Verizon Contracts Ratified by Overwhelming Vote
Verizon workers in District 1 and 2-13 voted overwhelmingly to ratify new contracts. The 39,000 workers were on strike for 45 days.
Wireline CWA members in New York-New England and the mid-Atlantic ratified four-year contracts in separate votes.
Verizon Wireless technicians ratified a separate agreement by an overwhelming vote. That contract covers about 100 VZW technicians in New York, and contract gains include a 10.9 percent wage increase over the four-year term, a $1,250 signing bonus, new paid parent leave benefits and improvements in stand-by pay.
For Verizon Wireless retail store workers in Brooklyn, NY, and Everett, Mass., who overwhelmingly approved a separate contract, the first-ever contract makes major improvements in job security and other areas. The contract provides a first-ever grievance and arbitration procedure, protections against arbitrary discipline and firing, and restrictions on the company's ability to subcontract work. In a big gain, $2,000 of performance-based pay now will be guaranteed as part of workers' base pay. The contract also gives workers the right to swap schedules, enabling workers to better balance their work and family lives.
Workers at Verizon Connected Solutions also ratified a separate four-year agreement that provides for the same benefit improvements as the core wireline agreement, and in a big gain for workers, maintains a key job title that ensures that these workers will receive wage raises according to the negotiated pay scale.
NewsGuild Day of Action
Last week, Digital First Media workers launched a campaign to demand investor transparency from Alden Global Capital, a hedge fund that began buying Digital First Media publications in 2009.
"Alden is one of the largest newspaper owners in the United States, yet it operates as a dark web of complex business structures to hide itself from the public view," said NewsGuild president Bernie Lunzer. "Alden is laying off the very journalists who'd be reporting this kind of vital information to the public. We believe the public has a right to demand complete transparency about Alden."
Alden is known as a vulture fund that stashes money in notorious tax havens around the world. It has seized and sold off the assets of Digital First Media newspapers, selling real estate, slashing newsroom staff, and outsourcing jobs. Its actions are hurting newspaper employees and depriving communities of access to quality news coverage.
The NewsGuild-CWA represents 870 workers at 12 DFM newspaper bargaining units nationwide, 11 of which have expired contracts. Many workers haven't had a raise for seven to 10 years. The newspapers include the Denver Post, Mercury News, East Bay Times, Monterey Herald, St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Macomb Daily and the Daily Tribune, Kingston Freeman, Pottstown Mercury, The Delaware County Times, The Trentonian, and the Norristown Times-Herald.
More than 6,000 people already have signed the petition calling for transparency at Alden. Sign it here.
NewsGuild workers at the Norristown Times Herald tell Alden to disclose their investors.
CWA members at AT&T West are pushing for the company to bargain a fair contract covering 15,000 workers in California and Nevada.
Grievance/unfair labor practice strikes by nearly 4,000 members of Locals 9400 and 9510 that began June 9 have been resolved. The CWA locals were protesting management's decision to reassign work on landlines used for 911 emergency calls. AT&T West management has agreed to notify and meet with locals in advance to discuss work assignments and to return that work to system technicians.
Members of CWA Local 9400 in Fontana and 9510 in Tustin rally in grievance/unfair labor practice strikes.
United Day of Action
In a Day of Action, thousands of United Airlines Flight Attendants and supporters protested at major airports around the world on June 16 as they continue to mobilize for a fair contract now. Meanwhile, bargaining under the supervision and assistance of Federal Mediation Board Member Linda Puchala continued.
AFA-CWA Flight Attendants and other activists protest at Dulles International Airport.
The New York Times wrote about the divide that still exists almost six years after the merger.
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CWA members working at Frontier Rhinelander, members of CWA Local 4671, reached a tentative agreement with the company this week, including a fair wage increase and improvements to benefits. An explanation meeting and voting on this new agreement will take place on Thursday evening.
Tentative Agreement Reached at Kaleida Health
CWA Local 1168 members in Buffalo, NY reached a tentative agreement with Kaleida Health. The agreement covers three unions – CWA, IUOE 17 and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – and 7,500 employees.
"We did this by working with Kaleida Health on a plan that will address both the patients and the staff that are at the bedside," said CWA Local 1168 President Cori Gambini. "I believe this will help Kaleida Health continue to be the employer of choice for health care workers and the best choice for the community to seek medical care."
Solidarity around our Envoy system.
The CWA elected bargaining committee and staff are continuing to negotiate with Envoy for a first contract covering 3,800 agents at 94 airports. Bargaining team members are: Michael Haight, Traverse City Mich.; Janet Padett, Los Angeles, Calif.; Bryce Rea, Joplin, Mo.; Marge Krueger, CWA administrative director, and District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt.