Union Built PC and CWA District 3

A Meeting of the Minds and A Mission

 

At the Request of CWA District 3 VP Richard F. Honeycutt, Union Built PC was honored to present their new district-wide and locally customizable grievance application at the District 3 Meeting in Daytona Beach Florida on March 22nd.

CWA-communication-workers-of-america-logoThe Grievance Manager Application was custom designed to District 3’s specifications, which includes one-click escalation from local to district control, and customizable email and text alerts at both district and local level. This system also allows for convenient, secure access to all grievances and arbitrations and documents from anywhere an internet connection is available.

Pete Marchese, Director of Operations and Barry Diederich, Director of Software addressed the Local Officers and took them through the operation of their Grievance Manager Application. Union Built PC could not help but notice the District 3 Mission Statement:

“Our Mission is to work together as a Team to build our Union.

We will develop and execute specific action plans, including education and open communication to all Locals in an effort to further build trust.”

… And its similarity to the Union Built PC Mission Statement:

“Helping Unions Excel in Everything they do”

There is no doubt in our minds that we will succeed in our mutual missions and that the Union Team at Union Built PC has provided CWA District 3 with the tools necessary to accomplish this and more.

Union Built PC would like to thank District 3 VP Richard F. Honeycutt, Assistant to VP Nick Hawkins and retired Assistant to the VP Don Larotunda for allowing us to provide them with our Grievance Manager Application.

We would also like to thank District 2-13 VP Ed Mooney for allowing us to build District 2-13s Grievance Manager. Union Built PC now has Grievance Manager tracking grievances and arbitration in real time in District 2-13, District 3 and in select Locals in District 1, CWA.

Click Here to Download the Grievance Manager Brochure or Request a Free Demo

Attention NJ Transit Commuters: Resources to Navigate the Rail Strike

About 105,000 people rely on NJ TRANSIT every day and railroad officials are already warning that if the strike happens, their contingency plan will only be able to accommodate around 40,000 commuters.

NJ TRANSIT RESOURCE CENTER: How To Get Around If NJ TRANSIT Shuts Down

Commuters are hoping today’s in-person negotiations could be the difference that will ensure their trains will keep running.

“We will not be able to provide the level of service or capacity that our rail service currently provides to our customers,” NJ TRANSIT Interim Exec. Director Dennis Martin said.

RELATED: NJ TRANSIT Strike… The Clock is Springing Forward Fast

union-nj-transit-railworker-strikeOfficials plan to increase bus service, PATH trains light rail and ferry service, and to rely heavily on park and rides. Still, car traffic getting into Manhattan could be disastrous.

“It’s gonna be very disruptive a lot of people are gonna be stranded,” a commuter said.

Some New Jersey towns have come up with their own contingency plans, intending to have Jitney vans shuttle residents to Newark so they can take PATH trains to the city.

“We don’t have enough Jitney capacity to handle our own residents so we’re going to limited to that and proof of residency will be required,” said one town administrator.

The strike deadline is midnight Saturday, March 12. If the strike happens, NJ TRANSIT plans to gradually scale down service starting on Sunday.

Union leaders said the major issues that divide the two sides — wage increases, workers’ health care payments and contract length — are still on the table. Both sides said progress was made Tuesday.

In regard to healthcare, union workers are protesting NJ TRANSIT’s demands for workers to put up 20 percent of their healthcare costs.

Martin questioned how the raise would be paid for at a board meeting on Wednesday, WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported.

“The structure of the settlement and the amount of the settlement will determine how we have to fund it,” Martin said.

When asked about raising fares to cover the costs, Martin said he “can not rule out” the possibility.

The unions have been operating without a new contract or raise since 2011.

Union Built PC and many of our team members are based in NY Metro. We have seen commuter-impacted strikes before and it is no laughing matter. We want to encourage you to plan ahead. If you’re a commuter who may be impacted by the strike click here for resources to navigate the NJ Transit strike.

NJ TRANSIT Strike… The Clock is Springing Forward Fast

The clock is ticking towards a possible NJ TRANSIT strike on Sunday, as contract negotiations between the organization and its unions are set to resume this morning.

The strike deadline is midnight Saturday, March 12. If the strike happens, NJ TRANSIT plans to gradually scale down service starting on Sunday.

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Thursday afternoon, NJ TRANSIT negotiator Gary Dellaverson said no announcement of a deal was imminent.

