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protest of IMC meeting

The Communications Workers of America Local 1170 is banding together with other local unions to protest a meeting to be held tomorrow by members of the Industrial Management Council. Representatives from Rochester Telephone Corp.

Local unions plan
protest of IMC meeting

The Communications Workers of America Local 1170 is banding together with other local unions to protest a meeting to be held tomorrow by members of the Industrial Management Council. Representatives from Rochester Telephone Corp. are scheduled to discuss strategies used in recent contract negotiations with CWA Local 1170.
In a memo titled “Rochester Telephone Bargaining Strategies–The Cancer Will Separate,” CWA Local 1170 President Robert Flavin urged members of all local unions to join the protest from 7:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Friday outside IMC offices at 930 East Ave.
At the meeting, Daniel Farberman, personnel director for Rochester Tel, spokesman Randal Simonetti and other labor-relations staff from the company are scheduled to discuss Rochester Tel’s “preparation leading to bargaining, bargaining, and impasse and implementation of new terms and conditions of employment,” according to an IMC meeting announcement sent to its 350 member companies.
“This should not be construed by anyone as a how-to discussion,” Farberman said. He characterized the presentation as a 15-minute talk containing information previously reported by the media.
Simonetti said he will give a description of the communication strategy companies use in a crisis situation, including how firms can prepare in advance for that.
Rochester Tel has received a number of phone calls from other companies asking for advice regarding strategy and tactics used during the firm’s labor negotiations, Simonetti said. Rochester Tel previously solicited input from other companies that have faced unionized labor, including the Detroit News and Bell Atlantic Corp.

RBJ Daily 6-27-96

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