Comcast Newsletter June 2011 | Unfair Labor Practice | Labor

Comcast Workers United

News from IBEW Local 2322 June 2011

Management challenges authenticity of union letter to CEO Brian Roberts
On June 15 at the Fall River garage "all hands" meeting called by Kevin Riffe, local manager Arlene Fidalgo read a letter that was hand delivered to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts on May 11 at the company's annual shareholders meeting in Philadelphia. The letter asked Mr. Roberts to: "Urge our managers … to sit down and talk with us about our wages and working conditions as soon as possible." A copy of the letter is posted on the union bulletin board at have been a decision that was made by the "higher ups" hoping that workers would react negatively to the request for meaningful discussions on our working conditions. Of course some techs may have reacted that way. But the majority here in Fall River and Fairhaven signed union cards for just that purpose and nothing has changed.

The fact that Brian Roberts knows what is going on here -- and is taking it seriously -- shows that our voice is being heard at the highest levels of the We can only speculate why Comcast managers wanted company. And that is the power of being united in a Mr. Rife to read the letter aloud to employees. It must union!!

Nine months: getting stronger
We proved our majority on September 24, 2010. Since then many of us have stepped up to keep our union together and make the best case we can for management to sit down and talk with us as a group. No one has been fired or disciplined because of their union activity. In fact, union supporters have been mostly well treated by our local managers. And everyone – both union supporters and non-believers – will have to admit that our managers have been more attentive to our needs ever since we got organized. Let's face it: the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

"Who ever makes the rules wins the game"
Meanwhile, our fellow technicians in the Chicago South garage chose to follow the other path to achieve their collective bargaining rights. The Chicago techs decided to do what the company has urged us to do: get a majority to sign union cards and then petition the NLRB to conduct a certification election. But while they waited for the union election, management used its well-established formula to scare, intimidate and cajole people to have second thoughts about forming a union. More info on the union bulletin board! Visit: The outcome of the vote in Chicago proves what we have been saying all along: union support went from a healthy 67 percent when they filed, to just 46 percent in the election. Many of the Chicago techs feel that management's aggressive interference crossed the line. Management threatened techs by telling them they could not improve their conditions of work through collective bargaining – a flagrant unfair labor practice! IBEW Local 21 is considering filing charges with the NLRB. But now the vote is over and the damage is done.

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