Wellston, OH General Mills Plant Targeting Gun Owners

Wellston, OH General Mills Plant Targeting Gun Owners

The General Mills plant in Wellston, OH is punishing employees who believe in the Second Amendment, and those employees need our help!

Please read this short email and take quick action.

As most Ohio gun owners know, last Tuesday was the day Ohio law went into effect and restored gun owners’ ability to leave a firearm in their vehicle at their place of employment.

Right on cue, anti-gunners like the “Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence” (as if guns can somehow jump up and become violent) started howling about it all over the state!

And we aren’t surprised when anti-gunners voice their displeasure at law-abiding gun owners having a small portion of their rights restored.

But at the General Mills plant in Wellston, OH, Human Resources manager Jeff Vandlen is on a mission to punish employees who choose to exercise their newly restored rights and keep their firearm in their vehicles!

Upset family members of employees who work at the Wellston plant began bombarding our phone line and Facebook messages right after Vandlen’s intentions became known.

Here’s the scoop:

In retaliation against employees relieved about not having to leave their firearm at home during their commute and instead being able to keep it locked in their car in the parking lot, Vandlen created a draconian employee policy designed to force employees to leave their firearms home.

Read the policy for yourself!

As you can see, the policy is tantamount to entrapment.

In the first line, you can see that General Mills still bans all firearms.

It then goes on to require employees to notify Human Resources before-hand if they’re going to bring a firearm on the premises and if that isn’t possible, immediately upon arrival.

Worse, if General Mills staff or human resources personnel even so much as notices a loose cartridge in the back of someone’s truck that they may have left there on accident, it’s grounds for TERMINATION!

To add insult to injury, employees with a concealed handgun license would be required to present their permit to the Human Resources department every 30 DAYS!

I couldn’t believe it until I was sent a copy of the policy.

It’s clear that the management at the General Mills plant in Wellston, OH are targeting gun owners as a class of citizens for discrimination.

That’s why they need to hear from gun owners like you all across the state.

Whether or not they’re permitted by law to even create such a policy isn’t our main concern right now.

Gun owners need to send the loud message that we’re sick and tired of being treated like 3rd class citizens.

It’s already enough that we’re targeted for more “gun-control” laws after every shooting rampage, as if we’re to blame for the evil atrocities committed by others.

But gun owners need to band together and fight back to stop draconian, discriminatory policies like these from being enacted because if we don’t, it sets a dangerous precedent that other companies may follow.

That’s why I’m asking you, gun owners across the state, to take action right now.

First, contact Wellston, OH General Mills Human Resources director Jeff Vandlen right away.

Tell him that discriminating against law-abiding citizens and treating upstanding, harmless gun owners like they’re third-class is outrageous!

Here is Jeff’s contact info:

Jeff Vandlen
740.286.9230
[email protected] (click this link to send a pre-written email)

When you’re done, please also call plant manager Carolyn Mendel at 740.286.2171, extension 69228, and tell her the same thing.

It’s important for management at companies like General Mills to send a loud and clear message up the corporate line – DO NOT discriminate against gun owners.

Cheerios, Wheaties, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Progresso, Haagen-Dazs – they’re all General Mills brands that hard working, law-abiding folks like us enjoy.

That’s why they need to hear from you TODAY.

Our fellow gun owners working at the General Mills plant in Wellston are counting on it.

When you’re done, please forward this email on to your friends, family and Second Amendment buddies and ask them to do the same!


For Freedom
,

Chris Dorr
Executive Director

Ohio Gun Owners

P.S. Members of management at the Wellston, OH General Mills plant are targeting employees who wish to leave their firearm in their vehicles during work hours for discrimination.

Please read the short email above and take action!

Our fellow gun owners at the plant in Wellston are counting on it.


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43 Comments


  1. I know a man who walked in a business opened fire shot 8 people 5 died. Their boss had told their employees to leave their guns in car. So many lives might have been saved if they would have been allowed to keep their guns with them.

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    1. Why not just “shutup” about your gun in vehicle, and if the day ever comes when they solicit the psychic friends network to determine if you have gun in vehicle, you have a really great lawsuit.

