Below is an AFL-CIO press release that proves this old maxim still holds strong in Miller Brewing. I strongly urge you to make a quick phone call or send an email telling management at Miller Brewing that women deserve the retirement they worked for their entire lives...just as the men.
Towards the end of Nat'l Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, a scene (meant to loosely mock It's a Wonderful Life), has the wife of a kidnapped CEO running into a room of family members upset with the boss for eliminating the annual Xmas bonus. When she finds out why the family has kidnapped her husband on Xmas Eve, she exclaims angrily, "You didn't! Of all the lousy ways to save a buck..."
Well, stripping the retirement benefits from primarily women in your company with an average time employed of over 25 years is the lousiest way I can think of to save a buck.
Miller needs to treat the women in its employ equally. The women picketed Corporate Headquarters today (it's cold, they're really mad), I'll let you know when and where the next one is so we can as a community go out and support them.
Apparently, everything is "Man Law" to Miller, but the irony is not lost on them... They suddenly and without warning canned the Man Law ads today.
SAB/Miller Union Women Fight for Pensions
Miller Brewing President and CEO Tom Long needs to learn that discrimiation against women at the bargaining table can cost Miller revenue. Please e-mail Tom Long at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell Miller that women office workers bring just as much to Miller Brewing as our union brothers. Women depend on their pensions just as much as men. Women buy a lot of the beer too! You can also leave a message for Tom Long by calling 414-931-3927.
In its final offer to the Office and Professional Employees International Union, Local 35, SAB/Miller underscored its willingness to treat union, primarily female, office workers as second class employees by freezing their pensions. Most OPEIU Local 35 members are within 5 to 10 years of retirement and average 25 or more years of service. The freeze comes at a time when it will hurt these workers the most, right before retirement.
While reaching agreements this year with ALL of its mostly male union workforce to maintain and substantially improve retirement benefits, SAB/Miller chose to treat its female office workers differently. In four major contract settlements this year with the UAW and Teamsters, the company never even proposed a freeze for current employees. SAB Miller chose to discriminate against its female union workforce by:
- Freezing the retirement benefits available to union women workers;
- Continuing and improving retirement benefits to ALL predominately male unions;
- Limiting and FREEZING the pension plan for the OPEIU at 60% of what it offers its male union workforce;
- Offering the women 25% less on a replacement 401K plan.
As a worldwide employer of thousands of employees, SAB/Miller has a corporate responsibility to the members of OPEIU Local 35 who need their pensions for a secure retirement. With revenues in excess of $15.3 billion dollars and profits in excess of $2.9 billion dollars, SAB/Miller can well afford to meet its retirement obligations. Please join us in our struggle to get SAB/Miller to make the right choice and honor its retirement commitments to these female workers.
OPEIU Local 35