Managers at Menards Stand to Lose Big Money if Unions Form

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What's next?

What's next?
Maybe the richest man in WI will bring back the "yellow-dog" contract concept?

Progressive.org 292 days ago

EX Manager. Not a great

EX Manager. Not a great place to work. Do not respect employees at all. GM's manage by threat and intimidating No work life balance. Department managers at this company are abused.

Progressive.org 317 days ago

I worked for them for 21

I worked for them for 21 years with nine being a store manager. Every word of this is true and much more that is not listed here. If you want to make a lot of money very quickly then Menards is for you. If you want a life then give them 1 to 15th and go on find a real job. My average was 60 to 70 hrs per week.

A Large Portion of our pay was in the form of profit sharing and management bonuses which easily reached $55 to $6th per year. The money was fantastic but the work atmosphere sucked. As did the WISCONSIN HILLBILLIES in charge. John menard, owner and founder had some on the biggest environmental fines in Wisconsin history. The company burned wood to heat their giant warehouses with some of it being the old style pressure treated that contained arsenic in it.

So instead of having a hazardous waste disposal company take it, John took it home and put it out with his home trash. The guy is worth $8bn. and he was putt toxic (arsenic laced) out with his trash. How sad and cheap is that but it shows the mindset of the owner and it has trickled down into the culture of the company.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

They just cut all there

They just cut all there outside sales pay in half....why not report that in the news.????

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

As an employee of menards it

As an employee of menards it's a job and I pay my bills. I appreciate having a good job and if people stop shopping I wouldn't have a job. I understand what they did was wrong and there have been a lot of cuts but remember there are families work there.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

How about a # for those

How about a # for those stores so we can call and let them know hell will freeZe over before I buy anything again from them ever!!!!

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

So what's new. There is

So what's new. There is coercion in every non-union shop. That is why this country like many others do presently should require a union shop for any business or industry which employs over 50 full time equivalent people. The destruction of the middle class is caused by greed. The more the top gets the more of the pie they want. That is only human nature. You can't avoid it unless you put government regs in place to establish fairness. Otherwise we become a slave labor nation.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Another evil big box retailer

Another evil big box retailer. Menards will also find their distributors and suppliers $5000-6000 per SHIPMENT if the freight carrier shows up late. Just another profit center.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

WHAAAA??? A company trying to

WHAAAA??? A company trying to make money?!? And punish suppliers for being LATE?!? HOW DARE THEY!

Progressive.org 293 days ago

1. Remember one thing about

1. Remember one thing about John Menard he only care about his pocket book not the employees who got him where he is
a he took military discount away when Nascar driver Paul menard ( son )wasn't doing well.

2 Phil Woodman of Woodman's food stores head Quarter's in Janesville wis. he always remember the workers who got him where he is . sample My brother david retired from Woodsman's worked for Woodmans for over 25 years and received millions at the age of 49 you won't get that from the Menards .even as manager

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Live better, work union

Live better, work union

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Give that this is a liberal,

Give that this is a liberal, pro-union site I'm guessing my last comment will not be published once reviewed and determined that it does not support the cause of unions.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

I love shopping at Menards

The contract with the managers is merely to convey the importance of maintaining employee relations and eliminate any reasons why employees might believe that third party representation is needed. I love shopping at Menards and this article makes me want to shop there more because I despise Unions. I have a child that works at Menards while in college and I am very thankful that they are giving him an opportunity........if he doesn't like the job then he will find a new job. Unions are businesses and their sole purpose it to take their members money.......and will do anything to get it........even threaten the employees they represent if they don't want to join or desire to quit the union in a right to work state. If you want to see corruption just check out the practices of many unions and you will discover their rules for and practices toward their membership are much more coercive and threatening than this contract Menards has with their managers.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Boycott all Meynards...they

Boycott all Meynards...they're not that hot of a store anyway!

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Proponents of the workers (as

Proponents of the workers (as I am) love this clause for Menards managers!

It makes management responsible for treating their employees well enough so that they would never need to join a union, and their company would take care of them as well as--or better than--a union would! As a worker it's great to know that my leaders are directly accountable and responsible for making sure my work environment and responsibilities are challenging, safe, and that the owners and managers are under penalty themselves for keeping it that way.