      Said another way, concealed is concealed, is it not?

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      1. I’ve always thought the same. Is the company going to hire a locksmith to break into all employee vehicles to (illegally)search for firearms? Besides, it’s really Dumb to leave a firearm in your vehicle. Thieves specifically go after guns, cash, & cell phones in parked vehicles, according to police I’ve talked to. Leave Nothing of value in your vehicle, at any time, anywhere!

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  2. This is the same company that thought they could make employees share their prescription medications with Human Resources until they were told they were in violation of HIPPA! Management at this facility think the are above God, and that it is okay to treat their union employees like they are 3rd class citizens in all walks of life at the plant, but the union representation does not stand for its people either! They are only there on payday to collect their 10 dollars and screw over their members side by side with the company. They will ignore serious complaints of sexual harassment and harrassment and focus on something like this they have no control over! It’s about time someone stood up to this awful company and their ridiculous management team.

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    1. Union employees? Why is the union not protecting their PAYING MEMBERS? Stop paying union fees until they do their jobs. Why have something that doesn’t work.

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  3. You are not bigger than the constitution of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    1. The Second amendment limits government, not individuals or businesses. You seriously need to take a 7th grade civics class.

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      1. And the umpteen lawsuits filed over the years by various parties for violation of civil rights argues against your erroneous comment.

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  4. State law trumps your opinion.We can start boycotting GM foods!

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  5. Sir I live in Wellston, my husband has his conceal carry permit and I don’t see any problem with an employer wishing to keep their place gun free. They’re not saying you can’t leave it in your car just don’t bring it in. This seems more than reasonable to me. We’re proud gun owners and citizens of Wellston. My husband may find employment at this facility after he receives his bachelor’s degree in industrial automation and engineering and minor in business. We have no problems with this.

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    1. No, that’s exactly what they are saying. They are trying to make it prohibitively inconvenient to keep your gun in your vehicle.

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    2. The law states that they are permitted to keep their gun in their vehicle. READ the letter , if you are able to comprehend the company’s intention.

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    3. I work there and all my other Union brothers and sisters with a conceal carry license have a problem with this so tough cookie. It’s state law and they are violating our civil rights!

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    4. If you give the company an inch, they will continue to in time take a mile. It doesn’t matter if you agree with this company or not, they should not be enforcing employees to prove a gun permit if the gun is locked up in your vehicle. The vehicle is an extension of your home, your private property

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  6. Chis Dorr you sr are a Moran..i love my guns I work in Texas Tennessee Kentucky oil refineries states with some of the most lenient gun laws but the first day when you do safety for any where in any of those states they make sure and tell you if you have a gun on are property you will never come back for the rest of your life..If some one can please tell me why they need to take a gun to work with them maybe I will change my mind thanks and something besides its your right because I understand all that..

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    1. It’s spelled “moron,” Adam.

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    2. Also it’s spelled “moron”, which is what you look like when when you try to insult someone and spell it wrong.

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    3. Because insane people don’t make appointments when and where to attack you. Also it seems that insane people don’t give a crap about any law, work rule or weather you plan on living a long life.

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    4. You never know what is going to happen on the commute to and from work. It is better have a gun and not need it than to need it and not have it.
      Ohio Law now permits employees employees, if they have a CCW, to keep their firearms locked in their vehicles. By law, the employer has no right to know which employees are licensed to legally conceal carry a firearm.

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    5. It’s not for work moron. It’s for the commute there and after. It’s state law. Times have changed. Get with it. Wellston is a drug infested town. Someone was beat to death for next to no money at a local shop.

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    6. To defend themselves on the way to and from work. Drugs are a big problem in the are so you never know.

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    7. I will explain why. There are so many idiots out there driving around. Maybe you accidentally pulled out in front of one, he decides to run you off the road or follow you to the next stop and shoot you. It happens every day. Here in my hometown there are 2 guys pulling people over pretending to be police and robbing people. Why do I need my gun in my car? For MY protection. I am sure these employees do not want their guns with them at work, but they have a right to protect themselves to and from work. The next question is, if someone does shoot up the factory, will GM take care of the families of the dead? Will they make sure the children are fed and goes to college? I don’t think so

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    8. It’s called “workplace violence.” A term Obama made famous. Work with any “peaceful” muslims?

