Welcome To CWA Local 3411

communicationThe CWA is America’s largest communications and media union, representing over 700,000 men and women in both private and public sectors, including over half a million who are building the information highway. Most CWA members work in professional, technical, customer service and office support occupations. We are employed in telecommunications, journalism, broadcasting and cable TV, airlines, electronics manufacturing, as well as government service, health care and educational fields. Our union includes approximately 1,200 chartered local unions across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Our members live in over 10,000 communities, making the CWA one of the most geographically diverse unions.

The News
July 2015


 

ATT SE 2015 BARGAINING

 


 

 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #25 

Your bargaining team met with the company in sub-committee today. We are in the process of clarifying several broad issues.  The company echoed the same stagnant message: scope.  We are bargaining diligently and expect the company to do the same.  We expect righteous gains across all organizational units. 


As we approach the final week of the current working agreement we need you to turn the pressure up on management.  Let them know we deserve an egalitarian contract.


Macabre: disturbing and horrifying


Special thanks to Susan Walker with American Retirement Solutions for providing lunch for the bargaining team today


 


 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #24

Today at the bargaining table the company rejected the bridging of seniority for any service in a company acquired entity.  We continued to demand fair treatment for Wire Technicians. 


We expressed our displeasure with the company’s empathy toward our families due to their lack of interest in improving work rules around overtime and vacation availability.  This macabre company’s lack of concern about safety is appalling.  Safety should not be a tool used only to discipline employees.  We are continuing to move our formula for success forward.  We are standing together as one and appreciate your remarkable efforts. 


Together we WILL prevail.  Remember to wear RED or ORANGE tomorrow.


IndubitablyEvident, unquestionable or certain


STAND UP, FIGHT BACK
IT’S OUR TURN

 

 


 

 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #23

Your bargaining team met with the company today.  The company rejected proposals that would improve language around penalty pay for scheduling and a guaranteed number of weekends off.  They also rejected proposals around connecting overtime, service requirements and polling before forcing overtime.


We are not interested in retrogressive and multi-tiered language around paid time off due to illness.  We rejected the company’s proposal to contract out some construction and business services and infrastructure work.  We also rejected the company’s proposal to eliminate termination pay when an employee becomes unable or unadaptable to perform their job duties.


The union made it indubitably clear to the company that we will not starve on crumbs from the table of prosperity from which the company dines.  It is imperative that we continue to be to be vocal in our workplace, continue to mobilize and think outside the box.  Thank you for your continued support.


Elephantine: huge, ponderous, or clumsy

 

 


2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #22 

Your bargaining team met with the company today.  The company rejected language protecting breaks during partial sessions and increase in pay for Sales Consultants and Sales Associates.  The company isn’t interested in expanding Article 14 however; they are interested in contracting out removal of lead cable, pulling cable in inner duct, prewire work and pole transfers.  The company rejected expanding avenues for safety and environmental concerns and rejected a proposal that would protect employees during a state of emergency.  The company seems intent on obstructing improvements for the Wire Technicians.


We have made some progress due largely to your efforts.  We must continue to press the company to make appropriate decisions regarding their employees and employee’s families.  We made it clear that we are aware of the directTV deal and intend on including it in negotiations.  An elephantine company such as this should be more than willing to contribute to the employees who continue to work enabling this company to make billions in profits


Gelastic:  laughable, subject to laughter


Special thanks to the retirees from Local 3808 and APTC College for the homemade goodies and wonderful baskets.



2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #21

 

Your bargaining team met at the main table and in sub-committee today.  We agreed on improving the family of skills for the Digital Technicians.  We were successful in backing the company down from forcing Service Representatives into Sales Associate Titles.  We proposed a pay increase for 27 & 27L wage scales as a counter to the company’s gelastic proposal yesterday.  We are very far apart; however, your efforts are beginning to pay off.  We will be continuing to caucus over the weekend and will resume meeting with the company on Monday.


Keep increasing your pressure by doing your part.  We are only as strong as our brothers and sisters standing with us.  Remember to wear BLUE on Monday.

 


 

 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #20

 

Your bargaining team met at the main table today.  We agreed on some clean up language and countered several company proposals.  We presented that Service Representatives in Home Solutions and Small Business be allowed to upgrade, VOLUNTARILY, to Sales Associates with expanded performance protection.  We also presented improvements to Articles 7 and 12.  We insisted that gutting Article 14 is unacceptable and presented a proposal to expand it.  Finally, we proposed that Wire Technicians be brought into the Core contract as a wage scale 20 with a negotiated Job Description.


