Tape Release Monday, September 1st 2014
First I want to thank the members who came out to march on Friday for the City of Rochester’s Annual Labor Day Parade. In my opinion, it was the best Labor Day parade in years.
On this Labor Day, I want to thank your officers, executive board members, stewards, and members who participate in making our Union work. Because of your efforts we’re able to enjoy what millions of working Americans no longer enjoy and that is a middle class lifestyle.
It is important to remember the benefits that the Union has negotiated over the years.
13 weeks full pay for injury on the job
Paid health care
Retiree Health Care
Paid Sick Time
Disability benefits, short term and long term
Overtime and Double time
Protection against contractors
Call out, night tour differential, fatigue time
Meal Money, tier payments
Grievance and arbitration procedure and just cause
Dental and eye care benefits
Company paid uniforms and boots
General wage increases.
Tuition reimbursement benefits
The list goes on and on. We enjoy these benefits as they’ve been collectively bargained for over the years and in less than 12 months we will have to fight to keep them and our jobs as we bargain a new contract. We will need all of you to join in this fight.
This Thursday, the retirees will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 74-75 strike at Rochester Telephone with a luncheon at the Diplomat Party House. Over 400 letters went out to retirees and we currently have 25 members who are still active that were part of that strike. It was a 6-month strike that tested the solidarity of the Union. The Union held strong and laid the foundation for many gains in the future. I look forward to joining you on Thursday.
This years Annual Clambake will be held on Sunday, September 28th from 1 to 6pm. Tickets can be attained by calling the Union Hall.
This is your President John Pusloskie, thanking you for calling your Union tape, the place where we fight for the respect you deserve.