I'd like to personally thank you for your responses to our request for suggestions. Handlers all over the nation have repeated the same theme over and over; better pay, vacation time, night differential, safer work sites, and to be treated with RESPECT. All of the suggestions have been included in our list of requests and forwarded to the lawyers who are handling contract demands. Please continue to send us any and all ideas you have about improving MSA and continue to encourage your fellow handlers to voice their concerns as well. As most of you know, hammering out a contract can be a long and tedious ordeal and we are ready and able.
It has also come to our attention that MSA management from coast to coast have made statements that they are cutting your hours because of the Union. They are full of soup. Whether it's going from a 12 hour shift to an 8 hour shift or from 50 hours a week to 30 hours a week the fact that handlers are represented by a Union has nothing to do with it. How can the Union be the cause if there has yet to be an official meeting with MSA? Once again, it's business as usual and it has to STOP!!!