President's Reports

CenturyLink:

Our Brothers and Sisters in District 1 on the East Coast that work for Verizon are still on strike, for several weeks. To show our support we have been picketing Verizon store locations around the country and here in Washington State. There was a picket in Renton last week and one this week will be in Seattle. The time is 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The National has asked that we do this every Thursday untill our brothers and sisters get a contract.

We are preparing for bargaining with (IATSE) International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employee and Motion Picture Projectionists. They are one of the bargaining units that contract expires on June 30, 2016. We have met with the bargaining unit members and will be meeting again on Friday June 10, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Labor Temple in Seattle. We have sent out ballots for the unit to pick 2 members for the bargaining team- 1 full time and 1 part-time person, with back-ups for each position as well. In case one of the original team members has to be replaced for some reason.

The President meeting for CWA National was held June 13, 2016 in Washington D.C. Since we have the convention every other year, the All Presidents Meeting is held on the off year and that was this year. The meeting is for any appeals that a member or Local want to take to the floor when the National Executive Board has denied it or the National President has denied it and the Appeals Committee has upheld it. There were about 6 appeals and 2 were voted on and appear to be going to arbitration. June the 14th and 15th was the Legislative Conference.

Due to the downsizing with CenturyLink workers there in several work groups, are moving to the Lenora building in Seattle from Bell Plaza. We are told there is plenty of unused work space in the new building they are moving to and they are paying top dollar for the lease space in Bell Plaza. It’s hard to believe that we used to have the whole 32 floors in Bell Plaza and now we will only be on 4-5 floors and those floors are not full. We had the Terry Ave building at one time as well. All those jobs are gone and will never return. CenturyLink is hiring mostly outside techs, which is good.

We have our first meeting with IASTE Local 15 for bargaining. It has been a challenge since it is their most busy work season -the summer. They supply workers for Seattle Center, Paramount, Benaroya Hall and mostly all event halls. With their work schedule and our work schedule and vacations through the summer we extended the contract out thru September 27, 2016. The Local has a good Bargaining Team and is looking forward to bargaining starting on September 23, 2016. We will keep the Membership posted.

CenturyLink has announced the reduction in work force of 7% to 8%, which will be about 3,500 workers; which will be bargained and non-bargained for workers. Management was offered show-of -interest on 10/5/16. The offers went out to the bargained for workers starting on 10-7-16. CenturyLink does have IBEW bargained for workers as well. The offer is enhanced and has been modified and you would get $1,375.00 per each year you have with the company; with a maximum of $33,000.00 instead of the $1,100.00 with the max of $26,400.00 as before.

IATSE:

I am happy to say that we have a completed rough draft of the contract for IATSE that has been forwarded on to Ken Sather for review and then it will go out to the membership for a vote. This has been a long process and I am glad it is close to the end. I want to thank Holly Jacobs and Leah Harris for all of their hard work.

MV Transportation: