CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining
July 28, 2017 – Bargaining report
The CWA and AT&T bargainers met this week via phone conference. Among the many issues we discussed was the new Leave Link process which has caused chaos with our members who need to access FMLA, Short Term Disability, and ADA accommodations to name a few. CWA has added failure to bargain the effects of this change to our long list of labor law violations and we have filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
This week we all saw AT&T’s latest earnings report which shows the company has billions of cash on hand. If AT&T cared about its employees and customers, they would get serious about a new contract instead of moving our work to vendor call centers and Authorized Retailers which is a recipe for disaster for employees, customers, and ultimately the shareholders as AT&T leads the race to the bottom.
This bargaining will be recessed as of today and will pick up again on August 14th, in order for CWA to conduct the business of the Union at the National Convention of CWA delegates, beginning next week.
Remember, the terms of our contract remain in place as we bargain for a new Agreement. Keep up the mobilization. When we fight, we WIN!
June 22, 2017 – Bargaining Report
The Union and Company met today and discussed several issues that have come up over the last several weeks. The first issue is the Company’s attempt to create non-bargained sales jobs. These jobs known as Integrated Sales Consultants are being used to up sell customers right in their homes after online sales or a DTV installation and a support job called Integrated Sales Support Specialist that is equivalent to our SSRs. We made it clear to the company that they are doing bargained for work and this must stop immediately. We are intent on getting job security and jobs for the future. We also pressured the company to supply the information we requested for small cells and the first responder network. The Company’s greed is on full display when the discussions turn to absence. They treat talks about absence with disdain and want to roll back protections for their employees who get sick. We will continue to fight for fair benefits that protect you when you and your family are not well.
If you are a part time employee who recently had your hours cut without your approval, you need to speak to your manager and contact your local if they don’t fix it immediately. The Company assured us that any cut in hours would be voluntary. And finally, if your manager sets up a meeting or training outside of your scheduled hours, your attendance is voluntary. If they tell you otherwise, they are incorrect, and you need to contact your Local immediately. Stay mobilized, stay unified and stay angry! When we fight, WE WIN!
May 3, 2017, 2017 – Bargaining Report
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!!
April 28, 2017 – Bargaining Report
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:
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!!