Tape Release Friday, March 4, 2016
Today is the 25th anniversary of one of the most devastating storms to ever hit our area. The memories for those of us who worked that day and the weeks after were of sheer astonishment at the destruction and devastation. It was truly a surreal experience as the ice up to inches thick coated cables, telephone poles, and terminals making work nearly impossible. Trees and power lines were crashing all around us while we attempted to work. Many of you worked 14-16 hours per day for weeks to get our customers back in service. In preparing for this tape message, I read the Rochester Telephone Tie Line from April of 1991, which reported in all over 60,000 Rochester Telephone customers lost service and power was disrupted to more than 300,000 homes. The overall cost of the storm was expected to exceed $360 million dollars, which would be close to $700 million in today’s dollars. We were also assisted by more than 300 workers from other telephone companies with most of them coming from New York Telephone. It was best described as the Storm of the Century.
Bonus update: While we haven’t received the results of the bonus metrics yet, it is anticipated that we will receive the guaranteed 4.5% payout. As soon as I receive confirmation, the tape will be updated.
The Union will be meeting with Company officials to continue the work that was agreed to during the course of our meetings with Federal Mediators last week. We will be putting the framework of our Labor Management Committee together and identify the action items that we will be jointly working on together.
Saturday, over 25 Stewards will be gathering for training provided by our National reps and attorneys. I want to thank those who have committed to attend, taking time out their busy schedules to help get the work done for our members.
The Annual United Way Campaign kicked off this week with our Leadership Breakfast. Thank you to all who attended to help get our campaign off to a great start. Your contributions and support of the Community Fund, as well as other programs, is truly remarkable. Each year the members and retirees step up to help those in greatest need in this community. Once again thank you for your generous contributions.
This is your President John Pusloskie, thanking you for calling your Union Tape, the place where we value families, freedom, and fairness.