WE FOUGHT FOR EVERY ARTICLE IN OUR CONTRACT
Times are tough. Workers everywhere are under attack. Employers are out to cut, cut, cut. For workers in the telecommunications industry, technological and regulatory changes have made things harder than ever.
But this is nothing new.Nothing in our contract came for free. Every victory was the result of struggle– by this generation and previous generations of CWA members who struck, sacrificed and waged contract campaigns to lift telephone workers’ standard of living. The lesson of the past is, when we stick together–when we fight together–we can win. The last round of bargaining was one of our toughest. If you look at the company’s opening set of demands in 2011—the company’s wish list—you have a sense of where they’d go if there was no union:
- $5000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Freeze the pensions for current employees
- Eliminate the job security letter
- Unlimited contracting out
- Eliminate restrictions on movement of work
- Huge increases in health care payments for retirees.