Your CWA Bargaining Committee met with the Company June 11 - 12, in Washington, D.C. to bargain over a new successor Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Over two days in bargaining, both parties discussed pending outstanding data requests. The Company has yet to provide much of the data requested that will help CWA intelligently discuss the pending issues. In the two-day, intense bargaining both parties were able to reach a tentative agreement in Preamble, Article 2 and Appendix E. The Union passed proposals on Article 18 (Grievance Procedure), Article 14 (Job Posting), Article 15 (Layoff), Article 16 (Leaves of Absence), Article 23 (Holidays), Article 24 (Vacations), Article 25 (Sick Time), Article 29 (Bereavement Leave), Article 30 (Jury Duty), Article 27 (Insurance), Appendix D and Wages.
The Company submitted a counter proposal to most of our proposals, except for Article 27 and Appendix D, since they are working with their benefits team on some information requested by the Union and to work with their proposal. While we wait for some responses to our data request, we were not able to provide a new or a counter proposal to the Company.
Bargaining is set to resume in Murray Hill, New Jersey July 9 - 10, 2019. Even when the contract is set to expire on May 24, 2019, Article 38 provides for an automatic 60-day extension of all terms and conditions of employment. Therefore, our contract will continue in full force until the sixty (60) days expire on July 16, 2019. After that, both parties may extend the contract or work without a contract.
We are hopeful that we can come to a fair and just agreement that will provide for fair wages, good benefits and above all job security.
One day longer, one day stronger! United we stand!
Your Bargaining Team,
Luis M. Benitez-Burgos, CWA Staff Representative
Brian Reilly, President - Local 1060