20,000 telecom workers set to strike, and more bargaining news

Original source: Some 20,000 telecommunications workers at AT&T are set to strike, 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.

WORK STOPPAGES AND ACTIONS CWA, AT&T: Some 20,000 telecommunications workers at AT&T, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), voted to authorize a strike. The contract expired Saturday at midnight. When the two parties met Sunday, AT&T made what it called its “last, best and final offer.”

NEGOTIATIONS ILA, U.S. Maritime Alliance: The Longshoremen (ILA) concluded three days of contract negotiations with the United States Maritime Alliance. The current Master Contract runs until Sept. 30, 2010. Parties established joint labor-management subcommittees that will meet in the near future to examine issues relating to specific waterfront crafts.

ALPA, Midwest Airlines: Midwest Airlines pilots, represented by the Air Line Pilots (ALPA), asked for federal mediation in its contract negotiations with the airline.

SETTLEMENTS IAFF, Houston: Some 4,000 Houston Fire Fighters (IAFF) will get raises totaling 10 percent over the next two years, according to the settlement terms of a tentative agreement.

AFA-CWA, Alaska Airlines: Some 2,830 Alaska Airlines flight attendants, represented by the Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA-CWA), reached tentative agreement on a proposed two-year contract extension with the carrier. The ratification process is expected to be completed by mid-March. Currently, the contract is amendable on May 1, 2010.

ORGANIZING AFT-NEA, Accelerated School: Nearly 80 percent of teachers and other qualified staff members at The Accelerated School, a Los Angeles charter school, have turned in pro-union signature cards, organizers said. A simple majority would be needed to make Accelerated’s faculty the first from an independent charter to join forces with United Teachers Los Angeles, which represents a partnership between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Education Association (NEA).

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