“If there’s a shutdown, it will be terrible. It will be very inconvenient,” said NJ TRANSIT negotiator Gary Dellaverson said Thursday morning. “The discussions between us and the unions have continued, there’s nothing of value to report.”

RESOURCE FOR COMMUTERS: How To Get Around If NJ TRANSIT Shuts Down

After a day off from talks, leaders representing the 11 rail unions met with NJ TRANSIT officials face to face at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Newark for another round of talks.

“I don’t have anything very exciting to say,” Dellaverson said. “What we did this morning, for the last few hours, has been to continue to be precise with one another… as to the areas where there still remain differences between us.”

As talks commenced around 10 a.m., both sides expressed a desire to come to an agreement to avoid a potential strike.

“Whether it’s a today issue or a tonight issue or a Sunday morning issue, that’s just a game I don’t want to play,” Dellaverson said.

Rail union spokesperson Steve Burkert remained cautiously optimistic.

“We’re always hopeful that’s why we’re sitting, talking,” he said.

Dellaverson stressed the importance of keeping the discussions cordial.

“When you feel pressured, bad things happen,” Dellaverson said. “So I think trying to avoid that within reasonable measure is one of the things that we’re trying to do.”

Union Built PC and many of our team members are based in NY Metro. We have seen commuter-impacted strikes before and it is no laughing matter. We want to encourage you to plan ahead. If you’re a commuter who may be impacted by the strike click here for resources to navigate the NJ Transit strike.

Five Dumb Things People Believe About Unions

1. Unions are no longer necessary
Wage stagnation and a decline in real incomes for middle class families has become one of the biggest problems facing the country. The middle class is shrinking and college graduates are putting off buying homes and cars because of low salaries. Meanwhile productivity is higher than ever and corporate profits are through the roof. So where is the money going? Instead of to the worker, more and more of it is going to corporate execs and CEOs, leading to increasing income inequality.

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2. Unions are undemocratic
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, one could argue that unions are among the most democratic organizations. Unlike a corporation, for example, unions are bottom up organizations where the members elect their officers, approve bylaws, and vote on contracts. Each union has member committees, member meetings, member-driven elections, and so forth that help to ensure that the opportunity for member participation is available to all.

3. Unions pay their officers and staff obscene amounts
Union salaries are determined democratically, often with the salaries approved by delegates and set forth in the bylaws or constitutions.

The reality is that most union officers are local officers. They get paid very little especially when you take into account the hours that they put in when it comes to negotiations, union administration, and contract administration. And many don’t get paid at all.

Some officers and staff at the national level get paid more but it is far from obscene. They often work long hours in cities with very high costs of living, such as DC and New York, where many unions are headquartered. And when compared to their peers in corporations, and some non-profits, their pay is often low.

4. Unions increase labor costs, leading companies to send jobs overseas
This allegation is completely refuted by recent history. If a highly unionized workplace was, as the argument goes, the cause of companies sending jobs overseas, then the absence of high union density should lead to very few jobs going overseas, right?

Well, union density in the private sector has been declining for decades and is currently less than 10%. Yet for the last few decades, American businesses have shifted millions of good paying jobs overseas, despite the huge increases in productivity at home and the stagnating wages.

It’s not unions that lead to job loss. It’s greedy corporate executives who simply don’t want to share the fruits of higher productivity and profits with American workers – unionized or not.

5. Unions lead to lower productivity and worker laziness
No. Not even close. Studies show that productivity in unionized American workplaces is actually higher, with a meta-analysis noting that “”a positive [association between unions and productivity] exists for the United States in general and for U.S. manufacturing in particular.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Union Built PC and Collective Bargaining International Announce Strategic Alliance

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Technology, Labor and Unions:

Union Built PC and Collective Bargaining International Announce Strategic Alliance

Agreement will empower Labor Unions with Digital Tools for Collective Bargaining and Real Time Grievance Tracking

VANCOUVER, BC / NEW YORK, NY (PHANTOM POWER MARKETING) March 2, 2016 – Union Built PC Inc. and Collective Bargaining International Inc. are the leading experts in Collective Bargaining and Grievance Tracking Labor Software. Combining the skill-sets of their respective teams and product offerings, both the companies and the Labor Industry stand to benefit.

“It just makes sense to make the Collective Bargaining process a digital one. We’ve literally tried to think of everything a union might need at the bargaining table and put it into Negotiator’s Advantage™,” says Fred Romanuk, CEO of Collective Bargaining Inc.

Union-Grievance-Arbitration-Negotiation-union-software-d2-DOWNLOAD-DTA“Negotiating the Collective Bargaining Agreement is the most important job of the Union. It is critical to the success of the Union and the representation of their membership. Our mission is the improvement of the collective bargaining process,” he adds.

This partnership also provides an opportunity for Union Built PC Inc. and Collective Bargaining International Inc. to work collaboratively on product development, marketing and software sales.

“We quickly recognized these opportunities beyond just our mutual teams. For example, the integration of Union Built PC’s Grievance Manager Application and Collective Bargaining International’s Negotiator’s Advantage Software creates an extremely powerful tool at bargaining and arbitration,” says Barry Diederich, VP Software Development of Union Built PC.

Collective Bargaining International Inc. has developed Negotiator’s Advantage™, a real-time, cloud-based, complete set of digitally automated collective agreement tools. A powerful Application that builds and tracks proposals and counter proposals, dramatically speeds up proposal research, development and automatically builds the MOA and Final Contract.

union-grievance-arbitration-management-brochure-downloadUnion Built PC Inc. developed their Grievance Manager™ Software in 2006, enabling the Labor Industry to track their Grievance, Arbitration and related documents in Real Time. Since then consistent updates and upgrades have been made to the software to keep the system current with evolving technology trends and customized to the needs of the Labor Industry.

The immediate result of this alliance means Union Built PC can resell Collective Bargaining International’s Negotiator’s Advantage™ and integrate it with Union Built PC’s Grievance Manager™.

“We are thrilled to be integrating Negotiator’s Advantage™ into our robust Grievance Manager software so we can offer our Union clients a totally integrated and comprehensive bargaining tool,” says Pete Marchese, CEO at Union Built PC, Inc.

“Our Mission has always been to help Unions excel, and this strategic alliance will give Labor a leg up during the critical collective bargaining and grievance and arbitration management process,” adds Marchese.

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About Collective Bargaining International Inc.
Founded in 2014, Collective Bargaining International Inc. are the developers behind ‘Negotiators Advantage™’, Collective Bargaining Software.

The development of Negotiators Advantage™ represents the culmination of over 20 years’ experience in consulting with Unions to improve the Collective Bargaining process.

Negotiators Advantage™ offers a complete set of digitally automated collective agreement tools that dramatically reduces time needed on research and proposals. It is a “Quickbooks” for collective bargaining, automatic compilation of memorandum of agreements, and more.

Now, Negotiators Advantage™ is integrated with Grievance Manager™ from Union built PC Inc. Grievance data entered into Grievance Manager can be imported into Negotiators Advantage with a just a keystroke.

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About Union Built PC Inc.
Founded in 2001, after dozens of years working in the labor field as members, officers, and activists, Union Built PC Inc. offers cutting edge IT innovations for Labor which allow Unions to bargain and represent their membership more efficiently.

Union Built PC’s Grievance Manager™ offers unions web-based software to manage grievance processes from start through arbitration. Each application is custom designed and coded to fit the client’s specific processes and requirements, allowing for both optimal practice and efficiency. Applications feature contract-specific input requirements, worker and other role-specific input screens, calendar-based email notifications of deadlines, online document storage and fine-grained advanced search.

Union Built PC also offers and services VOIP systems, network servers, desktop PCs, laptops, and Android-based touch tablets. Its clients include the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (NJATC), JATC training centers nationwide, as well as a variety of local unions across the USA and Canada such as IBEW, AFSCME, SEIU, CWA, USW, IAM, ILWU, AFT, CUPE, APOC and more.

Union Built PC is a completely unionized company.

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CASE STUDY: Union Built PC Equips New Training Center for IBEW Local 351

Recently, IBEW Local 351 contacted Union Built PC for assistance in building a network and equipping their classrooms for the new training center being built in Folsom New Jersey. Pete Marchese, Director of Operations and Glenn Joseph, Network Technician traveled to New Jersey and met with John Biondi (Training Director), Ed Gant ( Business Manager), and Dennis Kleiner (Business Agent ) to survey the new construction and discuss Network and Equipment needs. On the basis of Union Built PC’s recommendations, we were charged with designing and implementing the network and integrating the classroom equipment into the network and providing secure email.

