Contract negotiations resumed in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday with a focus on community interpreting and two bedrocks of any labor contract: just cause discipline and the right to arbitrate.
While the union proposal seeks improvement of the labor contract that recently expired, leaving many provisions unchanged but seeking better compensation terms and clarity on certain working conditions and performance standards, the management proposal was practically a complete re-write.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Sign Language interpreters struck Purple Communications Inc. on Monday in a lively show of outrage over the company’s latest unfair labor practices.
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.
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.