Yesterday afternoon members from your executive committee met with the company and discussed the Tubular recalls which are attached below.
We asked the company how they did their recall and the answer from Mr. Forster was ” by plant seniority, article 12.10[m]5.
Recall from layoff will be on the basis of plant seniority
from among those people who can still perform that job
efficiently with a familiarization period. The employee with
the greatest job seniority within the line of progression
demoted or laid off due to lack of work shall have the right
to their regular job before those with less job seniority in
that line of progression. Employees recalled must return to
their original line of progression or bid job and be willing to promote to any job where they possess job seniority.
We asked, how is it #419 is recalled and #66 isn’t then? Mr. Forster’s response was ” I don’t believe those people would be able to perform the job efficiently with a familiarization period”. The Union responded with “so you recalled by Job Seniority, not giving these members their rights under the collective agreement that you signed your name to?” He added it wasn’t by job it was by plant, then reiterated “he doesn’t believe SR members will be able to perform efficiently within the familiarization period”. Our members are entitled to their rights, not what his opinion is.
This is another attack on Seniority and by this company and their upper management, who is not even giving our SR members the opportunity to perform the job’s recalled. If it wasn’t clear to everyone before, it should be now. This company has no respect for the Union, its members and the C.B.A. The group grievances were handed to the company for improper recall.