Last week, more than a thousand workers at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, N.Y., participated in an informational picket to demand a fair contract. Nearly 6,300 union workers represented by CWA Local 1168 and 1199SEIU are fighting for wage increases, better staffing levels, and dignity and respect on the job. More than half of the workers are represented by CWA. The workers were joined by other CWA members, community allies, elected officials, and fellow union members on the picket line. During the rally, the members spoke to the media to educate the public about short staffing and poor working conditions. Following the picket, the CWA Local 1168 and 1199SEIU joint bargaining committee unanimously voted to hold a strike authorization vote in a show of solidarity that will send a clear message to Kaleida Health that the workers are ready to do what it takes to protect quality care for patients and residents. Click here for more information.
More than a thousand workers at Kaleida Health in Buffalo, N.Y., participated in an informational picket to demand a fair contract last week.
Union County Division of Social Services
After a long fight, workers at the Union County Division of Social Services in New Jersey, members of CWA Local 1080, ratified a new collective bargaining agreement. The members, who have been without a contract for slightly more than two years, stayed committed and actively mobilized throughout the bargaining by holding rallies and other workplace actions. The new contract includes wage increases for all employees, rebate payments from the previous year’s healthcare premiums, no increase to employees’ healthcare contributions for the duration of the agreement, a quiet room within the workplace for workers to relax after long intense shifts, new flexible schedules, the addition of Juneteenth as a paid holiday, and more.
Workers at TIME, members of the NewsGuild of New York (TNG-CWA Local 31003), voted unanimously last week to ratify a new contract after three years of bargaining. This is the first contract that covers all TIME editorial employees, ending the divide between the print side of the magazine and TIME digital and TIME for Kids workers who organized to join the union in 2019. The agreement is the first Guild contract to secure language protecting reproductive and gender-affirming health care. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, the workers also secured the right to re-open bargaining to address reimbursement for travel expenses once legalities around this issue become clearer. The contract also includes wage increases and strong equity, diversity, and inclusion language. Read more here.