- UANCWA – WORKERS CALL ON CWA – More than 2,000 workers at Cingular Wireless operations in five states joined the Communications Workers of America last month. In Paramus, NJ, 872 call center workers joined local 1101, as did 129 Cerritos, CA call center workers. More than 13,500 Cingular employees who once worked for AT&T have joined CWA since August under an agreement between the union and Cingular in which the company agreed to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards.
- AFSA – Press Release: AFSA Adds Five School Administrator Groups; Membership Rises 5%
AFSCME – AG WORKERS GAIN VOICE WITH AFSCME-Nearly 100 workers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s operations office voted for a voice on the job through AFSCME Council 26. The office provides facilities management, building maintenance and operation, warehousing, delivery, printing and other services for agencies of the department.
IFPTE – IFPTE GROWS IN SAN FRANCISCO-Through a combination of political action and member-to-member organizing, International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 in San Francisco has increased its membership by more than 6,000 in recent years and the union’s core staff has grown from one person to more than 20. Local 21 is the latest organizing success story featured on the AFL-CIO’s website, www.aflcio.org/, which highlights successful strategies and techniques that local and international unions use to grow their membership and provide a voice on the job for more workers.
IATSE – NASHVILLE FILM CREW PICKS IATSE-Thirty film crew workers at Picture Vision Pictures, in Nashville, Tenn., won representation with the Theatrical Stage Employees Local 492 last month. Ironically, the crew is working on a commercial for the virulently anti-union Wal-Mart. Also, 14 wardrobe technicians at the Pittsburgh Public Theater won recognition with Local 787. Both wins came through majority sign-ups, in which the employer agrees to recognize the workers’ choice to join a union when a majority signs union authorization cards.
IFPTE – AGREEMENT REACHED AT BOEING-Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, an affiliate of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees, are voting on a tentative agreement with Boeing Co. If approved, the new three-year deal would provide pay increases of at least 15 percent to 17 percent for some 17,550 engineers and technical workers in Washington State, California and Oregon. The agreement also maintains the current company medical plan for active employees and retirees.
AFSA – SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS BOOST MEMBERSHIP 5 PERCENT-Some 680 school principals, assistant principals and supervisors joined the School Administrators in the past year, giving the union a 5 percent boost in membership. The new members formed five new locals: Educadores Puertorriquen en Accion/AFSA Local 105 in Puerto Rico, Texas School Administrators Network/Local 33, Oak Park (Mich.) Department Chairs Association/Local 104, Queen Anne’s County (Md.) Administrators and Supervisors Association/Local 102 and Thompson (Conn.) Association of School Administrators/Local 106.
AFT – ON PACE TO JUSTICE-Twenty-eight transportation workers at Pace University voted to join AFT Oct. 20. The workers drive campus shuttle buses on the New York state school’s several campuses.
CWA – 1,000 CHOOSE CWA-In Bothell, Wash., 934 Cingular call center workers joined the Communications Workers of America through a majority sign-up Nov. 4. They will be represented by WashTech/CWA Local 37083 in Seattle. The workers are among the more than 12,000 who have joined CWA since August under an agreement reached by CWA and Cingular after the Cingular/AT&T merger. The company agreed to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards. Also, 113 Delaware State Police civilian employees overwhelmingly voted to join CWA Local 1301.
- AFT – A GOOD START-In Pajaro Valley, Calif., 75 Migrant Program Head Start staffers won a voice at work with AFT last month when the school district recognized their choice to join a union. They will become part of the Pajaro Valley Federation of Teachers bargaining unit.
CWA – WIRING A VOICE-Some 140 Cingular Wireless retail sales workers around Maryland joined Communications Workers of America Local 2017, bringing to more than 5,000 the number who have joined CWA since the Cingular/AT&T merger last year. The new employees won their union under an agreement reached by CWA and Cingular after the merger, in which the company agreed to a level playing field and to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards.
