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Dear AT&T Mobility members,

I am writing to update you about the status of our bargaining.

As you know, we have been bargaining for more than five months to negotiate improvements to our collective bargaining agreement. This has been a frustrating process, but not a surprising one.  We are insisting on a contract that isn't "business as usual," and the company is very reluctant to address the needs of our members.

Here are the key things we are fighting for, and what the company's response has been so far.

Offshoring.  More and more call center jobs are being sent to vendors around the world. When calls get routed to vendors, members lose their jobs. We are insisting on reasonable measures to protect our work and our members. The company doesn't want to agree to anything which curbs their ability to outsource.

Authorized Dealers.  More and more COR stores are closing down and being replaced by Authorized Retailers. When COR stores close down, members lose their jobs. We are insisting on reasonable measures to protect our work and members. The company doesn't want to agree to anything which restricts their plans to close COR stores.

Commissions.  The union is insisting that retail sales members have fair commissions and fair compensation. In recent years, our commission checks have been going down. The company wants the right to lower our commission whenever they want.

Absence Control.  The company's absence control plan is unfair, cruel, and violates our previous contract. The company uses the plan to get rid of dedicated and hardworking members. The union wants to address this issue and make improvements, but the company likes things the way they are.

Sick Days.  The company is trying to add wait days before we can take sick days and decrease the number of sick days for new hires. We are fighting back against these unfair limits on our ability to take care of our health.

Information at Bargaining.  Under U.S. labor law, the union has the right to information so we can bargain intelligently. The company has refused to fulfill their legal obligation to supply the union with information on outsourcing of work, and other key pieces of information. We have filed charges against the company at the Labor Board.

Unfair Labor Practices.  The company has committed many other Unfair Labor Practices, including interfering with our right to strike and unilaterally changing terms or conditions of employment. The union has filed a number of charges against the company with the Labor Board. The Board is currently investigating our charges, and we expect complaints to be issued against AT&T.

This Ain't Our First Rodeo!  Although we are disappointed in the pace of negotiations, we aren't surprised -- this is what happens when we fight for something more than the status quo. If you take away one thing from this email, please realize, the union has a plan to get a good contract. We are following our plan. A big part of this plan is to make sure that our members are mobilized to show the company that we are unified in our demands.

Another part of the plan was to do a short strike to let the company know what we are capable of. We also knew we would need to have the Labor Board investigate all the company's illegal activities.

In the past two months, we have gone public with our concerns by exposing the company's offshoring of jobs and the questionable practices by their Authorized Retailers (check out the new web site: www.ATTConsumerAlert.org and share with your friends).  

And remember, as bargaining drags on, it is illegal for the company to change their commission structure, which makes it harder and harder for them to run their business.

We can’t make every detail of our plan public for obvious reasons, but brothers and sisters, CWA has negotiated against major employers before, and sometimes bargaining takes a long time. Last year at Verizon,  bargaining dragged on, and then -- to the shock of the company -- we struck and won a standards-setting contract for the industry.

We could settle for a sub-par contract tomorrow, but we would rather fight with you for a contract that addresses the needs of our members. We ask that everyone keep up with mobilization activities, keep engaged with your local, and know that we all win when we work together.

United We Bargain, Divided We Beg,

Dennis Trainor, Vice President, District 1 & ATTM Mobility Lead VP

& The Bargaining Team

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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

July 20, 2017 Bargaining Report #51

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There have been no meetings scheduled with the Company this week. This doesn’t mean that your Bargaining Committee has taken a break; in fact, quite the opposite. We have been busy working on the numerous Unfair Labor Practice Charges that have been filed against the company as a result of the unilateral changes the company continues to make. Remember, while we are working without a contract the company cannot make changes to any terms and conditions of employment. Please continue to notify your Local if you uncover any changes that are being made.

We have also been educating the public about our concerns associated with outsourcing of jobs and the increased use of authorized dealers and third party vendors. AT&T vendors and authorized dealers are driving down standards for customers and workers with poor customer service and shady practices like failure to quote terms and enrolling customers in expensive packages they did not request.

We know this process has been long and frustrating but we will not let the company break us. We will continue to focus on the issues that you, our members have identified as ones that need to be fixed during this round of bargaining and we will take as long as we need in order to do just that. We need you to remain focused and committed as well. We are extremely far apart on all major issues!

Mobilizations must continue.

Let your voices be heard. Tell Management you deserve a fair contract and are willing to do whatever it takes to get one.

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

CWA 1122 VNA Unit NEWSLETTER V42 June 21, 2017

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 Good news newsletter: 

    The June 15th CWA membership meeting was held picnic style in lieu of a formal one.  The food was great and the company even better.  It was great to see new faces this year!!!!  We are working on getting an upgrade on the box wine!

    The VNA of Northwest PA contract bargaining has been completed and the contract was ratified this past week. Let’s extend a huge welcome to the newest members of our local!!!

    Looking ahead…this fall it’s back to school for the VNA unit! Starting with the September newsletter, we’re beginning a series exploring the sections of the VNA contract, sort of a frequently-asked-questions related primer.  We hope this will serve as another resource for our members to understand the language of the contract, where to find pertinent information when needed, and to highlight new articles bargained for and won this time around. Right behind solidarity, a membership versed in their rights is a union’s greatest strength.

    Lastly, if you think this fall’s political season would be dull… guess again…you are wrong!  The provision on the November ballot concerning a New York State Constitutional Convention will impact healthcare and concerns of working families.  We are looking for individuals interested in learning more about this topic and educating others so we can advocate for our interests!!

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Sincerely,

The VNA Mobilization Committee

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CWA 1122 VNA Unit NEWSLETTER V42 June 21, 2017 .

 Good news newsletter:      The June 15th CWA membership meeting was held picnic style in lieu of a formal one.  The food was great and the company even better.  It was great to see new faces this year!!!!  We are working on getting an upgrade on the box wine.

CWA - At&t Mobility BARGAINING Update #50 6-30-2017

CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining June 30, 2017 – Bargaining Report #50

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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