UAW 2865 Letter of Solidarity
We, the Joint Council of UAW 2865, the union for TAs, Tutors, and Readers in the University of California school system (which represents 14,000 students), express our solidarity and support for the workers of the Seung Yuen Technology Industries Corp. (SYTIC) union in the export processing zone of Cavite, Philippines who are currently under attack for by the management’s union busting scheme.
Last March, 20 union officers and members were terminated by the management of Korean-owned Seung Yuen Technology Industries Corp. (SYTIC). In response, the union filed a notice of strike for union busting and a majority of union members have authorized a strike in a vote during the first week in April. In the last mediation hearing, management informed the workers that the company will shutdown on May 4 in what appears a blatant act of retribution.
SYTIC manufactures plastic products that provide protection to integrated circuits and electronic components from physical and electrostatic discharge during storage and shipping. Its three biggest customers are ON Semiconductor Philippines Inc. in Carmona, Cavite; Analog Devices General Trias Inc. in Gateway Business Park in General Trias, Cavite; and Texas Instruments factories in Baguio and Clark export processing zones. All are local subsidiaries of US multinational companies. ON Semiconductor is a spinoff of Motorola. SYTIC also supplies to Cavite-based factories of local subsidiaries of US electronics companies Maxim Integrated and Cypress. It exports part of its production to C-Pak Cergas in Malaysia.
The workers formed a union in an effort to address workplace problems including violations of labor standards. Among the most egregious violations are that part of their wages are not paid in cash but in the form of meals, non-payment of overtime due to an illegal compressed workweek schedule, and the lack of a company nurse, doctor and hospital bed, as provided for in the Labor Code. Yet their legal organizing efforts have been met with callous and illegal union busting on the part of management.
The UAW 2865 calls on SYTIC management to heed the call of their workers. Reinstate the workers they illegally fired for union activities. Stop busting the union and respect freedom of association.
(Full text of the letter of solidarity can be found here.)