The Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) of IUE-CWA and five other member unions at GE met with the company in Cincinnati this week to begin national contract negotiations. The unions of the CBC combine their collective power so that GE cannot use divide-and-conquer tactics to weaken us. The CBC is chaired by Carl Kennebrew, President of IUE-CWA.
CWA President Chris Shelton and Kennebrew made opening statements at bargaining. IUE-CWA Conference Board Chairman and lead negotiator Jerry Carney and other union leaders addressed GE and demanded a fair and equitable contract for the thousands of union members they represent across the United States.
"Our goals are to make improvements in a number of areas – job security, health benefits, pension benefits, and wages, to name a few," said Shelton. "Our members are sick and tired of concessions on health benefits, increasing their costs every year. In addition to critical economic issues, we expect to negotiate over how this company will invest in a way to ensure our members have a future as we jointly work to bring GE to renewed success. These negotiations are an opportunity to build for the future."
Negotiations will continue throughout June with the current contract set to expire on June 23, 2019.
The Union Coordinated Bargaining Committee (CBC) of IUE-CWA and five other member unions at GE met with the company in Cincinnati to begin national contract negotiations.
This week, hundreds of CWA members leafleted outside AT&T authorized dealer stores across the country to let members of the public know how AT&T is hurting our communities, cutting jobs, and abandoning the workers who made the company so successful.
The leaflets exposed AT&T's bad behavior and encouraged members of the public to take action to get Congress to investigate how the company has been using its tax cut since it has not fulfilled its promise to create jobs and invest in the United States. Sign the petition here: InvestigateATT.org
AT&T promised to create at least 7,000 jobs if they got a big tax cut. Instead, the company ran away with billions in tax breaks and still eliminated more than 23,000 jobs, while continuing to send work to low-wage contractors and overseas.
Thousands of CWAers at AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy T are currently fighting for fair contracts to ensure good jobs at the company. In Puerto Rico, where AT&T Mobility workers worked tirelessly to rebuild the AT&T wireless network after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, the company is refusing to ensure its two call centers will even stay open.
Hundreds of CWA members leafleted outside AT&T authorized dealer stores across the country to let members of the public know how AT&T is hurting our communities, cutting jobs, and abandoning its workers.