We so often complain that there is no accountability for managers, that they get bonuses and raises and promotions even though the "little man" suffers, and that they just run roughshod over workers--but here is a clear instance of a company making managers put their livelihood on the line to keep employees treated well!

Only someone blindly supporting unionization for purely political purposes would see this any other way. (Also, Stephanie Bloomingdale should know that it's "stacking the deck," not "rigging the deck" which most closely defines what she meant to say....)

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

The US government will do

The US government will do nothing for working people. And the big company's can do what ever they want. Remember corporations are people. Corporations are not people and anyone that thinks they are need to be put on a watch list for treason./

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Do the unions realize that

Do the unions realize that the General managers already make around 100K without the union? Seems like good money to me, but hey, who am I.

Also, why doesn't the union talk about what they are to gain? Let's do the math. 42,000 employees @ $25 per month union dues = A cool million a month. Then lets add up the "great benefits" they claim to offer at a way higher price then the free market. 42,000 x $1500 per month for benefits = another $63 million per month.

Who is the winner? the employer or the union?

You decide

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

To me John Menard with his 9

To me John Menard with his 9.5 billion, surely looks at his 42000 employees as disposable tools used to keep padding his pockets. Any owner of a private company should not be punishing their management because of a union. That only shows how cheap and selfish Mr.Menards truly is. If you owned such a successful company, why would you not want your employees happy? if a union makes them happy why stop them? The only real reason I can think of is that he just doesn't care about his employees, the backbone of his entire fortune.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Amen! Amen! Amen!

Amen! Amen! Amen!

Progressive.org 291 days ago

Management is never part of

Management is never part of the union- they are always exempt employees this is why Menard can make the threat. The unions are not the sole beneficiaries that money, the union members and all labor benefits from this. We as consumers need to wake and realize that each time a company fights unionization the only people who benefit are the upper management or the company owners. Mr. Menard still charges the same rates in his stores as the stores that are unionized. For example if you hire a service technician in Chicago area and it is a non-union shop the owners are charging you the consumer, union wages, in turn he is paying a low skilled worker to come in your home to do repairs at slightly above minimum wage the differential is anywhere from $10-$20 PER HOUR! That difference is not put back in to training or better insurance, sick time etc it goes directly to the top, furthering the disparity between the top and the shrinking middle class. Additionally, in Chicago at least the union contributions come directly from the employee paychecks, and are disbursed into several different funds from insurance to retirement and of course dues. I could go on but I will not bore you but I would urge anyone who's interest is peaked to read about right to work and Gov Walker and now in Illinois Gov Rauner's anti labor stand.

Progressive.org 289 days ago

Stop shopping at Men cards.

Stop shopping at Men cards. They don't care about people!

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Stop shopping at Men cards.

Stop shopping at Men cards. They don't care about people!

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

On the other hand it could be

On the other hand it could be a way to make sure the employees are fairly satisfied with working conditions. If managers are making too many mistaken decisions that cause workers to seek union representation then a possible reduction in pay might cause them to pause before making certain decisions. 60% is a lot though. I would think 20 % would be enough.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

There is no Menards I now of

There is no Menards I now of in NV. But if there were I would never shop there and possibly start my own picket line.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

Am I missing something.... is

Am I missing something.... is not a manager an employee of the company... under the title "manager"? If you are a stocker, you are an employee... a teller is an employee... a supervisor is an employee... but a manager is something else? Do they receive payment for services rendered or are they paid in stock options and equity? Does that seem odd to anyone else? Seems like a slam dunk violation of the Law doesn't it?

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

I love how these left-wing

I love how these left-wing hacks get up on their high horse and pretend the union cronies like Richard Trumka, who feed their fat, mustachioed mouths off the backs of their union "members"are so much better than a guy who built a company from the ground up and still works his ass off every day. Give me a break, Bill.

Progressive.org more than 1 year ago

John , I love these right

John , I love these right wing misers who will spend millions to sway elections to get what they want. All the while claiming to want what's best for everyone. The best way to prevent employees from forming a union is to treat them fairly.

Progressive.org 292 days ago

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