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Bargaining Update: Around the Union

New Flyer

CWA members of Local 7304 ratified a five-year contract with New Flyer Bus Co. in St. Cloud, Minn.

Among the agreement's improvements: wage increases over the contract term of 17.4 percent, strict limits on mandatory overtime, improvements in vacation scheduling and other benefits, improvements in the grievance procedure, and other gains. The 570 workers rallied and mobilized to get their message out.

New Flyer workers in Crookston, Minn., are CWA members, and workers in Anniston, Ala., are organizing for a union voice. New Flyer is the largest bus manufacturer in the U.S. and Canada.

Digital First Media

NewsGuild members at 29 publications owned by Digital First Media and GateHouse Media outlets put their employers on notice that they will fight for quality journalism and to stop the draconian cuts happening in newsrooms and newspapers nationwide.

“Democracy Depends on Journalism: Invest in Us” was the message on World Press Freedom Day. NewsGuild members demanded that corporate owners invest in quality jobs and fair contracts, to counter the years of layoffs, furloughs, pay freezes, and benefit cuts that news workers have endured.

CenturyLink

CenturyLink (Qwest Communications) voted by a strong majority to ratify an agreement which extends the current contract by 3 years. The contract covers about 10,300 employees in 13 states including Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

The deal includes wage increases of 3%, 2.5%, and 2.5% over the term of the agreement.

In late 2016, CenturyLink made it clear to CWA that it wanted to roll back health and workplace benefits, increasing out of pocket costs and deductibles. The company also said it wanted changes to disability, pensions, life insurance, and the 401K plan. District 7 members showed their solidarity, enabling CWA to fight back on all those demands.

Mesa Airlines

AFA-CWA Flight Attendants at Mesa Airlines voted overwhelmingly for strike authorization. Mesa operates flights for American Airlines (as American Eagle) and United Airlines (as United Express).

"Management has left us with no other choice. Mesa Flight Attendants are prepared to strike if released by the National Mediation Board," said Heather Stevenson, AFA Mesa President. Negotiations, overseen by the NMB, are continuing.

AFA-CWA leaders from 20 unions protested outside Mesa Airlines headquarters in Phoenix, in solidarity with the fight by Mesa Flight Attendants for a fair contract.

“Flight Attendants have worked for far too long under bankruptcy pay and work rules,” said Sara Nelson, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA. “We will turn up the heat until Mesa management agrees to a fair contract!”

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