After eight weeks of bargaining, CWA members at CenturyLink in the central Florida area reached a tentative agreement with the company covering 256 workers. The agreement includes improvements on job protections and working conditions, maintains current benefits, and provides a 4.5% increase on wages during the life of the contract.
CWA Local 3176 President Greg Douglas said, "The membership sent a clear message to the company that as union members we have a collective voice and we are willing to use it."
The COVID-19 pandemic raised challenges during bargaining, requiring the bargaining committee to conduct all meetings remotely using audio/video technology instead of face-to-face. Despite those challenges, the local mobilized effectively during bargaining, using tactics like an electronic mobile billboard (above).