MIFA Contract Negotiations 10/19/20

We will be starting negotiations this week (10/19). I will post udpates on our progress.

On March 25, 2020 the four Locals agreed to submit a proposal to the Company requesting a pay increase and changes to the business reps pay/wage structure but no other modifications. The Company will let us know if they can make a decision on that proposal before negotiations will begin.


Election Results 7/17/20



Frontier Bankruptcy Hearing Update 7/21/20

As predicted, other than the unions and the US Trustee, all objectors to the PBIP, except for the US Trustee and the Unions, withdrew their objections after the debtors tweaked the program. I advised the Court that we were maintaining our objection and made a statement on the record summarizing the reasons for the objection. The Judge was interested in our concerns about Frontier reducing or eliminating bargaining unit members as a result of the inflated payments to executives.  He asked a few follow-up questions about upcoming contract negotiations and noted that if the company attempted to reduce, or refused to increase, salaries the union could remind that company that it paid millions of dollars to the executives during the bankruptcy proceedings. In the end, the Judge approved the PBIP.

I want to specifically draw your attention to pages 52-56 and 79-80 in which the proceeding addressed the union’s concerns. You will see that the court suggests that the unions can push back on the company, noting the incentive payments, if the company were to attempt to reduce the workforce or balk against increased salary or benefits.

- Robert Prunn, Director, Broadcasting & Telecommunications IBEW

Download 2020.07.16 - Hearing Transcript (KEIP).pdf



 Anthem/Parview Negotiations 7/31/20

On 7/30/20 Parkview and Anthem reached an agreement on a multiyear contract.

Link to Parvkiew Informational Site




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