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Ending a battle spanning two years, on July 6, 2006, the Churchill County Commission approved a new contract for CC Communications workers which the CWA membership had ratified on June 12.

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The union's victory was largely set in place when an impartial factfinder ruled in May in the union's favor on most of the workers' demands. That decision cut the heart out of the company's stonewalling.

Apparently, the county commissioners also saw in it their error in the treatment of their own constituents and employees.

Here are the salient points of the new CWA contract with CC Communications.

     1. Elimination of a two-tiered pay scale which penalized new-hires. (Editor's note: This is an extreme rarity these days.)
     2. An applicable inflation rate of 5%. A raise to that effect was put in place retroactive to June 1, 2005, plus a .25% contribution to the Public Employees Retirement System.
     3. Future pay will be indexed to the Urban CPI based on the most recent 12 months ending on March 31 of each year.
     4. Stronger safety language.
     5. Double- time after 49 hours.

The CWA raise is roughly double of what workers in the rest of Churchill County have received.

EDITOR'S COMMENT: The wide-ranging effects of this victory should not be underestimated. Contract after contract, in Nevada and across the nation, has resulted in wage increases less than the inflation rate — in effect, a pay cut.

Employers and their subcontractors have done so merely because they can. When RTC/Citifare employees struck the Reno-Sparks-Washoe County bus system a few years ago, they were forced by the British-owned management contractor to accept a two percent raise despite the fact that the Regional Transportation Commission had authorized three percent.

The workers of CC Communications are to be congratulated for a win in a narrow-minded, media-controlled town like Fallon (see below). Perhaps the lowest insults were those which asserted that phone company jobs are better than most, so take what they give you — even if it's a pay cut — and kwitcherbitchin'.

Lots of other unions in particular, and the huge number of unorganized workers across this nation in general, need to heed the example of small, tightly-knit worker groups that have refused to succumb to fear, company intimidation and — in Fallon's case — community-wide shunning and vilification.

Repentant world-class union buster Martin Levitt stated in his book, Confessions of a Union-Buster (now in its umpteenth printing), that the few times he was unable to defeat a union came when the workers refused to break solidarity.

CC Comm's Fallon workers now rank high in the Nevada labor hall of fame — along with the likes of the Reno Hilton security guards — as shining examples of what can happen if you stand up and fight for your rights. You can prevail even here on the High Desert Plantation in the country with the most repressive labor laws in the industrialized world. If a union can make it in Fallon, imagine the potential elsewhere.

Solidarnosc!

Be well. Raise hell.

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CENSORED IN FALLON: RADIO STATIONS REFUSE TO AIR UNION WORKERS' ADVERTISING WHICH QUESTIONS PHONE COMPANY EXPENSE ACCOUNTS

FALLON (24 Jan. 2006) – Three Fallon radio stations have refused to broadcast advertising which questions expenditures by executives of CC Communications, Churchill County's publicly owned telephone-cable TV-internet service provider.

   The commercials will begin airing Wednesday, Jan. 25, on Reno-based stations KOZZ 105.7-fm and KBUL 98.1-fm, both of which have large audiences in Churchill County.

   The banned spots question credit card charges by company managers.

CC Communications is compelled by Nevada law to fully disclose expenditures but so far has given the union representing its workers only amounts, dates and vendors.

    Communications Workers of America Local 9413/AFL-CIO represents about 65 employees who have worked without a contract since July 1. A new contract was rejected in a vote of the membership last November.

    In a letter delivered to CC Comm Human Resources Director Jane Jenkins today, union staff representative John Doran states that "on Nov. 23, 2005, the Union requested a complete list of managers and supervisors who were issued company credit cards, which included the 'monthly breakdown of charges for the past three years for each credit card issued with an explanation for what the charge was for.'

    "The Company did not provide 'what the charge was for.' The Union again requests this information. This request is made pursuant to public records as defined in (Nevada Revised Statutes) 239.010."

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Management Meeting
2-2-2006

  McCarrell: "There are other charges besides lunches; they total $16.908.79 use of credit cards. With an approximate cost of $1,182.62 in taxes. If we are tax free why are we paying taxes by using credit cards versus purchase orders?"...

   "Mr. Feest interrupted Mr. McCarrell informing him to be careful of what you say and you are on record and being recorded and to be careful of what you say."...

  Vierra: "This petition asks for a special meeting of the commission to discuss ongoing problems at the telephone company, which continue to destroy employee morale."...

  Commissioner Frey: "I'm becoming somewhat offended by the continuous request."...

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    The union believes that the company's actions constitute an illegal unfair practice which is governed by the Nevada Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board.

    "We could understand KVLV am-fm declining our spot schedule, as County Commissioner Lynn Pearce, who is charged with oversight of CC Communications, is an owner of the station as well as a morning personality," Doran said.

    "However, KHWG-am unprofessionally colluded with CC Comm management by playing our commercials for them last week without our permission," Doran added.

    "In refusing our paid schedule, KHWG management noted that CC Comm — a citizen-owned company — is a big advertiser," he stated.

    "The accuracy of our ads was not questioned," the longtime Nevada labor leader noted.

    The commercials state, in part, "If you are one of the chosen few at the top of the food chain, you've been eating good and making lots of interesting purchases in very interesting places, kind of a never-ending card party. The county has a strict policy regulating credit card use.

    "Next time you run into CC Communications executive-types at lunch in Fallon, ask them to show you the card — they don't leave home without it.

    "Why would they?

    "A list of purchases is posted at NevadaLabor.net.

    "County Commissioner Lynn Pearce oversees CC Communications.

    "Call him at (775) 428-1254.

    "Ask him to look in their wallets.

   " The CC Communications county credit card — priceless work if you can get it."

    The censored commercials are available for listening at NevadaLabor.net.



A partial list of vendors patronized with CC Communications credit cards.

Blue Ribbon Meats
Harmony, Brooklyn New York
Cock 'n' Bull Restaurant
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company,
   New Orleans
Lands' End
Subway
The Fontainebleau, Miami
Business Objects Crystal
Plumpjack Hotel Squaw Valley
Art Today, Inc.
Subway again
Dairy Queen
Oriental Trading Company
Sandwinds Restaurant

Subway again
Late charge (oops)


Golf Tournament.com
Stratosphere Las Vegas
Howlin Good Barbecue
McDonalds
Royal Towncar
Overlimit fee (oops again)
Baldini's Sports Casino
Mirage, Palms and Hard Rock Hotel,
  Las Vegas
Port of Subs
Sushi Boat
Round Table Pizza
Westin Maui
Leilani's on the Beach, Maui
Golden Rice Bowl
Total Fitness Athletic Center, Fallon
  6-30-2004



Information provided by the company at union request.

 


2.36.040 County Credit Cards:

Each county employee who is issued a county card may only use the credit card to purchase goods or services for the county. An accurate record of expenses to include duplicate receipts of all transactions must be submitted to the comptroller's office for payment. No personal transactions are allowed. Any transactions not in compliance with this section shall subject the employee to disciplinary procedures as outlined in chapter 3.52 of this code and cause forfeiture of said credit card upon an order by the board of commissioners. (Bill 2002-G, 2002)

CC Communications

Distribution: Salaried Employees
Effective Date: February 15, 1992
Revision Date: March 17, 1997
Subject: Credit Card
File Under: Administration
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CREDIT CARD POLICY

    The use of a company credit card (Mastercard) for travel and business expenses is encouraged for all management, supervisory and staff employees.
    The use of this card allows for the reduction and amount of cash advances. It allows for better record keeping.
    Occasional purchases made for the company can save considerable time and effort rather than obtaining a cash advance or using your own credit card or check. These types of purchases should be kept to a minimum.
    Do not physically loan your card to any other employee.
    Receipts for charges should be kept until you receive the Mastercard bill from Accounting. When approving the bill attach your receipts to it with the purpose and guests appropriately noted on the back of the receipt.

 

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