Note – 8/20/14 – While I continue to get incoming traffic for this post, it is seven years old now and the hyperlinks to the sites I referenced back then have ceased to exist. The Fire Guardsmark website is gone and I cannot even pull up a saved version on the Internet Archive. Also, the link about Ford Motor Company is broken as the Working America Job Tracker is no longer functioning.
Today someone commented on one of my posts with the URL to a website called Fire Guardsmark. I’ve heard about some of Guardsmark’s evil ways in the past so this does not surprise me the least.
Guardsmark’s performance and credibility appears to have fallen way short of what Ford expected to receive. Understandably, Ford has been forced to make many difficult choices recently. One of the tough decisions was to outsource the Security, Fire Protection and Emergency Response portion of its business. Ford chose Guardsmark to provide the service because they felt that although Guardsmark was not the lowest bid, they were the best company to provide the service. Ford wanted the outsourcing to have as little impact on the employees as possible.
Although Ford may be having difficulty at the present time, they have always been considered as a Company with strong values and a good corporate citizen. Guardsmark does not seem to share those same values and ethics. Ford had every reason to believe Guardsmark would live up to the agreement they entered into in 2005. Unfortunately it appears that they were deceived, and that Guardsmark’s actions do not seem to support the image that was sold to Ford.
Well first of all, I would not say that everything is sunny with Ford. They have done some pretty messed up things in the past as well. But Guardsmark does have a few NLRB violations which are linked to on this Fire Guardsmark website.
Guardsmark has refused to negotiate with the Union to resolve grievances. Over 150 meeting request letters have been sent to Guardsmark in an attempt to obtain information, and resolve grievances. The Union has not received any responses to the information requests, and has not received a grievance disposition for over one year.
After reading what Guardsmark has done you’ll want them fired too!