To: All Represented BMRF/B&P Employees
Let’s Recap a Few Facts Leading Up to Tuesday’s Vote
Over the last nine months, the USW has refused to allow you the opportunity to vote on the Company’s offers. Despite the fact that most of you have paid about $125 per month in union dues and more than $7,000 over the term of the prior agreement, the USW would not allow a ratification vote as many of you requested.
Neither a seventy-five day lockout notice nor a five month lockout, which cost each of you about $50,000, moved the USW to bring any of the Company’s offers to a vote. It was only after an employee-led decertification petition threatened the existence of the Union that the USW agreed to a vote.
Even after announcing a vote, the USW continued its voter suppression and intimidation tactics. While most Unions protect the anonymity of voters through a secret ballot, this Union attempted to intimidate people by pursuing a “split room vote.” However, the majority refused to accept the Union’s games. Given your clear support for a secret ballot vote, the USW had no choice but to accept your demands.
The bad news is that the Union’s misinformation campaign and rumored voter fraud resulted in a “no vote,” so you are no closer to coming back to work than you were on the first day of the lockout.
The good news is that soon you will have the opportunity to vote again – in a decertification election. This time, your vote will determine whether you want to put an end to Union irresponsibility, pressure on your loved ones, and unnecessary risks, such as strikes and lockouts.
Join the 94% of private employees who choose to work without the costs and risks of a Union.
Vote to Decertify the USW Local 13-243!
Vote No for No Union!