- CWA Local 3181 and a strong community coalition stopped an effort by the St. Lucie, Fla., County School District to privatize the jobs of 300 custodial service workers, said Local President Rick Poulette. The coalition convinced the board to reject contracting out and cutting the custodians' pay.
- A New Jersey appeals court has denied CWA's request to block the privatization of New Jersey's lottery. "The ruling just says there's not an immediate irreparable harm. The court may say that $120 million in a budget is not irreparable harm, but taxpayers of New Jersey may feel differently if this does not work out in their favor," said Seth Hahn, the CWA's legislative and political director for New Jersey. Read more here.
- Iowa's Area Education Agency 267 Board approved a contract covering 229 members of CWA Local 7170. The agreement provides for a wage and benefit increase of 4.14 percent for workers in several job categories, including educational assistants, clerk technicians, interpreters, occupational therapy assistants, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and cooks. Read more here.
- Members of NABET-CWA Local 52031 in the Washington, D.C. metro area overwhelmingly ratified a new contract with the Public Broadcasting Service. The contract, effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2016, covers 44 workers and provides for wage increases, a ratification bonus and other gains.
- CWA Local 1168 members have voted in favor of going on strike at Kaleida Health, which operates four hospitals in the Buffalo, NY, area. Read more here.
- Bargaining at CenturyLink has been suspended and will resume on June 18. Updates can be found on District 7's website: http://www.cwadistrict7.org.
In California, members of CWA Local 9586 at the Santa Fe Springs Yard call out Verizon West for its corporate greed. Negotiations for a new contract covering 5,000 workers are continuing.
The NABET-CWA team bargains a new PBS contract.
Workers tell CenturyLink to "Honor your word!"