since you are management there can you tell us what exactly was intended by the memo if not to compile a “Enemies of Gary” list? If is not to be used in the future when layoffs become necessary then what it is to be used for? A company does not put out such a memo to the employees to sign for no reason at all. If not to compile a list, why was it sent (or you gonna duck that question by claiming confidentiality?) I also must ask you to answer if you believe it is “illegal” for an officer on any vessel to in anyway provide support to any organization advocating for collective bargaining? If any officer does so, what do you believe the penalty issued should be? Termination? civil suit? criminal trial? firing squad on the aft deck? What will ECO do to those who “violate” ECO’s terms and policy? Do you believe ECO holds all the rights here and the officers hold none at all and have no voice to oppose Vito Chouest’s dictates? If every employee of ECO must drink the Koolaid like you to be considered “loyal” does that not speak of a company being run by a totalitarian dictator akin to Joe Stalin? The comparison is one hard to argue in light or recent events…
As far as the union topic goes I feel that it would be a VERY bad idea for many in the offshore industry especially the Gulf of Mexico. Many people would lose their jobs or at least their current positions but that is just my opinion.
care to back that statement up with details of how collective bargaining would COST jobs? Every vessel requires its mandated crew per the USCG. Collective bargaining does not change that fact. Clients also require a manning level and if the mariners belong to a union that fact would not change. If the reason people might lose their jobs because Vito Chouest might have to pay more to his mariners in form of benefits such as pensions and to preserve profits would want to make his workforce smaller to he can keep raking in the moola? Cry me a river pal!
We all make very good money in the Gulf of Mexico and many other places around the world. I feel the benefits are more than fare.
is rescinding 401K employee match for the rank and file AFTER it has been earned FAIR? How can you make such a ridiculous claim?
We are all entitled to our own opinions, this company that company, union not union. As far as the cut back’s go all companies have to make tough business decisions at times.
that has never been disputed and a union contract would never prohibit a company reducing their fleet and workforce if necessary but a collective bargaining agreement would provide transparent terms of what benefits would be curtailed, which mariners are chosen to be laidoff and what they would receive when they are other than a “thanks, we’ll call you someday when we need you again”
There are ups and down in every industry it is how we handle them that determines who what and where we will be in the future.
all accepted in the offshore industry, but Vito makes massive profits during the good times and should be in a position to offer both fair and transparent reduction in compensation and workforce in the downtimes. Like us mariners who are forced to not spend every penny we make when times are rich, Mister Gary should do the same. It is BULLSHIT for him to claim he is in poverty how and can’t afford to treat his people fairly during these times. I claim HE IS DOING NOTHING BUT TREATING THEM WITH THE GREATEST DISRESPECT HE CAN!
now to preserve any credibility for yourself, you are requested to answer these questions please…[/B]