Over the last two days, CWA members working at Bumperactive, a local print shop that employs more than fifty people, cast their votes to ratify a new five-year contract. After multiple extensions to the previous contract due to an increase in the volume of work, as well as dealing with a national pandemic, the two parties finally entered into negotiations in mid January to discuss changes that would benefit those hard-working employees. We thank our District 6 Staff Representative, Charlie Torres, our Officers, and the members of our Bargaining Committee for their time, patience, and perseverance. With their help, and the members, we have successfully and overwhelmingly ratified this new contract.
Charlie Torres – District 6 Staff Representative and Bargaining Chair
Jason Peavler – CWA Local 6132 President
Sonia Lopez – CWA Local 6132 Vice President
Bargaining Committee Members
Regine Kalala – CWA Local 6132 Steward
Mike Pollock – CWA Local 6132 Steward
Olivia Trevino – CWA Local 6132 Steward
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On February 9, 2021, Austin downgraded from COVID Stage 5 to COVID Stage 4. Although this means that the Local can begin having parking lot meetings, we have decided to cancel this month’s meeting until March. If Austin is still in Stage 4 at the beginning of March, then we WILL be having a meeting. Thank you.
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As of mid-December, the City of Austin has been under Stage 5 restrictions for COVID-19. At this time, we would not be compliant with those orders by having a membership meeting. Please stay ho,e, and be safe.
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On Thursday, December 10, 2020, CWA Local 6132 held a trial court due to charges filed against one of our members. Since the guilty verdict, the former member has requested an appeal to the Membership at our January Membership Meeting on Thursday the 14th. The image below is the verdict from the seven member jury. Clicking the image will send you to a downloadable PDF. A transcript of the letter is below the image.
December 10, 2020
Dear Member Cheryl Lee,
It is the decision of the Trial Court that you are guilty of the charges brought against you by unanimous vote.
The Court, therefore, has determined the following penalty:
A. You shall be fined the sum of $10,000.
C. You shall be expelled from membership in the Union effective immediately from all activities as a member or guest.
D. A public apology and/or recant of damaging statements equal to or greater than the offense should be made.
You have the right to appeal this decision of the Trial Court to a membership meeting of the Local within thirty (30) days of the date of this letter. The Local may affirm or reverse the decision or reduce the penalty. In the event you appeal to the membership of the Local, the penalties will be suspended pending the appeal.
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Remember, we WILL be having a December Membership Meeting this Thursday, December 10 starting at 7:30pm. There are a number of things to cover before we end 2020. This will be a parking lot meeting to conform with COVID requirements and the meeting will be broadcast over FM. Please let your peers know about this meeting, and please scroll down to view the flyer pertaining to Angel Tree and charitable contributions.
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Due to COVID 19 restrictions for group gatherings, the CWA Local 6132 Christmas Party has been cancelled. We will be having our regularly scheduled December Membership Meeting on December 10, 2020 at 7:30 pm at 609 Canion St., Austin TX 78752. As with the past few membership meetings under the COVID restrictions, the December meeting will be held in the parking lot and will be broadcast over an FM frequency. We will also have several door prizes for members attending the December meeting, so we hope to see everyone there.
The Tentative Results for the election have been posted and as of today, October 21, 2020, they will be final. Below is the tally sheet. We would like to thank our Election Committee Members for their time and dedication.
President – Jason Peavler
Secretary-Treasurer – Christina Waid
Vice President for Mobility – Sonia Lopez
Vice President for Core – Tony Thornburg
Chief Stewards for Mobility – Alice Durham and Janell Zuberbier
Chief Stewards for Core – Stefan Johnson, Chris Sullivan, and Steven McNulty
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