November 3, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Ithaca, NY – What shouldn’t be lost on a recently-negotiated five-year contract agreement for 1,100 United Auto Workers (UAW)-represented Employees at Cornell University in Ithaca is that it not only positively impacts those Union Workers, but helps raise wages for Non-Union Workers in Tompkins County and in the surrounding Southern Tier counties, Local 2300 President Jason David tells WNYLaborToday.com.
“It’s ‘very important’ for Non-Unionized Workers at Cornell and across the region to ‘remember,’” David told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper today (Monday, October 31st) in a telephone interview, “Cornell University is the ‘largest employer’ (in Tompkins County) and the UAW takes ‘great pride’ in the fact that ‘when we raise wages here,’ we ‘not only help our Members, but everyone in this county and our surrounding counties’ – including many families – in ‘raising’ wages and the overall economy.”
Elevating talk of a Strike by UAW Members at Cornell – who work in several departments, including grounds-keeping, in the dining hall, as custodians, and in athletics, mail services and in the university’s veterinarian school, helped bring about a new agreement at the end of August that replaced an old four-year pact that had expired on July 1st.
The start of the new semester with students returning to campus also sped up negotiations, David told WNYLaborToday.com.
“The ‘serious possibility’ and talk of a Strike, and with our students coming back to campus at the end of August, ‘really got’ (talks moving forward),’” he said. “For the most part, our Members are ‘pleased.’ A number were ‘so pumped up’ (over the possibility of going out on Strike) that ‘they thought we could have gotten more.’ But the vast majority were ‘pleased,’ so much so that they voted to approve the contract (by a margin of 68% to 32% on August 16th).” To read more click on the following link