“Whoever’s gonna do the evaluation needs to be someone that’s with you every day,” says Class-A Welder Ed Daniel. Daniel, who works in Fabrication at Austal signed a petition to Don Keeler and the Human Resources Department that asks for the company to standardize the evaluation procedure.
Yesterday, 16 of your coworkers hand delivered a petition to human resources in Final Assembly asking that Austal reconsider its cell phone policy. "We believe this new communication policy should be re-evaluated and modified to create a safer, more productive work environment," the petition read.
Petitioners pointed out that the new policy puts workers in potential danger and asked that it be reconsidered:
"For many of us, our daily job tasks at Austal frequently require us to be in potentially dangerous areas alone for extended hours. Prior to the revised policy, if an injury occurred a cell phone would be our only means of alerting someone to our situation. Therefore, we request that: (1) Workers in isolated areas are always paired with a co-worker; or (2) Workers are equipped with a radio at all times while in isolated work areas."
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Dear Austal Employee;
The original National Labor Relations Act was written in 1935 and included certain protections under Federal Law for employees engaging in group activities highlighting hazardous or poor working conditions, low wages and other job-related problems. These rights, which have been upheld numerous times through appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, define the activities that employees can engage in without fear of company retaliation.Read more >>>
Attached you will find information on the Employee at Will Law in Alabama. This Law makes a Union necessary today! Employment at Will Laws are written BY and FOR EMPLOYERS, shielding them from lawsuits for discrimination, unfair treatment, and for failing to provide benefits that are covered in their handbooks. It allows Austal to change or take away any benefit, with or without notice, or to provide those benefits to some employees and not to others. It allows Austal to write up or fire employees for any reason or for no reason at all. It allows them to write up or fire one worker for a reason that other workers receive no discipline at all. It allows Austal to give raises and promotions to workers based on who they know, rather than how much they know or how well they do their job. Read more >>>
"They [the union] cared enough to help me out," said Anthony Cummings, about his on the job injury. "Whereas Austal didn't, they just wanted to shove me out the door."
If you, like Anthony, have suffered from an injury, including repetitive motion injuries that you believe is a direct result of your job, call your Mobile Metal Trades for assistance – (251) 434-8254. You can also find valuable information on the website www.AustalWorkers.com and our Facebook page.
Shipyard work is some of the most hazardous work according to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than twice the accident rate of other industries. Safe worksites require a serious effort to identify all potential hazards, while seeking solutions to correct those hazards. It requires management working closely with employees to develop and implement a Real Safety Program. It requires an on-going education & prevention effort.
Austal has NO Serious Safety Program in Place—So Protect Yourself!!Read more >>>
Want a real voice at Austal--want union representation--sign your union card today. Austal may say you do not need to sign to have an election. NOT TRUE. The National Labor Relations Board requires that a minimum of 30% of workers sign union authorization cards prior to initiating an election process. NO CARDS--NO ELECTION!!
It is important that more than 50% of workers sign for the union for two reasons:
The cards being signed are used for the purposes above--to demand that the company negotiate with you, your co-workers and your union over the issues at Austal, and to initiate the election process. THESE CARDS ARE NOT AND CANNOT BE USED TO COLLECT UNION DUES!! Once your union is establised at Austal, workers will be asked to sign membership cards that are also used for dues. Membership and payment of dues will be voluntary--no one can be forced to join!!
Have you signed your Authorization Card?
If not, click on the card to download a pdf and sign your authorization card now. To return it contact our office at 251-434-8254 or you can mail it to Mobile Metal Trades, P.O. Box 66091, Mobile, AL 36660.Read more >>>
“Management is terrified of us having a voice. We’re not going to be scared away this time. We deserve a real voice in our future. We’re Austal—and we can be the best. Our Military deserves the best. We’re going to see that they get it.“
Federal Law Guarantees that we have a say in “fixing what’s wrong at Austal”
If you believe your supervisor or management is punishing / threatening you because of your support for a union, call (251) 434-8254. Our lawyers are on call to protect your Rights.Read more >>>
We are the Mobile Metal Trades Council. The Mobile Metal Trades Council is currently an organization of 6 Craft Unions that are working with the employees at Austal. The unions are listed below. All 6 of these unions have a long history of representing shipyard workers across the US, including workers at Ingalls that are part of the Pascagoula Metal Trades Council. We are part of the Metal Trades Department, AFL-CIO.
The Unions of the Mobile MTC include:
Mobile Metal Trades Council
PO Box 66091
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