Eight union plumbers at Cedar Point await contract

Posted Thursday, March 22, 2001 7:09 AM | Contributed by Gemini

Eight union plumbers will not return to work at Cedar Point today after rejecting a labor contract. Other union workers at the park said they will strike this morning in support of the plumbers.

Read more from The Sandusky Register.

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Thursday, March 22, 2001 11:19 AM
This might be a little far out there, but...

Could this be why that new-for-2001 fountain was pulled from the plans? ;)

Matt Lynch
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Thursday, March 22, 2001 11:52 AM

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Thursday, March 22, 2001 11:55 AM
Well, they DID say they couldn't be sure it would be ready on time. When folks go on strike, that tends to happen...

Thursday, March 22, 2001 2:13 PM
Don't Know Lynch, but very possible.

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Thursday, March 22, 2001 2:45 PM
This is a horible situation, and if Cedar doesn't hire those men, well I hope the managers aren't planning on plunging toilets!
Thursday, March 22, 2001 3:02 PM
Worse than that folks. They are the ones that turn the water back on in the spring. No water=no opening. Restrooms don't work, no fire protection,no water for the soft drink dispensers,etc etc, you get the picture?
Thursday, March 22, 2001 3:13 PM
Hey guys, the news article said they will be hiring replacements to take care of the stuff that needs done. I would not worry about this too much
Thursday, March 22, 2001 3:20 PM
Stay out of the bathrooms, they're nasty!
Thursday, March 22, 2001 4:21 PM
Dirty Bathrooms!

Thursday, March 22, 2001 7:09 PM
Do you want to cross a picket line? It's not a pleasant experience.
Thursday, March 22, 2001 8:47 PM
ACKKKKK!!! My opinion of unions is unfavorable. Sorry to the union workers here but I feel that you should be grateful that you have a job. Nobody forced you to take the job you have and the reason I am unfavorable to unions is because alot of them become greedy. Of course all of them arent like that but the ones that are really get on my nerves. I heard over at GTTP that CP hired replacements to complete the jobs needed. That is what corporations need to do. If you bow out of your duties then certainly someone else is willing to step up to the plate to do the job. Remember that.
Why you ask am I against unions? The main factor is where I work. When our new plant was constructed back in 1989 we had bomb threats for almost a year. Turns out it was unions that wanted a part of the company but were turned down. To me that is immature and shows that certain individuals need to grow up.

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Friday, March 23, 2001 4:43 AM
Unions are conceptually a good idea, and without them we might not have had the changes in federal requirements for working people. That part of it is a good thing.

However, in many cases today, unions do more to hurt the companies than help them (and I am in no way saying this is one of those cases, since we don't know anything about the offer made by Cedar Point). A lot of folks in the auto industry blame the unions for making it harder to build a quality product that is competitive.

There are some cases where unions help and hurt, as with teachers. On one hand, you bet that they would be taken advantage of if they could. On the other hand, they can slight the kids (for example, teachers get dibs on coaching contracts, even if they're not most qualified for the job).

When it comes down to it, the market drives what we're willing to buy and how much we should pay for it. Unions sometimes put a kink in that chain.

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Friday, March 23, 2001 6:23 AM
it also might hurt CP cause All the unions at CP went on strike, including ride maintenance. And there are still rides to be put back together. This could have an impact on opening day if they do not get this resolved.
Friday, March 23, 2001 6:45 AM
CP will open on May 6 this year correct? I mean a strike by union workers won't shut the park down will it?


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Friday, March 23, 2001 6:56 AM
well with out ride maintence, yeah it could.
Saturday, March 24, 2001 6:47 PM
I'm afraid my opinion of unions in general is pretty negative. The way I see it, unions require conflict to justify their existence. They had their place. Unions have done a lot of good things for labor over the years. But sometimes I wonder if some of the unions are really dinosaurs that have outlived their usefulness

As I understand it, the basic problem in this case is that Cedar Point wants an open-shop clause in the union contract...that is, they want the ability to use non-union labor on projects. I can understand why the union might object to that!

Ah, well...It will be interesting to see how this all turns out...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Saturday, March 24, 2001 8:31 PM
Don't be in such a hurry to bash the unions people. Do you fly? Would you like your flight to be delayed on the day that you are leaving to go on the Coaster trip you have planned for so long. Well, UNION Air Traffic Controllers fight their employer for you everyday so that you can get there on time. Who is that employer? The U.S. government! If there was no union, you would see even longer delays than there are now. Unions are still needed, today and in the future. The situation would be different, if All employers had the employees best interests in mind. Many Do Not. Hopefully, none of you with negative opinions of unions ever find yourself being the one replaced and without a job some day. Those plumbers have been without a contract since December and that's not right. Just because the situation at CP somehow threatens your plans to attend the park opening week, doesn't mean that the strikers are wrong and unions are bad!

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Sunday, March 25, 2001 6:54 AM
For more information and even a picketing photo of the guys by the causeway- be sure to check out this link below!

Sunday, March 25, 2001 11:25 AM
They're striking because they make only $21 an hour. Dammit... why did i listen to my guidence counsilor and go into accounting?!?! I could bend over and make $21 an hour (__|__) ;)

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