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CWA LOCAL 1400

 

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at&t Mobility Regional Labor Contract

 

 

 

 

 

 

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21,000 AT&T Mobility workers will be on strike Friday at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT/12 noon PT if we do not reach an agreement with the company. This is a short strike - we will walk off the job on Friday, May 19 at 3pm ET and return to work on Monday, May 22 for our scheduled shift. If a strike is called on Friday, you should leave work and report to your picket location immediately. Local 1400 will notify you of your picket location. Strike updates will be posted on UnityAtMobility.org, Facebook, Twitter, and will be sent to you via text message and email.

This greedy company makes billions off our backs but continues to try and take from us - demanding more work for less and trying to replace us with low-wage workers at third party dealers and overseas. It’s time to show them we’re not going to sit back and take it! This strike will affect AT&T Mobility workers covered under the Orange contract in 36 states and DC. Keep in touch with your Local for updates and information - they will provide you with picket locations, signs, and times.

For the latest developments, join us for an emergency Town Hall Call on Wednesday May 17 at 8pm ET, 7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT. Text the word Mobility to 69866 to RSVP to receive a text with dial-in information.

Going on strike is a decision that is not made lightly. Your bargaining team has worked countless hours to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement, but this company is refusing to budge on the issues that matter the most to us. The Union has also filed unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board over AT&T's refusal to furnish information related to bargaining. We need to make it clear to AT&T that this information is crucial to reaching a fair contract.

We are counting on every single member to be out on that picket line and demonstrate the commitment and solidarity that have been the values we’ve lived by throughout CWA’s proud history!

WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:

*A fair wage increase that is enough to cover increased healthcare costs. AT&T offered a 2% increase per year – not enough to pay for the healthcare increases coming.

*For RSCs: a higher base and/or a commission plan that AT&T can’t change every month. Commissions for Retail Sales Consultants have gone down steadily over the past 2 years. Commissions are wages and a mandatory subject of bargaining.

*No increase to healthcare contributions in 2021. Ending the 2-tier plan so new employees can afford healthcare. AT&T wants us to pay even more!

*Job security language. Company-owned retail stores are being replaced with authorized dealers in record numbers. Call centers are shrinking here and AT&T is outsourcing more of our work. Network contracting continues and we are being left out of the new technology.

*We need AT&T to commit to keeping a ratio of COR stores to Authorized Retail. So far, they say NO!

*Outsourced calls must be returned to our call centers.

*Absence and attendance policy. AT&T wants to add “wait days” before we can be paid when we call in sick. They also want to drastically reduce sick days for new employees.

If something changes at the bargaining table, we will let you know. Until then, expect to strike on Friday.

 

In solidarity,

Dennis G. Trainor

CWA District 1 Vice President

 

Read the important Q&A below for more information:

How will I know if we’re striking or if we got a contract?

*You should hear from your Local.

*Keep in touch with your Local and picket captain for breaking information!

*You’ll receive a text message (text the word Mobility to 69866 to make sure you’re on our text list)

*You'll receive an email.

*And we will post on social media and on UnityatMobility.org.

Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unityatattmobility and Twitter: https://twitter.com/UnityatMobility

What do I do when it’s time to strike?

If you’re at work when the strike is called, you should leave work immediately and go to your picket location.

How long will this strike last?

This is only a short duration strike. Unless we reach agreement with the company for a new contract, we will walk out on Friday, and return to work on Monday morning for your scheduled shift. Remember: The more people who participate in this short duration strike, themore likely we will win on our key issues.

Is picketing required?

Yes! The key to winning the strike is to ask customers not to go into any AT&T Store. Customers won’t know to avoid going into stores unless you’re outside picketing! During the Verizon strike, customers mostly honored our picket lines. The company’s giant loss in sales helped us win the strike.

How do I get a strike sign?

Your Local has signs and flyers you can use while you picket!

Will I be retaliated against for striking?

Striking is a legally protected activity, and anyone on strike will not get any points or be disciplined or terminated for striking. Let your Local know immediately if a manager is threatening retaliation or asking if you’ll strike. That’s illegal.

One of my coworkers says they won’t strike (aka. scab), what do I do?

Remind them: this is not just about them - think about the 21,000 people and their families affected by their actions. Talk to them and explain what’s at stake. Short term sacrifice means long-term gain, but only if we all stick together. If your coworker says they won’t strike because they need the money to survive, remind them that we are all in the same boat. The company keeps sending our jobs to third-party dealers and overseas. The company doesn’t necessarily see a future with us in it - three days of lost wages is worth a more secure future. When the strike is over, scabs will have to face their co-workers who were willing to take action and make a sacrifice that will benefit everyone. Don’t be a scab.

Will I lose my health care as soon as we walk?

This is a short duration strike. No one will lose any health benefits during this short strike.

When do I return to work?

This is a short duration strike. All members should return to work when their normal shift begins on Monday morning, May 22.

 

 

MOBILIZING!

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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining Updates:

 

May 3, 2017 – Bargaining Report #41

 

The Union and Company have continued meeting since the contract expired on Monday morning. There has been some positive movement, however, all major issues remain on the table. To recap, here is what we are fighting for: affordable benefits, fair wages, flexible time off including vacation scheduling, EWP time usage, exchange time, fair commissions, job upgrades, sick time and absence, and job security protections against contractors in Network, contracting out work and offshoring Call Centers and opening authorized retailers. This is a long list of issues and the Company refuses to offer fair proposals on any of them. Many of these issues are strike issues. The Bargaining team is here to improve this contract, and we will not leave until we accomplish our goal.

 

We have been receiving reports from the field that managers have been spreading false information. It is important to have mobilization continue and escalate. It’s also important to understand that management’s goal with misinformation is to undermine mobilization which could have a negative impact on bargaining. If it sounds wrong, it probably is, and you should check with your Local. If, and when, the CWA President calls a strike, rest assured, you cannot be pointed or fired for Striking. You cannot be disciplined for picketing, and the Company cannot discipline you when you return to work after the strike. Any misinformation being spread should be grieved by your stewards and should be reported to your Local. CWA has a long history of taking care of their own during a strike and that will continue in the event of a strike at Mobility. This is the time for Mobility members to stand up and fight back and leave their historic mark on the labor movement. When we fight, We Win!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

April 30, 2017 – Bargaining Report #40

Since giving the 72 hour notice to terminate the contract, the Union has had extensive meetings with the Company. We remain extremely far apart at this time, but we will continue to bargain as long as we believe progress is being made. The President of CWA can call a strike anytime after the contract expires tomorrow morning, but as of now bargaining is set to resume tomorrow.

We need the membership to remain mobilized and unified, so the Company knows we will strike whenever necessary. AT&T is an extremely wealthy and profitable corporation and our demands at the table are fair and just. The Company could easily do the right thing by you AND remain highly profitable. You built this Company, you drive the profits and you must share in the success! Please stay in touch with your Local and the unity@mobility facebook page for updates! When we fight, we win!

Stay Strong Brothers and Sisters!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

April 28, 2017 – Bargaining Report #39

 

As you are aware, the Union gave the company 72 hour notice today to terminate the contract as per the extension agreement. The Union did this because the Company refused to come to the table and bargain. After receiving notice, the Company came to the table and we had extensive conversations, but we remain far apart. AT&T is standing by their greedy proposals and looking to slash benefits and outsource jobs while they make over a billion dollars a month. We know many of you will have questions about the 72-hour notice so here is a link to the FAQ sheet:

 

https://www.cwa-union.org/news/orange-att-mobility-contract-terminate-in-72-hours

 

The Bargaining Team is strengthened by the support and mobilization of the membership. There were protests at the AT&T shareholders’ meeting and mobilization events around the country. Let AT&T hear loud and clear that you demand and deserve a fair contract! Stay unified, mobilized and angry! When we fight, We WIN!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

 

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

April 19, 2017 – Bargaining Report #38

 

For the first time in a while, bargaining had some positive dialogue. The Call Centers are a high stress work environment, and we will do whatever it takes to make improvements. We met in a sub-committee to address call center issues including call flow, monitoring and schedules. There were also more general discussions for all groups about title upgrades, commissions, transfers, absence and sick time. While we remain far apart, we are optimistic about today’s meetings.

 

The Bargaining Team is sure the positive changes are a result of the mobilization activities of the membership. The Company hears you loud and clear, and they know we are more unified than ever before. Keep up the fight and together we will win!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

April 18, 2017 – Bargaining Report #37

 

Two months into bargaining and more than a month after contract expiration, the Company shows no desire to bargain a fair and equitable contract for their employees. The Union spent the day going over all proposals and demanding the Company addresses the concerns of our members. The Company continues to insist on more costly benefits and 5 sick days for new hires while also refusing to negotiate fair wage increases, bargain a fair commission plan, discuss job security improvements or address any of the critical issues for current employees.

 

The Union is here to bargain a fair contract and will fight as long as it takes. We will not back off the demands the membership told us were most important to them. We know this is a long, frustrating process, but we need mobilization to escalate and send a clear message that we are united. Together we will win!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

April 13, 2017 – Bargaining Report #36

 

As Bargaining continues, it is clear the company is standing behind their greedy demands, and they have no intention of compensating the employees that built the company. The company is standing firm on exorbitant medical costs, reduced sick time and unfair scheduling practices. It is imperative that you have some flexibility when using your bargained for time off to care for unexpected life events.

 

Many issues were discussed today, and we spent significant time focusing on call center issues including scheduling and monitoring. The CWA Bargaining Team is determined to improve the daily work lives for our members in the call centers and make sure that any monitoring will be done fairly. We also focused on full time benefits for part time workers since the company is hiring so many part timers in the retail stores. Job security for all groups remains a priority as well. We remain far apart, but we will bargain as long as it takes to get a fair contract. Mobilization remains a key to our strength at the table and together we will win!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

April 6, 2017 – Bargaining Report #35

 

As we have been telling you since the beginning of bargaining, the company is refusing to provide all the information the union has requested. It is impossible to formulate certain proposals with missing information. The Union has filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the National Labor Relations Board to force AT&T to give us the information. Without all of the requested information, bargaining is being delayed and we will not allow the company to continue stalling.

 

We passed a counter proposal today on employee access to personal records and how the company notifies the Union about discipline. We also had discussions on network safety issues including flammable materials in company provided shirts, and the company adding duties to Call Center jobs. We remain far apart even though minor progress has been made on  some issues. Mobilization is more important than ever because we need to keep pressure on the company. Keep up the great work and together we will win!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

March 31, 2017 – Bargaining Report #34

 

The Bargaining team continues to demand a fair contract at the bargaining table, but the Company’s actions are far louder than their words. With the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S8, the Company steers customers to online pre-orders and offers some of the COR employees meager commission payments that end up on a MY-REWARDS card which is not the same as a cash payment. This is similar to what the Company did with Direct TV and other popular products and a perfect example of why we need to negotiate a simple, fair and equitable commission plan and wage structure in retail. We did get an agreement on prescription safety glasses for supply side/warehouse workers which is a positive gain, however we remain far apart.

 

We can’t stress enough how much the continued mobilization and unity is helping the Bargaining team at the table. Keep up the fight and together we will win!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

March 29, 2017 – Bargaining Report #33

 

Bargaining continued today and some small improvements have been made including a tentative agreement on work boots for supply chain/warehouse workers. While we are happy with any positive movement and dialogue, we stress that we remain far apart on major issues. In every bargaining session, we continue to discuss the need for improved wages, affordable benefits and job security. The Company knows we are not going anywhere without achieving these goals.

 

Last night’s Town Hall call was a great success with thousands of members from across the country participating. The continue participation of the membership in mobilization gives great strength to the bargaining team and sends a very clear message to AT&T that we are united. Keep up the fight, keep up the mobilization and together we will win!!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

March 27, 2017 – Bargaining Report #32

 

As Bargaining continues, the Company’s response has been more of the same greed and stall tactics. Multiple information requests by the Union remain partially or completely unfulfilled. The Company is showing no urgency toward bargaining a fair contract. The Union has made over 30 proposals to date but many of them cannot be fully addressed because of the Company’s delays. We continue discussions around wages, commissions, benefits, safety and other important issues, but we remain extremely far apart on all major items.

