Buffalo Mailers M-81 in Negotiations with Buffalo News
Posted On: Mar 10, 2016
Members of the Buffalo Mailers M81 negotiating committee, from left: Sector Rep. Steve DeIanni, M81 President Joe Cannizzaro, Secretary-Treasurer John Fletch.

Mailers at the Buffalo News have been working without a contract since November 2015, as the company and the union meet to hash out a new agreement. The approximately 145 employees are Journeymen A mailers, Journeymen B mailers, and part-time Helpers.

“Although we’ve met half a dozen times with the company, we’ve seen very little progress. We are still trying to work out the details of the economics package,” said John Fletch, a member of the negotiating committee and secretary-treasurer for the Buffalo Mailers Union. “The company has made it clear that medical coverage is its number one priority,” Fletch added.

Currently, the company pays 100 percent of medical coverage, and has the right to change providers as long as the plan mirrors what the workers currently have in place. However, in its latest proposal, the company has proposed a 70/30 split.
“We haven’t had a raise in five years and now the company wants us to take on health care costs, this is a profitable company,” said Fletch.

The Buffalo News is part of the Berkshire Hathaway corporate family, and in 2014 reportedly had an operating profit of $9.77 million.

After economics, the union has its own proposals, most pertaining to working conditions.

“We need to ensure that our jobs are done correctly and that we maintain jurisdiction over the work that we do,” said Fletch.

“That is what we’ll be fighting for once we start negotiating working conditions,” Fletch said.

The negotiating committee includes Fletch, M81 Local President Joseph Cannizzaro, and Steven Fry.


 
 
   
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