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First and foremost, the Orange Bargaining Team would like to thank every member who has taken place in mobilization activities! The Company hears you loud and clear. There has been continued progress at the bargaining table, and even though we remain far apart on many issues progress is being made. The Company has still not come nearly far enough on certain issues, but we see some light at the end of the tunnel. Your sustained mobilization is the key to getting us over the finish line, and your efforts are making us stronger at the table.
Over the last week the Orange Bargaining Committee has continued to meet with the Company. There has been some positive movement in many areas, and we know that movement is because of the hard work all of you are doing mobilizing. The Company can hear you loud and clear demanding a fair contract. While we are happy to report that some progress has been made, we need you to continue to put the pressure on and ramp up mobilization because we are still far apart on the most important issues.

In our meeting with the Company today we received a counter offer allowing members in the EPO Healthcare plan to transition to the closed Healthnet Insurance Plan on a one-time basis. Many of our members transitioned to the EPO Plan prior to the deductible for medical and prescription being applied, this would give those members the opportunity to return to an HMO plan.

We met with the Company today and discussed in detail California Paid Sick Leave. We had met with Legal Counsel on this subject and proposed to the Company our language that allows our members to utilize CPSL as a true sick benefit.

The Company is taking back our proposed language on CPSL and we will meet on this at our next meeting. The Company is still reviewing our position on Healthcare and we will also be discussing in our next meeting.

At this year’s Game Developers Conference, held last week in San Francisco, attendees flocked to the CODE-CWA booth to learn how to organize for change at their workplaces.

Today is Cesar Chavez Day, a day we honor the life and legacy of both the man and farm workers.  Today was also a day of action for farm workers and Union allies -- including CWA members -- who fanned out to major California cities and across agricultural areas to hold human billboards, asking CA Governor Newsom to sign the Agricultural Labor Relations Voting Choice Act (AB 2183 - Stone).

The latest bargaining information for AT&T Mobility and DirecTV (Orange), as well as Frontier Communications in California, and the Meow Wolf arts collective in New Mexico.

                                                                                                                                          

We met with the Company today and addressed some of your serious concerns. We also continued to emphasize the members overwhelming “NO” vote and that the Company has to get serious and hear the members concerns. Here are the items that we presented today: