Bargaining Update - August 19, 2021

Consolidated Communications (CCI)

CWA Local 1400 members at Consolidated Communications (formerly Fairpoint) in Northern New England overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new contract. The members reached a fair and equitable agreement after months of negotiations and worker-led actions, including several public demonstrations and a strike authorization vote. The four-year agreement, covering 1,000 workers in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, includes wage increases, limitations of movement of work, work from home provisions and more.

CWA members mobilize for a contract at Consolidated Communications
Members of CWA Local 1400 mobilized to win a fair and equitable contract at Consolidated Communications.

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Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center

After 15 months of difficult bargaining, 700 workers at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., members of CWA Local 9413, won a solid contract earlier this year with across-the-board wage increases for all positions at the hospital. Two-thirds of the workers received larger raises than the minimum specified by the agreement. This was no easy victory. The company went as far as firing a member of the bargaining team in an effort to intimidate members into accepting an insulting offer. However, the union fought back the employer's retrogressive proposals and illegal actions, prevailed in winning National Labor Relations Board charges against the company for firing the bargaining team member, and secured a fair contract.