Your negotiating committee has requested twice that the company provide
us with the details of the 137 jobs they intend to eliminate. We specifically
requested the number of employees they wanted to get rid of at each
power plant, and in each classification. The company has refused to
provide us with this information, and told us they did not have those
details. We have now learned that while they were refusing to comply with
our legal request for information, they were giving these very same details
to employees in some power plants. In our opinion these actions are
illegal, and we will file unfair labor practice charges with the federal
Unfortunately, this company tactic tells us that they are attempting to go
around your committee, and deal directly with the employees. It is now
obvious your committee will not agree to the greedy elimination of jobs,
and then replacing those jobs with cheap contractors. Apparently, the
company believes they can get you to agree to what we will not.
The legal process of trying to get the company to bargain in good faith will
take months, possibly years. We must prepare ourselves for a very long
battle. Remember, the company wants to get rid of every one of us if they
can and find any contractor to do the work cheaper. They are fighting for
their bigger bonuses, and stock options. We are fighting for the ability to
feed our families, and have some small amount of dignity in the workplace.
Please stay informed and stay united.