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Monday, September 26, 2005

Open the Door, and Let Us In

Ten hours on the line today, and ten more tomorrow.

Ye Gods.

What did we learn today? That we may not get paid until three weeks after we're back inside. That we will have to picket right up to the bitter end, because the bylaws state that in order to get lockout pay, we have to picket, and it looks like we'll sure need that money to tide us through.

In light of this and for other good reasons, we should be insisting that management let us in as soon as an agreement is reached, with ratification to come later. It's not unprecedented and it's an opportunity for management to show a little goodwill. For us to be picketing after an agreement is reached (well, anytime actually) is a waste of time and resources. And management has their work cut out for them restoring amicable relations; if I were them I'd leap on this opportunity to get a head start. Mind you, it wouldn't placate everybody (far from it), but it would be a major step in the right direction.

We don't have to do absolutely EVERYTHING the hard way.


Another quick note before I pack it in:

The newsletter On The Line has a bit (on page three of Saturday's edition) which says: "Tired of some of the questionable content in some of the Lockout Blogs?" and then goes on to promote a site which presumably has less questionable content.

Myself, I find this offensive. The blogs are not perfect but they are what they are and people know to take them with a grain of salt. And there are some damned fine lockout blogs out there.
The remark taints all the lockout blogs without acknowledging the good ones. It's bad form to promote your own material by denigrating that of others, folks.

Please change the advertisement.


Anonymous Locked Out Dave said...

You're right Workerbee, the On The Line ad was a bit harsh. On the other hand, don't be too sensitive yourself. You have a fine blog so don't take it as a personal flame.
Besides, the advertised site has its own problems.
Keep buzzing.

5:39 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three weeks is the maximum, I think. Depends on where we are in the pay cycle when we go back.
There MAY also be a signing bonus and retro, but who knows how long that will take.
Hang in.

9:45 p.m.  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Thanks Dave and Anon. Yeah, I was just a bit grumpy last night after picketing all day. I've since chilled.

12:26 a.m.  
Blogger Ouimet said...

Bee, I agree it's kind of a low blow. I mean, you guys are all on the same side there.

But you just have to let that stuff roll of your back. Let them say what they want, just keep writing the truth as you see it and you will be able to sleep well at night.

9:53 a.m.  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

You're right, Ouimet. As I said earlier, I was just a little cranky after ten hours (and too many weeks) of picketing.

1:36 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If memory serves, when I was out on the line in 1981 for four month, the day I walked back in to work my manager handed me a cheque for $500 .. that was the signing bonus. If we get a signing bonus it's not hard to cut cheques for the same amount for everyone.

4:03 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But George Smith wasn't running IR in 81.
Compassion and Smith - I don't think so. We will wait as long as they can make us wait.

10:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

negociators negociate,ei.. give and take;
MEMBERS ratify,so according to you the members will agree to anything because we are all "good little sheeps".LOL

9:51 p.m.  
Blogger cbcworkerbee said...

Think you posted that comment in the wrong spot... hope you don't mind if I copy it over.

But you have me there; you're quite right that we can't let the negotiating committee do all of our thinking for us. Now is the time for us to support the negotiating committee, and not negotiate behind their backs, as it were. When it comes time to ratify, however, then we must put on our thinking caps and think for ourselves.

10:37 p.m.  

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