The three-dozen member WBNG unit at the Center for Popular Democracy had its first formal bargaining session with management on Sept. 16.
“We had a preliminary conference call with management over ground rules and modalities for bargaining in early September,” said Local Representative Rick Ehrmann. “Both sides are looking at ways to pursue ‘interest-based bargaining’ for the first Guild contract.” The first day of talks were via videoconference.
On July 8, management at the progressive nonprofit headquartered in New York signed a voluntary recognition agreement with Local 32035, which had begun an organizing campaign in May.
The new shop’s members elected a bargaining committee consisting of Uyen Doan, Shawn Sebastian, Josue Guillen, and co-chairs Michelle Kilpatrick and Art Reyes.