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Yellow Pages 2015 Bargaining Reports

Print Media/Yellow Pages Bargaining Team

Left to right: Gary Lawrence, M.M. Smith, J.R Rhoades, Tony Maronski

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Sep 23, 2015

Both YP and PM bargaining are in recess this week and will resume on September 28th.

The company has presented many retrogressive proposals at both tables. They have proposed to increase hours from 37 1/2 to 40, change the overtime provisions to after 40 hours per week, eliminate double-time, eliminate many of the penalties associated with changing schedules and off days and restricting the number of paid waiting periods prior to STD. They have also proposed to eliminate much of our employment security language and proposed to do layoffs by productivity and maxing the termination allowance at 52 weeks. 

We have spent many hours discussing the issues as well as pouring over voluminous data the team has requested. Before the last recess we presented a package proposal to the company in an effort to move things along. Hopefully when we meet next week the company will be prepared to move on some of our issues.

One of the largest holdups in YP is that the company is still not prepared to present a compensation plan. They are now telling us that they have a framework for a plan but want to trial it in a smaller area before rolling it out in other areas. My guess is they will trial it either in Connecticut or California before bringing it to our table. (Connecticut has been bargaining since February)

We are also discussing the new hire notification issues at the table.

I realize that this is frustrating for you and your members but your team is working hard under difficult circumstances to get the best contract we can for our members.

In Unity

Your bargaining Team

M M Smith - Chair
J R Rhodes
Gary Lawrence
Tony Maronski

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Sep 16, 2015

YP and PM Bargaining have recessed until September 28, 2015. As a result of these recesses both contracts have been extended until the end of October. Further updates will be posted after September 28.

In Unity

M M Smith
J R Rhodes
Tony Maronski
Gary Lawrence

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Aug 19, 2015

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Company today and again asked the Company for a compensation plan for 2016 and was informed again that the plan is not ready to be presented.

It has been explained that in concept, the new compensation plan is in its final stages but what remains to be figured out is the new roles and responsibilities for the entire company. The company claims to be introducing the new compensation plan in select areas in order to ensure that it addresses all previous compensation issues. The company is also trying to determine the best way to compensate the sales people - either on bookings or on billings.

There was lengthy discussion today surrounding suspensions (Article 11) and the probationary period for sales titles (Appendix C Part V). No decisions were reached on either.

The next meeting with the Company is scheduled for August 24th 2015.

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Aug 12, 2015

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Company today and tentatively agreed to remove language from the contract pertaining to Daily Advertising Sales Representatives. We submitted proposals to change language in Article 5.0 regarding vacations, Article 6 to allow new hires to accrue PPT beginning on day one, Article 17 to allow Union Officers and employees access to Company locations, Article 18 to revise language pertaining to personnel record entries and the continuation of the Special Christmas Days from the 2012 bargaining session.

The Company started discussions regarding Article 7 (Force Adjustments) and the current language. The Company has proposed to present revisions to the article based on current technological needs of the company and your Bargaining Committee has agreed to review the revisions when provided.

 

The next meeting with the Company is scheduled for August 12th.

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Jul 31, 2015

The Chief Negotiator for the Company, Keith Halpern will not be available during the week of August 3, 2015 so your Bargaining Committee and the Company have signed an Extension Agreement to continue under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement through September 18, 2015.

We have requested additional data on a number of the Company’s proposals

The next meeting with the Company is scheduled for August 10th 2015.

In Unity,

M.M. Smith - Chairperson
Gary Lawrence
J.R Rhodes
Tony Maronski

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Jul 30, 2015

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Company today (July 29, 2015) and again asked the Company for a compensation plan for 2016 and was informed again that the plan is not ready to be presented.

The Company agreed to discuss at a later date several of the proposals that were delivered to them yesterday, including the Special Christmas days, changes to the Personal Paid Time program, Average Pay for Sales titles, automobile allowance changes, charge backs, changes to Market Tiers, the 75% point on reassigned accounts, the addition of DSAR titles to the bargaining unit.

