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By now you have seen the company’s latest very public “final offer.” While at face value the company’s final offer may seem reasonable to some, the company has by-passed your Bargaining Committee in an attempt to sway our membership. This offer was never formally presented to your bargaining team and we believe the company is baiting you into conceding what we have been fighting for in ten months of bargaining and divide the membership. They did not share the offer with the union bargaining team before they sent it out publicly and emailed it to the entire membership. The company hopes the email will result in hundreds of calls to the union demanding we settle on the company’s terms, not ours. This is a dirty, bad faith ploy and it won’t work.

In fact, plans were already made for the Bargaining Committees to return to meet at the table in New Jersey beginning next week, which is the first date the AT&T negotiators said they would be available. The CWA has the right to bargain in person over such critical matters, but instead of making this proposal to your Bargaining Committee, they sent it out via several channels yesterday including directly to you, the CWA membership. So, why are they trying to go around your Bargaining Committee? They want you to be fooled into thinking this is a good deal and addresses your needs. They think a one-time payment of a $1,000 bonus to ratify this agreement will be enough for you to sell out.  

What is in this offer? 

  • The raise offered is less than the raises given at other AT&T tables and when balanced with the cost of healthcare is not enough.
  • Retail Sales Consultants are being offered a fraction of the “at risk” pay moved to their base in exchange for AT&T still being able to change the commissions when they feel like it, which history has proven is never good for the workers. If you are an RSC, you already know this.
  • We see they say they are offering a job guarantee, which is very interesting since we have been asking for job security language and offering up various ideas to achieve this for the past 10 months, the detail is lacking and AT&T has repeatedly told us they are not interested in this and won’t bargain job security with us.  
  • It’s odd that AT&T goes on and on about providing good union jobs in the United States because a quick look at the data shows that our call center jobs are being sent to contractors and vendors at a record pace, and the Authorized Retailers, enjoy.com, and the newly created Integrated Sales Consultant job are all doing RSC work.

In their misleading email, notice there is:

  • ZERO mention of outsourcing – our Union proposals are geared at fixing the fact that only 7% of the calls are handled by the centers in the “Orange” footprint.
  • ZERO mention of job protections around store closings – Our Union proposals are geared at addressing that 60% of the Retail stores are now authorized dealers and this is a rising trend. The company has no interest in language that would protect our membership in fact they’ve created the Integrated Sales Consultant and Integrated Sales Support job titles outside of the Union to divert even more work from the COR stores.
  • ZERO mention of curbs on contracting out our technical work, and no mention of technicians and CSSL at all – Our proposals preserve and protect the bargaining unit work both existing and new technology in the future. The company wants to be free to send more of the technician work to contractors.
  • ZERO mention of their attendance policy – Our proposals are aimed at fixing an unfair attendance policy that has our members terminated prior to exhausting all their negotiated sick time. The company has no interest in moving on this issue.

The Company’s latest proposal fails to address many of our concerns that we have been talking to the Company bargainers about, including:

  • No resolution to our EWP issue – You have told us that you need to be able to take the flexible paid time in a truly flexible manner. What good is paid time off when you aren’t allowed to take it when you need it?
  • No resolution on our vacation issue – Our proposals would ensure our members can uses their paid vacation time when they want to by establishing minimum allowances per work group.
  • No observation language protections for Retail workers and a Call Center offer that falls very short of the protections you told us you needed.
  • No resolution on the Exchange Time issue, which Retail workers told us was especially important to them because they are suffering under the draconian attendance discipline plan and when they ask for relief via Exchange Time they are most often denied.
  • No resolution on inclement weather and safety language.
  • No resolution on the Holiday being treated properly as an extra day off in Holiday weeks when the company chooses not to open. Our proposal allows our members to actually have Holidays without a 6-day work week.
  • No resolution to our issue of compensating technicians when they are forced to “day trip” hours away from home.

You get the idea.

In bargaining, the company’s Chief Negotiator has repeatedly said “We have no interest in job security.” So it’s no surprise the company’s phony pledge on job security doesn’t prevent them from closing your store or call center and offering you a job in Nome, Alaska! They can brag about their 2% wage hike and signing bonus all they want, but that will do little good if they can ship even more of our jobs to the Philippines, and won’t do much good if they can close our store and open up a low wage authorized dealer store. The company also doesn’t come clean on their proposal to hike our Medical costs either.

We need decent jobs to pay for our rent and food. We can’t eat their rhetoric.

The iPhone X launch is coming up. If anyone wants a strong contract that addresses our long-term needs, we ask you show your solidarity by wearing stickers and participating in other mobilization activities coming up.

