So a number of us at Mountain Xpress are working with Communications Workers of America to organize and address concerns about our rights and working conditions. Xpress has been blessed with a good crew, past and present, and we hope these issues can be resolved so we can move forward in a way that’s fair to everyone.
That’s all I’ll say for now. Personally, I love Asheville and hope to continue telling this city’s stories for a long time to come.
About a dozen Xpress employees have departed over the past couple of months. None have spoken publicly about the exact reasons for leaving, but it’s clear that concerns center on working conditions. Unions exist in Asheville, but I don’t know all the rules and regulations surrounding them, nor do I know the implications of Xpressers talking to union organizers. I’ll be doing some research.
Forbes, on the other hand, has a solid working knowledge of North Carolina unions. He recently wrote several in-depth stories about concerns over working conditions at Sitel, an Asheville call-center.
More as I get it.