 

Over the last several days mobilization events have continued with great enthusiasm and turnout. The Bargaining team thanks you for your extraordinary efforts. Stay mobilized, stay unified and together we will win!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

March 23, 2017 – Bargaining Report #31

As negotiations continue, the Union stresses the improvements we need in the contract. We have had extensive discussions around career paths and employee development. We also continue pushing for a fair and lucrative commission plan. You deserve a commission plan that is easy to understand with achievable goals and allows you to earn a fair wage. We have received numerous calls, from around the country, about the Ultimate Prospector Tool. We have verified with the company bargaining team that this tool is completely voluntary and any calls or procedures associated with it are optional.

We also continue discussions around safety which is an area where dialogue remains positive and some movement has been made. However, we cannot stress enough that we remain very far apart. We appreciate your continued support and mobilization.

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

March 20, 2017 – Bargaining Report #30

 

Bargaining resumed today, and we had extensive conversations about commissions. Over the last decade, AT&T Mobility’s profits have soared. The employees who work in stores, maintain the network and service customers in the call centers are a major contributing factor of that success. It makes no sense that while profits soar, the company continues to manipulate commissions, so the people responsible for their success make less. Rather than reward the employees who are making the company successful, AT&T continues to look for more ways to line the pockets of executives and shareholders.

 

The Bargaining Team is disgusted with AT&T’s corporate greed, and We know the members are too. Stay mobilized, stay unified and stay ANGRY!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

March 16, 2017 – Bargaining Report #29

 

Bargaining resumed today, and we had extensive conversations covering all issues. The Bargaining Team went over every proposal we have passed since bargaining began. We explained the importance of each proposal and reiterated that we demand a fair and equitable contract for our members. We also reviewed all the outstanding data requests and the need for them to be filled to move bargaining along.

 

The Company has made small incremental movements, but we are fighting for a lot more than incremental improvements. We know that this is a long and slow moving process and can be frustrating, but as long as the membership stays mobilized and unified we will win!!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

March 15, 2017 – Bargaining Report #28

 

Bargaining continued today with the Union passing proposals for substantial wage improvements, better commissions, improved transfer language and job security improvements. Aside from passing proposals, we continue to discuss all issues important to our members every time we meet with the company. As we have stated before, the dialogue has improved at times and small improvements have been made. However, when the most important issues come up, the company stands firm on their greedy demands. We will continue to demand better pay, better treatment, job security, training and everything necessary for the members to share in the continued growth and success of this company.

 

We remain committed to bargain as long as it takes to get a fair contract and with a unified and mobilized membership standing strong with us, we will win!!

 

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

March 13, 2017 – Bargaining Report #27

The Union passed proposals on more title upgrades, fair treatment in the Team Colors program, improved safety language for techs and warehouse workers, increased tuition reimbursement and changes to the Manager in 60 program that would make it fair and more inclusive.

Today the company had members of their commission team on a conference call to clarify many issues the Union has with the company’s unfair and greedy commission plan. The improved dialogue goes right out the window when we address the greediness of AT&T. The Company continues to stand by their greedy commission policies and they believe it’s a good thing to cut people’s compensation even as their profits continue to soar. Randall Stephenson’s pay rose 13% last year to nearly 30 million dollars, but the company continues to cut commissions and outsource jobs. We are in for a long fight!! Stay mobilized, stay unified and together we will win!!

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

March 11, 2017 – Bargaining Report #26

 

Bargaining resumed today with positive dialogue, and there has been some movement at the table, but we can’t stress enough that we remain far apart. We spoke about issues affecting every group today and told the company we remain committed to the issues our members highlighted as most important in the bargaining surveys.

 

The Company passed some language in regards to RSC pay treatment for transfers and Network rebalances. The language needs improvement but the Company is clearly hearing our concerns.

 

Mobilization remains a key part of this process and we are strengthened by what you are doing in the field. The Bargaining Team thanks you for the overwhelming participation in activities this past week. Keep up the fight!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

March 8, 2017 – Bargaining Report #25

 

The Bargaining Team and Company met today to discuss a number of outstanding issues. No official proposals were passed by either side, but we clarified many of our previous data requests and the importance of those requests being filled quickly and completely.

 

While the tone at the table remains positive, we remain far apart. There is a lot of work to do. We continue to get information from our members across the country about AT&T looking to downsize, contract work, outsource jobs and otherwise engage in anti-union behavior. The mobilized and unified membership's involvement has been a key factor in the tone change. This is a long, slow process, that can be frustrating to everyone involved and we are so excited by the membership involvement we see at rallies, picketing and on social media. Keep up the fight, and with your support, we will WIN!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

  

 

March 6, 2017 – Bargaining Report #24

 

Bargaining resumed today and once again the dialogue was productive. We are still very far apart, but we continue to move forward. The Union passed a counter proposal strengthening the Force Adjustment language and increasing severance pay. We also made it crystal clear to the Company that we expect a fair benefits package that treats current employees and new hires the same. The Company passed a counter proposal for our Letter of Agreement 1- Personnel Files proposal that addresses some of the Union’s concerns but it still needs work.

 

The Bargaining Team is encouraged by the movement that has occurred over the last several days. However, mobilization is critical to show the Company that we are committed to getting a fair and equitable contract.

 

Stay Strong Sisters and Brothers!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

 

March 5, 2017 – Bargaining Report #23

The Union and Company resumed bargaining today and again the dialogue was productive. While we must stress that we remain extremely far apart, the last couple days have been encouraging. The Union continued to outline several job titles which have had responsibilities increased and deserve upgrades in title and pay.

The Company passed a Benefits proposal which was a small improvement but something we can build on. They also passed a counter on safety which is an improvement to the current contract language but still needs some work.

There is still a very long way to go but, with the continued support of a mobilized and unified membership, we will get what we deserve!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

March 4, 2017 – Bargaining Report #22

Bargaining resumed today and, for the first time in a while, there was some meaningful dialogue. While we remain extremely far apart, the tone was a little different today. The Union passed more title upgrade language and had extensive discussions around the Company asking people to do more work without adding to their compensation or upgrading their titles.

The Company gave counter proposals on Union-Company Relationship and Force Adjustment. While neither proposal is what we are looking for, the language was starting to move in the right direction. We also broke off into a small off the record group to discuss some issues affecting the network and supply groups. Hopefully today will set a trend of increased dialogue, however, we need all members to stay mobilized and keep up the fight!!

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

March 2, 2017 – Bargaining Report #21

 

Bargaining resumed today, and the Company continued their appalling behavior. The Bargaining team reiterated that our members need better benefits, wages, working conditions and job security. We pointed out that our concerns are more important than ever because the Company, despite their huge profits, still wants to outsource and downsize good union jobs. The Bargaining Team told them we will continue bargaining as long as it takes to get the contract you deserve.

 

Other than a brief demonstration of the Cricket commission plan, the Company had no proposals for the Union today and did not respond to any of the multiple proposals we passed yesterday. Bargaining will resume tomorrow. We need all our members unified and mobilized to let the  company know we will not accept less than we deserve!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

March 1, 2017 – Bargaining Report #20

 

The Bargaining team met with the Company today for an extended period. First, we put on a presentation on commissions and how they have been diminished even as AT&T’s profits soar. The presentation was met with silence that spoke volumes. The Company couldn’t figure out a way to justify their greed, so they said nothing. The Union also made proposals for improved monitoring language for Call Center and Retail workers.

Several proposals were made by the Union for title/pay upgrades to make sure that our members who are being asked to do more are compensated for it.

The Company took all our information and proposals and had nothing new to offer us. The Company continues to stall, delay and make no meaningful movement at the table. We need our members to stay mobilized and let the company know we will keep fighting until we get a fair contract.

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 28, 2017 – Bargaining Report #19

 

After concluding the short week and a half break from the table, the Union and the Company resumed talks today. While the faces were the same for our Union Bargaining Team, the Company’s original team of 7 was cut down to 4. When asked where the rest of their team was, their reply was they returned to attend to other projects and this was the new Company bargaining team going forward. This reduction in team members is a direct reflection of the Company’s low priority they have placed on this round of bargaining and shows they aren’t interested in those issues over 21,000 of our members have deemed Priority #1. The rest of today’s session was spent reviewing and discussing the many open issues still on the table including the data still outstanding that the Company still must provide. Discussions were held on Wages, Commissions, their unfair and unethical Attendance Policy, Job Security for all titles, among the many other issues still open on the table. Strong involvement from the membership is making a difference! Our mobilization efforts need to be scaled up going forward to change that low priority Company mindset. Let them know in your ENPS Surveys, show them with your information picketing, rallies and solidarity.

Let them know we aren’t going anywhere without a fair contract!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 15, 2017 – Bargaining Report #18

 

The Union and company remain miles apart on all major issues. The company continues to make greedy and retrogressive demands despite their huge profits. The Union will not accept these demands and the discussions have become more contentious over the last several days. The Union is here to get a fair contract, and with the continued backing of the membership, we will win!

 

The Union and company agreed today to a brief “cooling-off” period, so we can comb through the piles of data received from the company. We will reconvene within the next two weeks. This is a chance for the membership to ramp up mobilization and show the company when they get back to the table, they need to bargain a fair contract! Thank you for your continued support. Stay mobilized, stay unified and stay ANGRY!!

 

As we continue to fight for good jobs, please encourage co-workers, family and friends to visit our website: http://goodjobsatt.org/

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 14, 2017 – Bargaining Report #17

 

The Union and the Company met today and the Company opened the meeting by outright rejecting many of our proposals including Job Security and also continued to state that they have no interest in bargaining commissions for Retail Stores, Cricket Stores and Tele-sales employees. They rejected our Benefit proposal and continue to demand that employees pay about one third of the cost of their healthcare. They rejected our Absence proposal and continue to demand additional “wait days” before being paid. The Union continues to demand the end to their unfair, unjust attendance policy. There was no love shown by this GREEDY Corporation on this Valentine’s Day for their employees who have built this Company into what it is today. Our membership is the reason why this is a profitable Company, not the inadequate managers they have on the payroll. Your Bargaining Team informed the Company that there will be NO agreement reached in this round of bargaining without our key issues being addressed. We will be here as long as it takes and do whatever it takes to ensure those issues are cared for. Continue to scale up your mobilization efforts to let AT&T Mobility know we are all in this together! If you haven’t gotten involved up to this point, STAND UP and GET INVOLVED!

 

It’s YOUR future we are fighting for. Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 13, 2017 – Bargaining Report #16

 

The Union and the Company met today and the Union passed proposals on job security, vacations, absence, transfer language, exchange time, holidays, benefits and basis of compensation. Heated and contentious discussions occurred surrounding the Union’s notice to the Company of our intent to bargain commissions and the Company’s unwillingness to give up their flexibility to change it when their greed suits them. Your bargaining team has placed this Company on notice that we will be here as long as it takes and that our membership has driven this agenda and we will not waiver. The line has been drawn in the sand and we are not going anywhere until we achieve our goal of bringing back a fair contract for the membership. Continue your mobilization efforts and let your voices be heard to management that you are on the same side of that line as your bargaining team. Your bargaining team has been energized by the show of support and solidarity displayed through this past weekend’s mobilizations, rallies, practice pickets and job actions. Scale it up!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 11, 2017 – Bargaining Report #15

 

The Union and company remain very far apart on all issues important to our members. The Bargaining Team is not here to settle, we are here to fight and we feel energized by all the mobilization we see across the Orange Contract footprint. AT&T is greedy and their proposals are unfair and appalling.