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    9. Ever hear the phrase “going to go postal”?

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  7. What a bullshit article.
    The company bans firearms on their premises. They have the right to do so.
    If you work there and STILL feel the BS need to have a damn gun in your car, they make you report it and fill out some paperwork. Boohoo.

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    1. Go home. You’re drunk.

      A lot of gun owners feel the need to be able to protect themselves everywhere they can, often times because they have a family they’re providing for.

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    2. No, they don’t have the right to ban guns on their property. If you would have read the article you would understand that. Ohio law changed on March 21. Employers may no longer prohibit employees from keeping a gun in their vehicles. State law.

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    3. Actually Chris they don’t have that right according to Ohio law, they must permit employees to keep their firearms in their vehicles if they have a license to do so. General Mills is essentially discriminating against those who legally exercise their 2nd amendment rights by requiring additional documentation-setting them up for being targeted unfairly for corrective action, likely increased screening of their personal vehicles for violations and perhaps unfair denial of promotions or raises. It’s been proven time after time that gun free zones are LESS SAFE.

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    4. Don’t you understand the law? It is the right of the CCW holder to have their gun locked in their car at work. People like you and general mills , that do not follow this country is in the shape it is. YOU, snowflakes need to get a life and obey the laws. Quit your boo-hooing, and get over it.

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    5. Your attitude- “damn gun” -shows your anti-gun leanings. Your comment is hearby invalidated.

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  8. There have been several court rulings, including by SCOTUS, protecting a legal gun owners right to store a weapon in their car in the parking lot. Employers can’t restrict that. The 5th Circuit also ruled employers who terminate an employee for having a gun are liable and subject to wrongful termination lawsuits, even in a right to work state. Precedent is set and the law is pretty clear. General Mills is opening themselves up to multi-million dollar lawsuits with this policy.

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    1. Not just lawsuits. I would assume that the state attorney general will probably levy sanctions as well. So not only will General Mills get spanked by their employees, but also get spanked by the state of Ohio.
      Oh, and the folks who don’t understand why someone would want to have their gun with them? It’s not that difficult really. I’ll use my job as an example. While I live 5 minutes away, I have a bunch of coworkers who drive a good 20-30 minutes or so for their commute. Before the new law took effect, they would have to leave their firearm at home, since it wasn’t allowed on the premises, including the parking lot. So they would be unarmed for the commute to work and back home. And if they needed to run errands, they would either have to run those errands unarmed, or have to first drive home to retrieve their firearm, and then go back out. Obviously a big waste of time and gas, as well as leaving them at risk by opportunistic criminals.
      The new law isn’t putting employees at risk, since the firearm STILL is not allowed in the building, and let’s be realistic here, if an employee wants to actually shoot up their workplace, no amount of signs on the door, or “no weapons allowed” in the employee handbook is going to stop them from doing so. A magic force field is NOT going to pop up and repel the gun toting maniac.
      And another thing to remember, this law applies to citizens who have a valid CCW license. People who have taken a class and training, and have had a background check performed by law enforcement. If you don’t have the license, the law does not protect you, so your employer can nail you for violating the weapons policy then.

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  9. First : It is called Concealed Carry for a reason, You do not have to tell any one except Law enforcement that you have a Pistol in you’r car or truck. Second: They are baiting you The first rule talks about putting you’r Pistol in the trunk. Do not do that, to do that you would have to step outside your car with the pistol, and that you are not allowed to do. Just secure the pistol and by state law it can be loaded inside the car, Best if you use some type of safe or vault, and lock you’r car when you get out. Do not step out of your car with the pistol, Then they do have ground’s to call law enforcement on you, Just keep it inside you’r car or truck at all times. There is nothing in the new Ohio laws that says you are required to tell anyone ( except Law Enforcement if stopped) that you have a pistol in your car or that you have a C.C.L. including your employer !!

