Victory for video interpreters: first contract

All four ASLIU centers have voted to ratify contracts with Purple Communications. The union contracts are the first in the nation for American Sign Language video interpreters.

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American Sign Language interpreters are voting on first contract

At long last, our American Sign Language Interpreters United unit has agreed tentatively to contract terms with employer Purple Communications. Our ASL interpreter sisters and brothers are holding ratification votes this week.  The first one was in Oakland on Monday.  Results will be announced once members in all four locations …

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Bargaining frustration continues

ASLIU and Purple negotiators once again failed to reach agreement on a first contract. The most noteworthy feature of the meeting was the near total lack of preparation on the management side of the table.

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No contract yet

While ASLIU and Purple representatives inched closer on a key article when they met last Thursday in San Francisco, overall agreement on a first-ever union contract for VIs remained frustratingly elusive.

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Closer, but still no deal

Compromise was the name of the game when Purple Communications and ASLIU negotiators met in San Francisco last Thursday after nearly four months away from the bargaining table.

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Labor board agrees with union on health care changes

ASLIU employees who struck Purple Communications for one day over alleged improper changes to the health-care plan were in the right according to the National Labor Relations Board.

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ASLIU Members Stand Tall

That ASLIU has “arrived” as a union with a highly committed membership was demonstrated beyond any doubt on May 5 when members took to the streets in a one-day strike to protest Purple’s imposition of changes to the health-care plan.

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Purple gets an earful during ULP strike

American Sign Language interpreters struck Purple Communications Inc. on Monday in a lively show of outrage over the company’s latest unfair labor practices.

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Settlements reached in Denver, Arizona ULP cases

Purple Communications agreed to settle NLRB unfair labor practice cases in Colorado and Arizona. The Company allegedly disciplined workers for union activity and removed union materials from break rooms and community event bulletin boards.

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No deal yet for ASL interpreters

Negotiators for Local 39521’s ASL Interpreters Unit and Purple Communications inched closer to a contract when they met in San Francisco on April 9, but are still separated by at least two very tough issues: health and safety, and wages.

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