Sunday, January 04, 2009

Nice Non-Work, If You Can Get It; Union Bosses Get +$100,000 Per Year for Beer, Bowling and Haircuts

WDIV-TV News 4 in Detroit did an expose of two union bosses who routinely rip off the UAW and Ford Motor Co. with fake time cards that allow them to get paid for not working, including unworked overtime hours (see Part 1 here and Part 2 here).

One of the bosses, Ron Seroka, a union job security officer, takes off half a day nearly everyday to go home to lounge around the house while he is on the clock. Seroka punches in at the plant at 6 a.m. every single day and is home by 11:30 a.m. for some nice leisure time at home. Yet he gets a steady 10 hours pay every single day despite the fact that he is rarely at work.

Seroka’s union boss is even worse. Union chairman Jim Modzelewski buys beer on a daily basis while on the clock and clocks himself in for overtime pay hours before he even wakes up to go into the plant. TV 4 found that after he punches in, he typically leaves for a beer run mere hours later. Again, all this is on a daily basis. He is also paid overtime pay on a daily basis as he sits home drinking his daily beer. With over 2,500 hours of overtime, Modzelewski made a six-figure salary last year. TV 4 also discovered that Modzelewski even played in a bowling tournament while on the clock — at overtime pay, too!

Together, just these two union chiefs clocked in over 3,500 hours of overtime pay for the year. Makes one wonder how many union bosses are abusing their positions this way, doesn’t it?

Link.

As Michelle Malkin asks: "At least the groveling Big Three CEOs gave up their corporate jets. Where's the public flogging for the greed-infested UAW fat cats reaching into our pockets to keep them afloat?"

17 Comments:

At 1/04/2009 8:45 AM, Blogger @sethstorm said...

Extreme examples from the UAW don't require measures that would harm the entire union.

As for that (overrated) blogger of Seattle, Detroit can do nothing right for them. I've yet to hear them say anything good about the Big Three or any of its works. Of course the most they've seen Detroit may have been a flyover at 35000'.

Have that two-bit blogger stick to border security.

 
At 1/04/2009 9:11 AM, Blogger Paul said...

"Of course the most they've seen Detroit may have been a flyover at 35000'."

I've logged more than enough time in that hellhole to say there's no reason to go there. And certainly, not to pay homage to where the crappy cars are built.

 
At 1/04/2009 9:52 AM, Blogger @sethstorm said...

My point was that they're invested in a political destruction of Detroit.

As for crappy cars, here's a video on YouTube. of an older Regal that runs quite well despite being run over twice by a bulldozer.

Built by GM, powered by the proven 3.8L engine block. The only shame is that they didn't put the latest one in a Cobalt.

 
At 1/04/2009 10:32 AM, Anonymous feeblemind said...

What puzzles me is the lack of oversight by management. Doesn't management supervise their shop floor? Can't they see who is there and who is not, and take disciplinary action against rule violators? Or have they been intimidated into looking the other way? Perhaps it is written in that foot tall contract that union officials can come and go as they please?

 
At 1/04/2009 11:16 AM, Blogger Jason Gillman said...

What management? You cannot manage when you have THOUSANDS of pages of union rules to deal with. Screwy.

As to quality.. For the most part domestic autos are well built. But unfortunately due to the Union rules, innovation and efficiency will seldom be seen resulting in added costs.. (plenty of family and friends who have been employed and.. frustrated..)

 
At 1/04/2009 1:05 PM, Blogger @sethstorm said...


As to quality.. For the most part domestic autos are well built.

If only this point was driven home a bit more.


But unfortunately due to the Union rules, innovation and efficiency will seldom be seen resulting in added costs

At least it's kept them making larger cars affordable.

Is there a new way to clean up the unions? It seems that the only way pursued is to kill them off, not address their interests.

 
At 1/04/2009 3:46 PM, Blogger Grasshopper said...

Nice on you for presenting this information clearly and concisely on your blog. I was directed here from TMF. The days of the auto manufacturers and the unions in Detroit are thankfully almost over. The real workers will undoubtedly be able to go to work for foreign manufacturer's who will most assuredly step in to by the names and the plants. But the the union scum will be out on the street: for good. This is long, long, overdue.