AFSCME – ON WISCONSIN-In Wisconsin, 42 Jackson County RNs, LPNs and other health care workers voted to join AFSCME Council 40. Elsewhere, 11 Muskingum County (Ohio) Water Department workers voted to join AFSCME Council 8.
CWA – A CINGULAR SENSATION-More than 2,000 Cingular Wireless workers in several cities recently won a voice at work with the Communications Workers of America through a majority sign-up, in which an employer agrees to recognize the union when a majority of workers signs authorization cards. They include 1,134 who chose CWA Local 6016 in Oklahoma City, 444 who joined CWA Local 7901 in Portland, Ore., 418 in Lebanon, Va., who gained representation with CWA Local 2204 and 37 network technicians throughout Virginia who are now members of CWA Local 2201. They join the more than 2,100 Cingular workers who also recently chose to join CWA, exercising their rights on a level playing field where the company agreed to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union.
USW – PHARMACISTS ALIGN WITH USW-The United Steelworkers and the National Pharmacists Association (NPhA) announced Sept. 6 they are forming a joint Pharmacists Council. About 2,500 pharmacists nationwide will participate in the council. “Working together with the USW will give all of our members a stronger voice to advocate for improved safety practices,” said NPhA President Tom Hanson.
CWA – A WIRELESS VOICE-More than 800 Cingular workers, former AT&T Wireless employees, at two call centers in Greensboro N.C., won a voice at work Sept. 9 with the Communications Workers of America Local 3607. After the Cingular/AT&T merger, the company agreed to a level playing field and to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards. Under that agreement, nearly half of the 5,000 former AT&T workers who have chosen CWA are in the traditionally anti-union Southeast, where employers mount huge anti-union campaigns against workers.
- AFSCME – W.VA., N.Y., CHOOSE AFSCME-Some 315 state and municipal workers in several departments throughout West Virginia chose AFSCME representation during a June and July organizing drive. In New York, 45 workers at St. Johnsville Central School District won voluntary recognition with CSEA-AFSCME Local 1000, as did 12 police officers in Lakewood.
CWA – SIGNING UP AT CINGULAR – After a coordinated effort by local union leaders and organizers fromm Cape Girardeau, Columbia, Joplin, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis, some 99 workers at 21 Cingular stores in six Missouri cities became members of the Communications Workers of America last week through a majority sign-up, in which an employer agrees to recognize the union when a majority of workers signs authorization cards. In other Cingular organizing successes, in Massachusetts 90 retail sales workers at 22 stores chose CWA Local 1298, and in Oklahoma 33 Cingular retail employees at five locations joined CWA Locals 6009 and 6012.
AFSCME – THE CORRECT CHOICE – In Puerto Rico, 116 employees at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation voted recently to join Sevodores Publicos Unidos/AFSCME Council 95. In addition, 42 home health workers–nurses, nursing assistants and office workers in Jackson County, WI–voted to join AFSCME Council 40.
IBEW – NUCLEAR PLANT WORKERS JOIN IBEW – Eighteen workers int he planning and purchasing departments at the River Bend nuclear power plant in Baton Rouge, LA recently voted to join Electrical Workers Local 2286.
CWA – GAINING RESPECT AT CINGULAR-Seeking respect on the job and better benefits, 390 workers at the Cingular Wireless call center in Memphis, Tenn., joined Communications Workers of America Local 3806 Aug. 12 through majority sign-up, in which an employer agrees to recognize the union if a majority of workers signs authorization cards. CWA members at Cingular’s national distribution center in Memphis played an important role in the
AFTRA – LATIN GRAMMIES SHOW UNION LABEL-In a major win, the workers on the Spanish-language production of the Latin GRAMMY Awards for the first time will work under an agreement between the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the show’s producer, FRB Productions. The show will air on Univision Nov. 3.
CWA – NEW CWA MEMBERS AT CINGULAR: 8,000 AND COUNTING-Some 1,800 workers at several Cingular Wireless call centers and retail stores won union representation with the Communications Workers of America in the last two weeks. The workers are among more than 8,100 who have joined CWA under an agreement reached by CWA and Cingular after the Cingular/AT&T merger. The company agreed to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards. In California, 1,600 workers at three call centers and 84 retail sales associates at several Nevada sites won a voice at work Oct. 13 when their choice of CWA representation was certified. In Utah, 88 Cingular retail sales workers chose CWA.
OPEIU – 200 workers at Visiting Nurse Personal Services have a voice at work with OPEIU after a majority signed authorization cards indicating they wanted to join the union and the employer recognized their choice.
IFT-AFT – GOOD COLLEGE BOARD SCORE-Thirty-two clerical and professional employees of the Illinois Community College Board won a union with the Illinois Federation of Teachers after signing union authorization cards and gaining recognition.
AFSCME – CLERICAL WORKERS CHOOSE AFSCME-Some 600 clerical employees at the Hennepin County (Minn.) Medical Center formed a union with AFSCME Council 5. The County Board voted unanimously Sept. 7 to recognize the union if a majority of workers signed union authorization cards. A neutral third party verified Oct. 6 that a majority had chosen the union.
CWA – CINGULAR WORKERS CHOOSE CWA-Three more groups of former AT&T workers now employed by Cingular Wireless chose to join the Communications Workers of America recently. In New Jersey, 185 retail sales associates throughout the state signed union authorization cards to join CWA locals 1101, 1022 and 1023. In New Hampshire, 34 retail sales associates at several locations won a union voice with CWA Local 1400; and 14 network technicians in Wisconsin joined CWA Local 4603. The workers won their union under an agreement reached by CWA and Cingular after the Cingular/AT&T merger in which the company agreed to a level playing field and to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards. More than 5,000 have joined CWA since the merger.
CWA – MORE CINGULAR WORKERS CHOOSE CWA-Another 604 former AT&T Wireless workers, now working for Cingular, chose to become part of a surge of high-tech, white-collar workers joining CWA. In Harrisburg, Pa., a large majority of the 452 employees at the Cingular call center signed authorization cards to join Local 13500. In Arizona, some 152 retail sales associates throughout the state gained a voice with locals 7019 and 7026. The workers won their union under an agreement reached by CWA and Cingular after the Cingular/AT&T merger in which the company agreed to a level playing field and to honor the workers’ freedom to form a union when a majority signs authorization cards. More than 6,100 have joined CWA since the beginning of August.
IATSE – SHOWTIME FOR IATSE-After a 23-year effort, IATSE signed a contract with the Showtime Network’s division of Viacom Inc. for exclusive use of union crews on original programming produced in the United States and Canada. The agreement mirrors IATSE’s agreement with HBO and creates a level playing field for both pay-cable companies, said IATSE President Thomas Short. The union estimates one successful Showtime series would employ an average of 75 IATSE members.
AFSCME – IN OREGON, 5,000 SAY AFSCME-Nearly 5,000 registered and certified child care workers throughout Oregon won AFSCME representation Sept. 23 when Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed an executive order recognizing the workers’ choice. Kulongoski signed the order after the state’s Employment Relations Board certified that a majority of the workers, who care for children in their homes, had signed union authorization cards.
IATSE – WORKERS WIN IATSE AT SPORTSNET-Employees of the Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic network voted almost unanimously Sept. 20-21 to join the Theatrical Stage Employees. The 44 new union members include such free-lance technicians as technical directors, camera operators, video operators, audio technicians and others.
TNG-CWA – UNION SI FOR JOURNALISTS-With the aid of Spanish union members, the 40 U.S. journalists at the Spanish news agency EFE voted Sept. 29 for The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. Based in Miami, EFE covers news for a Spanish audience from bureaus in Miami, its U.S. home base, as well as Washington, D.C., and New York City. Spanish unions interceded with top EFE executives at the company’s headquarters in Madrid to win assurances of a free and fair vote.