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Piedmont passenger service and fleet workers in Philadelphia
demonstrate for a fair contract.
Fleet and passenger service agents at Piedmont Airlines, who voted to
join CWA in November 2010, overwhelmingly ratified their first contract
by a 94 percent vote.
The four and one half year (54 month) contract covers 3,700 agents at
79 stations and provides raises and bonuses of up to 38 percent over
Long and tough negotiations, with the involvement of the National
Mediation Board, finally produced this first agreement that includes
real improvements in pay, job security and health care benefits, as well
an effective grievance and arbitration process.
Among the provisions:
- A lump sum signing bonus of 6-8 percent of salary in 2012.
- A new pay system with guaranteed 4 percent raises and additional
- A first-ever grievance and arbitration process.
- Longevity bonuses each year for good attendance.
- Equity for part-time workers for holiday pay.
- Job security improvements.
"Piedmont workers stood together and mobilized for more than a year
to win economic justice, and they did. This agreement provides real
improvements in pay and working conditions that will benefit agents and
their families. They were determined to prevail, and they did," said
Jimmy Tarlau, assistant to CWA's District 2-13 vice president.
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Members of CWA Local 1109, Cablevision technicians in Brooklyn,
send a message of support to other Cablevision workers.
Cablevision workers in the Bronx, N.Y., faced tremendous pressure and
a brutal management campaign in their effort to get CWA representation.
Despite strong support from members and leaders of Local 1101, who
worked with the technicians; Local 1109's stewards, leaders and members,
including the Brooklyn Cablevision techs; and many elected officials,
union supporters in the Bronx unit weren't able to overcome the attacks
that seemed to come from all sides.
Management was determined that technicians in the Bronx wouldn't take
the same route as Cablevision technicians in Brooklyn, who won their CWA
voice in January in a stunning election victory. So this time,
management pulled out all the stops. It hired a union-busting law firm
that helped create a "vote-no" committee that waged an ugly anti-
campaign against union supporters.
Cablevision CEO James Dolan came to the Bronx location twice. On his
first visit, he announced huge pay increases of up to $9 an hour, raises
that won't apply to Cablevision workers at the Brooklyn location, of
course. The CEO's second visit wasn't so pleasant. Then, he threatened
technicians that if they voted for CWA, they wouldn't get any of the new
technology work that the company is rolling out.
CWA Brooklyn Cablevision techs have sent messages of support to their
brothers and sisters in the Bronx.
Listen to this great song the Brooklyn techs wrote.
CWA has filed unfair labor practice charges based on the company's
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CWA activists from Local 9509 protest secret TPP trade deal in San
CWA activists were part of a big crowd that stood up to Trans-Pacific
Partnership negotiators this week, demanding more transparency and
openness in what could be the biggest free trade agreement in the world.
Rallying in San Diego, site of the 13th round of negotiations, CWAers
joined nearly 200 others activists from the AFL-CIO and other unions,
Citizens Trade Campaign, Sierra Club and other organizations. CWA is
working with allies to highlight the dangers of TPP — what some have
dubbed "NAFTA on steroids" — including the possible end to "Buy
American" policies, offshoring of millions of good-paying jobs and
rolling back of important Wall Street regulations. In addition, the deal
would jeopardize the sovereignty of the 11 nations by giving more power
to large corporations like Walmart, Monsanto, Goldman Sachs and
"This not only contributes to the nation's severe unemployment
problems, but it pushes down wages and benefits for the jobs we have
said Lorena Gonzalez, chief executive officer of the San Diego and
Imperial Counties Labor Council, at the rally outside the Hilton San
Diego Bayfront Hotel. "That means a smaller tax base to support our
schools, our infrastructure, and other critical services."
"Let us say, 'open these negotiations to the people,'" Rep. Bob
Filner, a San Diego Democrat,
told the crowd. "Let's stop this so-called free trade."
The talks include Australia, Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Peru, Singapore and Vietnam; Mexico, Canada and Japan have expressed
interest in joining.
growing support for public access to the documents and discussions,
the United States Trade Representative continues to deny key
stakeholders a seat at the table.
On Saturday, the coalition plans to make some noise throughout
downtown San Diego in the Occupy-led "Pots & Pans" protest.
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Ver.di activist and Works Councilor Uli Meyer-Berhorn joined CWAers
from Local 7800 and other union activists outside a T-Mobile USA store
in Tacoma, Wash.
Ver.di activist and Works Councilor Uli Meyer-Berhorn joined local
union activists Monday in protesting the actions of T-Mobile USA in
Meyer-Berhorn, giving up some of his vacation time, and activists
from CWA Local 7800, the Tacoma Central Labor Council and Jobs with
Justice, leafleted a local T-Mobile store, spotlighting the company's
decision to close seven U.S. call centers. Meyer-Berhorn's visit is a
part of the campaign by ver.di, CWA and T-Mobile USA workers to win
bargaining rights for U.S. workers. It's also part of a national
campaign during the first two weeks of July in which local union
activists deliver messages to legislators and corporations to demand an
end to the massive outsourcing and off-shoring of U.S. jobs. By shutting
down seven of its 24 call centers, T-Mobile USA affected the jobs of
Also beginning this week, Lothar Schröder, a leader of ver.di, is
meeting with T-Mobile USA workers in Nashville, Tenn., and Wichita,
Kan., before joining the CWA bargaining team in Hartford, Conn., where
negotiations are continuing for a first contract for technicians.