The company rejected improvements for the Field Service Techs, truing up wage scales during a temporary transfer, placing a cap on vendors for call center jobs, and quota relief for Sales Consultants.  The company is not interested in removing qualifiers, posting objectives in a timely manner or paying on the revised scorecard in the Consumer Organization.  The company is however interested in decreasing Sales Associate and Sales Consultant pay by approximately 7% by making them a 40 hour employees.


Brothers and Sisters, now is the time to push this through.  Now is the time to take control of this contract.  Now is the time to take our struggle to the wall.  Now is the time to prove that WE are the primary reason this company continues to be lucrative.  Now is the time to show management that WE have the authority. 


Your team is cohesive and strong.  We understand that we represent one of the most amalgamated and detailed workforces in the USA.  Just as your team exacerbated the company’s team today, we need you to participate and increase your activities to show the company that we mean business.


Special thanks to Local 3611 in Raleigh, NC for providing the outstanding lunch today.


Miscreant: villainous or depraved

IT’S OUR TURN

 

 


 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #19

 

Your bargaining team has been deeply involved in sub-committees today.  The company doesn’t appear to be interested in overtime relief and work rules around overtime equalization.  The company isn’t very interested in correcting “our” attendance problem via positive reinforcement.  They are also not interested in ensuring their employees receive breaks as they should.  They would like to displace American jobs by outsourcing American manufacturers in the uniform program.  The company is also not interested in us having the right to fully pursue safety issues.


We will meet at the main bargaining table tomorrow.  We are going to continue to drive your ideals home with this miscreant operation.  We are proving that we are not afraid.  There have been excellent profits earned because of our hard work and we must all stand together in order to prevail.  Your mobilization activities are showing them that we are one CWA!  Wear you red/orange tomorrow.  


Thanks to those in Nashville today who protested in the rain to express our dissatisfaction with ATT.


Insensate: completely lacking sense or reason


IT’S OUR TURN

 

 


 

2015 CWA ATT Utility Operations Bargaining Report #3  

Your Utility Operations CWA Bargaining Team met with the Company today for the first time. In our opening remarks we noted this agreement will reach its 25th anniversary by the expiration date and the bargaining unit has been a profitable one for AT&T. We also advised the Company we believe the time has come to reward our members’ contributions toward the success and profitability of Utility Operations by improving work rules, benefits and providing a substantial wage increase.

The team passed proposals addressing safety issues, mandatory overtime and pay for illness. We also passed proposals to improve benefits such as the Employment Security Partnership, paid time off, travel expense and disability plans. The Company expressed concerns with proposals that would increase costs, and we pointed out they reported a quarterly net profit of over $3 Billion and an annual gross profit of more than $70 Billion.

The Company passed one proposal which was primarily clean-up language to remove entities that have been dissolved from the contract.

Special thanks to Local 3611, Raleigh NC for the delicious lunch and dessert!

Continue to mobilize, we have a long way to go. Wear red/orange on Thursdays and blue on Mondays.

IT’S OUR TURN!



2015 CWA ATT Utility Operations Bargaining Report #2

Your bargaining team continues to make preparations for our meetings with the Company. We are researching previous contract negotiations for Utility Operations and continue to look for potential improvements to this contract.

As of yet, we have not received all of the data requested to formalize our proposals however we have drafted proposals around health and safety, thirteen day scheduling, overtime, employment security and improvements to the benefit plans.

Thanks for your support and mobilization efforts to secure a fair and just contract.

 

IT’S OUR TURN 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #18

Your bargaining team met at the Common Interest Table and in Sub-Committee today.  We proposed to bring the Utilities Operations into the Core Contract.  We also had some productive talks around work rules, vacation availability, temporary employees, Article 10 transfers, and mechanization of requests for paid time off.


We are continuing to move methodically with the clear purpose of obtaining a progressive agreement that will make all jobs desirable as a career.  It is important to become more vocal and mobilize against the insensate proposals the company expects.


Conference calls were held across the District this afternoon with the Local Presidents in order to remain transparent and keep information flowing to where the true rubber meets the road, our membership.


Special thanks to Local 3902 for the Dreamland Ribs.


Narcissism: excessive or erotic interest in oneself

 


 

 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #17

 

Your bargaining team met in sub-committee today.  We also got the opportunity to visit with the Atlanta Learning Center and be briefed on the satellite installation process.


