January 22, 2015 Bargaining Update

January 22nd, 2015

Your CWA/IBT Association Negotiating Committee met this month in Dallas, during the period of January 20, 21 and 22.

On Tuesday, January 20th, we began the session by receiving a counter proposal from the Company for Article 16- Medical Examinations. The Union passed the Company proposals for Article 23-Uniforms, and the Seniority Fence Agreement. The Company passed a response to the Union’s proposal on Article 23-Uniforms. The Committee worked to review proposals from the company and put together counter proposals for the following day.

On Wednesday, January 21st we met with the Company and gave them a counter proposal for Article 16-Medical Examinations. We reached a tentative agreement on Article 16-Medical Examinations. The rest of the day the committee worked on counter proposals and new proposals.
On Thursday, January 22nd, we met with the Company and gave them our counter proposal on Article 17-Leaves of Absence and Interim Grievance Procedure and Preferential Hiring Agreement. The company came back in the afternoon and agreed to our proposal on Article 17-Leaves of Absence and reached a Tentative Agreement.

We have a total of 9 tentative agreements. Our next scheduled bargaining session is in Washington, D.C. February 9th thru 12th.