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On Monday, Apple Retail Union-CWA members in Oklahoma City, Okla., kicked off bargaining for their first union contract, representing a significant milestone for Apple retail workers organizing across the country. This marks the first time Apple retail employees who have formed a union with CWA will be coming together to negotiate with the world’s most profitable corporation.
Last October, the Oklahoma City workers became the second Apple store to win their National Labor Relations Board union election. Workers were motivated to form their union in order to ensure greater transparency regarding hiring, pay, and job assignments. As workers enter into bargaining with the trillion-dollar corporate giant, they hope to secure seniority-based language regarding pay raises, improved vacation policies, and commitments from Apple to address job vacancies. Read more here.
Members of the Toledo NewsGuild-CWA (TNG-CWA Local 34043), who are currently fighting for a new contract, showed solidarity with striking workers at their sister paper, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, last Saturday by posting signs around town in an effort to bring the strike to the forefront of Toledoans’ attentions. The workers at both papers are committed to keep supporting each other in their fight for better working conditions and a fair contract.
International Game Technology (IGT)
CWA Local 1101 members at International Game Technology (IGT), a company that services slot machines and other gambling technology in New York, ratified a new three-year contract last week with big improvements, including significant wage increases, carry over vacation time, and a clear wage progression. Their contract victory is the result of months-long bargaining, incredible mobilization by the members, which included mass public demonstrations, and the solidarity other CWAers and allies built with IGT workers.