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GrapeLine drivers union one vote short

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Posted: Friday, November 30, 2007 10:00 pm

One vote. That made the difference Friday in a tension-filled - and failed - effort to unionize Lodi's GrapeLine bus drivers.

Thirty-eight drivers and four support staff split 21 to 21 on whether to join.

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20 comments:

  • posted at 1:47 pm on Tue, Dec 4, 2007.

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    well the vote failed i guess its back 7.50 an hour

     
  • posted at 1:31 am on Mon, Dec 3, 2007.

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    Since the LNS has posted the wages of our city employees, what union or unions represents them?? Just asking.

     
  • posted at 11:41 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

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    I was hoping that the bus drivers would join the union so the grape line would fold. Hey T&C; you have really lost touch with reality, where is psychologist when you neen him?

     
  • posted at 9:16 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

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    Normally I do not comment on this articles, but one part of this article left me in shock! ..."Vincent Congino, business agent for Amalgamated Transit Union of Stockton, said the union's involvement in Lodi is not over". Excuse me? While there has been little published regarding this Bus Union thing, Enough is Enough! The drivers voted and the UNION Lost! How dare any UNION have the gall to make such threats! Its a very poor impression of this UNION to me!

     
  • posted at 4:51 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

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    The A.T.U S. sounds like as worthless a union as I've ever heard of. The salaries they negotiate for their drivers are a JOKE! If all they could hope to get me was under 15 dollars an hour, I'd laugh in their face and vote them down too. I've heard of worthless unions before, but these idiots take the cake. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

     
  • posted at 12:20 pm on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    Unions benefit only one thing - the union. Ask airline pilots how the union worked out for them!

     
  • posted at 11:54 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    TO T & C cont...
    So if those were conditions you couldnt deal with YOU DONT TAKE THE JOB. you then continue to find a job that will suit your needs. there are many bus companys around. I think the thing is people like the shortened hours that the grapline operates, SJRTD operates from very early in the morning to very late at night 7 days a week. I know i wouldnt want to drive those hours. and just so you know i am a part-time driver as well. im not a full timer like you had commented before.

     
  • posted at 11:49 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    TO T & C cont...
    there are many certificates that we have to have to drive fixed route there are others needed to drive Dial-a-ride.you are told the sooner you get ALL certificates the more hours you will be available to work. so for those who think drivers a just being treated crappy. THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE GETTING WHEN THEY STARTED.

     
  • posted at 11:47 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    TO T & C as to your comment about those who wish to get ahead in life. It is FULLY explained to you before you accept employment at MV lodi, how this process works. You will be part time untill a full time position opens. you are told that some weeks you may get 40 hours some you may get 5 untill you get a specific bid with set hours.

     
  • posted at 11:42 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    If a driver is rude to you or someone else than you need to call management. that is your right as a passenger. this service is provided by the city for everyone, and no one deserves to have a rude, uncaring or unsafe driver.

     
  • posted at 9:24 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    T&C constantly rails against the Good ol boys. That's what the union is all about....the good ol boys. How do you reconcile that T&C? You're really quite pathetic.

     
  • posted at 8:30 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    Life goes on! How about asking the union voting drivers to STOP BEING RUDE to those of us passengers who were anti-union? The NLRB CERTIFIED the vote! Quit whining and work toward returning to the friendliness that was before the vote? Or are you going to be unfriendly till NEXT NOVEMBER?

     
  • posted at 8:25 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    I take offense with the drivers who wanted a UNION! They had no clue what we were gonna be getting into down the road! I voted against Union and AM PROUD of it! Sadly, the agitation stirred by the Union now has turned drivers against drivers and drivers against passengers! If you want to belong to a UNION quit this job and go elsewhere!

     
  • posted at 8:03 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    You sound awfully bitter! I'll bet your fellow employees just love working around you. Did you get your bonus check yet? How come no one else got one?

     
  • posted at 8:00 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    Grapeline driver, that's your choice and I respect you for that. But because you're happy with yor job without representation, there are others that want to get ahead in life and ensuring their families and themselves something called job security. MV is a very Union motivated company, when it suits their own profit. They claim to be very Union oriented, yet oppose the union with their anti-union busters. They're only Union ina few cities. Why wouldn't they want their employees to be organized if they're so pro-Union? More money for the city and MV, maybe?

     
  • posted at 5:51 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    SO T & C you explain to me how this is so bad that we need a union to negotiate for us. OH and yes take our money for dues and assesments with no guarantee things will get better...

     
  • posted at 5:51 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    To T & C
    this was not about the BIG DOGS this was about those of us who enjoy our job and feel that we have a wonderful boss banding together to fight for what we thought was right not only for ourselves but or co-workers, our passengers and the city that we service.
    MV has gotten a bad rap from this union. we already make more than most unionized divisions, mv offers healthcare packages for BOTH full and part time employees. Drivers pick their own hours by bidding on shifts by senority.

     
  • posted at 4:32 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    MV will find a way to get rid of the union supporters

     
  • posted at 4:18 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    should obey the laws of the road and not speed. Yesterday a Grape Line bus sped past our home on Crescent Ave and the speed limit is only 25 on Crescent Ave. The driver gunned the engine and clearly was speading in an area where children, pedestrians, and a dangerous intersection are. There is no excuse to see Grape Line drivers speeding. So, please so down, especially in areas where children are playing. Thank you.

     
  • posted at 4:10 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    Wow! You really thought the big dogs would let anyone organize or unionize here in livable, lovable Lodi, where unions are such eveil people for trying to gain a living wage and benefits for their families and themselves? I like it the way it is in Lodi now. The unorganized work for what they're told or they'll find an eastside illegal to work for half. Livable, lovable Lodi!

     
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