 

We met with the company today and signed a temporary contract extension, so all the provisions of the contract remain intact while we continue to bargain. While this is the best scenario for our members at this time, this extension still allows the Union to call a strike by giving 72 hours’ notice to the Company of a cancellation of the extension. We stress to you that we hear your concerns and we will bargain as long as it takes to get a fair contract! AT&T needs to remain on notice that the membership is mobilized, unified and pissed off! You deserve better and we are here to make sure you get it!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 10, 2017 – Bargaining Report #14

 

The company wasted no time today showing their greed and hostility at the bargaining table. They are still insisting on no pensions for new hires, and they rejected our benefits proposal. They want you to pay an outrageous amount of your medical costs. The good news is the company left our 10 sick days intact, the bad news is they want you to wait a lot longer to use them and NO ONE, regardless of seniority, gets paid on day one of their illness. Their wage proposal was offensive and does not keep up with the cost of living, and it doesn’t address our need to bargain fair commissions. We didn’t think it was possible, but they are greedier and more out of touch than we thought. Obviously, none of this is acceptable to you or your bargaining team! With only one day left, the company still has not supplied all the data requested over a month ago. This bargaining team will fight as long as it takes to get a fair contract, and we will not settle for their concessionary demands. Keep up the fight, stay mobilized and stay angry!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

February 08, 2017 – Bargaining Report #13

 

Bargaining resumed today and the Union passed proposals on absence, benefits, job security and other language to protect our members and improve your working conditions! We had heated discussions today and made it clear that job security and improved work conditions are the only path to an agreement. So far, we have made proposals related to wages, benefits, flexible time off, over time, call out pay, on-call pay, weekend differential, commissions and more. The company, however, has made only a handful of proposals and they are mostly concessionary. On top of their concessionary proposals, they continue to stall on giving the Union some of the information we have requested. The company is not only greedy, they are stalling and making no effort to get a contract by expiration. There are rallies happening throughout the Orange contract footprint over the next few days, everyone should be there and let the company know you demand a good contract and will do whatever it takes to get it!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

 

February 06, 2017 – Bargaining Report #12

 

The Union and company resumed bargaining today with both sides having multiple clarifying questions. As stated in the last bargaining report, the Union passed language last Saturday on multiple major issues. The company, as expected, had multiple questions about our proposals. Our proposals are fair and reasonable but the company is too greedy to accept anything that would help our members, their employees.

 

The Union had many questions after reviewing data the company provided related to the technicians and call centers. The company has trouble providing information when it’s to improve working conditions for their employees but no trouble when it’s used for discipline or negative impacts. We still have outstanding data requests for retail, network and call center workers. Stay mobilized and stay angry!! Bargaining resumes tomorrow.

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

February 04, 2017 – Bargaining Report #11

The Union passed many proposals today covering some of the most important issues for our members. We passed language in regards to wages, commissions, transfers, holidays, job openings, scheduling, call out and on-call pay, overtime and differential. AT&T is a multibillion dollar corporation and it’s about time they start acting like it and sharing some of those profits with their employees.

The Bargaining Team is determined to negotiate improvements to the Orange Contract and we are working off the issues you identified in your surveys. AT&T’s greed is no match for the strength and unity of our Union! The Bargaining Team thanks you for your support. Keep up the great job with mobilization. Bargaining is set to resume on Monday.

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

February 03, 2017 – Bargaining Report #10

 

The Bargaining Team met with the company today and received a demonstration of the call monitoring system used in our call centers. As usual, the demonstration created more questions than it answered. The amount of monitoring our call center members are subjected to creates a high stress environment and we are working on language to improve the working conditions at the call centers.

 

We also made it very clear to the company that we had no interest in their greedy and offensive benefits proposal or taking away pensions for new hires. We remain focused on all the issues important to our members, and bargaining will resume tomorrow.

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

February 2, 2017 – Bargaining Report #9

The Company finally supplied the Union with a huge amount of data related to Call Center monitoring. While we did not meet with the Company today, the Bargaining Team spent most the day analyzing the data received and formulating our proposals. We are scheduled to reconvene with the Company tomorrow. The Bargaining Team will be getting a demonstration of the call monitoring system. Call monitoring is a significant issue because of the stress and discipline associated with it in our Call Centers. The Bargaining Team remains committed to address all the important issues facing our members.

 

We will join everyone tonight on the Town Hall call at 8 PM EST. We will begin calling people who registered shortly before 8 PM. If you have not registered or do not receive a call, you can dial in on 1-855-269-4485.

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair; Tonya Moore, District 1

 

 

February 1, 2017 – Bargaining Report #8

With Groundhog Day rapidly approaching, the Bargaining Team saw a lot of the same old nonsense from greedy AT&T. The company continues to fill information requests at a snail’s pace and large portions of pertinent data are missing! This is a classic stall tactic and we believe they are so embarrassed by their own actions and behaviors that they don’t want to pass the information!

The Union will not tolerate the company’s tactics. We spent the day huddled with our legal team combing through the data we already received and planning our next moves! AT&T’s greed is on full display at bargaining and their hostility towards their employees is appalling. Mobilization will be accelerating leading up to contract expiration. The Bargaining Committee continues to focus on job security, wages and better benefits! We need all members covered under the Orange Contract- MOBILIZED, UNIFIED and ANGRY!

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 31, 2017 – Bargaining Report #7

One week into bargaining and AT&T continues to use stall tactics at the bargaining table. The Union has open information requests going back weeks and the company continues to stonewall and play dumb when it comes to information. The bargaining team is here to bargain and will do whatever it takes to get the information so our proposals are based on the most accurate and current information. As always, the Union will be here one day longer and one day stronger than the company.

The Union did pass proposals about safety and non-discrimination. The company forces employees, under the threat of discipline, to come to work when State and Local governments close the roads and transit systems due to inclement weather. If the State and Local government declares a state of emergency, we know that even AT&T can figure out it’s not safe to get to work and workers should not be penalized for it!

