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  • jim
    May 02, 2013 - 15:52

    This is the way A.B.Imbev plays the game .they are ruthless and care only about their bottom line.workers are a liability .They have gutted Budweiser's labor force union and company employees. Britto is the CEO he doesn't care about anyone but the top 75 or 100 company big shots.everyone else are liabilites.He is a cut throat pure and simple.

  • Ric Zoucha
    May 01, 2013 - 02:39

    Stick to your guns, your union brothers are behind you. Here at the Houston brewery we are preparing to walk if Imbev wants concessions. They make 22 billion dollar profit and want to take away from the employees. We won't stand for that, fair pay for a fair days work is what every human deserves. UNITED WE STAND!

  • Lynn
    April 15, 2013 - 07:27

    I have to wonder in reading some of these comments if some of these people have an education themselves? I don't think some can look past the 'free' beer employees supposedly get, high wages , benefits, etc.. I know a couple of Labatt employees and they have an education. At least, I am sure their diplomas state so. I agree in what Retired Worker was saying that Newfoundlanders are jealous if anyone is doing better than they are. Is it a crime to apply for a position and actually get it and work at it? Not all of us want to create our own jobs or work in the private sector. What would the private sector do with no nurses, teachers, police officers? Those of us who work for the public and are in unions. I say stick to your guns employees, and don't let them take away what others are so jealous of.

  • The Red Flag
    April 13, 2013 - 15:42

    Mark you still don't get it. See if unions did not exist the wages for that particular job would be lower for everyone because non unionized workers cannot fight for higher pay like unionized workers can. Hence it raises the pay rate for that particular trade right across the board whether you are in a union or not. Also employees have to start to offer more benefits or they will fall behind the unionized jobs in terms of available employees. So even if you aren't in a union you still benefit from the work of unions. You may want to think about that the next time you bash on them.

  • Mark
    April 12, 2013 - 14:29

    I’m hearing some good pro-labour rants! However, I don’t recall NAPE or these striking workers doing anything to help anyone who wasn’t a part of their circle while others had lesser incomes, lesser benefits, and lower job security. If NAPE couldn’t make you a member and benefit from more union dues or more voting power, it never cared. I am a union worker, and I can truly say that my union does not care about anyone beyond its own membership. In fact, my union often battles with other unions for a bigger piece of the collective pie, knowing very well that the public will suffer for it. Is that ugly? You bet it is. Is it right? Of course not, and no one ever said so. Yet, I would never pretend that my union fights for your rights as a worker, or the provision of better public services or private products, or the collective good. We union members are just as much a part of Red Flag’s everyone-out-for-themselves mentality as everyone else, but we’ve just found a more effective way.

    • Andrew
      April 12, 2013 - 20:41

      I have to scratch my head and laugh reading some of these comments! First off for 16 years of my life I was working in a job in the private sector making just enough money to get by. Now for the last 8 I have been in a union, making better money with benefits, now don't get me wrong there are definately some problems with unions, maybe protecting the "lazy guy" or the older worker who maybe doesn't do the job as quick as he did once, but you know what the alternative is? That's right, the lazy worker probably goes on welfare which we are paying for anyways, so let him work. The older generation, remember people you will too one day get old, do you want these empires ie.. Inbev just to get rid of you because you can no longer do what you used too? We should be supporting these guys, why do you think wages have gone up if not for unions. Ontop of that you want people making a healthy wage, even if you personally are not the money trickes down to you someway somehow. Its human nature you make more money, you spend more money, which is good for the economy which in turn is good for everyone else. The corporations make billions a year, I think the negativaty is focused on the wrong people.

