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Pictures From Saturday June 18th Picket At Berkeley Honda
by Z
Saturday Jun 18th, 2005 6:13 PM
Picket to Support Machinists 1546 on Strike at Berkeley Honda.
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The Picket WIll Continue Until Around 9pm Each Day
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ATTENTION: BERKELEY HONDA CUSTOMERS!

Do you want a kid out of technical school or a Honda-certified mechanic working on your car?

As of June 1, 2005, the Doten family sold their dealership after 40 years in Berkeley. The service , department employeesmechanics, service writers, detailers and parts technicianshave been represented by the Machinists Union (IAM Local 1546) and Automotive Teamsters Local 78. We've gotten decent wages and benefits that have enabled us to work at this shop for an average of 20 years and to live in this community. We think of each other as family, and we think of you our customers as family as well. We value your trust.

The new owner here told us that he would recognize the union. In a spirit of cooperation, we asked him to honor our old union contract, with a one-year freeze in wages, giving us time to negotiate a new contract. He refused. We asked him to maintain the current staff for a period of 100 days before making any rash decisions about which employees to keep or terminate. He refused.

For example: he replaced Nat Courtney, a 31-year employee and Honda-certified top technician with a mechanic who just graduated from technical college and does not yet possess a journeyman card or his own tools. He replaced Doten's most experienced parts technician with a friend of his. He re-hired only one of our experienced service writers. None of the employees who clean and detail cars have been rehired - your cars are being sent off-property for this work.

Why did all this happen?

The new owner does not want talented and experienced technicians, who happen to be strong union members, working in this shop. In an effort to buy off the few mechanics he re-hired, the new owner offered them big raisesbut at the same time, dropped our good union pension plan.

All of Doten's service department employees, whether rehired or not, have decided that the new owner's actions are just plain wrong. They have discriminated against us because we are union members, and they fired several of us who are close to retirement. We are filing unfair labor practice charges against them at the NLRB. We are here on the curb to protest this company's illegal actions and hope you will support us.

How you can help

For your driving safety, please take your car to Honda of Oakland or Honda of El Cerrito.

Don't patronize Berkeley Honda until this is resolved.

Call Berkeley Honda (510-843-3704) and tell them to respect their longtime employees.

We appreciate your concern and cooperation. We hope this is over soon. Thank you.
Sincerely,

The members of IAM Local 1546 and IBT Local 78 who worked for you at Doten Honda
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OIN THE PICKET LINE !! COME SUPPORT STRIKING WORKERS --
MACHINISTS 1546

UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE* at BERKELEY HONDA (formerly Doten Honda) 2600 Shattuck @ Dwight Way, Berkeley

¤ New ownership has replaced 50% of service and parts department staff with average tenure of 20 years with individuals with no or minimal experience;

¤ New ownership has eliminated workers' pension;

¤ New ownership has refused to hire the shop steward, a 31-year
employee, replacing him with a new trainee

*In support of Machinists union Local 1546, all former Doten
Honda service and parts employees will not cross this
informational picket line until this issue is resolved. Please
do not patronize! Strike sanction has been authorized by the
Central Labor Council, Alameda County AFL-CIO. For more
information, please call Don Crosatto at 638 6705 or the Labor
Council at 632 4242.

Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.

http://www.unionvoice.org/join-forward.html?domain=alamedalabor&r=h7zng1M1Ac5t
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Whoever said Union Labor was pricey...was wrong.Saturday Dec 31st, 2005 8:04 AM
It's a bustR StackWednesday Oct 19th, 2005 11:52 AM
Buy the dealershipBobSaturday Sep 17th, 2005 6:51 PM
Berkeley Honda StrikeJudy SheltonSaturday Aug 13th, 2005 6:06 PM
New Techniciansinformed citizenTuesday Jul 12th, 2005 8:36 AM
Didn't you leave something out?wwFriday Jul 8th, 2005 11:46 PM
Community Support Thursday July 7, 4-6pmat Doten HondaFriday Jul 1st, 2005 10:13 AM
your reality is insufficientthink moreFriday Jul 1st, 2005 10:05 AM
Reality based citizenCJMonday Jun 20th, 2005 10:47 AM

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