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 30, 2017 – Bargaining Report #6

AT&T wasted no time showing how greedy they are and how little they care about their employees. Since bargaining began, they have done nothing but demand givebacks and attack worker’s benefits. The company wants to eliminate pensions for all new hires and in 2021 they want all bargained for employees to pay 32% of their medical benefits. AT&T’s greed did not stop there, they want to reduce employees sick time to just FIVE days per year while increasing wait time to up to 3 days! AT&T is in the TOP 10 on the Fortune 500 list but continues to try and take more and more from the employees that built the company! We will not let them!

 

The Bargaining Committee is still waiting for several information requests to be filled by the Company. They are probably so ashamed of their own horrible and greedy behavior that they are embarrassed to share the information with us. We are in this fight to win and with your support we will win! Stay mobilized, stay united and GET PISSED OFF!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 29, 2017 – Bargaining Report #5

The Bargaining Team met the company today with the hopes of working toward a fair and equitable contract. The Company wasted no time in showing that they have absolutely no respect for the employees that built their company. They passed an absence proposal that was completely insulting and totally unacceptable. The greed of AT&T was on full display. Sitting with the company, you realize that they don’t view their employees as hardworking people, they view them as the enemy. All members of CWA covered by the Orange contract need to mobilize and fight back against this corporate greed.

 

The Bargaining team is intent on improving working conditions, wages and all the issues important to our members. This is a fight for good middle class jobs! No matter how greedy AT&T is and no matter how disrespectful they are to their employees, we are here to fight and with the support of the membership behind us WE WILL WIN!!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 28, 2017 – Bargaining Report #4

The Company and Union met today over several issues. The company made a benefits proposal that is extensive and at first glance is riddled with givebacks. The bargaining team asked many clarifying questions and requested additional information connected with the proposal.

 

The bargaining committee discussed scheduling issues with the company and made it clear that our members need more flexibility and must be allowed to take their bargained for time when it works for them not the company. The company loves to use the term flexibility and we agree, our members need more flexibility. The Union passed our proposals on Vacations, EWP and Exchange time.

 

The Bargaining Team is strong and resolute, and we see the membership standing strong and supporting us. Mobilization is one of the most important ways we can show the company we are United and ready to fight for a fair contract. If you are not willing to take givebacks from this Company, Now is the time to STAND UP and GET INVOLVED to send that message to AT&T!

 

Stay strong Sisters and Brothers!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 27, 2017 – Bargaining Report #3

The Orange Bargaining Committee was anticipating meeting with the Company today but was informed by the Company’s Bargaining Chair early this morning that they were not prepared to meet today.

The Committee did however, receive a portion of the data that we have been waiting on and spent the day analyzing that data and formulating our bargaining proposals based on your bargaining survey priorities. Bargaining with the Company is anticipated to resume tomorrow.

Keep up those unprecedented mobilization efforts as they are no doubt sending the message to this greedy corporation that our members are ready, unified, educated on the issues, and all-in for this fight!

STAY MOBILIZED!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 26, 2017 – Bargaining Report #2

The Orange Contract Bargaining Committee met with the Company today and continued negotiating for a fair contract for AT&T mobility members.  There are several information requests that remain open and the bargaining team made it clear we expect them filled immediately.

The company made some proposals regarding the grievance and arbitration procedure but these proposals only gave rise to more questions and information requests from the bargaining team.

The bargaining team is incredibly pleased with the support we are receiving throughout the Orange contract footprint.  We have received emails, calls and texts of encouragement and support.  We have also received pictures and videos from all over the country showing how mobilized and ready to fight our members are to get a fair and equitable contract.  Please keep it up!!

Your bargaining team is here and ready to fight and with a mobilized membership, We will WIN!!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

January 25, 2017 – Bargaining Report #1

The CWA Bargaining Committee met with AT&T today to kick-off bargaining for a successor “Orange” Regional Agreement covering over 20,000 employees in CWA Districts 1, 2-13, 4, 7, and 9.

In an opening statement, the Company expressed that “the relationship with CWA is valued and they are proud to be the only Union wireless carrier.” The CWA team said we couldn’t agree more, and our members have always been proud to be Union members working for AT&T, but that the workers have not been feeling valued. While AT&T says they need to keep work rules “flexible,” we told them that they have abused the flexibility in this Contract.

In an opening statement, CWA Bargaining Chair Pat Telesco said, “AT&T has been very greedy. This bargaining is about survival of the middle class. This is about job security,” Telesco said.

AT&T has reported huge profits in 2014, 2015 and 2016 over the term of this Agreement. We are here to fight for our share and we let AT&T know that we have a solid, mobilized membership behind us in this fight.

Bargaining will resume tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Thanks to all the members who sent in pictures and messages of support!

 

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101; Frank Oliva, Local 1298; Deb Casey, Local 2204; Jeff Reamer, Local 13000; Julie Daloisio, Local 13500; Holly Sorey, Local 4202; Glen Skeen, Local 4320; Hector Capote, Local 7250; Debbie Goulet, Local 7803; Joe Sison, Local 9412; Brandon Beck, Local 9511; Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair

 

 

 

 

AT&T Mobility Health Care Bargaining Updates: IB Image

 

 

CWA Members Approve New AT&T Mobility Contract

 

Washington, D.C. – AT&T Mobility workers across the country voted to ratify a new contract with the company covering health care and other benefits for 42,000 workers.

 

CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor said, “Our main goal was to put health care benefits bargaining back in the regional bargaining agreement process and to make health care affordable for all Mobility workers. This new contract reduces healthcare costs and will improve the standard of living for our members.”

 

There are four separately negotiated Mobility contracts that now cover compensation and working conditions. An earlier agreement was voted down by the members last month, and continued negotiations resulted in the proposal that went to the membership for a ratification vote.

 

Among the highlights of the new agreement:

 

Reduced premium costs for 20,000 employees hired after 2014.

Employees with dependent children and no covered spouse will pay lower rates under a new 4-tier contribution structure.

Employees in Puerto Rico will be able to take advantage of popular HMO plans with much lower contribution rates.

A new “Option 2” plan will be introduced with lower premium costs.

