Union-Busting at ‘GBH

In Massachusetts, the site for Jobs with Justice and one of our sister Facebook sites, Supporters of Folk and Blues on WGBH (here), is passing the word about extraordinary demands management is making of workers — after giving themselves bonuses:

Workers at WGBH, our local public television and radio stations, are fighting for the basic right to have an effective union in their workplace. They are members of AEEF/CWA Local 1300, and have been organized for nearly 40 years. In the past, WGBH has bargained in good faith with their workers. This time, management has brought to the bargaining table a complete rewrite of the contract, demanding that workers give up basic union rights and renegotiate the whole document. WGBH has gone so far as to justify their actions by freezing wages and reducing the benefits of unorganized workers and demanding that organized workers do the same.  When the contract expired, the company took the nuclear option to not extend the contract and discontinue collecting dues. The offer from management is impossible for workers to accept.  Take a minute to let WGBH know that you support the workers!

Click on the link there and you’ll find more information on the attempt to further squeeze employees at ‘GBH:

Take Action for WGBH Workers

The Fight for Fairness at WGBH

Workers at WGBH, our local public television and radio stations, are fighting for the basic right to have an effective union in their workplace. They are members of AEEF/CWA Local 1300, and have been organized for nearly 40 years. In the past, WGBH has bargained in good faith with their workers. This time, management has brought to the bargaining table a complete rewrite of the contract, demanding that workers give up basic union rights and renegotiate the whole document. WGBH has gone so far as to justify their actions by freezing wages and reducing the benefits of unorganized workers and demanding that organized workers do the same.  When the contract expired, the company took the nuclear option to not extend the contract and discontinue collecting dues. The offer from management is impossible for workers to accept. Below is some basic info on the offer.

Management is demanding:

ability to subcontract any and all bargaining unit work

ability for management and unorganized workers to do bargaining unit work

unlimited and unregulated use of unpaid volunteers to do bargaining unit work

ability to assign new work to unit members with no obligation to bargain over the terms (including training and the potential for discipline for poor performance of the new work)

ability to terminate your favorite on-air hosts without cause or due process

new standards for arbitrating the discipline of all union employees that would make it easier for the employer to discipline or discharge those members

new prohibitions on most forms of collective action during term of contract that would silence our voices

to significantly reduce many benefits employees have come to rely on including severance, sick leave, retirement contributions and personal time

employees who are currently above the top of the wage scale won’t get even a modest annual wage increase

What makes matters worse….

In fiscal year 2009, WGBH workers agreed to serious and deep cuts to their wages and benefits, some workers losing more than 30% of their income.

At the same time that workers were taking cuts to help WGBH solve a financial crisis, the heads of WGBH awarded themselves bonuses totaling more than $200,000.

Add your name to the protest on the JWJ site.

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