WGBH Union Negotiations

 

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WGBH's Alleged Attempts to Undermine the Union



Consider the following facts that belie that claim:

  • Every proposal WGBH has made has included a union security provision
  • Every proposal WGBH has made has included a union dues deduction provision
  • Every proposal WGBH has made has included a provision that preserves the union's jurisdiction;
  • Every proposal WGBH has made has included provisions for enforcement of the agreement through binding arbitration;
  • Every proposal WGBH has made has included provisions that allow the union access to and means for communicating with employees at the Foundation;
  • None of WGBH's proposals have sought to remove positions from the bargaining unit;
  • WGBH's final proposal is significantly different than its Initial Proposal made on August 17, 2010. The changes are a result of negotiating with the union over several months—they represent concessions that WGBH has made to address as many concerns raised by the union as it could;
  • WGBH has been transparent with AEEF/CWA and its members about the concerns behind the Foundation's proposals and has responded to every request for information received from the union. WGBH leadership, working with union leadership, conducted many several hour long briefings of union members explaining the industry circumstances and reasoning for the changes sought;
  • WGBH has removed lots of language from the proposal that the union considers "rhetoric" or ideology. For example, when the union claimed that WGBH's mission statement is "rhetoric" that should not be included in the proposal, WGBH removed it;
  • WGBH has not interfered with the union's communications with members during the negotiations. The union has held, and continues to hold, meetings with members in WGBH's conference rooms; the union uses WGBH's email system, bulletin boards, etc. to communicate with employees; union stewards and officers have had the opportunity to address employees during departmental staff meetings; etc.;
  • WGBH has not been anti-union. Asking for the discretion to make sensible business decisions and for the ability to subcontract does not mean WGBH is anti-union.

 

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