Schröder is Vice Chair and a member of the Supervisory Board and Vice
Chair of Deutsche Telekom. He also heads ver.di's Department of
Telecommunications and serves on the ver.di National Executive Board.
ver.di is the German union representing Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile
Ado Wilhelm, who heads ver.di's mobile communications division,
joined the bargaining team in June and will return in August, making
three consecutive months that ver.di will have been a key part of the
Supporters and activists also are signing a global petition that
calls on Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile USA to stop its anti-union
behavior and respect workers' rights to bargain collectively. You can
sign the petition here.
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AFA-CWA reached a tentative first contract covering nearly 200 Flight
Attendants at Ryan International Airlines, while Flight Attendants at
Air Wisconsin, a US Airways Express carrier, ratified a new four-year
The proposed Ryan Airlines settlement provides for scheduled pay
increases and improvements to job security, vacation and sick leave,
among other gains. Complete terms of the agreement are being sent to
members for ratification.
"While this agreement was reached in confines of bankruptcy, Ryan
International Flight Attendants had the opportunity to decide what was
important to them instead of allowing management to simply impose terms
and conditions," said Mary Lou Riley, Ryan International Master
Executive Council President.
The National Mediation Board provided assistance in reaching this
agreement. The airline provides private charter service as well as
passenger service for the U.S. government, including the Department of
Flight Attendants ratified a new contract at Air Wisconsin, the
biggest privately held regional carrier in the U.S., and a US Airways
That contract, negotiated with the help of the NMB, covers more than
300 Flight Attendants. It provides for increases in compensation,
scheduling improvements and other gains.
"Through the solidarity and determination of Air Wisconsin Flight
Attendants, we were able to achieve an agreement that recognizes the
contributions we make to the overall success of our carrier and provides
growth opportunities for our future." said Brenda Barrall, AFA Air
Air Wisconsin operates nearly 500 daily regional flights, serving 70
cities in the U.S. and Canada.
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Winners of CWA's Joe Beirne Foundation Scholarships have been
Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each were offered for
the 2012-2013 academic year. Winners were selected in a lottery drawing
and also will receive second-year scholarships for the same amount if
they meet satisfactory academic standards. Part-time students taking
fewer than 12 credits will receive half the scholarship amount.
CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including
those of retired or deceased members, are eligible for the scholarship.
CWA established the Joe Beirne Foundation in October 1974 to honor CWA's
founding president and his commitment to education.
First year winners are:
Kelli Williams, daughter of Claudia Williams, Local 1084
Darius Gonzalez, son of Emilio Gonzalez, Local 1107
Elizabeth Palena, daughter of Ilene Palena, Local 1039
May Chang, daughter of Helen Nan, Local 1032
Anna Fazzini, daughter of Lisa Fazzini, Local 13000
John Hughes, son of John Hughes, Local 2336
Chelsey Robinson, daughter of Becky Robinson, Local 3310
Nicholas Bernier, son of Raymond Bernier, Local 3250
Dylan Moore, son of Jerald Moore, Local 4671
Parker Van Riper, daughter of DeAnne Van Riper, Local 24008
Ethan Pollock, son of Earl Pollock, Local 6016
Michelle Garcia, daughter of Norma Garcia, Local 6143
Kayla Ellis, daughter of Lori Ellis, Local 7901
Angela Brouqua, daughter of Richard Brouqua, Local 9421
Charles Grigsby, grandson of Lynn Ludlow, Local 39521
Second-year scholarship winners are:
Kevin Poretti, son of Victor Poretti, Local 1036
Alisha Harron, daughter of William Harron, Local 1031
Patricia Apple, daughter of Dwayne Apple, Local 1170
Keith Dolan, son of George Dolan, Local 1120
Christopher Lightly, Jr., son of Tiffany Gladden, Local 2108
Javier Jesus Castro, son of Roberto Castro, Local 3121
Tegan George, daughter of Nicholas George, Local 3611
Leah Espinoza, daughter of Michelle Espinoza, Local 4108
Brendan O'Malley, son of Michael O'Malley, Local 34001
Heather Karlin, daughter of Gary Karlin, Local 6407
Colleen Bonner, member, Local 6186
Travis Beck, son of Randy Beck, Local 87140
Monica Alvarado, daughter of Jose Alvarado, Local 9509
Isabella Ross, daughter of Andrew Ross, Local 39521
Jessica James, daughter of John James, Local 13301