 

CWA Reaches New Tentative Agreement over AT&T Mobility Benefits

 

New 2016 Mobility Benefit Plan Is More

Affordable for Many

And paves the way for bargaining health care benefits in regional collective bargaining agreements

 

We had two main goals for our 2016 negotiations over the National Bargained Benefits Plan at AT&T Mobility – we wanted to make health care more affordable and we wanted to put health benefits into the regional collective bargaining agreements. We met these goals with this new tentative agreement.

 

We heard from many members that contribution rates were too high and that some of us are opting out of the Mobility coverage, so we wanted to make sure there were

affordable options. We addressed this concern in a number of ways:

 

20,000 employees who were hired after 2014 will no longer be required to pay a higher premium contribution than their more senior co-workers.

 

Employees with dependent children and no covered spouse will pay lower rates under a new 4-tier contribution structure.

 

Employees in Puerto Rico will be able to take advantage of popular HMO plans with much lower contribution rates, reflecting the lower cost of

health care there.

 

A new “Option 2” plan will be introduced that has much lower premiums than the traditional PPO plan, though it has higher out-of-pocket costs.

 

As a result of renegotiating the agreement when the first tentative agreement was not ratified, we pushed the effective date of the spousal

surcharge to 2019.

 

We wanted to end the separation of a key part of our economic package – our benefits plans -- from our collective bargaining over wages and working conditions. In this

tentative agreement we have negotiated an “unwind” agreement that will put health benefits back into the regional contracts when this NBBP agreement expires

in 2020.

 

One Agreement in Four Parts

Four documents (posted at cwa-union.org/mobility-nbbp) make up the new Agreement covering about 43,000 CWA-represented employees of Mobility.

 

1. National Bargained Benefit Plan for Employees of AT&T Mobility Services LLC Benefit Outline Summary

This is the main document that spells out all the terms of the medical, prescription drug, dental and vision benefits that were negotiated. Some highlights include:

 

The “new hire” date will be moved to January 1, 2017. All employees who were hired or transferred into Mobility after January 1, 2014, who currently are considered “new hires” for benefits purposes, will become “current employees” for benefits.

 

Eligibility for the Company subsidy for the individual employee will begin in the month in which the employee has 90 days of service.

 

New Option 2 coverage will be available with higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs than the traditional PPO, but also with much lower monthly contributions.

 

Four coverage tiers are now available in order to reduce monthly contributions for employees covering dependents on their own: Individual; Individual + Child(ren);Individual + Spouse; Family

 

 

For members who live in Puerto Rico, new healthcare options will be available:

Negotiated caps on the HMO costs

Medical incentives available with new plans

Lower costs to align with the healthcare market costs in Puerto Rico

Tobacco Surcharge: A surcharge of $50 per month will be charged to smokers. Smokerswill self-identify in open enrollment, and the surcharge will be waived if the employeeenrolls in a smoking cessation program, the cost of which is covered.

 

 

Spousal Surcharge: Effective in 2019, a surcharge of $100 per month will be charged unless the employee attests that his or her spouse/legally recognized partner does not

have access to medical coverage; in which case it will be waived.

 

2. Letter to Patricia Telesco dated June 7, 2016 regarding Puerto Rico benefits

This side letter details the provisions of the Puerto Rico capped HMO contribution rules and is part of the Agreement.

 

3. Excise Tax Memorandum of Agreement to the National Bargained Benefit Plan for Employees of AT&T Mobility Services, LLC

This is language for plan year 2020, when the tax on high cost health plans is currently scheduled to begin. The tax applies to employers, not employees. The agreement details the

terms under which the union and company have agreed to hold talks to modify the health plan design to avoid the tax, if that should become necessary. In that event, employees will

pay no more in total costs as a result of such plan design changes.

 

4. Conditional Unwind Memorandum of Agreement to the National Bargained Benefit Plan for Employees of AT&T Mobility Services, LLC

This is the document that “unwinds” the National Bargained Benefits Plan Agreement and puts the benefits back together with the Regional Agreements beginning with the next rounds of bargaining. The terms of this current NBBP agreement will remain in place through 2020, but each regional bargaining unit will incorporate those terms within their overall collective bargaining agreement, and will negotiate new terms to be effective 2021.

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining

Final Bargaining Report

June 7, 2016

 

The CWA Bargaining Committee is pleased to announce we have reached a Tentative Agreement with AT&T Mobility on a four-year National Bargained Benefit Plan. Details of the agreement and ratification voting information to follow on upcoming town hall call.

 

Thank you for all of your support.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA NBBP Bargaining Committee

Pat Telesco, Chair; Kelvin Banks, District 3; Luis Benitez, District 3 Puerto Rico/USVI; Holly Sorey, District 4;

John Richie, District 6

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report # 13

May 27, 2016

 

This week the Committee made progress towards a deal that will provide better affordability and more healthcare options for our members at Mobility; including Puerto Rico.  The Committee is currently making plans to travel to New York City to meet with AT&T and finalize details of our understanding at the District One office.

 

By now you have heard of the victory at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.  Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon workers have big gains to celebrate this weekend that include a first contract for Verizon Wireless retail store workers!  Remember that their victory is ours as we build our Union in the wireless industry.

 

Have a safe and happy weekend as we honor all our veterans.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #12

May 18, 2016

 

The CWA Bargaining Committee continues to wait for AT&T to counter us with a fair deal that we can all support. We remain available and ready to meet.