There are a plethora of changes in the types of duties, equipment and tools used in satellite communications.  We actively asked questions concerning safety, technology practices and time allocation.  We learned satellite installation and repairs will make the Wire Techs job duties exponentially more detailed.


In sub-committee the company shared details of one of their proposals including the desire to contract out the following types of work: removing lead cable, pre-wire, placement of inner duct, pole transfer, and placing of all types of cable.


Thanks to everyone who has participated and are continuing to participate in mobilization activities.  We will continue to prove narcissism is not acceptable We cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.


We will begin meeting at the common interest table tomorrow.


Ignominy: shameful or dishonorable


IT’S OUR TURN


Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates


Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District


Your Bargaining Committee


Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 

 


 

 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #16 

Your bargaining team met today in sub-committee.  We are continuing to prepare to secure the admirable contract that we continue to earn.  This plan has many moving parts.  By far the most important part is our memberships’ determination and strength.  Thank you for continuing to do your part.  We are turning the tide toward decency, even in the pressure of ignominy.


To quote a member from Local 3905 "Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success!”.



Auspicious: favorable; conducive to success

 


 

 

 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #15

Your Bargaining Team convened at the main today.  We rejected the company’s proposals to severely restrict night differential and to remove language that relies on development as an alternative to discipline in Consumer Services, Finance and Small Business.  The team also rejected the company’s proposal to force technicians on mandatory stand-by.


The company rejected our proposal to bring Wire Techs into the Core Contract under WS-31.


We are continuing our crusade at the bargaining level.  Your mobilization actions are strong and your resolve is being noted and appreciated.  We are not here to give back.  We are here to attain a contract that moves the workforce in the same auspicious direction we have taken the company.


Coadunation: A union (as of dissimilar substances) in one body or mass


IT’S OUR TURN


Special thanks to Local 3603 in Charlotte, NC for the wonderful baskets.  Thanks to you guys, we have plenty of nuts.


On an unrelated note, please keep our brothers and sisters in Kentucky in your thoughts and prayers as they work to rebuild after the recent flooding.


Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates


Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 


 

2015 CWA ATT Utility Operations Bargaining Report #1

    

Jul 16, 2015

July 15, 2015 -- The Utility Operations Bargaining Committee met yesterday and today to review the bargaining suggestions submitted by our members. We also submitted data requests to the Company and are waiting for their response.

We will provide updates as events unfold. Meanwhile, continue to mobilize to support our efforts to obtain a fair and just contract.

 

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee:

Billy O’Dell –CWA Rep District 3 - Chair
Benjamin Price - Kentucky
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gail Shewalter – South Carolina 

 


 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #14 

 

Your Bargaining Team caucused today and designed our blueprint to deal with and succeed in negotiations.  Be assured that every one of the team and sub-committee members is dedicated to not only winning this battle, but winning the war.


We need your help!   This is going to be a difficult road and it is going to take all of us doing our part in order to achieve our goals.  We are a professional workforce and we ALL perform complicated work on a daily basis.  We must put any differences we have between us to the side for the good of us ALL.


Wear RED/ORANGE tomorrow, be vocal at work, and stand strong together.  We MUST have substantial coadunation in order to prevail.


Incongruous: Out of place; inappropriate; unbecoming


IT’S OUR TURN


STAND UP! FIGHT BACK!


Interesting note: It is obvious at&t management are reading our reports, Serj Books in Dallas, TX has no dictionaries in stock


Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates


Your Bargaining Committee

 

 


 

 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #13 

Your Bargaining Team has been immersed in the subcommittee process.  The company has implied that Wire Tech work is “not very detailed” and customer satisfaction is the driving factor in the “one truck roll” concept.  We continued to bear down on the Company around consumer, network and safety issues.  We will be caucusing tomorrow and will reconvene at the main bargaining table on Thursday.

We are serious and intend on bridging the gap between the incongruous intentions of the company and the fairness that our members deserve.

Remunerative: financially rewarding; paying a lot of money; lucrative

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

 

 


 

 2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #11 

 

Your team spent today in Sub-Committee meetings clarifying the intent of company and Union proposals.

Nothing new has been proposed by either side.

Your team is appreciative of all the positive support, mail and items, received at the District Office.  The overwhelming show of solidarity makes our efforts rewarding.

We will continue to meet next week.

