vote is in... 54% NO, 46 % yes, and the tentative contract is rejected.
CTL workers in the old 14-state Qwest area, who were former Qwest/US West contracted, are now in the 96 day cooling-off period, working through October 3rd at this point.
this is a time of checking medicine cabinets and getting things ordered that you can. I'm in pretty good shape for everything except the asthma stuff, which I messaged my doctor about. get it refilled while I've still got time.
there are cracks in the clouds... the company could impose the new contract, which is acceptable for some of us. there could be quick renegotiations to patch the worse hits and a revote, in which case we would continue the old contract day by day, as we have for 12 months.
or CTL could impose some rancid piece of crap like "two bucks a month and all the abuse we can dish out," in which case we'd just walk out. they could lock us out.
I think the district 7 website will get close to melting down over the week. there will be busy signals at the locals' progress numbers.
in the meantime, however, we just get 'er dun. our last CEO in Qwest was quite fond of the Bell System painting series "Spirit of Service," and that's how we do our jobs. that won't change.
there are a lot of anti-union consultants giving companies the same old bash-em, smash-em, be glad you're not in Bangladesh mimeo sheets on how to kick worker butt. CTL gets those services.
the only way to protect ourselves as workers is to be Union Strong, all day long.
and if I have to put my 6 red shirts in the back of the closet and reach for the snake shirts, I can do that.