utilities continually consume consumers
by Barbano / Expanded from the 5-31-2016 Sparks Tribune
CWA member Bill Birkman dies
Alliance for Retired Ameicans / 6-2-2014
NOV. 2013 04:26:31 a.m. PST / 12:26:31
On this date in 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was
born in the four-year-old hamlet of Florida, Missouri.
type: Las Vegas Sun burns down on Nov. 20, 1963
newspaper was formerly the Las Vegas Free Press, owned by the International
Typographical Union which long since merged with the Communications Workers
of America/AFL-CIO. Reno and Las Vegas publications stayed unionized into
the 1970's and early 1980's, but no union shops remain in the hotbed of
union activity which is the Nevada of today.
What was once may someday come again.
Las Vegas Sun / 11-20-2013
workers demonstrate at AT&T Reno
WORKERS STAGE TWO-DAY WALKOUT IN NORTHEASTERN U.S. AND NEVADA-CALIFORNIA
Bargaining Updates from Local 9400
union workers locked out in Reno
Workers union pickets AT&T in Reno
Internet call center contract expires
9413's Liz Sorenson wins
inaugural César Chávez Silver State Public Service Award
as union organizer of the year.
WINS AT ST. MARY'S-RENO
Thursday, 4 Dec 2008, 12:24 p.m. PST, 20:24 ZULU/GMT/SUT/CUT
CWA campaign results in significant gains for CC Communications workers
a battle spanning two years, on July 6, 2006, the Churchill County
Commission approved a new contract for CC Communications workers
which the CWA membership had ratified on June 12.
victory was largely set in place when an impartial factfinder
ruled in May in the union's favor on most of the workers' demands.
That decision cut the heart out of the company's stonewalling.
the county commissioners also saw in it their error in the treatment
of their own constituents and employees.
the salient points of the new CWA contract with CC Communications.
Elimination of a two-tiered pay scale which penalized new-hires.
(Editor's note: This is an extreme rarity these days.)
2. An applicable inflation rate
of 5%. A raise to that effect was put in place retroactive to
June 1, 2005, plus a .25% contribution to the Public Employees
3. Future pay will be indexed to
the Urban CPI based on the most recent 12 months ending on March
31 of each year.
4. Stronger safety language.
5. Double- time after 49 hours.
The CWA raise
is roughly double of what workers in the rest of Churchill County
COMMENT: The wide-ranging effects of this victory should not
be underestimated. Contract after contract, in Nevada and across
the nation, has resulted in wage increases less than the inflation
rate in effect, a pay cut.
and their subcontractors have done so merely because they can.
When RTC/Citifare employees struck the Reno-Sparks-Washoe County
bus system a few years ago, they were forced by the British-owned
management contractor to accept a two percent raise despite
the fact that the Regional Transportation Commission had authorized
workers of CC Communications are to be congratulated for a win
in a narrow-minded, media-controlled town like Fallon (see below).
Perhaps the lowest insults were those which asserted that phone
company jobs are better than most, so take what they give you
even if it's a pay cut and kwitcherbitchin'.
of other unions in particular, and the huge number of unorganized
workers across this nation in general, need to heed the example
of small, tightly-knit worker groups that have refused to succumb
to fear, company intimidation and in Fallon's case
community-wide shunning and vilification.
world-class union buster Martin Levitt stated in his book, Confessions
of a Union-Buster (now in its umpteenth printing), that
the few times he was unable to defeat a union came when the
workers refused to break solidarity.
Fallon workers now rank high in the Nevada labor hall of fame
along with the likes of the Reno Hilton security guards
as shining examples of what can happen if you stand up
and fight for your rights. You can prevail even here on the
High Desert Plantation in the country with the most repressive
labor laws in the industrialized world. If a union can make
it in Fallon, imagine the potential elsewhere.
well. Raise hell.
IN FALLON: RADIO STATIONS REFUSE TO AIR UNION WORKERS' ADVERTISING
WHICH QUESTIONS PHONE COMPANY EXPENSE ACCOUNTS
FALLON (24 Jan.
