority of them work for someone else.4. The way this Union treats technicians with genuine questions and concerns 5. Their questionable record – so far they have been affiliated with 2 companies that no longer have anything to do with them – that alone makes me leery of this group…I personally don’t see a “Union”. I see a business venture disguised as a Union that only cares about how much money they can put in their own pockets. Listen to their message – all they promise and talk about is higher wages, they don’t talk about benefits like affordable health insurance, dental insurance or retirement plans – benefits don’t put more money in their pockets, wages do. As Always, Eric
Don't need 'em, don't want 'em. Thanks Eric! We appreciate the straight talk!
Redline - its easy to throw stones when you don't back any of it up and hide in anonymity. I would appreciate it if you sent me an e-mail or gave me a call to discuss with examples of where I am wrong and i will fully acknowledge that I was wrong and post a retraction. Let me know who out of the RP vendors offered a 401k prior to BNI, who paid automatically paid diem in advance prior to BNI, etc... I will fully admit I have only been here for 21 of the 31 years BNI has been in existence. What I stated was from my first hand knowledge in that 21 years. If something happened prior to me starting here or even after I started that I am unaware of that contractdicts what I wrote, as stated above I will be more than happy to post a retraction with the most humble of apologies. As always, Eric
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