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Tape Release 10/12/12
Posted On: Oct 15, 2012

Tape Release Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Union met with the Company yesterday to review those who submitted names for the voluntary enhanced severance as a result of the recently declared force reduction.  Based on the number of volunteers, the remaining surplus is as follows:

5 Sales & Service Techs and

3 Cable Splicers

The following volunteers were counted against the Sales & Service Techs:

James Trescott

Fred Thompson

Mary Lou Sheridan

Kathy Klein and

Myself, John Pusloskie

Dewey Ritchey was the lone volunteer in Cable Splicing.

The following clerks have volunteered:

Tamara Allen from LAC/RCV

Regina Franklin from CNOC and

Sharon Highsmith from Time Reporting

I would like to take the time to thank those members listed above for their service to the Company and active membership to this Union.  It is with great appreciation for your hard work and activism that I wish you the best in your future endeavors. 

An update on the uncapped severance issue for the clerks:

The Union and the Company have had active discussions involving the elimination of the Facility Coordinator Group and its impact on the force reduction.

The parties have had a genuine disagreement on the issue concerning the provision of the uncapped severance agreed to in last year’s negotiations.  We have been able to put the disagreement aside for now so that three very senior Facility Coordinators affected by this decision can move into other positions with no reduction in pay.

The Union and the Company worked diligently to reach an acceptable agreement that respects the rights of these long service employees.  The Union appreciates the Company’s willingness to work together in an effort to minimize the impact on these members.  Continued force reduction provisions of the contract remain, as those still affected by the surplus exercise their bumping rights.  Those discussions will take place next week.

As for myself, I have chosen to take the enhanced severance and the Company has accepted my substitution for a Sales & Service Tech.  My decision to do so does not affect my status as your Local President, a position that I value greatly and do not take for granted. 

This is your President John Pusloskie thanking you for calling your Union tape.  The place where we fight for the respect you deserve.


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