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Omnova workers strike

 

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At 3 p.m. today, dozens of Omnova Solutions Inc. employees had left the Columbus plant and taken to the street, preferring to strike rather than accept what they term "unfair labor practices."  

 

A company spokesperson said changes to a proposed contract were made in an attempt to remain competitive at a plant where employee flexibility and plant efficiency is in question. Workers maintain the plant is incentive-driven, and a contract taking away those incentives, such as the "final proposal" made by Omnova on May 15, takes away those incentives and is unacceptable. They also believe business is good at the plant. 

 

Workers said they are prepared to strike "as long as it takes." The company also is willing to hold out. An Omnova spokesperson said the plant is prepared to continue production to meet customer demands indefinitely. 

 

Omnova produces commercial wall coverings, upholstery, specialty chemicals and other products. 

 

The Columbus plant employs 174 hourly workers and 95 salaried employees. 

 

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Article Comment js commented at 5/21/2010 5:23:00 PM:

The company said...""the plant is prepared to continue production to meet customer demands indefinitely.""
HOW can you do that without all your EXPERIENCED workers??
I worked at United Tech for 20 years. Sure you can hire & train new employees but you can't just hire someone and expect them to learn to run certain machines & equiptment and be as productive as your "old experienced hands".

 

Article Comment unemployed commented at 5/21/2010 5:27:00 PM:

I am sure there are lots of people without work now that would be willing to take their jobs. They should be happy to have jobs. Is a paycheck not incentive enough?

 

Article Comment k commented at 5/21/2010 5:44:00 PM:

This is the way it is with companies in 2010. They know everyone can be replaced, it's a cost savings to them and there are too many people out of jobs. Thank you corporate America!

 

Article Comment debug commented at 5/21/2010 6:36:00 PM:

Wow! I'd be glad to work for you! I've been unemployed for over a year now. Jobs are scarce. I hope the employees don't regret this.

 

Article Comment kat commented at 5/21/2010 7:00:00 PM:

Having survived downsizing with two different companies, I can tell the striking employees- YOU WILL BE REPLACED. There are hundreds of people that would LOVE your job. Those people would be willing to go to work tomorrow. I grew up in a family of Union workers who would strike every four years.....those days are over. To many people need and want to work---wake up strikers !

 

Article Comment majicone commented at 5/21/2010 7:21:00 PM:

Another company trying to take advantage of economy to rape employees of benefits that were accumulated over many hard years, welcome to corporate America. No morals, no integrity, just take from employees, that the easy way. Takes no management skills to take, just a willingness to sell you soul. That is a clue to their relationship to God, none, they are atheist. My God have mercy on their souls.

 

Article Comment unemployed2 commented at 5/21/2010 8:29:00 PM:

Congratulations you fell into a well laid out trap to replace the workers who have many years of service. With an unemployment rate of nearly 18% it will be very easy to replace workers,right from your own hometown. I know there are quality workers in the area who have a great ubderstanding of machinery and will be able to run the plant at full production within weeks

 

Article Comment unionwoman commented at 5/21/2010 8:50:00 PM:

You fell for that crap. Companies do not know how to speak truth.
Believe me, take my job, you will have my attitude with-in first month. These people are ruthless,.and they show it. Go ahead take it big boy,.I'll wait for your comments.

 

Article Comment who commented at 5/21/2010 9:06:00 PM:

It is stupid as hell to try and strike during these times of a downsizing economy. who's running the union??? They should just be thankful for having a job even if it means cutting benefits. After all this is the same company who has fed and cloth these nymps. By the way, unions still exist? At my job all raises has been suspended. Companies are negotiating job benefits to keep employees from losing their jobs. Stupidity broke the camel back, not the straw. I hope at the end of the day, this company proceed and strive. ...and how much are they making while on strike? Go figure.

 

Article Comment callahann commented at 5/21/2010 9:10:00 PM:

Majicone, you offer up a very naive and out dated point of view. This isn't 1950, you are competing with the rest of the world now. I don't consider a company trying to compete against the rest of the world "Atheist". They may be doing what it takes for these folks to have a job long term.

 

Article Comment billy commented at 5/21/2010 9:35:00 PM:

The company will win. They are ready to close this plant. You will be just like UT. The union said we will close UT down. Guess what? They closed it for ever. So will Omnova. Wrong time to buck the big boys.

 

Article Comment ma commented at 5/21/2010 9:37:00 PM:

GREAT! My husband as well as several friends husbands have now been laid off work for over a year and a half. My husband will be applying for your job on Monday morning! You say go ahead and try it and see if they have your attitude in a month? I say you know what work is a 4 letter word for a reason. Work is not a place to go and have fun for your shift. Work is an exchange of labor for money. If a company can't survive in these times they close the doors. Wake up and go back to work and be glad you have a place to work!

 

Article Comment unions suck commented at 5/21/2010 9:50:00 PM:

No surprise. I worked out there for years and the majority of union "work" is a joke. They spend more time on breaks and smoking than anything else.

 

Article Comment idiots commented at 5/21/2010 10:12:00 PM:

Hey union boys... you think your union will get you a new job when all of this is over? Is your union going to pay to relocate you to your new job? You went on strike for a pay cut of $3,500 a YEAR!!!
You deserve what you get. THIS is why America is declining... spoiled, selfish, ignorant workers. You'd think you union boys would have woken up by now... Why is a vinyl manufacturing workforce part of a steel workers union? Why? because there is no one left! I'll come run those machines for ya whinny babies

 

Article Comment AnyBody need my job commented at 5/21/2010 10:26:00 PM:

I agree with many of the above comments. You people are about to do one of two things lose your job or get the plant closed for good and hurt columbus ever more. I realize you think you are entitled to something. Well guess what---There is not a business in the world that exists for you- they are there to make a dollar with you or without you.
The good ole days with a booming economy are gone. You better wake up and thank God you have a job. You could be or soon will be out of a job. When you are looking for a job like most of us you will rethink how stupid you were to throw it away. This aint Kansas anymore boys...
This economy aint seen bottom yet. Our presidents making sure of that cause hes about to taxes our eyes out to pay for all this crap they are cramming down our throats.
White, Black, Purple or green --we are all about to reap what these idiots are sowing. Wake up omnova workers cause there are people just waiting to take your job.

 

Article Comment idiots commented at 5/21/2010 10:29:00 PM:

and guess what union boys... there are plenty of x-omnovae mployees that KNOW how to run those machines! Don't think for one minute that they will not be back in the saddle operating those machines while you strike!

 

Article Comment meow commented at 5/21/2010 10:57:00 PM:

Work is a privilege; not a right.

 

Article Comment Ben commented at 5/21/2010 11:19:00 PM:

At different points in the business cycle labor or management have the advantage. In a time of recession and high unemployment such as the present, the supply of labor exceeds demand and the demand for finished product is low. This is an ill timed strike to say the least. If the union is smart, they will settle this quickly, take concessions, and keep their people working and the plant running so as to wait for the advantage to swing to a more favorable time.

This is economics 101.

 

Article Comment sunshine commented at 5/21/2010 11:49:00 PM:

If you voted for Obama then u deserve to be without a job...Thank You Mr Obama.....Ya'll going hard on those boys... Yet you give Obama a free ride...I feel sorry for all of us....Sounds like it's turned into dog eat dog society....

 

Article Comment ma commented at 5/22/2010 1:03:00 AM:

Well I remember a time when jobs were much more plentiful when people were afraid to cross a union strike to work..People are hungry now and loosing their homes..they gonna be willing to fight right back with that union for their right to work! Work is not a party to go to everyday..it is an exchange of labor for money..Nobody owes anybody a job! Call this a dog eat dog society if you like..but if someone is not willing to accept the working conditions at their job there is certainly someone willing to work and earn the pay they are given. Do you realize how much it cost a company to provide benefits to their employees?

 

Article Comment wl commented at 5/22/2010 5:46:00 AM:

Are you supposed to come to WORK to work or sleep? The union workers there can do both and produce a million dollars per MONTH in scrap. Any company cannot stay in business with workers like this. If these folks have to find REAL jobs, some of them will never go back to work. Talk about raping, the union workers have raped this company for years.

 

Article Comment D.J. commented at 5/22/2010 9:22:00 AM:

Wow, these workers are just plain silly. In this economy they'll be lucky if they have jobs to come back to. I'm willing to bet my bottom dollar all the folks around here who have been laid off will be scrambling to be snap up all the new job openings at Omnova!

 

Article Comment Avis R.Wilson commented at 5/22/2010 9:39:00 AM:

We were told with NAFTA it would help our economy,now you never hear the word NAFTA.Unemployment is high because our own Government has allowed people to come to this country illegaly and flood the markets with illegal and cheap labor,free medical and etc.Unions are trying to survive like everyone else.Our company wanted a 2 teir wage,and got it.The company knows your family will not enjoy vacations,because you cannot afford one.You cannot afford to send your children to college,because you cannot afford it.They were told this and we got no response.THEY DO NOT GIVE A DAMN ABOUT YOU.People need to work to support their families.Our 8.00 an hour workers can make that much at about any fast food place.Why work in a place that is extremely hot,work 12hrs. a day because they layed off the 3rd shift,work 12hr.weekends,no family insurance for a year,no time for family(divorce),no time for your children.Yes there will be jobs here before long and I welcome everyone to come and get some of this 8.00 an hour work.If the people of America do not pull together,and stop thinking of just themselves,we will all be going to Mexico or China looking for a job.These people to should be proud they have a job because it was going there whether you strike or not.No more Bluebells(sewing factories)but they were not Union so do not blame Unions for the state our country is in(greed).If you are working to make your life better and your families better I applaud you but do not blame Unionemployees for trying to make their life better.I only wish all working people could have pulled together when we finally saw light of what NAFTA was really about.There is strength in numbers.Would the American Government listen to the people if we all stopped working and paying taxes and said we want the same benefits as an illegal alien.The wheel stops turning.Do not criticize these workers til you have walked a mile in their shoes.Thanks

 

Article Comment jd commented at 5/22/2010 11:41:00 AM:

Never could figure out how you can go on strike for six months for a $.15/hour raise. You lose six months of pay at $8/hr or %8,320 and it takes 8,484 hours at $8.15 (a little over four years @40/hr/wk) to get back what you lost in wages. Where is the ecomonics of that? Meanwhile, you have gone in debt, mortgaged eveything you own, lost your car, maybe your job and you've gone hungry. And as soon as you get the raise, your union dues go up because the union "says see what we did for you, we need more so we can protect you better." It's a scheme where the union makes the money - you don't.

 

Article Comment wanderer commented at 5/22/2010 12:05:00 PM:

Many people do not realize that Unions were formed primarily due to unsafe work conditions during the early years of the industrial revolution. With OSHA regulating almost all phases of industry safety, the need for unions are questionable. Unfortunately, all the union "bosses" want to keep unions active. Companies do care about their employees. In the free market system, if wages and benefits do not compete, a company will lose dedicated skilled workers. It's the free enterprise system folks...let it work.

