2015 CWA ATT Utility Operations Bargaining Report #17

There was microscopic movement on the Company’s part at our latest round of bargaining regarding several Union demands. A Union proposal to improve and expand Employment Security Partnership benefits was rejected by the Company, even though the costs associated with this proposal were minimal and definitely could not be described as trying to squeeze blood out of a turnip. Although we have yet to see a wage proposal, and have not yet seen an acceptable benefit proposal, we did receive some counter proposals from the Company that are pointed in the right direction

The Company has indicated they are interested in expanding the Occupational Health and Safety Committee to include Utility Operations and we anticipate a counter proposal from them soon. They also took baby steps toward our proposals that would provide relief from unlimited mandatory overtime requirements and improvements to the Uniform Program, but they have a long way to go.

Twenty three days after expiration of the contract, there are still many unresolved issues on the bargaining table. Please know that your Bargaining Committee is appreciative of your mobilization efforts and your support, all of which are essential to bringing you a fair and just contract.

Work Safe! Stay Strong! Keep Mobilizing!


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Your Bargaining Committee:

Billy O’Dell CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Ben Price – Kentucky
Gail Shewalter – South CarolinaJason LaPorte – South Carolina