October 2022 Bargaining Round-Up
Aetos Systems, Inc.
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Aetos Systems, Inc. and CWA to extend the current Collective Bargaining Agreement until December 23, 2022. CWA Local 2300 represents Aetos workers at the Goddard Space Flight Center.
American Airlines – Passenger Service Agents
CWA-IBT Bargaining Committee met with American Airlines management from October 4-6 in Dallas, TX to open contact negotiations. Member across the country mobilized and sent a message to American that they are tired of working for the largest airline at the lowest pay.
American Airlines members of Local 2252 in Washington, D.C. and Virginia mobilized for a fair contract as negotiations kicked off on October 4, 2022.
American Airlines members in PA Locals 13301 and 13302 mobilized for a fair contract as negotiations kicked off on October 4, 2022.
Read the Bargaining Committee’s second bargaining update here. Then check out District 2-13 members here:
The Committee returns to the bargaining table in November 1-3 in Dallas, TX.
American Red Cross – National Addendum
The Tentative Agreement reached with the American Red Cross over the summer has been ratified by the membership. Congratulations to the membership and the Bargaining Coalition!
In theirOctober Bargaining Report the CWA Local 13000 Bargaining Team reported Comcast’s continued recalcitrance at the bargaining table. The Bargaining Team emphasizes that mobilization is essential to move the bargaining process forward. Reach out to your Unit Rep for more information.
CWA Local 13500ratified a new contract with the Duquesne Club! The three-year contract raises wages across the board for all employees, improves the employee 401(k)plans, implements a new short-term disability plan, gained partial carryover of vacation time, protects the current health plan, and commits the Club to absorb the full six percent health care premium increase scheduled for 2023. This contract would not have been possible without the members’ mobilization efforts. Members told management “We Are Worth It” and management heard!
Duquesne Club members in Pittsburgh, PA mobilizing to tell management: "We Are Worth It!"
The bargaining committee announced that the members ratified their first contract with Bonterra (formerly known as EveryAction)! EveryAction voluntarily recognized the union in September 2021, after a supermajority of eligible workers signed union authorization cards. The new three-year contract includes $700,000 in wage scale adjustments and standardizations and a 3% annual wage increase. Other significant provisions establish a 40-hour work week; provide financial compensation for on-call, weekend, and holiday work; offer remote work options with protections against surveillance tools; and increase the company’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Bonterra also agreed to remain neutral if other employee groups want to join the union. There are approximately 300 CWA members at the company who work as software engineers, product managers, members of the sales team and other staffers. The workers are members of CWA Local 1400 in Boston, CWA Local 13000 in Philadelphia, and CWA Local 2336 in Washington, D.C. We congratulate and welcome our members!
Check out the ratification details here:
Newtown Township (Municipal Workers)
The CWA Local 13000 Bargaining Committee opened negotiations with the Township over the municipal workers’ contract set to expire on December 31, 2022. After reviewing bargaining surveys, the Committee focused on four major issues at the table. Stay in touch with your Union Rep for the latest news.
This month, members of CWA Local 14842 and 14827 went on strike with Teamsters Local 205/211 and Pressmen’s Union GCC/IBT Local 24M/9N in response to unfair labor practices by management, which included unilateral changes to their health care plan. Later this month, the Pittsburgh NewsGuild (TNG-CWA Local 38061) walked out and joined their striking union brothers and sisters on the picket line.
Support for the strike has been growing across Pennsylvania and down to Washington, DC. Elected officials, including U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Representative Conor Lamb, and Pennsylvania State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta, visited the picket line to lend support. CWA showed our solidarity with District 4 VP Linda L. Hinton’s and CWA Telecommunications VP Lisa Bolton’s visit to the picket line in Pittsburgh, PA.
CWA Local 14842 and 14827, Teamsters Local 205/211, Pressmen’s Union GCC/IBT Local 24M/9N, and Pittsburgh NewsGuild (TNG-CWA Local 38061) on the picket line during the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette strike.
(Clockwise from top left) U.S. Senator Bob Casey, U.S. Representative Conor Lamb, and Pennsylvania State Representative Malcolm Kenyatta visiting the Post-Gazette picket line to lend support.
As CWA further reports:
In D.C., CWA Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens; Public, Health Care and Education Workers Vice President Margaret Cook; AFA-CWA Vice President Keturah Johnson; and AFA-CWA Secretary-Treasurer Dante Harris, along with members of CWA and other unions picketed alongside Ashley Murray, the Post-Gazette’s Washington bureau chief and only staffer. Harrisburg bureau chief Gillian McGoldrick has been holding down the picket line in Pennsylvania’s capital, and was joined this week by other TNG-CWA members and supportive state representatives.
Last week, striking workers launched the Pittsburgh Union Progress to cover the strike and serve as a voice for the people of Pittsburgh.
To send a message of support to the strikers or donate to their fund to assist striking Post-Gazette families with special needs who are facing very difficult financial circumstances, visit cwa.org/ppg.
On October 5, the CWA Local 13000 Bargaining Team reached a four-year Tentative Agreement that the members ratified on October 19. Congratulations to the members and Bargaining Team!
A Memorandum of Agreement was signed by the CWA Bargaining Committee, which is made up of representatives from District 1 and 2-13, to extend the current Collective Bargaining Agreement until December 9, 2022. As negotiations continue, check in with your Local for the latest news.