Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is targeting thousands of state jobs held by union members—and more updates here from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 1,100 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.
Multiple, California: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered department heads to eliminate 2,000 jobs on top of the 5,000 positions he wants to cut as part of his budget solution. The move affects California state workers represented by multiple unions, including AFSCME, SEIU, CSEA, IAFF and IUOE.
Multiple, BART: Train operators and station agents in BART’s second-biggest union, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1555, rejected a management contract proposal and expect to return to the bargaining table soon. Additionally, BART workers at its biggest union, SEIU Local 1021, voted to reject management’s contract proposal by 98.5 percent.
AFA-CWA, Midwest Airlines: Flight attendants at Midwest Airlines, represented by the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), filed for federal mediation after contract negotiations stalled. The union said the talks have stalled because the company is demanding large cuts in pay and benefits.
WORK STOPPAGES AND JOB ACTIONS
UAW, Bell Helicopter: Some 2,500 striking Bell Helicopter workers, represented by the UAW Local 218, returned to the bargaining table. The strike began June 14 after workers rejected the company’s final offer. Bell has attempted to replace the striking workers with some 1,000 temporary workers, including managers and Bell workers from other company locations.
IBEW, Penelec: Some 500 workers on strike since May 21 at Penelec Energy, represented by the Electrical Workers (IBEW), are set to resume negotiations with the aid of a new federal mediator. Forced overtime is a major issue.
IBEW, CMP: Central Maine Power workers, represented by IBEW Local 1837, rallied to demand a contract. The last agreement expired May 15, and negotiations began in March.
CNA/NNOC, Kaiser: Kaiser Permanente nurses in Fremont, Calif., represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), marched during a lunchtime rally, demanding management drop what they say is a proposal to slash clinic hours.
AFT, Detroit Public Schools: The Detroit Federation of Teachers (AFT) declared that the layoffs of hundreds of teachers within Detroit Schools is a contract violation and demanded the district rescind them or face a lawsuit.
ILA, Evergreen Shipping: The International Longshoremen’s Association filed a complaint accusing Evergreen Shipping Agency of improperly trying to include guest workers among the company’s clerical workers for whom the ILA is negotiating a contract.
CWA, AT&T: Some 18,500 members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) at AT&T’s Midwest region tentatively agreed on a new contract, following five months of negotiations and three months without a contract. CWA said the three-year deal safeguards health benefits, which had been a sticking point in the talks. AT&T is still negotiating with the union in four other districts and will start on a fifth soon. Together, those talks cover nearly 100,000 workers.
UAW, Lear Jet: Members of the UAW at Lear Jet reached a tentative agreement on new contracts at local unions in Arlington and Wentzville, Mo. Jim Wells, director of UAW Region 5, said, “Our bargaining committee at Lear has worked long and hard and arrived at a tentative agreement which we believe is in the best interests of our members and communities.”
Disclaimer: This information is being provided for your information only. As it is compiled from published news reports, not from individual unions, we cannot vouch for either its completeness or accuracy; readers who desire further information should directly contact the union involved.