After eight weeks of bargaining, CWA members at CenturyLink in the Orlando area reached a tentative agreement with the company covering 256 workers including improvements on job protections and working conditions, maintaining current benefits, and providing a 4.5% increase on wages during the life of the contract.
The COVID-19 pandemic raised challenges during bargaining, requiring the bargaining committee to conduct all meetings remotely using our audio/video technology instead of face-to-face. The local used out-of-the-box ideas to mobilize effectively during bargaining, including an electronic mobile billboard and a radio advertisement, which aired on two of the largest radio stations in the Orlando market.
Local 3176 President Greg Douglas said, “The membership sent a clear message to the company that as union members we have a collective voice and we are willing to use it.”
A contract ratification vote will be conducted between June 8-11.