IBEW-Union Built PC Equips New Training Center for IBEW Local 351

Working with Joseph Knecht (Project Manager), John Biondi (Training Director), Lou Jiacopello (Assistant Training Director), and Dennis Kleiner (Business Agent), Union Built PC designed a State of the Art Network, custom designed for the Training Center’s needs with complete Classroom equipment integration. The Equipment provided included our new UB-7322 Workstations and UB-9743P Notebooks as well as NEC 300W projectors and dual Cisco WAP-321 access points for wireless internet access for the Classrooms. The Network backbone consisted of our newest UB-300 Server running ClearOS Professional Operating System with Cisco 500 POE Switches, QNAP NAS Drives and advanced KVM Switch with LCD Monitor.

RELATED: The UB-300 Server with ClearOS

The Installation commenced in late December 2013 and was accomplished, thanks to the efforts of our Network Technicians Glenn Joseph and Rudy Koch, and with the support of Dennis Kleiner B.A. IBEW 351. The “State of the Art” Network, with Union Built PC’s UB-300 Server as the core, was able to configure the network with “Hot Lans” on separate IPs which enabled classrooms to access the internet isolating them from the main data network for security purposes. Secure email was provided on the UB-300 server via Zarafa Email Service with Outlook plugin and smart phone and tablet access.

Union Built PC was able to accomplish this Training Center installation on budget and on time. We are honored to have been chosen by IBEW Local 351 to accomplish this task. At the present time we are working with IBEW Local 351 to develop a document storage and tracking system for the training center that will be hosted on our UB-300 Server. It will allow secure and instant access to their documents via web browser.

Testimonials

“As the new assistant training Director I was fortunate to be involved with every aspect of this project including helping to explain our online and multimedia training needs at the new JATC. The Computers and components engineered for us by Union Built PC were spot on! We spoke at length about the needs for our instructors and students to be on the web due to the new LMS and Blended learning programs being launched this year by the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, and wanted to ensure we had enough in the way of bandwidth and networking flexibility to make it all happen.

“The system they designed was set up to be user friendly for students, instructors and the administration. We are pleased with the product, and the technical assistance we received from Union Built PC on this new building. As for training so far there have been no problems with staff picking up and using hardware and software supplied to us, and we expect to launch the new curriculum this Fall with no issues.”

– Lou Jiacopello, Assistant Training Director

“Local 351 along with our partners at NECA wanted our new JATC to be technologically advanced enough to maintain the new web based JATC curriculum today, and be prepared any future advancement that may come down the road. We had our new JATC cabled with 10gig, CAT 6A which is the best product we could obtain by today’s standards, but we knew the components at the end of those cables going to make the difference in the reliability of the network, but we needed an expert to listen to our needs and build us a network we could depend on; This is where Union Built PC came in.

“My business manager, Ed Gant was adamant we went with a company that we could not only rely for issues with hardware or software, but also someone who took the security of the JATC’s information and network as seriously as he did, Union Built PC has provided us with security, reliability, and peace of mind knowing they listened to our concerns and delivered what we expected. We are pleased with the service and product we have received to date and our JATC is up and running with both cabled and wireless networks, email for all instructors, and a server with Cloud backup, and Union Built PC designed it all based on what we verbally told them we wanted to achieve for the future of this JATC, and thanks to them we are ready for the future.”

– Dennis Kleiner, Business Agent IBEW Local 351

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Rush Limbaugh Defends The Koch Brothers: They “Haven’t Done Diddly Squat”

During the February 12 edition of Premiere Radio Networks’ The Rush Limbaugh Show, Limbaugh – in speaking of, uhem, denying the Koch Brothers influence over Government, specifically the GOP – proclaims; “The Koch Brothers Haven’t Done Diddly Squat Because They Can’t, They’re Not In Government”

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LISTEN TO HIS RANT

RUSH LIMBAUGH: That’s exactly how this country was portrayed last night, and the previous debate, and every other Democrat debate or every Democrat campaign appearance. This place is portrayed as Hell on earth, brought to you by George W. Bush, the Republicans and the Iraq War, in the modern incarnation. The America they want to save us from, the America from which they want to liberate us, is not George W. Bush’s. It’s Barack Obama’s. But they don’t ever say that. They blame the Koch brothers. Nobody knows who the Koch Brothers are. The Koch Brothers can’t do, don’t do diddly — the Koch brothers never enforced a regulation on anyone, the Koch brothers never raised anybody’s taxes. The Koch brothers never sent anybody’s kids off to war. The Koch brothers haven’t done diddly squat because they can’t, they’re not in government. Government does all of this.