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The Largest Private Sector Union Gain in Decades

Source: AFL-CIO News blogThis just in from Rand Wilson, communications coordinator in the Center for Strategic Research, AFL-CIO Organizing Department.

Marking the largest private-sector organizing win in New Hampshire in decades, 600 customer service representatives employed by AT&T Government Solutions in Dover formed a new union with Local 1298 of the Communications Workers of America (CWA).

On Nov. 5, the American Arbitration Association compared union authorization cards signed by employees against a list of employees provided by the employer and certified that a majority of employees designated CWA to represent them. Under a new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule, after a union is certified through a voluntary “card-check” procedure, if 30 percent of workers ask for another election within 45 days, another election may be held. Since no petition was filed by Dec. 28, the union now is formally recognized.

The workers’ campaign for a union revolved around a strong desire to gain better access to affordable health care, to secure a more livable wage and to strengthen job security. A full-time employee earns less than $22,000 per year and has a $5,000 yearly deductible for a family health plan.Enter your Email

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