Many of you received an email yesterday from MSA HR regarding a new pay rate. We advise you not to sign and to reply with the message below. If you've already signed the document, send a follow up email explaining that you'd like to recant your signature and include the statement below. If MSA retaliates or threatens you for sending this message, call us ASAP at (888) 864-6601 and legal action will be taken.
This is a mandatory subject of bargaining under the National Labor Relations Act. The implementation of this policy is a violation of federal law. Please contact my Union at (888) 864-6601 if you're ready to begin negotiations.
Our lawsuits against MSA for unpaid wages are nearing judgment and the new canine home care policy is MSAs attempt at coming into compliance with the law. The policy is the perfect example of "robbing Peter to pay Paul." We first heard rumors of this policy in March when MSA management started visiting posts and making promises that they would change things for the better. I think we can all agree that based on this policy, they had no intention of ever making things better for us.
Many of you have asked us, why have Glen Kucera and MSA refused to negotiate? According to our sources, Glen believes we have neither the ability or the willpower to stop him from making these changes. Unfortunately for Glen, what he's done has violated several sections of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and the NLRB is more than happy to force him into compliance. What Glen doesn't realize is his continuing violation of the NLRA may jeopardize MSA's ability to be involved with TSA's third party canine initiative and other Government contracts. Hopefully, he decides to do the right thing and come to the negotiation table before it's too late.
Without a union, we would have zero recourse against MSA and they could continue with business as usual. Now we have the means to fight for what we deserve and bring MSA to the negotiation table. Never again will our only option be to turn in our dogs if we don't agree with MSAs actions. Things will get better, but we all have to stay strong and stay united.