On the heels of a victory in Pittsburgh, but still seeking a contract for workers in Texas, the Communication Workers of America will be holding an interfaith vigil at Comcast headquarters later today. (5pm at Comcast HQ; details below.)
The vigil comes a day before Comcast shareholders will meet to roll in all of the money they have taken from their Revenue Generating Units (RGU). That's what they call their customers when you're not looking. I'm not joking. From the report on their first quarter 2006 results:
Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation said, 'Our first quarter results set new records across the board. RGU additions accelerated in the first three months to the highest level in the Company's history.'
The idea of an RGU reflects the corporation's strategy to milk as much money as possible from every person it interacts with. That means raising rates whenever possible and signing you up for as many bells, whistles, and premium services as possible. It also means pushing workers to work long hours for little pay.
So all of you customers in Philadelphia who hate the way Comcast sucks money out of your pocket should come out today to this vigil. Ask the company to treat us like people, not revenue units or labor units.
Please join us for a human rights vigil for
May 17, 2006 at 5:00 p.m.
at Comcast headquarters
1500 Market Street
Come to support the Comcast workers who seek to exercise their human right to join a union. Comcast has fired employees for attempting to organize.
Sponsored by: Religious Leaders for Justice at Comcast
In association with: Central Labor Council of Philadelphia | Communication Workers of America | Interfaith Council for Workers Justice | International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers | Jewish Labor Council | Jobs with Justice