Defending Our Contract Defending Our Families and Our Future
Sempra’s Finances: Better than any time in their history It‟s their most profitableyear in history – $1.1Bil in the first 9 months alone Their „thank you‟:No Pay Raise in 2011 and less than the cost of living in other years
Sempra’s Finances: Better than any time in their history CEO Debra Reeds retirement: $35 MILLION & FREE MEDICALYOUR RETIREMENT PACKAGE: underminedwith a two-tier system, no promise for the future, it discriminates against women and you bear the cost of medical inflation!
Sempra’s Finances: Better than any time in their history They also want to:Make catastrophic sick time impossible toaccessMake it unsafe to ever do work for the unionTell us who can be a union representativeand communicate with youThey also want to make the public less safeby working you to exhaustion and continuingto reduce the level service
What the Joint Steering Committee has DecidedYou actions, Sticker & PicketDays, Rallies and ExecutiveHome Visits have producedmovement and finally got theattention of Companyexecutives. We will continueto escalate as necessary.
What the Joint Steering Committee has DecidedThe JSC will make decisionsregarding any work actions andthe duration of those actionsbased on what “is” or “isn‟t”happening at the BargainingTable on a day by day basis. Wewill telegraph as little notice aspossible to the Company
What the Joint SteeringCommittee has DecidedWe Expect everyone to Strike: Full-time, Part-Time, Probationary, Temporary… NO EXCEPTIONS!
What the Joint SteeringCommittee has Decided We will communicatethru our picket captainswith each work location the actual day or days when we will strike
What the Joint SteeringCommittee has DecidedIn the run up to the strike, we will have a system-wide picket at every single base and work location at the start of shift
What the Joint Steering Committee has Decided On Strike Day 1: Picket your work location then Everyone head downtown! Car pools-Buses-Trains whatever it takes
What the Joint Steering Committee has DecidedOn Strike Day 2&…: Picket your work location
Everyone Strikes No ExceptionsUnder the NLRB our Strike is a protected concerted action we expect everyone to participate in our action for a fair contract – we will fight and file unfair labor practices if anyone is harassed or penalized in anyway. We are fighting for a better contract and benefits for everyone so we expect everyone to participate!
What the Joint SteeringCommittee has Decided We must assume that theCompany will cut off the duesas they have done in the past. We are setting up a process for dues collection. We havedone it before and we can do it again.
Why don‟t we just continue to bargain?1. Talking is getting us nowhere. Bargaining 101 is that the Company is not scared of the bargaining committee however good they are unless they are thoroughly scared of the membership.2. The Company is wasting time on proposals that may be illegal. They are desperately trying to get us past the winter months3. Members all over the system are saying we voted to strike - why has calling a strike taken so long.
Picket Captains, Shop Stewards and Activists: Our Duties Communication- Keep our Members informed. Leaflet your work location, make sure all members have the information you have Take the time to talk to younger union members – this fight is about their future. Why should they participate? Recruit more activists (The more the better) Indentify Part-Timers who will help. There are Part Timer Workers, NOT Part time union members.
Picket Captains, Shop Stewards and Activists: Our Duties What materials do you need to organize your work location – Demand you get it Be ready to organize a day of action or “Picket Day” that we will use to notify our members of pending work action and how long. This Day may coincide with developments in Bargaining Begin to sign up members for dues collections – The company will stop dues deductions to weaken our ability to fight back for a good contract
Picket Captains, Shop Stewards and Activists: Our Duties Picket Captains, Leads, Shop Stewards & activists will be asked to evaluate their work locations of supporters and non supporters. We must keep everyone accountable for exact numbers Picket Captains will be given Do’s & Don’ts – We will create forms that help you recruit & schedule members for picket duty. Picket Captains & alternates will be in charge of Picket lines When a strike day(s) or an action is called by the JSC, Picket Captains will be informed in advance of logistics and instructions to give members at all work locations
Picket Captains, Shop Stewards and Activists: Our Duties Under the NLRA a Strike or Work action is protected & concerted activity. We expect EVERYONE to participate in any actions or a strike. Picket Captains, Shop Stewards and Activists must document what was said by supervisors and indentify witnesses. We will take all measures necessary to challenge unlawful activity by management
Picket Captains, Shop Stewards and Activists: Our Duties Finally, everyone must treat a “picket line” as serious business. A picket line is your new “Work Location” in a fight to defend our Contract for our Families. We will be in the public view and must conduct ourselves accordingly. What Else?