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  10. This is my opinion on this subject. If you are ccw holder you should & by law .Be allowed to secure your weapon inside your P.O.V. in the proper manner . If any employer chooses to post restrictions and change employee policies for ccw then they are to be held responsible by civil law for your safety while on their properties. By allowing employers to mandate any ccw holder to report they have a ccw permit is wrong.and only submits that employee to undo judgement. And possibly even detere them from advancing with that employer.
    Its understandable that employers want to provide a safe environment for all employees .But individuals that commits crime in the workplace aren’t concerned with policies or signage or their future employment with that employer. I myself have an ccw and a Veteran & we are restricted from bringing any weapons on V.A properties because of federal laws. Hopefully this changes and all legal ccw holders get to have the choice to defend ourselves and families while visiting these properties and businesses.

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  11. Is what they’re doing against the law?

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  12. Ohio law would supersede any company policy in place or set in place after the law was changed. Unless you work on a federal property, which would be under federal regulations, you are covered by the state ORC. If General Mills is trying to tell you otherwise, they are in violation of said ORC. General Mills has always been a do what we want Company, or at least their Wellston location has. I remember a young man getting almost killed there due to faulty equipment, which had a 3 year old work order on it, and they tried to hide it.

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  13. Anyone who has gone through the of obtaining concealed carry license would only be foolish to use a gun in the commission of a crime.
    These people are not a threat, but rather an asset.

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  14. This doesn’t surprise me none I used to work for there company and intrapment is just what they do the preach safety but don’t practice it I lost my job because if this shit there was nothing I could do to keep my job either if they Can’t find a reason they will make a paper up and have there reason I wish I could do something about it but I can’t. This company has the worst leadership and they walk all over there employees rights I flat out told human resources supervisors everybody that I felt threatened they made it a point to write me up for things and not even tell me they made there own rules and I lost my job my way of feeding my family I did everything to report all that was happening they called me lier to my face they trained me one way and wrote me up for doing it the way I was shown and they can and will come to your car if they have a reason or not I had it happen I was on my lunch break and was made to come bk in so I just say if your going to carry a gun keep in mind they can fire you if u give them any reason or not law or not there more worried about there employees pretending to be safe than actually being safe I was treated like shit for doing my job right just because the bosses didn’t like me all they want is to not be the worst of all the general mills Factory’s and they are it’s probably because there screwing ppl over all the time heads up if u wanna keep your job don’t take the gun to work there cameras don’t work outside its your word agenst there’s law or no law good luck to all but you all no I’m right it’s about how they look safety wise you do not matter.

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  15. Private Property and the Workplace
    Under the law,
    private employers may, but are not required to,
    prohibit the presence of firearms on their property or in
    motor
    vehicles owned by the employer. You should make yourself aware of
    your employer’s policies before you go to work with a handgun. In
    addition, the owner or person in control of private land or premises
    or person leasing land or premises from the government may post a
    sign in a conspicuous location that prohibits persons from carrying
    firearms or concealed handguns.
    Ohio law provides that a person who knowingly violates a posted
    prohibition of a parking lot or other parking facility is not guilty of
    criminal trespass, but is liable for a civil cause of action for trespass.
    Furthermore, a
    landlord may not prohibit or restrict a tenant with
    a concealed carry license from lawfully carrying or possessing a
    handgun on residential premises.
    Employers, business entities, property owners, public and/or
    private employers are not permitted to establish or enforce a policy
    that prohibits a concealed handgun licensee from transporting or
    storing a firearm or ammunition on their property under certain
    circumstances. For this restriction on employers and property
    owners to apply, several conditions must be met: 1. the firearm is in
    the vehicle while the licensee is physically present or, 2. the firearm
    and ammunition is locked within the trunk, glove box or other
    enclosed compartment or container within the vehicle and, 3. the
    vehicle is in a location where it is permitted to be.
    Statutory Reference: ORC 2923.1210

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  16. This is an additional restriction which is strictly prohibited by State law, and is now identical to bringing a gun on university 2
    property if a university prohibits guns on campus. If this policy is enforced as the city of Cincinnati does with their illegal laws, they lose every time, trouble is, its a royal PIA. In this case the law suit suit could be very expense.

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