Remember to wear blue on Monday and continue your efforts in showing this avaricious corporation that you, as we have proposed, deserve the same financial considerations shown to the CEO.

Pecunious: abounding in money; wealthy; rich

IT’S OUR TURN

 


 

 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #10

Jul 09, 2015

Today your bargaining team began meeting in the subcommittee process. We welcomed Ronald Reese Local 3902, Shawn Baker Local 3706, Chad Catlett Local 3109, Christina Eaton Local 3611, Ramisha Howard Local 3205 and Adonis Brevard Local 3204. During this process we will be going through the operation of grinding out the details of our plan for success.

Thank you to the Florida Locals for the magnificent gift basket for your team. We are sure the Company will also thoroughly enjoy the fruit and nut basket. We appreciate your continued efforts that are proving to this pecunious corporation that we are serious.

                               Acquisitive: excessively interested in acquiring money or material things

IT’S OUR TURN

 

 


 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #9 

Your team met today at the bargaining table.  We proposed protection for the Success Sharing Plan, an increase in pay for temporary transfers to a higher wage zone, and improvements to family of skills.  We proposed an increase in vacation while lowering the thresholds for receiving vacation allotments.  We also proposed removing “needs of business” and “service requirements”.  We recommended language to protect employees’ pay and attendance during a state of emergency and an incentive for perfect attendance.  We presented a plan to increase job security that included a “no layoff agreement and a successorship clause.  The team made it clear that employees should receive wage increases equivalent to that of the CEO.

The company made no proposals today.  However, the District Office has been notified by Labor Relations that the company intends to temporarily suspend the home garaging program for Wire Technicians in the Southeast.  Apparently our mobilization efforts are sending a strong message to the company that we are ready to do whatever it takes to secure a fair and just contract even in the shadow of this acquisitive company.

Loquacious:  talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 

 


 

 

2015 CWA ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #8

 
Jul 01, 2015

Your team met with the Company today at the bargaining table. The Company proposed removing contract language in Article 12 regarding future requests. They were very loquacious around the many improvements we have proposed thus far.

Our bargaining team proposed to increase all B and C wage zones, an improvement in the differential payment to multilingual employees who use their skills and an increase in travel allowances. We also proposed the addition of an extra holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The team recognizes the importance of those that voluntarily serve in our Armed Forces; we proposed pay and healthcare protection for those employees who are called to active duty.

Our intent is to continue to present a model that is favorable to those whom we are honored to represent. Remember to wear red/orange tomorrow. Thank you for continuing to remain vocal in your workplace. We will caucus tomorrow to consider the Company’s proposals and will resume bargaining at the main table on Wednesday.  Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

                                                                                                             parsimonious:  unwilling to spend money or use resources; stingy or frugal                                                                              

  

 

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 


 

 

ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #7 

Your Bargaining Team faced the company today and continued to lay out our framework for success.  We proposed correcting seniority dates for former part-time employees, extending Article 7 rights, and several letters of agreement that we believe are beneficial to our member i.e. preserving pension band consideration, job offer guarantee and JLA.  We proposed quota relief for Sales Consultants and a cap on the number of vendors that can be used.  We also asked for an increase in flexible vacation days for employees in an inside environment.  We proposed an update of the Safe Load Limit Guidelines in order to better match the company’s improved equipment.

The company proposed to remove language that protects observations in the call center environment.  They want to reduce paid illness days to a maximum of 10 for all current employees and eliminate paid illness days for all new hires.  The Company also proposed a cut in contract language that determines the instances that termination pay will be granted.

It is clear to your team the company’s parsimonious plans for their workforce are not in our best interest.

*Rapacious:  Always wanting more money, possessions etc, wanting more than is needed or deserved, greedy.

Thanks to all the Locals who continue to support and encourage us.  Your efforts make a difference.

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 


 

ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #6

Today your committee met with the company and proposed excused time for Partnership, a true layoff process for temporary employees, relief between tours, stronger connecting and callout overtime language, expansion of bridging seniority, expansion of ESIPP, election training payment and protecting vacation time.

The company proposed fees for garnished wages, an involuntary stand-by process and a mechanized vacation request process. 

The company closed with a debilitating healthcare proposal.  There are too many take backs to attempt to describe this repugnant plan.

Today the company set a negative tone to how they intend to bargain.  It is up to all of us to show solidarity in order to remind the company that we intend to use our bargaining power.  We have strength in numbers to combat this insanely profitable company.