 

Brothers and Sisters, while we fight for fair healthcare at AT&T in this bargaining, and while in our daily fight against injustice on the job; please support the over 40,000 CWA and IBEW Union workers who are on strike for justice and fairness against Verizon in the Mid-Atlantic, New York, New Jersey and New England. Their fight is our fight for the future of the new Telecom and Wireless industry.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #11

May 6, 2016

 

We ended the week not much further along than we were in our last report. AT&T has yet to make a proposal that we can work with to fix the unfair contribution costs being paid in Puerto Rico. We still have not agreed on contribution costs in the final years of this agreement, and have not seen a company proposal with the language we need to “unwind” this NBBP agreement that prevents us from bargaining our wages and healthcare together. The CWA Bargaining Committee remains available to meet with AT&T in hopes of getting a fair agreement to take to our membership.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #10

May 3, 2016

 

The CWA Bargaining Committee met via phone conference this week along with the CWA Research Department in assessing the latest company numbers for contribution costs. As we reported previously, AT&T has moved our way on items that make the healthcare insurance more affordable for more of our members; but AT&T has not offered anything that CWA considers fair for our members in Puerto Rico: members who do not have access to the fully insured AT&T healthcare plan. We continue to be available for the Company bargainers.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #9

April 28, 2016

 

The CWA committee met with AT&T this week in Austin, Texas in hopes of reaching a fair agreement. While AT&T did make forward movement on a couple of issues that are important to our members we are still apart on employee contributions, the cost situation in Puerto Rico and unwinding the National Bargained Benefit Plan. The committee is traveling back home today. We will continue to meet tomorrow via phone conference in hopes of reaching a fair and equitable agreement. 

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #8

April 22, 2016

 

CWA and AT&T bargainers exchanged proposals via phone conference this week. While we made some progress, AT&T continues to demand that Mobility worker’s pay a larger share of healthcare costs. The Committees will return to Austin, TX next week to meet face to face again with hopes of reaching a fair agreement.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #7

April 15, 2016

 

The CWA bargainers met with the Company via phone conferences this week and we continue to pass proposals and review information to find a way to keep costs down for our members. While we have made progress in getting more options and healthcare choices on the table, we are very far apart on the costs; especially for how AT&T prices the HMOs. Our committee remains available for AT&T to meet with us next week. 

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #6

April 7, 2016

 

The CWA bargaining committee has been meeting with AT&T this week in Austin, Texas. After three long days, we are making progress. The Committee passed proposals that make the healthcare more affordable and give our members healthcare options that meet their needs for the next four years. CWA is moving closer to unwinding this National Bargained Benefit Plan and when the four regional contracts expire, we will be able to bargain our compensation, pensions and savings plans, work rules, and benefits together. The Committees are traveling back tonight and will continue to meet via telephone conferences next week. Keep telling your manager that you need healthcare you can afford!

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit BargainingReport #5

April 1, 2016

 

As the Company and Union Bargaining Committees prepare to meet face to face in Austin, Texas next week, we remain far apart. AT&T and CWA bargainers met yesterday and today via phone conference and CWA passed our first two proposals.

 

The CWA is trying to mitigate the factors that drive so many employees away from being able to afford health insurance. As we said in previous reports, the number of employees who opt out of the healthcare makes it apparent that the workers at AT&T Mobility see cost as a roadblock to using the healthcare that is offered.

 

AT&T has said their goal for this bargaining is to increase the cost share of what employees pay for coverage. Really! This is not an April Fool’s joke. Currently, about 30% of the bargained for employees opt out of coverage; this is over 12,600 employees! The Company has passed proposals indicating a level of future contributions for years 2018, 2019, and 2020 that are a percentage of an unknown amount. CWA needs AT&T to get real and not provide a benefit that their employees cannot afford!

 

We need to make this the last time the NBBP is bargained and “unwind” the National Agreement. As the Regional Labor Agreements expire, the benefits should be bargained with other components of wages and compensation, and we have proposed this.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #3

March 18, 2016

 

Since our last report, CWA has been waiting for AT&T to fulfill our initial data request, which they did this week. Based in the information received and other information that is pending, CWA will be ready to counter the Company’s proposal soon.

 

The CWA Bargaining Committee met via phone conference yesterday, March 17th and today the 18th. We spent this week high-lighting the disparity our members in Puerto Rico face with the HMO they are covered by. Local 3010 President Luis Benitez, explained to the company the traditional process for bidding on HMOs in Puerto Rico and the need to base their cost analysis on the actual Puerto Rico healthcare market. We let AT&T know that an important goal in this bargaining is to correct the unfairness in Puerto Rico. These members pay the same costs as other Mobility workers covered by the NBBP, but do not get the same level of benefits.

 

This week AT&T restated their main goal is to control costs and pass more of the cost share onto the employees. We reminded AT&T that we are seeking better affordability for our members and remain focused on “unwinding” the NBBP. 

 

The CWA and AT&T will begin face to face meetings April 5th, and will continue meeting via phone conference next week. Thank you for your support.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA/ AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining Report #2

March 3, 2016

 

The CWA Bargaining Committee met via phone conference this week to discuss the Company’s proposal and continues to review data from the company. We will meet as a committee and with the Company bargainers next week.

 

AT&T is proposing cost increases with no real improvements. Our main goals as we work toward an agreement are to make the plan more affordable, and to make this the last time we bargain healthcare separately from the regional Labor Agreement that CWA has with AT&T. 

 

The fact that the NBBP is bargained separately from the Labor Agreements hinders us from balancing the costs of the benefit against the wages we earn and bargaining both together will give us more leverage. 

 

Support the NBBP Bargaining Committee and tell the boss you need healthcare you can afford! 

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1

 

 

CWA / AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Plan Report #1

February 24, 2016

 

The CWA and Company bargaining teams met via phone conference today to kick off bargaining for a successor agreement for healthcare benefits. This NBBP Agreement covers all four CWA contracts with Mobility.

 

Both CWA and AT&T made opening remarks. Our committee told the Company that we are seeking to make the healthcare more affordable and ensure that all Mobility members, no matter where they live and work, have access to a good provider network. (See the Union’s full opening statement below.)

 

The Company passed a proposal to the committee and went over it in detail today. While the company claims to want to provide good healthcare, they want us to pay more for it. While we wait for usage data from AT&T, we will continue to meet via phone as a Committee and with the CWA research department.

 

In Solidarity,

The CWA 2016 Mobility NBBP Bargaining Committee

Kelvin Banks, D3; Luis Benitez, D3 Puerto Rico; Holly Sorey, D4; John Richie, D6; Pat Telesco, D1 – Chairperson

 

 

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