The CWA Local 13500 Bargaining Committee reports:
As we last reported, LifePath’s bargaining team was struggling with agreeing to a contract extension. We are pleased to announce that the issue has been resolved. As a result, the contract is extended in full force and effect, until sixty (60) days after the PA DHS provides its new funding structure for the next three (3) year cycle.
As LifePath is critically dependent on PA State funding before wage increases can be considered, this extension agreement is in the interest of all. All benefits, wages, and working conditions, including arbitration rights continue during the term of the extension.
We realize this comes with some sacrifice on your part, as no wage increases are immediately available. We simply cannot get blood from a stone.
As bargaining is now on pause, our focus must now turn to the political arena where not just the Presidential election, but the election of PA State Legislators is critically important. The lawmakers we send to Harrisburg must be supporters of working men and women. Make a plan to vote and vote for the local representatives endorsed by Labor. It is those very people that will impact us directly at our kitchen table.
Your CWA Bargaining Team,
John Petrini—CWA District 2-13 Staff Representative
Julie Daloisio—Local President
Mike Ahern----Central Division Executive Vice President
Tim Andreas—Chief Steward
Read the full Extension Agreement.