The time is now to set the tone in the workplace.  Remember

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 


 

 

 ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #5

Your committee met with the company today. The Union proposed improvements to employees’ availability of paid time off, the reduction of forced overtime, and more family time off on the weekends. The Union also proposed improvements to multilingual positions and an expansion to the definition of immediate family.

The company proposed a substantial expansion of the Wire Tech scope of work while remaining under the UFO Addendum. They proposed flexible wage credit for “tight labor markets” with no protection for incumbents in progression. In essence, the possibility of adding language to allow new hires to be paid at a higher rate than incumbent employees. The company also proposed a decimation of Article 14 and an attack on the contracting/no layoff clause in CPE.

Your team needs an increase in mobilization. Send a strong message to this rapacious company that outsourcing work is not the answer. Be vocal and wear BLUE on Monday!

We deserve better!

IT’S OUR TURN.

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee
 

 

 

 

 


ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #4 

 Your committee met with AT&T today. CWA proposed six (6) positive changes. These proposals addressed breaks, qualifiers, training pay, objectives and quota relief in the customer market groups.

CWA also proposed an upgrade to the Field Services Technician Title.

AT&T then proposed extending the duration of temporary employees.

The company proposed upgrading “Back Office” Service Reps. to the Sales Associate Title.

The company proposed retrogressive payments of night differential.

Your committee adjourned the meeting to review the company’s proposals.

We will meet again tomorrow to exchange further proposals.

These negotiations are in their infancy stages. It is clear to your committee that AT&T is hesitant to share their record profits equitably. Your mobilization efforts will ultimately make the difference in showing this profitable corporation that it truly is OUR TURN

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee 

 

 


ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #3 

Your committee met face-to-face with AT&T Today.

The company presented a proposal to bring Letters and MOA’s negotiated since 2012 bargaining into the proposed 2015 contract.

The company also proposed a modification of the Uniform Program.

Your committee made seven proposals:

  1. Healthcare, including current employees, future retirees and existing retirees
  2. Deleting the UFO addendum and moving the Wire Tech title to wage scale 31
  3. Remove language in Article 10 regarding “needs of the business”
  4. Making safety concerns arbitrable
  5. Removing restrictions to payment for investigatory meetings
  6. Reduce the time that disciplinary entries remain in the employees record
  7. Renew the Aligning for Success MOA and add the Finance Group to its coverage

The parties agreed to resume discussions tomorrow

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts. Remember your message to the extremely profitable AT&T should clearly be:

IT’S OUR TURN

Remember do your part. Wear red/orange tomorrow and every Thursday until an agreement is reached.

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee 

 


ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #2

CWA Opening Statement for ATT SE Bargaining 2015
Richard Honeycutt, Vice President CWA District 3

Today, as we open up bargaining, the Company and the Union recognize it is in the best interest of both parties and employees, as well as the public for all dealings between us to continue with mutual responsibility and respect.  Responsibility and Respect are words everyone at the table know well but are also words that appear to define a different era in AT&T’s relationship with its employees.  Words to which it seems, through the last two rounds of bargaining, this Company has begun to drift away from.  The Union, through its membership, has a vital role in the overall success of the Company's operations, and the bargaining team I stand with today, recognizes this vital role and has come in the spirit of good faith, to reclaim our member’s rightful part of that great success.  CWA stands before you today as a unified voice, the voice of thousands of Union members, the voice of thousands of retirees, all of them speaking in unison loud and clear with a singular message, “It is our turn”.

Earlier this year AT&T was recognized as the most admired telecommunications company in the world.  When acknowledging this recognition CEO Randall Stephensons was quoted as saying, “Being recognized by FORTUNE as the number one telecom company is a testament to our 240,000 employees working hard every day to help customers.”  The 2015 bargaining session is an opportunity for Mr. Stephenson to show the employees, our members, how much they are valued and deserve to share in this recognition.  This award would not have been possible without the thousands of CWA members, working hard on a daily basis to build this company.

AT&T’s most valuable asset is its employees, CWA members.  We come before you today to demand that they be treated with respect in the workplace.  On a daily basis they are subjected to unreasonable objectives and goals.  They are continuously harassed while simply trying to do their jobs; whether it’s through unjust performance plans or through the misguided administration of those plans.   They are faced with mandated roadblocks, with company plans and processes.  One day they are on top and are told what a great job they have done and the next day, after a tough dispatch or a long call taking care of a customer, they are pulled into an office and threatened with entries being put into their records over poor performance.  Even through all of this, our Members are still dedicated to our customers.  They work hard and should be treated with the same respect that they show our customers. 