 
At 1/04/2009 6:51 PM, Blogger bob wright said...

How big is the farm bill?The farm bill pays farmers not to farm their land. It's the farmers' version of the autoworkers' jobs bank - being paid to not work. Heck, I bet some farmers even drink a six pack while they're not working.Why havn't we seen any congressional hearings on why farmers are being paid to not farm?I want the government to pay me to not work.

 
At 1/04/2009 9:57 PM, Anonymous Ralph Short said...

When I started working after the Air force I was a union member. Not by choice but it was required if you survived the 30 day probation period of the company. It was a machine shop where a third or more of the union guys were republicans.

My next employment was with another union shop but I was salaried. Since I was in accounting and in charge of payroll I noticed a few things. The first thing was the so called "continuous operation" allowance which was a gratuitous payment of 15 minutes extra to those employees who operated the printing presses. The theory was that since the printing presses were supposed to run 24 hours a day then the operators of the machines could not take the "normal" breaks everyone else had so they were paid a premium. In addition there was a so called "wash up" time" of 7 minutes at the end of the shift. This allowed the press operators to clock out 7 minutes early if they chose not to "wash up".

Well, guess what, they all clocked out 7 minutes early, they all washed up beforehand, and they all took reasonable breaks during their "8 hour" shift.

The bottom line with unions is they pander to the lowest common denominator (just like modern democrats), they could care less about the profitability of the company they work for, and the leadership is a bunch of socialists.

I still hold the management responsible because they are the ones that sign off on these type of asinine agreements. If they had courage they would create a business plan an if the union did not agree to it then let them strike. I said it before and will say it again, if they had done this 10 years ago the domestic auto industry would be healthy.

Btw, I love my 06 Impala SS with 140,000 miles on it and hope GM (and the others) survive but only if they completely eradicate the UAW.

 
At 1/05/2009 1:18 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> As to quality.. For the most part domestic autos are well built.

LOL... just not as "well built" as Toyota, Nissan, etc., etc., etc....

 
At 1/05/2009 1:21 AM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> Is there a new way to clean up the unions? It seems that the only way pursued is to kill them off, not address their interests.

LOL, again -- YES, BY ALL MEANS!!!

REWARD THEM for being incompetent and self-serving to the destruction of their own livelihood!!

THAT's a "Recipe For A Better America" that just about EVERY Democrat can stand behind.

Reward the incompetent and the selfish. Suchadeel!!

 
At 1/05/2009 3:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bob Wright,

Are you implying that the farm bill allows all farmers to live the lazy life of luxury?

Farmers being paid to not grow crops is a conservation method that I support. Investigate CRP land in say North Dakota and South Dakota for example. Then correlate that with population statisitics of Pheasants and other wildlife.

The comparison is not valid.

 
At 1/05/2009 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meaning, the correlation of farmers and the farm bill to that of the original post (union abuse) is not valid.

 
At 1/05/2009 4:20 PM, Blogger bob wright said...

Anonymous 3:54pm

"... the farm bill allows all farmers to live the lazy life of luxury" are your words, not mine.

General Motors pays auto workers not to work.

The farm bill pays farmers not to farm.

Call it conservation, call it price supports, call it job security - the substance of the programs is the same. No doubt both programs have well meaning purposes.

If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, chances are it's a duck.

 
At 1/05/2009 6:04 PM, Blogger misterjosh said...

If farmers can't make a livable income and let fields lie fallow if need be, then they shouldn't be farming.

 
At 1/05/2009 10:49 PM, Blogger Johnny said...

Interestingly, Prof. Perry posted about how individuals in Manhattan were getting farm subsidies to not farm.

I do agree, some farmers have extremely difficult times making ends meet... but then there are some "farmers" living in NYC Condos that probably don't need the subsidies.

 
At 1/07/2009 5:35 PM, Blogger 1 said...

"Farmers being paid to not grow crops is a conservation method that I support"...

Well then how come you aren't funding the farm bill (instead of the wealth extorted from the citizens by the government) anon @ 3:54 PM?

 

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