2006) Three Fallon radio stations have refused to broadcast advertising
which questions expenditures by executives of CC Communications, Churchill
County's publicly owned telephone-cable TV-internet service provider.
commercials will begin airing Wednesday, Jan. 25, on Reno-based stations
KOZZ 105.7-fm and KBUL 98.1-fm, both of which have large audiences in
banned spots question credit card charges by company managers.
is compelled by Nevada law to fully disclose expenditures but so far has
given the union representing its workers only amounts, dates and vendors.
Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO represents about 65 employees who
have worked without a contract since July 1. A new contract was rejected
in a vote of the membership last November.
a letter delivered to CC Comm Human Resources Director Jane Jenkins today,
union staff representative John Doran states that "on Nov. 23, 2005,
the Union requested a complete list of managers and supervisors who were
issued company credit cards, which included the 'monthly breakdown of
charges for the past three years for each credit card issued with an explanation
for what the charge was for.'
Company did not provide 'what the charge was for.' The Union again requests
this information. This request is made pursuant to public records as defined
in (Nevada Revised Statutes) 239.010."
union believes that the company's actions constitute an illegal unfair
practice which is governed by the Nevada Local Government Employee-Management
could understand KVLV am-fm declining our spot schedule, as County Commissioner
Lynn Pearce, who is charged with oversight of CC Communications, is an
owner of the station as well as a morning personality," Doran said.
KHWG-am unprofessionally colluded with CC Comm management by playing our
commercials for them last week without our permission," Doran added.
refusing our paid schedule, KHWG management noted that CC Comm
a citizen-owned company is a big advertiser," he stated.
accuracy of our ads was not questioned," the longtime Nevada labor
commercials state, in part, "If you are one of the chosen few at
the top of the food chain, you've been eating good and making lots of
interesting purchases in very interesting places, kind of a never-ending
card party. The county has a strict policy regulating credit card use.
time you run into CC Communications executive-types at lunch in Fallon,
ask them to show you the card they don't leave home without it.
list of purchases is posted at NevadaLabor.net.
Commissioner Lynn Pearce oversees CC Communications.
him at (775) 428-1254.
him to look in their wallets.
CC Communications county credit card priceless work if you can
censored commercials are available for listening at NevadaLabor.net.
partial list of vendors patronized with CC Communications credit cards.
Harmony, Brooklyn New York
Cock 'n' Bull Restaurant
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company,
The Fontainebleau, Miami
Business Objects Crystal
Plumpjack Hotel Squaw Valley
Art Today, Inc.
Oriental Trading Company
Late charge (oops)
Stratosphere Las Vegas
Howlin Good Barbecue
Overlimit fee (oops again)
Baldini's Sports Casino
Mirage, Palms and Hard Rock Hotel,
Port of Subs
Round Table Pizza
Leilani's on the Beach, Maui
Total Fitness Athletic Center,
Information provided by the company at union request.
2.36.040 County Credit Cards:
county employee who is issued a county card may only use
the credit card to purchase goods or services for the county.
An accurate record of expenses to include duplicate receipts
of all transactions must be submitted to the comptroller's
office for payment. No personal transactions are allowed.
Any transactions not in compliance with this section shall
subject the employee to disciplinary procedures as outlined
in chapter 3.52 of this code and cause forfeiture of said
credit card upon an order by the board of commissioners.
(Bill 2002-G, 2002)
Effective Date: February 15, 1992
Revision Date: March 17, 1997
Subject: Credit Card
File Under: Administration
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CREDIT CARD POLICY
The use of a company credit card
(Mastercard) for travel and business expenses is encouraged
for all management, supervisory and staff employees.
The use of this card allows for
the reduction and amount of cash advances. It allows for
better record keeping.
Occasional purchases made for the
company can save considerable time and effort rather than
obtaining a cash advance or using your own credit card or
check. These types of purchases should be kept to a minimum.
Do not physically loan your card
to any other employee.
Receipts for charges should be kept
until you receive the Mastercard bill from Accounting. When
approving the bill attach your receipts to it with the purpose
and guests appropriately noted on the back of the receipt.
2004 Strike Archive
the Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO