Comcast Workers United

News from IBEW Local 2322 http://ibew2322.com April 2011

Massachusetts elected officials seek meeting with top Comcast executive Kevin Casey
On March 18, seven major elected officials from Massachusetts wrote to Kevin Casey, President of Comcast's Northern Cable Division requested a meeting concerning Comcast's unwillingness to voluntarily sit down and discuss wages and working conditions with its employees. They wrote:

"In this economy, it's increasingly imperative that workers have a voice at work so that they can achieve the good jobs and secure benefits our communities need. We would like to arrange a meeting with you at your earliest convenience to discuss Comcast voluntarily recognizing IBEW Local 2322 for meaningful talks on an agreement covering employees' wages, benefits and working conditions." The letter was signed by: Sen. John Kerry, Rep. Barney Frank, Rep. Jim McGovern, Rep. Steven Lynch, Rep. Bill Keating, Mayor Bill Flanagan and Mayor Scott Lang. As of April 7, Kevin Casey had not yet responded to the request from the elected officials for a meeting.

At national Women's Forum, Comcast tech calls for management to negotiate with employees!
More than a dozen women organizers joined U.S. Sec. of Labor Hilda Solis and Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett for a national forum with women workers and organizers to share their stories of courageous organizing and action. Women organizers gather at the The "Women Organize!" event commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire where146 workers were killed because of employer negligence. Just prior to the tragic fire, workers at the factory were trying to form a union to improve their working conditions. The DOL forum also focused on what it's like for workers to form unions today. At the end of the program, about a dozen women organizers took the stage with Solis to briefly describe how they were helping to unite their co-workers in new unions.
forum. Christine Dexter is in front row, second from right.

Among the group was Fall River Comcast technician Christine Dexter who has worked at Comcast for nine years.

"We work for a great company," said Dexter. "And we want Comcast to recognize our union. We'd like the chance to sit down with management and begin collective bargaining for things that we believe can greatly help us. We're fighting for job security and most importantly, to have a voice in the workplace." While in Washington, Dexter met with top officials of the AFL-CIO and the IBEW. She also met with Rep. Barney Frank's labor liaison, Diego Sanchez. More info on the union bulletin board! For more updates about the Comcast workers union, visit the Comcast Union Bulletin Board at: http://comcastunion.blogspot.com

Christine Dexter and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis

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