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Posted: Monday, November 26, 2007 10:00 pm

City bus drivers and members of a transit union which has been demonstrating at the Downtown transit center for more than two weeks claimed Monday their protest signs had been stolen and they had been harassed by "union busters."

An official with the Fairfield-based MV Transportation, which holds a contract with the city of Lodi to operate the GrapeLine service, said its wages are fair and denied intimidation.

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43 comments:

  • posted at 6:41 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

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    you really have a bad attitude....I would not want to work with you or ride on your bus

     
  • posted at 2:25 am on Sun, Dec 2, 2007.

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    No promises were made to me or any my fellow anti-union employees. sono you dont know more than I think you do you know LESS

     
  • posted at 11:27 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    Jon Monson and Liz both used to work for Laidlaw... isn't that odd?

     
  • posted at 11:26 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    you need help. Maybe some of us know more than you think. Now go collect all of tose favors you were promised for being non union

     
  • posted at 3:06 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    I'm so glad this is over.Because Im so sckand tired of the ignorant people who post on this blog. throwing aroung youropinions as if they are the cold hard truth. Its disgusting. MV transportation is not a terrible company and no one has been treated unfairly by management. we won the no vote fair and square so vincent contino take all your lies and go back to stockton and let us get back to our lives. we have a very big job ahead. learning how to become friends again.

     
  • posted at 2:03 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    American worker's simply want a fair shake unions help them realize their dreams. Even the nay Sayers strive to provide the best they can for themselves and their families. Jay Jeter does why shouldn't the folks that go out and actually earn the money that pays for Jon Monson and his group's wages and benefits. If MV were to get rid of all the pesky rank and file how much money do you think they would earn? organise its your right as an American Citizen.

     
  • posted at 2:00 am on Sat, Dec 1, 2007.

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    Every American citizen has the right to pursue the American dream.If MV was treating it's workers fairly and with the respect they deserve,this would not be happening.health care is at the top of everyone's list,take your child to the hospital with no insurance see how fast they will remove her swollen tonsils.Alex Loddi takes care of his upper management,Jon Monson's and Jay Jeter's family,have excellent health care plans
    Rank and File workers with MV's insurance find themselves with insurance that covers very little,high premiums,extreme co-pays,poor drug coverage ,the dental plan offered by MV is a joke.

     
  • posted at 3:11 am on Thu, Nov 29, 2007.

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    the people who complain about unions are the same people who dont the workers to have a voice

     
  • posted at 5:27 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2007.

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    Yeah! We felt sorry for all those City'county,state,fed workers and look what happens!We seem to work for them now!It turns to abuse and attitudes that stink!

     
  • posted at 5:15 pm on Wed, Nov 28, 2007.

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    I don't see very many people useing those busses!How can we pay more for something we don't use?Just because?What if we find a consultant to help us with this!Because there has to be something better then this bus thing!How about free taxies? Ugoes!

     
  • posted at 6:35 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2007.

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    for the drivers and employees that suffered through the low wages and lack of recognition when the transit system was just starting out with the city of Lodi. They are not being treated fairly. To fight so hard to get where they were and then to have MV come along and take all of that hard work away is too bad. They should not have to lose benefits and hours to make MV a bigger profit.

     
  • posted at 5:14 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2007.

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    TO Roseann
    everyone has the right to picket for their cause BUT throwing RACIAL slurs at someone just because that persons opinion differs from yours is dispicable and unacceptable. Calling someone a Terrorist just because of his race is wrong. I for one do not that mentality representing me on my job.

     
  • posted at 5:09 am on Wed, Nov 28, 2007.

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    Why are you whinning about having to sit in Mandatory meetings you get paid for them RIGHT. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. If your for the union then fine but why try to force it on people whom your never even had the courtesy to include in your SECRET union meetings. Union meens united as one, caring for your brothers and respecting one another i've seen no such thing from the majority of the people who want this union. Its supposed to be one for all not one for yourself....

     
  • posted at 7:02 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Its the policy of the United States to endorse and promote unionized labor - when employees stand together we have the ability to negoatite with our employers and improve our workplace conditions - these contracts are legal and fairly negotiated. Dues are tax deductible and pay for union attorneys, accountants, qualified business agents, arbitrations, and the day to day costs of running of the Union. There is no difference between union dues and taxxes...you vote in an election and then you live with the outcome - no matter how you voted.

     
  • posted at 5:07 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    What would Jay Jeeter know, he has not been here. He could only be going by what the Bosses say. We have been intimidated. When the union busters first came we were all told by Liz if caught talking about union on our time in break room or premises we would be suspended,didn't apply to non union workers. Some of us even have recorded evidence of favors we could collect on from the extra nice bosses coming around the buses and riding with us or hanging out with us. We got the message

     
  • posted at 5:02 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Drivers did get a raise by Carlos before he left. Since then MV has increased co-pays,premiums, shaved the 40 hr work week to 35 for most of full time What Carlos had in tact is slowly being done away with. Can tell MV slowly doing away with Full time /benefits to make it all part time like most of MV. Part time is ok , but they even make the part holiday pay and rates less, cheaper.

     
  • posted at 4:47 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    We've been harrassed by the union busters.Had to sit in mandatory meetings, seen these busters corner drivers, riding buses trying to change our minds, be real nice to the non union workers not speak to ones they think want union. Some drivers can't even be by themselves management babysits them. Look up the meaning of these busters job tatics.

     
  • posted at 4:31 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    I was at the ralley on Sunday for the drivers and the union people weren't the ones who started the ugliness. It was one of your drivers who works full time for DMV and is union. It was amazing to see the workers who were suppost to be on duty outside running around taking pictures and making nasty comments, while on company time.

     
  • posted at 2:03 pm on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Whoever came up with the idea of the "Grapeline" should be no longer exist. It is a waste of MY money.

    Few people use it, unions suck!
    Unions attempt to muscle any business to screw them to pay lazy pukes who do not want to work hard.

    A labor union puke once contacted me, and tried to convince me to go union: I am self-employed, sole proprietor, I told him to FOAD! They are organized criminals, exthorting honest people.

     
  • posted at 11:55 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Good to see the mob mentality of the union boys hasn't changed much over the years. With their padded incomes and union positions they need those dues paying employees. Get their money and never contact them again until the increased dues payment is due. This is a "good ol boy" network if there ever was one.

     
  • posted at 9:59 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Don't believe the ignorance of others!

    A Union will not mean higher fares or anything else for the passengers, it will mean respect and a voice on the job for drivers. management treats drivers like crap, and always have the mentality that they can be replaced.

    I have been both a non union driver, and NOW am union and proud!

    do not believe the lies about unions, they are there to protect the workers.

     
  • posted at 8:59 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    ask your self what's in it for the Union reps if grapeline votes in a union?

     
  • posted at 8:55 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    grapeline driver it was not the transportation section of Laidlaw that caused it's bankruptcy. It was Safety Clean and Greyhound. So you think again...

     
  • posted at 8:34 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Laidlaw may not exist now but when the transit system was run by Laidlaw the employees of the transit system received a $4.00 across the board payraise. (Probably the last raise the drivers have gotten since they are mostly part time drivers now.) Sounds pretty fair to me. The company going bankrupt has nothing to do with the way they treated the employees. Ask the employees that were originally employeed by Laidlaw if they get a Christmas bonus from MV?????

     
  • posted at 8:34 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    The sad part is a once friendly and relaxing work place has been ripped apart with dissention and subversion. It's one thing if many of the employees feel they can benefit from union representation. Half of the employees were not included in the process of even deciding if this was a good idea or not. I am completely disgusted and saddened by the behavior of some of my coworkers and cannot wait for this all to be over.

     
  • posted at 8:20 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    picket Lodi city hall. theyre the contractor for mv transportation. lodi subs out to the lowest scab bidder in order to have what funds that're over and above the lowest scab go into their own wasteful pockets, some not even to the transit for which it was earmarked

     
  • posted at 8:17 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    are you afraid to stick up for yourself and your fellow employees? You want to make $8 an hour and be a non-benefit worker the rest of your life? All scabby companies and cities make the 32 hour work week so they don't have to pay any employees a fulltime living wage and the retirement and healthcare that come along with a 40-hour week. You just don't get it, do you? Walmart, McDonald's, Lowe's, Cottage bakery, city of Lodi=same lowwage, nobenefit deadend jobs. Slavery

     
  • posted at 7:34 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    As a Grapeline rider, I saw the people
    from the Union when they were there last
    week-they were very nice and polite. they
    even played with my kids while we waited
    for the bus. I enjoyed talking with them
    and heard no swearing. I wish the buses
    were as clean as their language.

