Support New Brunswickâ€™s Municipal Workers! (Postponed)November 7, 2007
Update: This rally has been postponed. Please check back for more information.Local 108 Members Win Wage Hikes, Better Benefits at NJ SupeJune 19, 2007
Please join us on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 at 6:00 pm in front of New Brunswick City Hall as we rally with New Brunswickâ€™s Municipal Workers for a fair contract. Located at 78 Bayard Street (2 blocks from George Street).
The Cityâ€™s employees have been working without a contract for more than 10 months. City workers are asking for a fair and living wage, wage parody with other towns, and no layoffs.
The New Brunswick City Council will meet at 6:30 PM. Help us send them a loud and clear message that the Cityâ€™s dedicated workers need a living wage and a fair contract.
In a new three-year contract with a chain of mid-sized supermarkets throughout New Jersey, RWDSU Local 108 members won wage hikes, benefit improvement and health insurance for part-time workers.Academy Bus Drivers Win 16-23 Percent Wage Hikes in New PactJune 14, 2007
â€śBefore we negotiated this contract, the employer would try to divide the full-timers and part-timers when it comes to medical benefits. We were able to keep them from doing that during these negotiations,â€ť said Local 108 President Charles Hall.
The new agreement covers almost 200 workers in 25 stores throughout New Jersey. â€śWeâ€™re actively out there seeking to represent workers at more and more of these mid-sized stores. None of them have the type of wages and benefits enjoyed by those workers employed in unionized supermarkets,â€ť Hall added.
After a tough round of negotiations with Academy Bus Tours, a transportation company in New Jersey, RWDSU Local 108 members won separate three-year contracts for drivers at the Tri-State, Rutgers and Middlesex bus terminals. The agreements cover 160 workers. They protect workersâ€™ benefits and guarantees wage hikes of 16 to 23 percent over the term of the agreements.
Local 108 President Charles Hall, Jr. said a lot of tough issues were brought to the bargaining table during these negotiations. Overtime pay was a major stumbling block. Last year, the 100 Academy Bus drivers who service Hudson and Bergen Counties voted to authorize a strike after management refused to agree to negotiate decent overtime pay. This time management finally agreed to a provision for premium pay similar to a clause in last yearâ€™s contract.
â€śWe also had to deal with maintaining our medical benefits and capping employee contributions, summer work, and continuing to bring our wages up to what professional drivers should earn,â€ť said Bus Driver Stuart Ediger.
Academy Bus workers also negotiated a third week of vacation for workers with seven years on the job, improved pension contributions, and a â€śmaintenance of benefitsâ€ť clause guaranteeing that the employer maintains the employeesâ€™ level of medical benefits.