 

Article Comment Hang in there Omnova commented at 5/22/2010 12:37:00 PM:

If these employees want to control their own destiny, they need to go out and start their own company. Somebody took a risk many years ago and started Omnova. Omnova may not be perfect, but they have certainly provided a lot of dollars to our community for many years. And Omnova has paid lots of employees a decent wage for a lot of years. Omnova has given a lot of employees healthcare, and other benefits for a lot of years. Again, Omnova may not be perfect but they have done more good than bad. And I just think these employees who are striking should go out and start their own business and see how hard it is, and see how much they are willing to pay their employees, and see how much insurance they are willing to provide for their employees. Then let's talk. I only know one person who used to work at Omnova, so I have to real connection to the company. All I know is that this is terrible for our community. We have enough industries that have closed in the last five years to last a lifetime in Columbus. And I wouldn't be surprised if the Omnova corporate office looks at this strike as a slap in the face and shuts it down completely. Then it will not only be 174 hourly employees without jobs, but 269 total employees without jobs. I hope that a lot of former employees, laid-off Domtar employees, Holcim employees, and other out of work people will snatch up these 174 jobs immediately. And one last note to Mr. Wilson: a college education is not a right, family insurance is not a right, a job is not a right, working in air-conditioning is not a right, vacations are not a right. All of these things are privileges that we should be grateful for.

 

Article Comment rememberairtrafficcontrol commented at 5/22/2010 8:29:00 PM:

Do like Mr. Reagan did when the air traffic controllers walked out . Hire new people and let the strikers sleep in the bed they made. To heck with unions!!!

 

Article Comment jimmy williams commented at 5/22/2010 8:43:00 PM:

Lots of people running their mouths about unions, only Avis R. Wilson printed his name.

 

Article Comment jo commented at 5/22/2010 8:44:00 PM:

rememberairtrafficcontrol have since unionized again. There must be a reason!

 

Article Comment Sarah commented at 5/22/2010 9:17:00 PM:

The union needs to wake up and smell the coffee! The company I work for cut our hours back to 32 per week for a year (just got the hours back in the last few months). Not only was I glad to still have my job,I was pround for the 32 hours a week. We no longer live in a day and time where "anyone willing to work can have a job". Jobs, good employees and good employers are hard to find. I think the company is only trying to get in line with other corporationns in the country. If you don't want your job,someone else probably does!!


 

Article Comment Avis R.Wilson commented at 5/23/2010 12:02:00 AM:

I want you to know that we work and try to better ones self.Yes we do not have the problems or working conditions that some countries have like China and Mexico.I will say we are headed back to those days if we do not pull together and let our voices be heard.12 people living in an unsanitary shoe box.Working so many hours their ability to produce profits is over by age 40.Unsafe conditions in the workplace because OSHA is so under staffed they can not do their job efficiently.
Now the Union is not perfect either,but when we had 3(three)separate deaths in less than 6mo. they were here to investigate each incident.Safety was not a privilege at our plant like vacations we had to fight for it with our International.
Now Union dues would probably upset a greedy person but I would not care if I paid $200.00 a week in dues.Figure this,if I was paying 1-1/2percent of my wages for dues I would think I was doing real well,about $20,000 a wk.
Being Union gives you the opportunity to try and bargain over insurance,safety,time off,work hours,vacations,and etc.
Not trying to stir the pot but let people know you can stand up for yourselves and be heard without being afraid of losing your job.As long as you are honest with yourself and others you can hold your head up.
Thanks

 

Article Comment Avis R.Wilson commented at 5/23/2010 12:07:00 AM:

I apologize to the readers,the deaths were in a 16mo. period not 6mo.
thanks

 

Article Comment reality commented at 5/23/2010 3:23:00 AM:

Quit your whining!

 

Article Comment Doug Phillips commented at 5/23/2010 9:52:00 AM:

I am an Officer in a Local USW union and I agree unions are not perfect but they still provide a lot of good to thier members. Look at the banking industry,wall street,and the CEO's pay packages and it's easy to see that our Government and Corporate America are being operated out of nothing but GREED!! There is no Integrity or Moral Compass to guide our leaders anymore. With the way Corporate America is abusing the system now what do you think they would do without UNION'S standing in the way. It's not about companies surviving when upper management takes more for themselves by taking more and more from thier employees to increase thier already gaudy pay packages.If the American People don't start standing up to the Polititions and Corporate leaders we will all be in big trouble. We need to reverse direction quickly our Country and our way of life is at stake. We need to stand together and that starts with UNION'S. Stay strong in Columbus.

