CWA members turned AT&T’s shareholder meeting into a forum on contract negotiationsâ€”and more updates from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 900 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.
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CWA, AT&T: The San Antonio Express reports that members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) swarmed the AT&T shareholders’ meeting, focusing the meeting on the ongoing contract negotiations.Â Â ”We do have a very difficult process we’re going through right now,” AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said. “I don’t think we’re going to resolve this easily. We’re going to have to sit down and work nose to nose.” Get the facts on bargaining atÂ CWA’s AT&T bargaining website.Â
IAM, SK Hand Tools: Machinists (IAM) Local 1356 members at SK Hand Tools in Defiance, Ohio, have been on strike for a better contract for three weeks.Â After a lengthy negotiations process, the union wonÂ improvements from earlier offers that would have eviscerated the contract and workers ratified a new agreement.Â Â Â
IBEW/IAFF, Vallejo: In California, a U.S. bankruptcy courtÂ judge ordered Vallejo into mediationÂ with the Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and delayed a ruling on the city’s motion to cancel its collective bargaining agreements. “We are very happy with this order, and both unions sincerely hope to reach a resolution with the city,” said union attorney Kelly Woodruff.Â
TNG-CWA, NY Times: Newsroom employees of The New York Times represented by The Newspaper Guild-CWA (TNG-CWA) will vote on a temporary pay cutÂ designed toÂ protect theÂ jobs of 80 workers facing layoffs at the paper.Â Workers will decide whether to take a 5 percent pay reduction for the rest of this year, with salaries restored January 1, 2010.Â Â
UAW, Chrysler: UAW members at ChryslerÂ ratified changes to their 2007 agreement by a large margin.Â The new changes will go into effect May 4.Â TheÂ pact includes changes to the contract that maintain current wages but suspends performance and Christmas bonuses. It also suspends cost-of-living allowances, cuts break time from 46 minutes to 40 minutes per eight-hour shift andÂ eliminates the jobs bank.Â
IAFF, Vancouver, Wash.: Two Vancouver, Wash.,Â IAFF localsÂ have agreed toÂ forgo cost of living raisesÂ for the next two years, saving Vancouver more than $100,000.Â
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