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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

May 25, 2017 – Bargaining Report #45

Since returning from the strike, and because of your courage, the company has been filling many of the open information requests. It took a strike and Unfair Labor Practice charges to get the information but we are getting it. However, the company continues its greedy demands and they continue to spread misinformation about bargaining. The Union will not back down and we urge you to contact your Local if you are hearing anything that does not sound correct. If there is any harassment or intimidation going on that needs to be reported as well.

Mobilization needs to be ramped up to keep the pressure on, and we need to be prepared to bargain for as long as it takes. Despite the company's lies, the strike closed hundreds of stores nationwide, left call centers unstaffed and critical network tickets not dispatched until Monday. Keep up the fight, One day longer, one day stronger. When We Fight We Win!!

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

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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

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Yesterday we announced that 21,000 AT&T Mobility workers in 36 states and DC will strike Friday if we don't get an agreement. Today, we're preparing to make our picket lines the best they can be and do what it takes for a fair contract at AT&T Mobility. This would be the first time in history AT&T Mobility workers go on strike.

If we strike, our wireline brothers and sisters, who may also be on strike against AT&T over their contracts, may join us on our picket lines. 

Check out our new video featuring CWAers at AT&T Mobility explaining why they are ready to strike.  Click here to watch.

Please share the video to spread the word about our fight.

Contact your Local to find your picket location if you're not sure.
We need our friends and allies from the community and across the labor movement to join us on the picket line Friday if we have to strike. Invite your friends and family to the picket line, and share this link to a map of picket locations. (This list for our friends is not an exhaustive list of picket locations)

Stay up to date:


REMINDER: TOWN HALL CALL TONIGHT AT 8PM ET7PM CT,6PM MT5PM PT

If you don't receive a call to connect you to the Town Hall, you should receive a text with dial-in information. Text the word Mobility to 69866 to make sure you're on our text list!


Stay strong brothers and sisters! ?

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Contact: Anjali Cadambi; 503-984-4020; Anjali.cadambi@berlinrosen.com

Sarah Ford; 812-243-7152; sarah.ford@berlinrosen.com

AT&T Workers Issue Ultimatum: Fair Proposal by Friday or Strike

Unless AT&T comes to the table with proposals that protect good jobs, workers will walk off the job coast to coast

NATIONWIDE – AT&T workers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), have given company executives until Friday, May 19 at 3PM ET to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future. If AT&T officials refuse to negotiate fairly, workers will walk off the job in a three-day strike. Many AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and DC will join picket lines, as will wireline workers in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada. This would be the first time AT&T Mobility workers go on strike, potentially disrupting a large number of retail stores across the country this weekend.

After months of talks, frustration is higher than ever as corporate executives continue their stand-off with workers over major issues that protect middle-class jobs, such as affordable benefits, fair wages and job security. Workers are also protesting AT&T’s pervasive outsourcing of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminates good jobs and hurts customer service. While a three-day strike may inconvenience customers in the short term, AT&T workers are committed to putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T’s lack of investment in its core business.

“The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on their promise to preserve family-supporting jobs for 40,000 workers,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1. “We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T, but have only been met with delays and excuses. Now, AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores for the first time ever. Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike. It’s now in AT&T’s hands to stand with workers or at 3pm Eastern Time on Friday workers will be off the job and onto picket lines across the country.”

Around the country, workers are protesting in front of wireless retail stores and call centers to prepare for the potential strike. Despite being the largest telecom company in the country and bringing in nearly $1 billion a month in profits, AT&T continues to overpromise and underdeliver to U.S. communities and customers by offshoring, outsourcing, and failing to investment in its core business and infrastructure.

“Enough is enough. AT&T’s bargaining tactics show their lack of respect for the very workers who help them make their billions,” said Cheryce Chambers, a wireless retail worker in the Bronx, New York. “We are drawing a line in the sand: come to the bargaining table with the long overdue proposals that families need, or me and my co-workers will walk off the job. Striking is never an easy choice, but my neighbors, my son and my community deserve better. If it becomes necessary, I’ll be out on the picket line to show AT&T their greed stands no chance next to our determination.”

As AT&T comes under fire at the bargaining table for offshoring thousands of jobs, workers are rallying around new federal legislation that would penalize companies like AT&T who offshore call center jobs. Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections.

A recent report from CWA shed new light on AT&T’s sprawling web of 38 third-party call centers in eight countries that are driving low wages and compromising quality service for millions of AT&T customers. AT&T workers and CWA representatives met with call center vendor employees in the Dominican Republic earlier this month to learn more about what has happened to the jobs AT&T has shipped overseas and the anti-union backlash facing Dominican workers who attempt to improve conditions.

In late March, 17,000 AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada went on strike to protest the company’s changing of working conditions in violation of federal law. The strike ended when the workers won an agreement with the company that will no longer require employees to do work outside of their expertise and classification.

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CWA Local 1122

Do and Don't of STRIKE PICKETING

Rules to follow when we PICKET while on STRIKE

WALKING THE LINE IN FRONT OF AN EMPLOYER FACILITY

  • Picket ONLY where you are assigned by your picket captain or your CWA Local

  • DO NOT have so many picketers on the line that PEDESTRIANS cannot pass and that picketers are blocking the entrances and exits

  • KEEP MOVING.  Maintain adequate space between picketers to allow free access to facilities through company entrances and gates.

  • Picket only the Employer being struck and the workers (SCABS) performing the work (SCABS) of the employer being struck.  Do not picket gates labeled “reserve gate” for employers who not the struck employer.  Ask your picket captain if you have questions about reserve gates.

  • DO NOT TOUCH any person approaching or crossing the picket line.  You do retain the legal right to defend yourself against bodily harm and/or injury.

  • Do not INTERFERE with TRAFFIC beyond what pedestrians are normally entitled to do.

  • Do not ARGUE with other picketers.  If you have a problem, address it with your picket captain as soon as possible.

  • Do not LITTER.  Keep your surrounding picket area clean.

  • Do not drink ALCOHOLIC beverages or use NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS directly prior to, or while on, picket duty.  Do not bring ALCOHOLIC beverages or NON-PRESCRIPTION DRUGS to the picket line.

  • Maintain PEACEFUL and ORDERLY picketing.  For example: do not use FOUL or ABUSIVE LANGUAGE with customers or others in the vicinity of our picket line.  Do not THREATEN customers or others.

  • REPORT any INCIDENTS involving threatening or dangerous behavior to your picket captain and/or CWA Local.  Record a note about what happened, time, date, place, a description of the incident, names or descriptions of individuals involved, names of all witnesses.

INTERACTING WITH OTHERS

  • Ask workers who chose not to honor our picket line to do so, whether or not those workers are UNION members.  The NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS ACT protects all employees in the bargaining unit from discipline when they refuse to cross a picket line.

              

  • Ask the PUBLIC not to PATRONIZE the employer.

  • Ask person(s) MAKING DELIVERIES to the employer to HONOR your PICKET LINE.

  • Correspond with customers in a courteous manner and thank them for their support.  Share your story, tell them why you are on STRIKE and picketing.

  • Cooperate with LAW ENFORCEMENT and OBEY their INSTRUCTIONS.  If there is a problem, obtain the officer’s name, department affiliation, and badge number.  Report this information, along with a description of the problem, immediately to your picket captain and CWA Local.

  • A “SCAB” is someone who crosses a picket line to perform STRUCK WORK.  You have the legal right to call someone who crosses a picket line a “SCAB” and you should have no reservation in doing so.  However you can’t use SPEECH that vilifies a person or group due to their color, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion or other legally protected status. 

  • Do not make any STATEMENTS to the police, reporters, television, radio, newspapers, managers, or security agents.  Refer all such questions or requests to your picket captain or CWA Local.

  • THANK EVERYONE for their support.

DO NOT ENGAGE IN THE FOLLOWING

  • NO PHYSICAL ASSAULT with the potential for causing actual bodily injury (not including incidental bodily contact)

  • NO THREATS of physical or sexual assault directed at individuals or their family members

  • NO RECKLESS DRIVING that endangers others, or impedes or interferes with the operation of a company vehicle (lawful mobile picketing, including following company vehicles during a strike, is not a basis for discipline).

  • NO significant damage to Company or personal private property.

  • NO USE of RACIAL or SEXUAL SLURS or other hate speech that vilifies a person or a group on the basis of color, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, race, religion, or other legally protected status.

What CWA members are fighting for at AT&T Mobility

May 16, 2017

  • 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.  Tell AT&T to stop playing games and propose a fair plan. So far, the say NO!
  • No increase to healthcare contributions in 2021.  Ending the 2-tier plan so new employees can afford healthcare.  AT&T wants you 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!
  • We need to get back the call center work that has been outsourced and off-shored.
  • 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.

What else do you deserve that AT&T won’t give you?

  • Truly flexible EWPs, a vacation scheduling process that is fair, language to protect you from discipline when you can’t get to work due to dangerous weather.
  • Monitoring language to protect call center workers from the added stress and harassment of excessive call monitoring and the “gotcha” attitude of management.  We need retail monitoring rules in the contract that requires the managers to coach and work with the RSCs live and in-person - NOT BY WATCHING THEM ON A CAMERA!
  • A job transfer process that is transparent and fair.
  • Increased severance payments in case of layoff and remove the cap.
  • We are fighting for increased differentials for those members who work weekends and on call and double shifts without sleep, and for a city allowance to help with the cost of working in the major cities.
  • In a Holiday week, most workers look forward to an extra day off.  Currently, if you choose not to volunteer to work, or the Company says they don’t need you to work, they steal back one of your normal two days off and you don’t get the Holiday we bargained.
  • There are many workers at AT&T Mobility with new and additional job duties and we are fighting for proper training and raises.

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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. To find your picket location, call your Local.

Strike updates will be posted on UnityAtMobility.orgFacebookTwitter, 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 (click here for the list of states).

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.

Click here to view an even more detailed list of what we’re fighting for.

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


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Read the important Q&A below for more information:

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

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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, the more likely we will win on our key issues.

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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.

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How do I get a strike sign?

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This morning, CWA gave notice to AT&T Mobility management that we are exercising our right to terminate the Orange Contract in 72 hours.

That doesn't mean we are going on strike, but it means we are one step closer.

Back in February, the union and management reached an agreement to extend the contract. As part of this agreement, both sides retained the right to terminate the contract with 72 hours’ notice.

With no contract in place, the union will be free to call a strike at any time. 72 hours from now, all 21,000 represented workers will be working without a contract. All terms and conditions of the old contract will continue to remain in force.

Please read over the Q and A below for more specific information about what this means. Now's the time to ramp up your mobilization activities. Management will move at the bargaining table when they see an active membership and it will reduce the likelihood we will have to strike. The company is feeling the pressure.

This morning we took our fight straight to AT&T shareholders. Hundreds of CWA members are out in front of AT&T's annual shareholder meeting demanding the company bargain serious proposals and protect family-supporting jobs nationwide. We're showing our power and we won't stop fighting until we have a fair contract.

Stay strong brothers and sisters.

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In Solidarity,

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Dennis G. Trainor

CWA District 1 Vice President

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Below are questions you may have about what this means:

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Q. Why give 72 hours’ notice?

Prior to our original contract expiration date of February 11, the union and management reached an agreement to extend the contract. As part of this agreement, both sides retained the right to terminate the contract with 72 hours’ notice. The contract we have been working under includes a “No Strike, No Lockout Clause.” Upon conclusion of the 72 hours’ notice, with no contract in place, the union will be free to call a strike at any time.

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Q. Does this mean there will be a strike in 72 hours?

Giving notice that we are terminating the contract does not mean there will be a strike in 72 hours. It does allow the union to call a strike at any point after that 72 hours is over, but does not necessarily mean we will call a strike at any particular date in the future. Members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if needed. The decision of whether and when to strike rests with the President of CWA.

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Q. Why did we give the 72 hours notice now?

We have been negotiating for several months, yet management refuses to address issues that are most important to our members. This company takes in $1.3 billion in profit each and every month. Yet while our members earn those profits for AT&T every day, and while the CEO and other top executives line their pockets, the Company refuses to address the needs of their employees. We hope management understands the unmistakable signal we are now sending. If the company continues refusing to address our issues, such as bargaining commission pay, job security and sick time, a strike is more and more likely. When CWA struck Verizon, their sales plummeted. Verizon is still trying to recover from the strike. We hope AT&T Mobility doesn’t make the same mistake Verizon did last year.

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Q. When the 72 hours is over, we won’t have a contract in place. What does that mean?

72 hours from the time of our announcement, all 21,000 represented workers will be working without a contract. All terms and conditions of the old contract will continue to remain in force. Our pay will remain the same, health insurance, sick time policies, etc. We can still file and process grievances. We will not have the right to arbitrate, and the No Strike/No Lockout agreement will not be in force.

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Q. How likely is a strike?

By now we hope that management understands that there will be a strike unless they address the needs of our members. We think we will know soon whether or not management will begin to make meaningful movement at the bargaining table.

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Q. What can we do as members?

We ask all members to save money now in the event there is a strike. And it is also critically important that all members participate in our mobilization activities. If there is a rally, attend it. If you are asked to wear a pin or button, be sure to do so. Management will move at the bargaining table when they see an active membership. To reduce the chance of a strike, participate in your local’s mobilization activity

As AT&T scrambles to soothe shareholder concern,

Wireless Workers Fire Warning Shot, Give 72-Hour Notice to Terminate Contract

Frustration boils over in Dallas as 21,000 workers move within striking distance of nationwide walkout over good jobs and unmet bargaining demands

DALLAS—As AT&T investors and executives convene for the annual shareholders meeting in Dallas today, AT&T wireless workers announced they have issued the 72-hour notice to end their contract extension—making a strike more likely than ever before for 21,000 wireless workers across 36 states and DC. Starting May 1, CWA has the option to call a strike at any time.

“We have given AT&T every opportunity to show their commitment to finding common ground and a fair contract and, quite frankly, have been very patient about it. But time is running out for AT&T to stop undermining good jobs, quality customer service and its long-term success,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1. “AT&T thinks they can play by their own rules, but 21,000 wireless workers are ready to show them what happens when you bet against American workers. The pieces are all in place now, and we’ll strike if necessary, but the larger question still remains: will AT&T finally do right by their wireless workers?”

Since February 11 of this year, AT&T workers have worked under a contract extension subject to termination and held up their promise to bargain in good faith with the expectation that executives will come to the table with proposals that protect family-supporting American jobs. However, after months of bargaining, frustration is higher than ever as workers and corporate executives remain far apart on key issues at the bargaining table.  The company has refused to invest in the company’s workforce, protect the basic promise of quality customer service, and end offshoring and outsourcing with a fair contract.

“We came to Dallas today to send a message to AT&T: we’re sick and tired of being taken advantage of and we’re ready to do something about it,” said Cheryce Chambers, a retail worker from the Bronx, New York. “Striking is never easy, but we mean it when we say we’ll do whatever it takes for a fair contract that keeps our jobs at home, provides for our families, and protects the promise to provide high-quality customer service.”

The 17,000 AT&T West wireline and DIRECTV workers have been working without a contract for more than a year, and workers have taken action against AT&T’s illegal and unfair labor practices. Last month, AT&T West workers walked off the job in a one-day strike. Workers at AT&T East and DIRECTV in California have also been bargaining for over a year and are working without a contract.

CWA members in California and Nevada have built strong support from state and local elected officials who are expressing their concerns to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson about the company’s failure to build out high-speed fiber internet service to lower-income communities and address problems with service in rural areas. 

“AT&T has been dragging its feet for more than a year to negotiate a new contract that protects good jobs in California and Nevada. It’s time to stop the corporate games and start bargaining fairly with the workers who work hard every day to ensure its operations are running smoothly and effectively for all the communities it serves,” said CWA District 9 Vice President Tom Runnion.

Just days after Q1 earnings showed revenue falling short of expectations and continued loss in subscribers, more than a hundred workers protested outside of the annual meeting today to send a message to AT&T shareholders that the company’s practice of undermining its employees is putting the company’s long-term growth and market success at risk. Now, with the threat of a strike looming, AT&T could see tens of thousands of retail, call center and tech workers walk off the job in 36 states.

Despite being the largest telecom company in the country and bringing in nearly $1 billion a month in profits, AT&T continues to overpromise and underdeliver to workers, customers and core capabilities including:

  • Offshoring: AT&T has eliminated more than 12,000 US call center jobs and offshored thousands of other call center jobs to Mexico, the Philippines, India, the Dominican Republic and other countries. As AT&T workers call on the company to end its endless offshoring, Congress is taking increased action with new bipartisan legislation to stop companies from offshoring call center jobs.

  • Lack of investment in core business & infrastructure: AT&T is failing to provide high-speed broadband to communities across the country, particularly in California. A recent UC Berkeley report highlighted AT&T’s digital divide in California, leaving both rural and urban communities behind. A new report from UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society revealed 4 million California homes lack access to AT&T’s high-speed broadband. Mayors and other elected officials from California and Nevada have “slam[med] AT&T for slow internet, long phone outages.” Recent reports have found similar problems in Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods.

  • Corporate accountability: In just the last couple months, over 12,000 callers couldn’t reach 911 due to AT&T outrages across the country. Over the last year, severe and regular phone outages across rural California prompted the CPUC to require phone companies to provide more real-time reporting on outages – changes pushed for by AT&T workers for years. Federal lawmakers are demanding accountability.

More than 38,000 wireless, wireline, and DIRECTV workers across the country are fighting together for good jobs and mobilizing across the country to show AT&T they’ll do whatever it takes to win a fair contract. Earlier this year, workers at AT&T Wireless and AT&T West voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if necessary and workers have held weekly practice picket lines across the country to prepare for a potential strike if there isn’t genuine progress at the bargaining table.
 

Pressure is mounting on AT&T from all angles. At the shareholders meeting, there are several proposals on the ballot to improve AT&T’s corporate governance, as the company spends millions on lobbying expenses, media placements, political donations, and lawsuits to block local competition and keep prices high for customers. CWA members will also vote against a $28.4 million compensation package for CEO Randall Stephenson, which they view as excessive, particularly while there is widespread instability in the company’s workforce.

Last year, Verizon workers were on strike for 49 days, finally winning a strong contract that created and protected good jobs. During the strike, Verizon’s approval ratings were at a three-year low while analysts and media regularly remarked on the reputational damage facing Verizon.

Verizon 2017 2Q Surplus Declaration

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CWA District 1 has notified us that Verizon has declared a surplus in our force adjustment area six (6).  The job titles and number declared surplus is as follows:

  • ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT            1
  • DRAFTER                             2
  • FACILIITIES ASSISTANT              18
  • SENIOR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT     3

To alleviate the surplus condition the Company will invoke the Force Adjustment Plan (article 55) of our current collective bargaining agreement.  This surplus condition has been determined by the Company to be due to process change.  The provisions of the respective Force Adjustment Plan articles 8(b) and 10 will not apply in this case (meaning NO Layoff). 

If the surplus condition requires the use of the Enhanced Income Protection Plan under step three (3) of the Force Adjustment Plan article 55, EIPP offers will be tendered to those employees in the surplus titles and force adjustment areas involved by Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  An employee's election to leave the service of the Company and receive EIPP payments must be in writing and transmitted to the Company by Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  The off the payroll date for those employees who accept this offer will be Sunday June 4, 2017.

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Surplus Title FAA 1 FAA 2 FAA 3 FAA 4  FAA 5 FAA 6 ART 8 MANH  ART 8 QNS Grand Total
Accounting Financial Clerk 2 2 4
Accounting Operations Clerk 35 4 2 1 42
Administrative Assistant 4 2 2 1 1 1 11
Building Servicer 2 2
Coin Telephone Collector 12 4 16
Construction Coordinator 1 1 16 18
Customer Service Administrator 5 5 2 12
Drafter 1 2 2 2 7
Driver A 2 2
Driver B 3 3
Engineering Drafter 1 1 2
Facilities Assistant 3 18 21
Facilities Specialist 2 1 4 3 2 12
Fiber Network Technician 8 8
Field Technician 44 20 64
Materiel Attendant 1 1
Network Service Coordinator 8 1 1 10
Office Assistant 7 1 1 1 10
Representative 10 6 16
Senior Administrative Assistant 10 19 5 6 1 3 44
Special Assistant 12 5 5 22
Special Representative 7 7
Translations Administrator 2 2 4
Grand Total 70 123 38 30 36 25 10 6 338

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CWA LOCAL 1122

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Membership Meeting

(Picnic Style)

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

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FONTANA’S GROVE

2299 Clinton Street

(Harlem Rd - Clinton St)

West Seneca, NY 14224

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Meeting and Food will begin at 5:00pm

Food will be picnic style and served for 3 hours

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All members of CWA Local 1122 are encouraged to attend

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**Work Safe***Stay United**

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