Our members also deserve appropriate wage increases.  Since the signing of the last contract in 2012, they are routinely given more work and responsibilities.   Even though their workload has increased, they are still held to the same rigid standards and performance levels that were in place before they were given this extra work.  The company has expectations and so does CWA.  Our members work hard every day and we demand that they be compensated to the level they deserve.   Our members in District 3 deserve no less than their peers in other Districts.  AT&T wants things to be uniform; this is a good place to start.               

Our Members are highly skilled and eager to take on the challenges brought before them through the technologies and jobs of the future.  In order to take on these challenges, they must be given a chance to access training and afforded the opportunity to use that training.  AT&T has the workforce needed to carry the company into the future and your leadership need not look beyond its own workforce of CWA Members, to achieve the goals of the future.  Our members are the ones that have carried this company to where it is today and they are the ones that will carry it into the future.

Benefits.   Many of our members started their careers with this company because of the benefits offered to them.   These benefits are what made this company stand apart from all of the other companies.  Our members felt like they worked for a company that valued their hard work, a company that would take care of them, and with the partnership of CWA, this happened for many years.  The benefits that once defined AT&T as a top employer have slowly faded away.  As this company’s profits continue to rise, our members’ benefits continue to fall.  AT&T is not struggling to survive and our members are; the people who are the face of this company.  You can talk about all of the changes in technology, competition, or any of the other changes in the telecommunications industry, but at the end of the day, the members that we are bargaining for, are AT&T.  They are the ones who interact with customers, whether it is at work or in their communities.  They have made this company what it is today. They have a right to quality benefits without continued cost shifting.  Enough is enough.       

This company’s complete disregard for retirees is another issue that must be addressed in these negotiations.  AT&T seems to look at the people who built this company as a burden, and have forgotten the years of service, and sacrifice, that they made to shape this company into what it is today.  Without them and the hard work that they contributed to this company, I would dare say that none of us would be sitting here together today.  You cannot forget them and brush them off as a liability.  In fact, they are still asked to help the company today as representatives at various political and community activities.  CWA will never forget them and AT&T doesn’t need to either.  The same is true for future retirees.  Our members have dedicated years of their lives to this company, sacrificing themselves and their families.  They are not just asking for a retirement, they are working tirelessly for it.     

In closing, I would like to mention a quote of Mr. Randall Stephenson’s from a comment that he made in regards to the integrity of AT&T employees. “We excel at so many things — from developing innovative technology to building strong customer relationships. But true, lasting success is not about what we accomplish, but how we accomplish it.”  The “how” is why we are sitting here today.  This is the time to continue the ground work that has been laid by the generations before us, and let’s do the right thing to achieve lasting success.  AT&T, take care of your retirees and take care of our members.  Treat them with the respect that they deserve, and make sure that they are compensated for the work that they do, through wages and benefits.  Whether it’s their current job, or jobs of the future. We are AT&T, proud CWA members!

Richard Honeycutt                                                                                                                       
District 3 Vice-President
 

 


 

ATT SE BARGAINING REPORT #1

Your 2015 CWA District 3 Bargaining Team has been meeting together since Monday, June 15, 2015.

Our efforts, thus far, have been concentrated on prioritizing and writing proposals based on issues brought forward by your Local Representatives.

We will have our first face-to-face meeting with ATT Officials tomorrow.  It is our intent to keep you aware of your activities as bargaining progresses.

We ask that you do somethings for us to show solidarity and support:
  1.  Wear BLUE on Mondays
  2.   Wear RED or ORANGE on Thursdays
  3. Let management know that you support our efforts every chance you get
  4. You will see an increase of questions coming from your supervisors.  Tell them you support your Union.
AT&T has made record profits, paid management record compensation and other benefits.

Tell them “IT’S OUR TURN!”

The members of your Bargaining  Committee are:
  •          David Betz – Alabama
  •          Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
  •          Herman Junkin – Mississippi
  •          Al Guillory – Louisiana
  •          Johnny Hernandez – Florida
  •          Chris Myrick – North Carolina
  •          Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
  •          Gene Redd – Georgia
  •          Robert Santucci – Tennessee

  •         Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3
  •          Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 

  •          Sub Committees – will join in as bargaining progresses
 Each State has established a mobilization effort.  Please participate daily.

 

 
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