Bargaining Update, March 14, 2013


WHUT Channel 32 workers on the picket line.

  • CWA reached a tentative agreement covering about 60 workers at Verizon North (formerly Verizon Midwest). The contract at Verizon West, covering about 5,000 workers, has been extended while negotiations continue.
  • GateHouse's opening contract proposals for employees of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., treat the newsroom as if it were in a "right-to-work" state. The bargaining unit is calling on workers to stick together during the difficult negotiations. Read more here.
  • Three suburban Philadelphia units of TNG-CWA have voted to accept a final offer from Alden Capital-21st Century CMH, the company buying the bankrupt Journal Register Co.'s properties. Read more about the vote here.
  • IUE-CWA Local 313 members at Dresser-Rand Co. in Painted Post, NY, have ratified a new agreement. It covers about 345 workers.
  • CWA Local 3181 — representing about 1,400 Palm Beach County employees including electricians, maintenance workers, parks employees and animal-control workers — is pushing the county for multiyear pay increases. "It's about time that the county commissioners stand up and make a decision. Step up and do the right thing and treat these people with some respect," President Richard Poulette told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
  • After five years and more than 50 layoffs, employees at the Athens County Department of Job and Family Services in Ohio are receiving their first pay raise since 2008. Read more here.
  • After an IBM executive sent an extremely offensive memo, in which he describes people asking for work-life balance as "complaining," the Alliance@IBM team is striking back. Workers are requesting that Human Resources review the executive's statements and launch an investigation to ensure that no qualified person has been illegally passed over for promotion because of an inability to work his recommended 15-hour days. Read the memo and the response from Alliance@IBM here.
  • Washington Teachers recently refused to participate in a pre-screening event of a documentary on DC schools because of NABET-CWA Local 31's ongoing dispute with the station. After the unit rejected a contract last year, the station retaliated by firing four of the six employees. The case is still pending before the NLRB. Read more here.