* Text from President Matt Rector (GFTActive (at)gftunion.com) through the AP-No Base on Jan. 29, 2010
YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS AT THE PORT OF GUAM NEED YOUR HELP!
PLEASE HELP YOUR FAMILY
Your brothers and sisters at the Port of Guam need your help. The management of the Port refuses to obey the law and negotiate in good faith with them. They need your help to ask the Board and Management to do the right thing and NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH.
The team the Board and Management have sent to the negotiating table thinks that negotiating means saying no to everything! They refuse to negotiate even things that are mandated in the law which they wrote and got passed!
These men and women work hard every day and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. While management has a regular Monday through Friday Schedule, they refuse to negotiate scheduling so that the operations workers can plan their families schedules around their work schedule. Even though the law demands they have a two week schedule, issued two weeks in advance they still refuse to do it. Don’t Stevedores, crane and equipment operators deserve to have a schedule so that they can attend their daughters play, go to parent teacher conferences or be able to take their mothers to their Doctors’ Appointments? Family values mean being able to plan ahead to spend time with your family and should not only be for management.
The people that do the work of unloading the food and supplies to keep our island running deserve a fair pay check. While management got gigantic raises the rest got pennies! Now they need to negotiate fair wages for our families who are currently the lowest paid Port workers in the nation!
The Port has already spent massive amounts of money on hired guns to delay and stall negotiations instead of doing the right thing. When their $250 per hour attorney ran up a bill of over $100,000 they brought in a private consultant to continue this heinous work that they are paying tens of thousands of dollars as well too. The time has come to stop wasting the people of Guam’s money and start obeying the law.
Now is the time to stand for our Brothers and Sisters who work at our port, just as they will stand for you.
Together We Win!!!
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Port Board & Management
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Subject: HELP YOUR PORT WORKERS
Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],
Buenas Yan Hafa Adai! I encourage you to order your negotiating team to start negotiating in good faith with your employees on their union contract. You have a serious responsibility to the people of Guam to ensure your negotiating team obeys the law and works with your employees' union to come up with a contract that prohibits nepotism and favoritism. A contract that ensures everyone is treated fairly on the basis of Merit and Seniority. A contract that protects your workers from being forced to work in unsafe conditions or with unsafe equipment. A contract that ensures your employees gets their schedule in advance so that they can plan their family life around it. A contract that ensures everyone at the Port is treated with dignity and respect. A contract that ensures our people, are not treated like second class citizens and receive a fair pay check.
It is in the best interest of the people of Guam that we have a first class port, with first class emplo yees that have working conditions and pay up to National Standards. The strength of our Port is the men and women that do the work of loading and unloading ships every day and it is in your hands to see they are treated with the respect they and their families deserve by negotiating a fair union contract with them. Please, do the right thing and order your team to negotiate in good faith.
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What's At Stake: The team the Board and Management have sent to the negotiating table thinks that negotiating means saying no to everything! They refuse to negotiate even things that are mandated in the law which they wrote and got passed! Now is the time to stand for our Brothers and Sisters who work at our port, just as they will stand for you.
The team the Board and Management have sent to the negotiating table thinks that negotiating means saying no to everything! They refuse to negotiate even things that are mandated in the law which they wrote and got passed! Now is the time to stand for our Brothers and Sisters who work at our port, just as they will stand for you.
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February 28, 2010
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