Southeastern Mass. techs win union and collect bargaining rights at Comcast!


IBEW The Right ChoiceFall River, MA — Comcast technicians at the Fall River and Fairhaven Massachusetts garages have been working together for over two years to win union recognition and the right to sit down with management to discuss improving their wages and working conditions.

The techs lost their first NLRB union election in December 2011. With one election behind them, the techs in Southeastern Mass. knew what to expect the second time around. Comcast’s use of contractors and changes in technology gave them the determination to stay the course.

The techs waited more than a year after their first vote to regroup and rebuild their strength. Then they quickly signed up their co-workers for a second election. Management was stunned when they got notification from the NLRB.

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Cambridge proposes language to strengthen workers’ rights in cable license with Comcast

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a resolution on January 31 supporting strong workers’ rights language in the city’s next cable TV agreement with Comcast.  The resolution urges Comcast to, “comply with the National Labor Relations Act and all applicable state and federal wage and hour laws.”  The city’s previous ten-year contract for cable and internet services expired on December 29, 2010.

The resolution also urged the city’s Cable TV, Telecommunications and Public Utilities Committee to include language in the renegotiated agreement with Comcast to, “encourage a healthy relationship with its employees by respecting their right to organize and to bargain collectively with their employer, and to engage in other protected, concerted activities to improve their wages and working conditions.”

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