Some 8,500 workers at the University of California, represented by AFSCME, have a tentative contract settlement—and more updates here from the “Bargaining Digest Weekly.” The AFL-CIO Collective Bargaining Department delivers daily, bargaining-related news and research resources to more than 900 subscribers. Union leaders can register for this service through our website, Bargaining@Work.
AFSCME, University of California: Some 8,500 custodians, gardeners, cafeteria workers and drivers at the University of California, represented by AFSCME, announced a tentative contract settlement, ending an 18-month contract dispute that triggered a five-day strike last summer and protest rallies at regents’ meetings and elsewhere. The contract would provide a minimum pay rate of $12 per hour to take effect later this year and would rise to $14 an hour over five years.
AFSCME, Toledo, Ohio: AFSCME Local 7 members who work for the city of Toledo, Ohio, accepted a new three-year contract that freezes salaries for the first two years while raising co-pay costs for health care, among other concessions in an effort to help the city during hard economic times.
AFSCME, Granville Village: In Ohio, Granville Village workers, represented by AFSCME, won their first contract, after it received the approval of the village council. The three-year contract provides annual across-the-board 3 percent increases.
WORK STOPPAGES AND ACTIONS
UWUA, Southern California Gas: Some 5,000 workers at the Southern California Gas Co., represented by the Utility Workers (UWUA) Local 132, will take a strike authorization vote if negotiations fail to result in an agreement. The contract expires Saturday. Wages and benefits are key issues. At a rally in Pasadena last week, John Duffy, national vice president of UWUA said, “They are exploiting a downward turn in the economy at the expense of their own workers.” AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Richard Trumka told UWUA members they delivered a solid message to the company. “You may own the gas company. You may own the tools I use, the truck I drive and the phone I answer. From the moment I clock in to the moment I leave you may own my time. But you don’t own my union. You don’t own my family. And you will never own me. And if you don’t want to settle this contract at the bargaining table that’s fine—we’ll just settle it on the picket line.”
IUOE, South Jersey Nurses: Striking nurses in south Jersey represented by Jersey
Nurses Economic Security Organization should have been granted unemployment benefits when they struck in 2004. The New Jersey Supreme Court voted 6–1 to uphold a state law that says strikers can receive unemployment benefits as long as their workplace remains open and functional. The nurse organization is affiliated with Operating Engineers (IUOE).
CNA/NNOC, Saint Agnes: A judge for the National Labor Relations Board is ordering Saint Agnes Medical Center to hold a new election for nurses to decide whether they wish to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC), after the hospital failed to post election notices in time to fulfill its legal obligations.
SAG/AFTRA, Studios and Producers: The Screen Actors (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) said in a statement that they have agreed to guidelines under which they will work together on negotiations with the advertising industry.
TWU, American Airlines: Some 12,000 mechanics at American Airlines, represented by the Transport Workers (TWU), asked the National Mediation Board to appoint a mediator to help jump-start negotiations over a new contract. The request means that all the major unions at American will be using a federal mediator in contract talks.
ALPA, Spirit Airlines: Spirit pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots (ALPA), stated that contract negotiations have relapsed, and that could lead them to ask for permission to strike for the second time in less than a year. Pilots rejected a management proposal last week. The contract talks have been supervised by a federal mediator. Meanwhile, Spirit is running ads that Flight Attendants-CWA President Pat Friend calls demeaning to women.
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