 

Article Comment answerme commented at 5/23/2010 10:06:00 AM:

reality, you remind me of Phil Gramm, who said America is a nation of whiners when our economy was crashing during the last few months of the Bush administration. He was responsible for doing away with the Glass Stegall act that led to the financial collapse of our economy. He did everything he could to put down the middle class and the poor. And what makes it worse, he's from the same place Bush is!
This is a reality check. If you were making $8.00 an hour, had a wife and two kids, could you afford to buy a house, send your kids to school, and later on to college, and own a car. They could in China, but not here.

 

Article Comment Grace commented at 5/23/2010 1:27:00 PM:

Let's face it. No one is perfect. Management is not perfect and Unions are not perfect, that is reality. Reality is also the fact that today's economy is depressed and as Americans we are spoiled. We have wages and benefits, Union or not, that put us out of competition with CHina and Mexico, as well as other countries. We can either whine about it or step up to the plate. I have never understood people who would rather watch a plant close than take a paycut or benefits cut. You say that won't happen, but I can promise there is capacity to manufacture your product somewhere else in the world. I am sure management has a plan B. Will you have a plan B when the jobs are gone? How many of you can survive on unemployment and not lose your homes, automobiles, etc.....

 

Article Comment From above! commented at 5/23/2010 2:54:00 PM:

A lot of these comments above were made with your mouth before your brain kicked in. This comment is especially to wl.
Of the top five companies in the specialty chemicals industry as measured by return on equity (roe), omn is #1. The roe is a general indication of the company's efficiency. OMN ranks first with an roe of 120.1%. In the last 12 months, they netted $33.9 million. Hang in there, strikers! They can afford it!

 

Article Comment Raider commented at 5/23/2010 4:40:00 PM:

Most of these comments are painful to read. I can't believe that so many people have been brained washed into believeing that having a union is bad for workers. They have been brained washed into believing that workers are wrong to have someone advocate on thier behalf but it's perfectly fine for manangement to have a string of lawyers to lie and cheat the workers out of fair wages and benefits. I noticed that none of the union bashers asked or even care whether the company was making a profit or whether the company was offering a fair and competitive wage. They automatically blamed the union. We are very near the end of the war that started 30 years ago with Reagan. The battle plan is simple. Get rid of the union and then make american workers fight for jobs that pay lower and lower wages. In this situation, the workers are being told they must take a pay cut so, the workers went out on strike. Right off the bat, people are already lining up to cross the picket line. In two years, the company well tell it's new workers, either take a pay cut or we will have to close the plant down. It will be a never ending battle that the american will always lose until the american people wake up and figure out we are being used. Unfortunately, we are too stupid to figure this out. This war will not end until american wages are lower that china and every other third world nation.
Instead of fighting against the american workers, how about calling or writing your congressman and senators and asking them to pass some laws that will stop companies from going to foriegn countries, paying workers a buck an hour and then shipping the product back to the usa.

 

Article Comment dorsey commented at 5/23/2010 6:56:00 PM:

Ditto Raider.....calling them "brainwashed" is being kind. I can see these people telling coal miners to stop their whining and get back in the mine, or telling the oilmen that were on that rig "If you are to afraid of safety violations then I know people who want your job"! I would guess most of these people making the negative comments have never stepped foot in the local plant, or know that they are already operating a plant in a "3rd World Country" bringing the material back to the states and slapping "made in America" label on it and selling it to you at "American" rates. There have been life changing injuries and even deaths at this plant. If not for Unions, it would be far higher in number. That string of lawyers that work for the company are constantly "bobbing and weaving" to try to dodge any responsibility to the injured workers. If those workers can not afford a lawyer, who will stayed tied up in court for years, then the worker has the Union who will try everything possible to get their rights upheld.
You know, internet is a wonderful thing. In less that 2 minutes, I was able to goggle the company, find out who the upper management is, and find out his pay was increased by 90% in the last 2 years. Wow, he is now at 3.1 Million. Makes me think of some fat cat bankers that made off like bandits, leaving a mess that we will eventually have to pay for.
I called and asked a person that works at Omnova have they ever went on strike before? He said they have not had a strike in 40 years. It does not sound to me that these are "unreasonable workers". It makes me think "The Man" is trying to stick it to the working force and make more profit next year because there is a house in Jamaica he wants to buy. I would like to know all the facts on both sides but something sure does not smell right here.

