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CADILLAC Salesmen picket at dealership From Page IE statement to the Free Press that it does not discuss personnel matters, But the "personnel actions at issue were taken for legitimate business reasons and these personnel decisions are completely unrelated to the outcome of the May 17 union representation election," Sonic wrote. The Teamsters union filed an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board in an attempt to get the four salesmen their jobs back, charging that Sonic engaged in unfair labor practices. Don Massey, a fixture among metro Cadillac dealers since 1967, sold his empire of dealerships to Sonic four years ago. Sonic said in the statement that it will vigorously defend any claim that its actions were unlawful. Adas and Hachigian said they'll continue to picket outside Don Massey, and they have no intention of seeking work elsewhere. "Somebody's got to make a stand," Hachigian said. Other salespeople at the dealership were at their desks inside the dealership, but there were few customers around on the sunny Wednesday afternoon. One man who declined to give his name said the picketers didn't stop him from picking up a new Cadillac STS sedan that he ordered. A security guard with a video camera in hand kept an eye out for the picketers. Officials from the Teamsters union patrolled outside the dealership to keep car transport drivers, who are also members of the union, from dropping off new Cadillacs. "The Escalades are hot right now, but those orders aren't going to get filled," said DeTata, 64, who worked 16 years at Don Massey. The Teamsters have other plans to pressure Sonic. Some of the salespeople sell cars directly to autoworkers at GM plants in Toledo, said Todd Lince, an organizer for the Teamsters Local 283. "We'll put a stop to that tomorrow," he said. About 25 UAW members turned up in support of the Teamsters and also picketed outside the dealership, Lince said. Don Massey, himself, could not be reached for comment. However, DeTata stepped off the picket line for a few minutes to speak to a young man behind the wheel of a Cadillac Escalade, who he said was Massey's grandson. The young man declined to comment. DeTata said he hopes that Don Massey customers, the majority of whom are GM employees including many union members, will stay away, putting financial pressure on Sonic. As he spoke, drivers whizzing by the dealership honked their horns in support of the picketers. "People are driving by giving us the thumbs up," Hachigian said. "I haven't seen anything but a thumb." Contact MICHAEL ELLIS at 313-222-8784 or mwcllfoa

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  1. Detroit Free Press,
  2. 01 Jun 2006, Thu,
  3. Other Editions,
  4. Page 41

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