     
  • posted at 7:26 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Response to 'Well Theresa'-As an ATU officer, we want to see that these drivers
    are treated fairly. I have been to nearly
    all of the Lodi organizing events and have
    heard no abusive language. If MV would have kept the promises they made when they
    hired these drivers, they would not have
    called us for our help. More money will
    stay in Lodi instead of being sent to the
    MV homebase in the midwest. UNION YES!!!

     
  • posted at 6:58 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Let the drivers join the union and then the GrapeLine will fold. It's a perfect plan!

     
  • posted at 5:19 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    TO would not have happened. If you think Laidlaw was such a fair company PLEASE explain to me why they were bought out by another company. Laidlaw no longer exists. Laidlaw Inc. filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in June 2001. FirstGroup plc completed the acquisition of Laidlaw International on October 1, 2007, So think again....

     
  • posted at 5:08 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    she was probably promised a lot more than she got when she accepted employment with MV. How could they get Employees if they told everyone up front that they have no possibility of becoming a full time employee so they can qualify for those benefits. Stay strong Theresa. Don't let MV's management or the office staff intimidate you.

     
  • posted at 5:02 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    to T & C II
    We at MV Lodi are paid higher wages than other unionized divisions. I dont want THIS union that has resorted to name calling and Racial slurs of some of our drivers. not to mention the drivers who have NEVER been included or invited to a union meeting. The ATU is a terrible union. and yes Lodi's Fire and Police are union and im sure if they knew the tactics that vincent has used to try to get us to vote yes they would be Disgusted.

     
  • posted at 4:51 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    if Laidlaw still had the contract and management had not changed. Laidlaw treated it's employees fairly and gave them raises on a regular basis. MV needs to go back to Farfield where they belong.

     
  • posted at 4:48 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    It's about time the drivers started fighting against MV. The drivers with senority are payed well because of Carlos Tobar and the raise he got them before he left his position as transportation manager... Not because of MV. Ask MV about how they got rid of most of the full time employees and replaced them with part time so they don't have to pay the higher wages or benifits.

     
  • posted at 4:37 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Our Police&Fire are Unionized and very well put together, our city council and management are just banded together in their good old boys clique and have no organization whatsoever. The chamber, DLBP, planning commission are other pathetic organizations that're for the overthrow of Unions and any kind of organization. Do you really think they would give us "commomers" any of those funds when they can stuff their own pockets unquestioned? Same ugly group of people broker every move and deal in this corrupt town.

     
  • posted at 4:29 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    kilio, what's wrong with Unions? Are you afraid of seeing someone honestly getting paid what other cities and Unions are paying? Look at our city doofers. They get paid according to the highest pay rate in their respective areas. Do you think taxpayers and citizens of Lodi are happy paying these scheming failures that kind of money for the terrible shape Lodi is in? If our leaders and management team were paid according to success, they'd all qualify for food stamps.

     
  • posted at 4:24 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    You need to vote not only to organize but to pull out from that sub-contractor that pays you sub-standard wages and little, if any, benefits. That's why the dity set it up this way. All transit money needs to be spent on transit and not with the city keeping half the transit money to spend elsewhere and only providing half to the subcontractor MV Transportation. We see these completely empty buses day after day and the employees getting paid diddly.

     
  • posted at 4:18 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    The (Bus Contract) is coming up for renewal in June I heard! If a union is acquired...I hope another bus company is chosen! Wouldn't that be egg on everyone's face. Finally, I have seen nothing harassive toward the drivers by management and I talk to many drivers! Oh by the way, My name is Raymond. A union means FARE INCREASE to me as a passenger! I have no respect for the way this union is trying to agitate the good bus drivers of Lodi!

     
  • posted at 4:17 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Second, YOU knew what was offered in your position when you hired on and you accepted those wages and benefits! Quit whining! I have listened to very abusive language from the union instigators from Stockton who only want the union dues from your paycheck! There will always be better bus company opportunities elsewhere! Whats holding you and any union interested drivers here in Lodi? We would really like to know!

     
  • posted at 4:12 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    As a DAILY passenger of the Grapeline buses, let me CLARIFY Two IMPORTANT POINTS! First, The (2) * foot by 4 foot union signs were left unattended at the bus station while I was waiting for a bus. No one can leave items abandoned at the bus waiting area! One union sign was very insulting towards management but I see they left that part out of the article!

     
  • posted at 1:12 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Get rid of the grapeline now. Don't let the unions get a foothold, they have destroyed this state already.

     
  • posted at 1:10 am on Tue, Nov 27, 2007.

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    Thank God we don't use public transportation.

     
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