 

Article Comment hope commented at 5/23/2010 7:10:00 PM:

If the strikers' cave in to the company, they will lose anyway. They probably have in mind of closing and move overseas, but maybe if things go their way, they can blame it on the union.
We gave in to the airlines, and lost the twin towers and 3,000 lives. We gave in to the coal company, and lost 29 lives. We let BP get by without putting a backup valve on their oil well. After all, it would have cost $500,000, and they didn't want to spend that much money.

 

Article Comment answerme commented at 5/23/2010 7:21:00 PM:

hope, I will add the Glass Stegall Act that caused us to have a depression. It seems that everything is stacked against the working man. We lose just about every time!

 

Article Comment Joe commented at 5/23/2010 8:06:00 PM:

$8.00/hr? Hot? Long hours? Dangerous? I remember working in a hay field 16 hrs a day for $3.00/day and chopping cotton from dawn to dusk for $2.00 a day. No water and eating a bisquit and molasses with one hand while picking with the other. You folks has it too easy.

 

Article Comment observing commented at 5/23/2010 8:24:00 PM:

After reading the comment about BP not wanting to put the backup valve in place because it would cost $500,000, they only netted in their most recent quarter $10 Billion(not million) but billion. Do you think they would spend that much money when they could get by without doing it. You've got to be kidding. If the government made them do it, that would be government intrustion, and we certainly don't want that, do we conservatives. Now Barbour, we're going to have a bunch of "FRIVOLOUS" lawsuits over this spill.
If OMN moves overseas, they probablywon't have to pay the pensions that these workers have accrued over the years. But what the heck, the company needs the money, and the workers don't. Right?

 

Article Comment billy commented at 5/23/2010 9:04:00 PM:

Well I have seen these people work (loose wording) and I can see why they are getting pay cuts. A lot of them work or try to work night shift so they can hunt and fish durning the day. America had gotten soft and we are going to loose everything out fathers and mothers have worked for. When the chineeesssees take over the union will say what the hell happen?

 

Article Comment Raider commented at 5/23/2010 11:09:00 PM:

good job dorsey. if he would take a 10% pay cut, the company could give all their hourly workers a $1/ph pay raise. That will never happen though. When times are good, management gets big raises and and bonuses. When times are bad, management get big raises and bonuses. no matter what time it is, workers are told that the company can't afford to give raises because of competition, re-organization and any other reason management can think up.

To the workers of Omnova, GOOD LUCK!!! you will be in my prayers.

 

Article Comment jimmy williams commented at 5/23/2010 11:31:00 PM:

its hard to keep up with Child Labor in CHINA, but WALMART loves that, buy less.

 

Article Comment Tim Meadows commented at 5/25/2010 8:00:00 AM:

The fact is that this plant is losing a large amount of money every year. It is the only plant in the company that is not doing well. These people are lucky to have a job in this econmoy... and dont be fooled these people are making good money... they just ruined that by going on strike... now they cant even collect unemployment... not very smart... should have stayed at work and tried to work it out. the company is probaly saving more money by not having to pay these guys, how long do you think these factory workers can last on no income in this economy... even if they sign, how good is the quality of work going to be when they come back. Company might be better off closing this place.

