At this point I think we have a better chance of getting sunny skies and 80degree weather this weekend than this bond measure passing. The homeowners of Austintown have been taxed to death by the school system over the past 6 years with the construction of 4 new schools. Its mighty ballsy to ask for another $50 million so soon. Present this to us in 10 yrs, then we might reconsider.
February 12, 2014 at 12:58 a.m.
I am happily employed. Over the yrs it has given my family and I a very comfortable, secure, quality of life. As stated, I am voting NO. That does not mean there are not serious issues at hand. If you call off 3x in 1 yr, you are at a "last chance agreement." If you have to leave work for any reason, family emergency, even the death of a spouse, child, parent--you get attendance demerits. This is unfortunately true. It has happened. How would you like to get a phone call at work that your father has died, then immediately leave work, and be penalized for leaving? True Story. How would you feel if an employee with 6 mos. seniority gets time and a half on Sunday, but a guy with 17 yrs does not? How would you feel if the guy working right next you, doing the same job you're doing, is making $7 more per hour than you? These things are not right. But we have faith in our new president, that he will correct these issues with changes to policies and/or elimination of certain policy makers. We don't need a union to do it for us.
January 20, 2014 at 12:37 p.m.
As an employee of Vallourec, I can dissect this article for You unbiasedly. I can tell you there are many false statements in this article.
1. Everything Lorenzi and Allen are quoted as saying are 100% true. Many, many things have been taken away from us over the years.
2. Most of Karen Hardin's comments aren't true.
Yes, we've had a series of 5 meetings over the past 5 weeks that were definitely "union-busters" and the company has been extremely vocal and resistive to the UE campaign, while staying on the legal side of things. The meetings were mandatory. However, she wants you to believe we were forced to attend "off the clock." We were paid for all times there during our shifts.
No one has been promised a raise or promotion based on the union failing.
The expansion has nothing to do with this campaign. They announced the expansion 2+ yrs ago, and bought these new buildings several months ago.
The Sunday premium is figured in such a way that you are paid for time and one-half hours for every hour worked on Sunday, regardless of the accumulated hours during the payweek. Half of the hourly workforce is eligible for it, the other half is not.
January 19, 2014 at 11:30 p.m.
I am a current employee at Vallourec Star. I am happily employed and will be voting NO. But there are serious issues inside those walls. Members of my department feel that we have faith in Judson Wallace, who has been in his position for only 6 months as president of North Anerica, that he needs some time to devise a gameplan to address and correct these issues. I would say morale is a 2 on a scale of 10. This is not his fault, and quite honestly, I feel sorry for him because he had to walk into this midstream. This is the fault of the former president of North America(who was promoted) and the current Human Resources Dept. Unlike CHRISTOPHER GALLAGHER, who must live in a fantasy world, I do not paint a beautiful beach-like atmosphere, but I dont paint a thunderstorm either. Yes, there is a tuition reimbursement program, but anyone Ive ever known to inquire about it has been denied or never replied to. While the co. Wants us to think it, It is not for your avg. hrly employees. It is approved for those the company likes, and sees fit as mgmt. candidates in The future. There is no doubt about it, favoritism is played 100% of times. There is no OT distribution policy. If youre liked, youre asked if you want extra hrs, most times, granted to a guy with less seniority than a guy who didnt even get a chance to pick up OT. Sunday premium--Half of the hrly workforce receives it,those on an 8hr schedule, half doesnt., those on a 12 hr schedule. Why??? Should be ALL or NONE. Communication=ZERO. Employee Handbook=Worthless. There may as well not even be one, because under every paragraphed statement or policy it notes *subject to HR discretion." So if we like you, you'll be fine--if we don't, your job is at risk. 100% of the problems Ive seen, are the result of BS policies, or the lack thereof. These are not floor level issues. All crews ive seen have gotten along good with one another as well as their operations supervisors. Compensation=Excellent. Health Care=Good, Retirement= Good, Advancement=favoritism. Fair Job Bidding=non existent. 2tier wages=Yes.
January 19, 2014 at 10:36 p.m.
C'mon Susie Biersdorfer and you anti-fracking nuts out there..when will the protests start on this? Before or after the next election when your anti-fracking bill goes down in flames again? Hmmm let's see, lets ban fracking and any business that participates in fracking because we are tree huggers -OR- Invest another $100 million in Youngstown, giving the city another $100,000 anually in taxes from new workers, on top of the hundreds of thousands it already gets from current workers, on top of the millions it has received in the past few years from the expansion in 2011. I'm no mathematician, but the writing is on the wall on how to turn the economy around. Afterall, we live in homes and drink water out of faucets and drive cars that require gasoline. We dont live in trees, drink out of creeks, and walk to work. These bills need paid. Keep it up Vallourec and thank you for what you've done to this economy!
January 14, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.
What a special moment for this young family after having to endure such a painful and emotional year. Glad to hear everything is promising going forward, I can't imagine what they've all been through. Prayers to them and their young son and kudos to Disney for treating them to a special night.
December 12, 2013 at 1:10 a.m.
@fool you don't even know what you're talking about. the "screaming falcon" as its called, was most recently on the helmets of the football team just a couple weeks ago, and has been in yearbooks I've seen from the 1960's. Either that, or the AF logo with the circle around it shouldve been the paintings. Afterall, the whole marketing plan was about 1 identity and common image for all of the schools right? I can remember the Lynn Kirk Cougars, Watson Owls, Frank Ohl Blue Devils, AMS Trojans, etc... Then roughly 10 yrs ago all of the schools became Falcons. So why not have the same Falcon image in every building? It really brings unity and pride, especially to the little boys and girls who dream about wearing the highschool football and cheerleading uniforms. Again, this isn't about Chine, I applaud him for his talents.
December 10, 2013 at 11:51 p.m.
@fool, it is not the "kids school" it is everyone's school. It is the taxpayers, it is the alumni, it is the community's, it is the parents, coaches, teachers, students, etc. It is not "their school" it is everyone's.
December 10, 2013 at 8:16 p.m.
Im not knocking the artist or his work. They're nice pictures. Im knocking the schools for having the ideas or approval of such ideas. These pics instill images of nature, not the school system and/or community pride and identity of who the Austintown Falcons are.
December 10, 2013 at 6:39 p.m.
I've seen all these works of art in all the schools. Sure, they are nice looking pictures, but I don't understand them. None of them remotely resemble the official schools logos or of its sports programs. They should be in National Geographic or some other nature literature, not on gymnasium walls. Its similar to someone wearing an artsy native american sweatshirt and calling it a Cleveland Indians hoodie.
December 10, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.