    • Andrew
      April 12, 2013 - 20:44

      I have to scratch my head and laugh reading some of these comments! First off for 16 years of my life I was working in a job in the private sector making just enough money to get by. Now for the last 8 I have been in a union, making better money with benefits, now don't get me wrong there are definately some problems with unions, maybe protecting the "lazy guy" or the older worker who maybe doesn't do the job as quick as he did once, but you know what the alternative is? That's right, the lazy worker probably goes on welfare which we are paying for anyways, so let him work. The older generation, remember people you will too one day get old, do you want these empires ie.. Inbev just to get rid of you because you can no longer do what you used too? We should be supporting these guys, why do you think wages have gone up if not for unions. Ontop of that you want people making a healthy wage, even if you personally are not the money trickes down to you someway somehow. Its human nature you make more money, you spend more money, which is good for the economy which in turn is good for everyone else. The corporations make billions a year, I think the negativaty is focused on the wrong people.

  • The Red Flag
    April 12, 2013 - 13:08

    The fact that so many of the comments on here are along the lines of "they should be happy they have a job" which is the modern equivalent of let them eat cake or "they are uneducated and getting a easy ride" is frankly sickening. The anti-unionism in Newfoundland is part of the reason we have such low wages compared to other provinces so can you imagine what you would be working for if there where no unions. Many people on this island seem to begrudge anyone who get's ahead in life which is a rather petty attitude to say the least. It is this attitude that has kept this province in a neo-colonialist mindset ever since we joined Canada. Just take your scraps and be happy with them and don't make waves seems to be the attitude of the day here. People need to get out of this foolish everyone out for themselves mentality and to get out and support strikers. Why? Because they are fighting for your rights as a worker to so it is in your self interest as a member of the working class to support the strikers. So make yourself useful instead of being a lackey for the CEO's and managers of these companies by undercutting the efforts of the strikers.

    • QKSLVR
      April 12, 2013 - 16:08

      Or, Labatt's could just be planniing to close this brewery and leave the tiny Newfoundland market. NAPE and its workers should think very carefully. Most of us remember Grrand Falls, Stephenville and now Kruger in Corner Brook.

  • The Red Flag
    April 12, 2013 - 13:03

    The fact that so many of the comments on here are along the lines of "they should be happy they have a job" which is the modern equivalent of let them eat cake or "they are uneducated and getting a easy ride" is frankly sickening. The anti-unionism in Newfoundland is part of the reason we have such low wages compared to other provinces so can you imagine what you would be working for if there where no unions. Many people on this island seem to begrudge anyone who get's ahead in life which is a rather petty attitude to say the least. It is this attitude that has kept this province in a neo-colonialist mindset ever since we joined Canada. Just take your scraps and be happy with them and don't make waves seems to be the attitude of the day here. People need to get out of this foolish everyone out for themselves mentality and to get out and support strikers. Why? Because they are fighting for your rights as a worker to so it is in your self interest as a member of the working class to support the strikers. So make yourself useful instead of being a lackey for the CEO's and managers of these companies by undercutting the efforts of the strikers.

  • Danny
    April 12, 2013 - 09:25

    Foe the love of God be thankful that you have a job... you want these extra benefits then pay for them like most of us have to do... BTW, the beer is crap anyway!!!

  • Retired worker
    April 12, 2013 - 09:24

    Like most out there I do support these workers I am not a retired worker from Labatts I don,t even drink beer,but I support anyone who are about to lose any of their benefits,but their are a lot of jealous and petty people here in NL then I have ever seen anywhere else if someone buys a house or a new car well you know good for them,not here at home all you hear are insults,good for those guys on strike most I,m sure have spent the last 25- 30 years there,maybe longer then Mark had been of diapers.Hang in there guys hopefully it won,t be as long as the last strike.

  • Mark
    April 12, 2013 - 09:05

    Douglas, go ahead and attack me all you want. I am what the article is about, right? Though, did you notice nobody argued with my point that Labatt s going to win if it holds out? Sorry, but the days of getting a low-skill, high-pay job in this country by standing in front of a barrell fire with a union sign in your hand are coming to an end. It is solid planning, hard work, and sacrifice that are going to win the day.

  • Jay
    April 12, 2013 - 06:08

    Let's hear it for cutting the legs from under our neighbours. Our jealousy of others who are trying to make a life for themselves is unreal.

    • Douglas
      April 12, 2013 - 08:14

      It's a time-honoured Newfoundland trait -- one that keeps the bosses happy. Still, I only wish I was Mark's boss I need someone to rub my feet and dance for me like a monkey.

  • Danny
    April 12, 2013 - 00:08

    Boycott Labatt's...poor ol boy's

  • Bob's Your Uncle
    April 11, 2013 - 18:04

    Hard times for the bye's, must be another cut to their annual beer fund!

  • david
    April 11, 2013 - 17:53

    Isn't selling overpriced and over-taxed swill that all tastes exactly the same ---- and like urine ---- an "essential service"in Newfoundland?

  • Mandy
    April 11, 2013 - 15:13

    My God it is unbelievable the support from fellow Newfoundlander's on how everyone goes on strike for better pay and benefits or even just to keep what they have how so many people put them down. Too many of our jobs in Newfoundland and Canada are being out sourced to other provinces or other countries. If we don't fight to at least keep what we have there is going to be no good paying jobs left Canada. Why is it that most people believe that we should have some really high education to get a good paying job.

  • Jody
    April 11, 2013 - 14:41

    I cannot believe some of the negative comments here. BEFORE these workers walked out, the plant stockpiled beer and any available warehouse on the Avalon is full, they changed the locks on the doors, they brought in mainlanders for the workers to train, and also mainland security - how much more do you have to take before you walk? It is obvious that this is what the company wanted all along. We should be standing up for all Newfoundland workers; if not, we will all be subject to these type of actions. Just not right!!

  • Mark
    April 11, 2013 - 14:29

    To Santo - I agree with you. Cutting benefits is wrong. The no-contracting-out clause entails lower-pay for employees.

  • Mark
    April 11, 2013 - 14:25

    To Comment - I do have self-worth and value my education and skill to demand present-day pay and benefits. I just can't stand people getting an easy ride when others have to struggle so hard for so much less. There is nothing wrong with trying to better yourself. Can you honestly say that is what any of those on the picket line are doing, or they just strong-arming people who want to work, and the company, while so many in their community would love to be in their shoes? To Chantal - No, there is no reason why I shouldn't have my benefits cut, and here is the kicker, I have had them cut recently. When they were cut, you know what I said? "Thank God I still got a job when many Canadians don't." To your second quetions, "no" again. There is absolutley no reason why a younger person should not have my job for less pay.

  • Jack
    April 11, 2013 - 14:08

    What do you think wages would be with out Unions? Unions have helped build this country and with out them there would be no fair wages! So I think we should support “these old boys on the picket line” and BOYCOTT LABATTs

  • santo
    April 11, 2013 - 14:05

    Mark, who said anything about money/salary? The article mentioned cut in benefits, medical benifets and non for retirees. That is a big deal! If my company wanted to take the on me, or mess with my pension, I'd vote to strike too. I don't know what they get paid hourly, I don't really care! But every worker needs those health benefits, taking them and cutting them is wrong.

  • Chantal
    April 11, 2013 - 13:38

    Hey Mark, any reason you shouldn’t be subject to having your benefits cut back or are you better than these people? Is there any reason these younger people shouldn't have your job at lower pay?

  • Mark
    April 11, 2013 - 13:15

    I think these old boys on the picket line are living in the 1980s. Hey old boys, there is no shortage of younger people, who are much better educated, more desperate, and happy to do your unskilled labour for less pay. If Labatt has any sense, it will hold out. These guys will give in once they realize the company won't, and that no one else will pay them near what Labatt is offering.

    • Comment
      April 11, 2013 - 13:37

      It is because of that way of thinking the employers of this province have the attitude they have. Pay NLers less because they do not deserve it. If you, Mark, do not have self worth and value your education and skill to demand present day pay and benefits, that is your own business; but do not devalue another person's expertise and begrudge them the right to better themselves.

  • Lilly
    April 11, 2013 - 12:48

    and in other shocking breaking news... the sun will rise tomorrow

  • Don
    April 11, 2013 - 11:38

    I got a great idea, close the brewery and ship beer in from a mainland brewery. Goodbye strikers.