We ask that all members ask their managers to tell AT&T to talk with us at the bargaining table, and stop with the misleading propaganda! Now, more than ever, Workplace Mobilization is critical. Click here to download the flyer.

United We Bargain, Divided We Beg.

In solidarity, 

Dennis Trainor
CWA District 1 Vice President

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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

November 10, 2017 – Bargaining Report #61

The Company has been posting misinformation to you since they decided to send out their ridiculous “final offer”. The more we discuss their final offer, the more misinformation we uncover.

Your Bargaining Team has conveyed our disgust to the company over their actions, and it is comforting to see our membership standing united and not falling for their propaganda. Talks continued this week and the Union passed our full counter proposal to the company that includes all those issues you’ve identified as a priority in this round of bargaining.

The Company continues to reject proposals surrounding flexible EWP time, a fair absence plan, real job security, new work for technicians, call sharing language that would protect call center workers, language securing retail jobs and addressing the issues facing our supply/warehouse members.

Rather than share their enormous profits with the workers that make them profitable, the Company would rather mislead their employees and try to convince them that less is more.

Discussions at the table are scheduled to continue throughout the weekend. We are here fighting and we need you to be mobilized and angry in the workplace.

Stay strong Brothers and Sisters. 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

CWA Local 1122 Meeting Dates 2018

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STEWARDS Meeting                              Thursday, January 4, 2018

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MEMBERSHIP Meeting                          Thursday, February 8, 2018

                                                               UAW Region 9

                                                               35 George Karl Blvd

                                                               Williamsville

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STEWARDS Meeting                              Thursday, March 8, 2018

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MEMBERSHIP Meeting                          Thursday, April 5, 2018

                                                               Ironworkers Local 6 Union Hall

                                                              196 Orchard Park Rd

                                                               West Seneca

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STEWARDS Meeting                             Tuesday, May 1, 2018

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MEMBERSHIP Meeting                         June 2018  - To Be Determined

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STEWARDS Meeting                             Thursday, September 6, 2018

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MEMBERSHIP Meeting                         Thursday, October 4, 2018

                                                              UAW Region 9

                                                              George Karl Blvd

                                                              Williamsville

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STEWARDS Meeting                             Thursday, November 1, 2018

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MEMBERSHIP Meeting                         Tuesday, December 4, 2018

                                                              Ironworkers Local 6 Union Hall

                                                             196 Orchard Park Rd

                                                              West Seneca

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Our June 2018 Membership Meeting will be our annual picnic style meeting with the time and place to be determined.

Stewards Meetings are held at our CWA Local 1122 Union Hall 3775 Genesee St.  The meetings begin at 6:00pm with food being served at 5:00pm.

Membership Meetings will begin at 6:00pm with dinner being served at 5:00pm.

If you have any interest in the change or resolution of our workplace issues then it is your responsibility to attend these meetings.

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DOWNLOAD MEETING DATES Flyer 2018

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 Communications Workers of America, Local 1122 AFL-CIO

                                                                  3775 Genesee St. Buffalo, N.Y. 14225    

                                                   716-633-2211

cwa1122.org

                 

                                         

The CWA Political Action Fund (PAF) is the political action committee for the working men and women of CWA, their families, and retirees.  Every dollar you contribute to the Political Action Fund (PAF) is put to work building political power for you, your family, and your future.  The PAF provides financial contributions to worker-friendly candidates.  CWA can only use voluntary dollar’s  to contribute to an endorsed candidate for federal office.  No Union dues money of any kind can be given to a political candidate for federal office of a national political party. 

The Political Action Fund (PAF) is fighting to strengthen your voice at work and garner one who have none.  The PAF is working to give every patient in NY State the kind of health care we would want for our own families, such as fighting for the passage of the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act requiring safe staffing nurse to patient ratio’s.  Your PAF was instrumental in settling the forty nine (49) day Verizon strike, earning a fair and just contract for our sisters and brothers working there.  PAF contributions were used to prevent the Berger Commission from closing two area hospitals staffed by CWA member’s right here in our WNY Community.

Most importantly today the PAF is being utilized in our collective effort to insure the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) remains the law of the land.  Without it our job security is at severe risk, access to quality health care is at severe risk.  The option to repeal and replace Obama-care (AHCA) is not an option for CWA members and their families.

The CWA Political Action Fund makes politics work for working families.

Please complete the Payroll Authorization card you have before you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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WHAT IS THE POLITICAL ACTION FUND (PAF)?

The political action fund is strictly voluntary.  Funds are utilized to administrate and facilitate our political and legislative activities.

