Again, our sincere thanks go to our anonymous “on-the-scene” reporter:
. . . .I just wish I had better news to report. Unfortunately, I have additional details regarding the contract. Along with the out-sourcing of the Security Dept. — it will include the Grounds & Maintenance Dept., as well. Possibly to JL Maintenance(?). . .
After talking with the others, it would appear morale is very low. Some feel they should’ve [gone out on] strike earlier; that it’s too late to do so now. They feel the vote tomorrow night will have majority in favor of the new contract. Thereby, giving the company authority to lay off Union workers by end of 3 year contract.
Perhaps even sooner.
This may be the end for USW at West Point. That’s all I have for now.
Anonymous | May 11, 2010 @ 12:41 p.m. . . .
We’ll all know more tonight, after about 9 p.m. EDT., but in this bruising job market, this may have been about the best that could be expected of the union leadership — to preserve at least some job, if not any specific position, for each union member. Certainly, some 17,000 to 25,000 other (non-Union) New Merck/Legacy Schering-Plough employees weren’t offered any position, at all, post bust-up. Either way, I feel for the families. Sad times.