 

Article Comment bigbadjohn commented at 5/25/2010 3:42:00 PM:

Tim, you made your point. To convince me tho, you would have to show me some figures. Talk is cheap!

 

Article Comment Matrix commented at 5/25/2010 5:13:00 PM:

I feel that the employees at Omnova should be grateful that they have a job and that the company has not decided to shut its doors. The economy is in bad shape and many companies in this region are feeling the effects. I work for another company in the area and we have made cuts to benefits, retirement, and have had a wage freeze for the past two years. I have options, I can accept these changes and make the best of them, or I can always leave and go work somewhere else, it is my choice. The fact is that if I want to stay in this region the options are limited and I think that most will find that we are paid adequately for the work we perform (Do you have a BS, MS, or PHD? If so finding another job should be easy, if not are you being paid fairly compared to others in this region with your level of education? Or to put it another way, can you take another job in this area for the same or more money than you are currently making?). It seems these days everyone feels that they are entitled to more and more.
Companies are in business for one reason, and that is to make money. They are not here to keep us employed or to provide for us. If the companies that we work for are not extremely profitable their investors are not happy. Would you invest your money in a company that did not produce good returns? If your company is not extremely profitable they might decide that investing the money that is currently paying your wages and facilities expenses is better invested somewhere else. I have seen many companies and lives ruined by uncompromising work forces. If you are out on strike for several weeks it will take years to reclaim the money that is lost with any benefit that you receive for your effects since you are not being paid as long as this last. Even worse with Mississippi being a "right to work" state the company may decide to replace you with contract positions. The labor market in this region is currently saturated with employees that have lost their jobs that will be more than willing to take yours. I hope for you and your families that these matters can be resolved quickly!

 

Article Comment Kathy commented at 5/25/2010 5:43:00 PM:

"The fact is that this plant is losing a large amount of money every year. It is the only plant in the company that is not doing well." That is exactly the opposite of what the company tells the employees at it's quarterly meetings. The Columbus plant has been the only one making money for several years.

Do you work there or have you worked there???? There are some people in here that have NO CLUE what the real situation is. THey just spout off words.

 

Article Comment Tom Seizmore commented at 5/26/2010 10:53:00 AM:

Kathy in response to your post about making money. My Brother in law used to work at that plant a couple years ago. He retired from there. He said he was lucky he got to retire... he said that place and that part of the business has been doing poorly for the last couple years and said he was suprised it was not shut down awhile back. He said that most of the money the company makes is from the other part of the omnova business which columbus does not produce...

 

Article Comment Kathy commented at 5/26/2010 10:27:00 PM:

My husband worked there 11 years. I know full well what the true picture is. Most of the people making comments on this article do not.

We have been through 2 layoffs and 3 contract negotiations. Each time the company pushed more and more out the door and continued to make stupid business decisions. Instead of worrying about the bottom line, they spent 7.5 million in a money losing plant??? Does that even make sense?

We went today and talked with some of the guys. They are not asking for more money -- just to keep what they have, which is not competitive in today's market already.

 

Article Comment joe commented at 5/26/2010 11:37:00 PM:

If some of ya'll can read, maybe while you are sitting on the side of the road, you might take a look at the 2009 financial statement. I know its 97 pages long and has a lot of big words in it that some of ya'll ain't seen before, but it will tell you a lot about where that $7-million profit come from, and which part of the company is making money. You might just find out that they are just trying to protect their investment in that plant and keep it running so that ya'll can have a job to come to if the market come back.

 

Article Comment lt commented at 10/6/2010 6:31:00 PM:

I don't want to hear about the pay not being competitive. My husband is one of the "scabs" who is crossing that picket line every day. He started out, entry level, at over $20 an hour. And he did it so he could provide a better life for our family. We do whatever it takes around here to make sure our bills are paid. Including me working for a company that has increased health care costs and putting a freeze on raises. No way was I planning on walking out though. My bill collectors expect me to get a check so they get one! Get a grip!

 

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