In the days ahead your Bargaining Committee is preparing to discuss the issues of employee security, healthcare, overtime, scheduling of tours and sickness payments

The Company did tentatively agree to add the DSE title to the bargaining agreement.

The next meeting with the Company is scheduled for Thursday July 30th.

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK
IT’S OUR TURN

In Unity,

M.M. Smith - Chairperson
Gary Lawrence
J.R Rhodes

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Jul 29, 2015

Your Bargaining Committee met with the Company today and submitted proposals concerning Wage and Salary increases, the reinstatement of Pension accruals, special Christmas days, Vacation treatment for employees leaving the company, PPT, Average Pay for sales titles, automobile allowance, miscellaneous market assignment, charge backs, commission debit protection, and the addition of certain titles to the contract.

The Company submitted several proposals concerning overtime, tours, holiday pay, compensatory overtime, differential payments, authorized holidays, vacations, sickness payments, absences, force adjustment and employment security.

Your Bargaining Committee will be reviewing and discussing each of the proposals and preparing to respond to the Company.

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Jul 24, 2015

Your Bargaining Committee met with the company yesterday and tentatively agreed to remove certain language that no longer applied to Print Media LLC.

Your Bargaining Committee also submitted proposals to the company on several articles regarding language that no longer applies to Print Media LLC.

Your Bargaining Committee is now preparing to discuss the additional proposals that were submitted by the Company.

The next meeting with the Company is scheduled for August 10th.

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Jul 23, 2015

The Company has so far submitted a total of 50 proposals addressing the majority of the articles in the contract. These included articles that only pertained to sales related activities as well as articles that may have a direct impact on our Print Media members.

Your bargaining committee reviewed each of these proposals and evaluated them on their merit and are prepared to respond to some of them during our next session.

 

IT’S OUR TURN

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Jul 22, 2015

July 21, 2015 - Today we are opening up 2015 bargaining between Yellow Pages, Print Media LLC and Communications Workers of America in District Three.  This is going to be an opportunity for YP, the largest yellow pages in the world, and Print Media LLC to do the right thing and take care of our members, the ones who are the face of this company and the ones that drive the revenue.  CWA understands that in order for our members to succeed, that the company has to be profitable, but this does not have to happen on the backs of our members.  

During the last contract negotiations, it was about take backs.  Our members gave up numerous things that had a direct impact on their jobs and lives.  Things, such as post-retirement healthcare, tuition reimbursement, AT&T concessions, the job bank, and a freeze on their pension.  The wage increases were minimal, while the expectations were greater. 

We want to see a fair contract, one that compensates and protects our members for the work that they do on a daily basis to make this company succeed.  We also want to see a compensation plan that does not take a law degree to understand.  There has got to be a plan in place that is clear and concise as to how it works.  Not one that creates mistrust into whether or not our members are receiving the proper credit. 

I would like to end with a quote that David Krantz quoted in an email to his employees.  “Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.”  I offer that same statement here today.  “Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today,” and today is the day to start bargaining a fair and equitable contract for your employees, our members.               

In Unity

Richard Honeycutt
Vice President
CWA District 3  

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Jul 22, 2015

July 21, 2015 - Today your Bargaining Committee met with representatives from Print Media LLC. Opening statements were delivered by both sides, representing CWA was District 3 Vice-President Richard Honeycutt who clearly delivered a message to the Company that it is not the Union’s intention to “give” anymore and that the Company should and must negotiate a fair and equitable contract that takes into consideration the concessions that were made during the 2012 bargaining session and the contributions of our members that contributed to the success of the company.

The Company presented proposals that primarily addressed articles and language that in the Company’s opinion are either outdated or no longer applicable to the current state of the business.

Your Bargaining Committee is prepared to evaluate each of these proposals on their own merit and determine if they are still viable or applicable to our members before responding to the Company.

 

IT’S OUR TURN

In Unity,
Your Bargaining Committee:

M.M. Smith – Chairperson
Gary Lawrence
J.R Rhoades
Tony Maronski

 

 

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