Yeah boy, we can’t have those uppity workers actually getting ahead and making more than their counterparts in the area. We need to make sure they all stay in their place while the company makes a half a billion dollars a year. After all $39,520 a year is exorbitant. Tina Barry…SHAME ON YOU!
This caught my attention: “it’s something we have an obligation to address.” What the F**!&$# does that even mean? Address? Don’t you mean change because you are greedy bastards? A half a billion profit in a year isn’t enough? How damn much is enough for you guys? And speaking of which, Tina, how much do you make?
Labor Day 2010 finds a lot of American workers on the sidelines. The U.S. unemployment rate stands at 9.6 percent. There are five job seekers for every opening. And in many cases those who have jobs are being asked to take pay cuts even at healthy companies. CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports on a case in point in Williamson N.Y.
For more than three months, Michelle Muoio has been picketing the plant where she’s worked for 15 years – Mott’s apple juice in western New York.
Three hundred union members are locked in a heated dispute, symbolizing a new shift in the power struggle between management and labor in America.
Companies typically ask for labor concessions when they’re losing money. But Mott’s parent company, Dr. Pepper-Snapple -is making record profits of more than half a billion dollars a year. Yet workers are being asked to take a $1.50-an-hour wage cut – and a pension freeze.
The company argues that Mott’s workers earn far more than their counterparts in the area – an average of $19 an hour versus an area average of $14.
“When there’s a situation when you have wages and benefits out of line with the local market and industry norms, however difficult it may be, it’s something we have an obligation to address,” said Tina Barry, the company’s senior vice president for corporate affairs.
I haven’t been able to find out what Tina Barry makes (I’ll keep looking) but I did find this:
“CEO Larry Young’s compensation has doubled since 2007 to $6.6 million. Management said it needs to get the pay down near the area wage of $14 per hour, around $30,000 per year, the same as the median in Rochester – where nearly half our children live in poverty. For workers, Union or non-Union, this is about greed destroying the Middle Class.”
Interestingly enough, Dr. Pepper – Snapple seem to be worried about image:
In a recent press release Tina Barry, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs said, “By 2015, we plan to contribute a total of 100,000 volunteer hours and attain an annual giving level of $10 million in charitable cash donations, with the majority of support focused on fit and active lifestyles, environmental initiatives, community celebrations and emergency relief.”SOURCE
Um, if you can afford $10 million in charitable cash donations, why are you trying to cut the salaries of your employees? Talk about giving with one hand and taking away with the other.
At Dr Pepper Snapple Group, we have a proud heritage of caring … for our consumers, our customers, our employees and our neighbors in the communities where we live and do business across North America and the Caribbean. This sense of caring is at the heart of our business, shaping our values and the importance we place on corporate social responsibility.SOURCE
Doesn’t that sound nice? Why then, if you are so caring of your employees are you trying to cut their pay and pension? Basically, this statement from you sounds like a bunch of corporate bullshit.
From our “better-for-you” options and our employee relief program to our efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our operations, DPS and our employees know that we must take ACTION to make our communities – and the world – better as a result of our presence. People often ask me about setting goals that some people say are too ambitious. To them I say that if you don’t shoot for the moon, you can’t come down with a handful of stars. SOURCE
You sir, are a hypocrite. Maybe you could start to make communities and the world better by paying your employees well instead of trying to make sure they don’t make any more than anyone else in the area. What about letting THEM come down with a handful of stars?