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Comcast Newsletter December 2010

Comcast Newsletter December 2010

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Comcast Workers United

News from IBEW Local 2322 http://ibew2322.com December 2010

Martha's Vineyard Cable Committee hears case for including workers' rights in next franchise license with Comcast
Two Verizon techs from Martha's Vineyard spoke out in support of Comcast workers at a public hearing in Oak Bluffs on Dec. 7. The hearing was held by the MV Island Cable Committee on the renewal of Comcast's licenses. achieve the good jobs and secure benefits our communities need." Action on the request by the Cable Committee should be soon. The Vineyard licenses expire in June 2011.

Tony Novicki, a Verizon tech who lives in Oak Bluffs Verizon techs Norman Stickney and Tony told the committee, "Adding Rep. James McGovern Novicki are all smiles after testifying at the workers' rights language to wrote a very strong letter on Martha's Vineyard Cable Committee hearing. the license would send a Nov. 24 to Comcast. message to Comcast that it is important to our McGovern said: "In light of the decision by these Comcast employees… it is my hope that management community that it obey federal laws guaranteeing the will recognize the union and begin the process of rights of workers to organize." collective bargaining in good faith for a labor Current license agreements on Martha's Vineyard have agreement that is fair and equitable for all parties." an "Employment" section with language requiring Copies of McGovern's letter Comcast to comply with all are available from Steve Equal Employment Some improvements since Opportunity and NonComcast workers from Fairhaven Smith at (978) 302-3690. Discrimination laws. Consistent with the existing Employment section, residents are proposing language that would require Comcast to also comply with the National Labor Relations Act and all applicable state and federal Wage and Hour laws.

More support from our elected officials

& Fall River formed their union
Since union majority certification:

-- Bonuses adjusted -- On Call: went from "do whatever we tell you to do" to "Out of Service" calls only -- Lunch Break: "take your lunch and a manager will adjust the time" -- "Go Backs" (installs) after 3:00 pm go to contractors.

Management knows how to win NLRB elections

"Adoption of this language would encourage a healthy relationship between workers and their employers," said Norman Stickney from Edgartown who is also a Verizon tech. "Comcast employees on Martha's Vineyard -- and throughout Massachusetts -- should have the opportunity to have a voice on the job to Need more info? Call IBEW Local 2322 at (508) 947-2131 if you have questions.

Frustrated by a lack of respect and without a meaningful voice in their work, Comcast techs in Seattle worked hard to build up majority support for their union. All they wanted was the opportunity to begin meaningful talks with management to improve their wages and working conditions. To achieve that goal, they petitioned the NLRB for a representation election with over 65 percent support on Sept. 30, 2010. Once the petition was filed, management used the intervening two months to wear them down with misinformation and slander against their union. The Comcast workers lost the election 18 to 60 on Dec. 1.

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