The vote deciding the fate of MPI is just a week away as employees from the manufacturing business make up their minds as to whether to vote to allow a labor union to step in or leave things as they are with their current employer. Investment firm Monomoy bought MPI in January and some employees feel they deserve more time to improve upon MPI; others feel a union should take over and bring fairer conditions to the business.
Glenda Stacy, spokesperson for a collected group of protesters who gathered outside of USA Cafe in Knox earlier this month, said they are against the idea of the union stepping in. She thinks it would be detrimental to the company and feels Monomoy deserves a chance to prove themselves, and says their owner has already made some positive changes, like giving pay raises across the board.
Jared Warnock, a Teamsters organizer, however, said they were contacted by MPI employees who complained about unfair treatment, such as inconsistent rules and discipline and seniority rights – like shift preferences, vacation choices, pay issues and other problems – as well as lack of respect. He says letting the union step in would actually benefit the employees.
The matter will be decided on June 28, when MPI employees will take to the polls at the business and make their decision, be it union or Monomoy.