A message to all our CWA Sisters and Brothers:
Seniority is the backbone of our Union. We would never and will never compromise on that. If the Company chooses to move forward with perverting the contract language to surplus Members in any other way than by inverse seniority we will not stand for it. Per the contract that was mutually agreed to and signed in good faith:
Appendix F Article 7.03 (page 223):
Whatever force conditions as determined by the Company are considered to warrant a surplus and the possible layoff of employees, the Company shall notify the Union in writing, prior to notifying the affected employees. Employees will be laid off in a process to be determined by the Company based on the needs of the business and all business needs being equal, such adjustments shall occur in inverse order of seniority. The surplus employees designated for layoff will be notified a minimum of three weeks prior to the layoff date, unless otherwise provided by law.
Needs of the business pertains to work volumes and identified locations. Expanding that to include performance measures that have never been bargained for is disgraceful and an insult to every Member who comes to work every day under the umbrella of that mutually agreed upon contract.
They are wrong. We are right. No compromising on seniority. #CWASTRONG