Slight progress was made Thursday in San Francisco as Purple Communications and ASLIU negotiators met for the first time since November. Health and safety issues are linked to pay and benefits.
The NLRB has issued a complaint charging Purple Communications with violating labor law at its Denver facility. The complaint involves multiple charges ranging from retaliation against union activists to failure to negotiate with the union.
A meeting with a federal mediator last Friday ended with no real progress being made in the negotiations between Purple Communications and ASLIU.
During the latest round of bargaining, Purple Communications negotiators said the company is unwilling to pay video interpreters higher wages. Video Interpreters gear up on campaign for a fair contract.
Negotiations stalled this week over whether management-mandated meetings and unexpected work interruptions, like system crashes and power failures, should count against an employee’s log-in time and other performance standards.
Bargaining on August 6 and 7 led to a flurry of agreements on language for articles to be contained in a first contract between Purple and CWA’s Pacific Media Workers Guild.
Video Interpreters met with Federal Communications Commission officials for the first time recently during a meeting arranged by CWA in response to proposed reforms to the video relay system.
Union represented ASL interpreters and Purple Communications came to an agreement on two more key building blocks for a contract during the latest bargaining session.
Four ASL video interpreters provided evidence at an NLRB hearing of how far Purple Communications was willing to go to block workers from exercising their right to form a union.
Three days of negotiations over the past week led to a few new agreements and a much better understanding of key remaining issues for the bargaining teams.