Electricity workers to strike next week in response to their pay cuts

Electricity workers to strike next week in response to their pay cuts

The union represents 3,000 electricians, plumbers, welders and pipe청주안마fitters and is the largest in the nation.

Some 400 of its members are scheduled to walk off the job at 4 p.m. Sunday at San Jose International Airport, after their employers in Southern California decided to cut their annual bonus by 25 percent over five years.

In the past three months, the union’s workers’ pay for health care insurance and pension plans has gone up by 13.4 percent,룰렛 according to pay stubs filed with the State Labor Commissioner’s Office, while average hourly pay for the same work has increased 7.5 percent.

The company says it will increase the bonus by 15 percent over three years with the cut to worke세종출장샵rs in the lowest-paying jobs in the service industries.

The union leaders say that since they received such a drastic pay cut during the recession, many workers cannot afford or plan for better pay in the future.

“You don’t come into this job having a great future, you come in with a huge gap,” said Eric Dufay, the vice president of the Electricians & Pipefitters United Union, a local union that represents electricians.

“You’re coming in with the prospect of having to take more days off and more pay cuts when you want to come in and see how much this company wants to take you,” said Dufay.

The union says it expects many workers to walk off the job over the next several days, which is against the state’s contract with unions that provide health care benefits to workers and benefits like pensions and social security.

In the meantime, the State Labor Commissioner’s Office says workers will be paid $25 per hour for overtime hours — just before their pay cut. The pay cut for that amount — even if they took more days off for sick leave, sick days and other vacations — would also result in a 6.25 percent decrease in pay, which is $400,000 a year.

According to figures from the California Labor Department, the state paid out almost $15 billion in employee salaries in 2010.

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