Dollars contributed by members like you are used to:

  • Pay for grassroots lobbying efforts against privatization and budget cuts, voter registration, and our election day Get Out the VOTE (GOTV) mobilization.
  • Enable CWA to make valued contributions to local, state, and federal candidates who support our issues.  Only by electing our candidates will success be achieved.

WHY SHOULD I CONTRIBUTE? 

In our current political climate, every one of us is at risk of losing our benefits, job security and rights in the workplace.  Each of us has an interest in protecting the jobs of employees.  The more money we raise, the more effectively you can protect yourself and your family.  The few dollars we voluntarily contribute to invest in PAF means thousands of dollars in better benefits and better working conditions for CWA members and the working class community.

WHY IS CWA INVOLVED IN POLITICS?

Indirectly, your bargaining rights, wages, benefits, and job security are all decided by elected representatives.  CWA has the duty and obligation to protect the terms and conditions of our labor.  In order to effectively do this, we must be involved with electing worker friendly representatives.  In our current business and political climate, our involvement is vital as unionized employees are under constant attack, with our careers, our wages, health care benefits, and retirement security all a target.

Does CWA just give to DEMOCRATS?

No! Our priority is to identify and support pro CWA, pro working class candidates, who will carry our voice, and fight to move our agenda in local, state, and federal government.

Politicians are “crooked.”  Why are we giving them our money?

Not all politicians are crooked, but we need to see that the ones who are do not win.  One of the reasons we give money is to help pro CWA, pro worker candidates win.  WHEN WE WIN AT THE POLLS, WE WIN AT THE BARGANING TABLE.

WHAT IS THE MONEY USED FOR?

All of the money obtained through voluntary contributions goes into CWA’s Political Action Fund Account (PAF) and is used for political activities only.  This money is not part of the general treasury.  The PAF monies go to political candidate contributions, voter registration efforts, education, lobbying, training, and get out the vote (GOTV) work.  PAF monies are used to help introduce and pass legislation that protects CWA members, and to influence policy and budget decisions that affect your careers, your families, and your future.  A portion of these monies goes to our Federal Political Action Committee (PAC) at the CWA International Office for use in US Congressional or Senate races.

WHO CAN CONTRIBUTE TO PAF?

Voluntary PAF contributions can be made by all working and retired CWA members and their families, as well as employees of CWA and their families.

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CWA Local 1122 Meeting Dates 2018

CWA Local 1122 Meeting Dates 2018 STEWARDS Meeting               Thursday, January 4 .
Download: CWA Local 1122 Meeting Dates 2018.pdf

CWA - At&t Mobility URGENT Request

We have an urgent request. Over the past few days, CWA and AT&T have been involved in intensive negotiations. We ask all members do their part right now to send a loud message to the company. You can make a difference. Have you emailed Vice President Brian Shay to demand AT&T address our issues? Please do your part to help secure a fair contract.

Without UNIONS

Without UNIONS, workers will lose many of the protections AGAINST abusive employers.  Wages for all will be depressed, even as corporate profits soar.  The American dream will be destroyed for millions.  And we will have government of the corporations, by the already powerful, for the wealthy. Kenneth Bernstein, Teacher & Blogger, in a 2011 CNN.
Download: Without UNIONS.pdf

WNY-CWA Council EJ Mays Scholarship Application

. WNY Council of the CWA - Eugene Mays Scholarship Application 2018 The WNY Council of the CWA Eugene Mays Scholarship fund has been contributing to the education of CWA members and their families for decades.  The Council is made up of ten (10) CWA Locals and the Retirees Chapter across our eight (8) Western New York Counties.
Download: EJ Mays Scholarship App 2018.pdf

CWA Local 1122 PAF Drive 2017

The CWA Political Action Fund (PAF) is the political action committee for the working men and women of CWA, their families, and retirees. Every dollar you contribute to the Political Action Fund (PAF) is put to work building political power for you, your family, and your future. Today the PAF is being utilized in our collective effort to insure the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) remains the law of the land. Without it our job security is at severe risk, access to quality health care is at severe risk. The option to repeal and replace Obama-care (AHCA) is not an option for CWA members and their families.

CWA - At&t Mobility BARGAINING Report #61 11-10-2017

CWA / At&t Mobility 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining Update November 10, 2017 – Bargaining Report #61
Download: CWA - At&t Mo CBU-61 11-10-17.docx

Weingarten RIGHTS

Members of CWA Local 1122 have Weingarten rights during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when a Company representative questions a member to obtain information that could lead to discipline OR asks a member to defend his or her conduct. If you reasonably believe that discipline or other adverse consequences may result from a meeting with a Company representative, you have a right to Union representation at that meeting. But, you must request it.
Download: Know YourWeingarten Rights.pdf


 
 
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