Council Bluffs Schools
Public sector employees at Council Bluffs (Iowa) Schools, members of CWA Local 7103, ratified a new multi-year agreement that was approved by the Council Bluffs School District Board of Education. The unit includes close to 300 paraeducators, preschool teacher assistants, office workers and health, library, and technology associates. Under the agreement, all employees will receive an immediate jump in wages – a 15 percent increase for special education paraeducators and a seven percent increase for all other employees.
Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald
After two years of organizing for a fair contract, workers at the Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, members of the One Herald Guild (CWA Local 3108), have ramped up their mobilization in response to the increased workload and understaffing at the paper. They have made progress on some issues, but remain stagnant on key areas, including pay equity between English and Spanish-language journalists, layoff protections, severance pay, and their 401(k) plans. The workers are asking McClatchy, which owns the publications, to take them seriously and finish negotiating a fair contract.