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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

June 22, 2017 – Bargaining Report #49

The Union and Company met today and discussed several issues that have come up over the last several weeks. The first issue is the Company’s attempt to create non-

bargained sales jobs. These jobs known as Integrated Sales Consultants are being used to up sell customers right in their homes after online sales or a DTV installation and a support job called Integrated Sales Support Specialist that is equivalent to our SSRs. We made it clear to the company that they are doing bargained for work and this must stop immediately.

We are intent on getting job security and jobs for the future. We also pressured the company to supply the information we requested for small cells and the first responder network.

The Company’s greed is on full display when the discussions turn to absence. They treat talks about absence with disdain and want to roll back protections for their employees who get sick. We will continue to fight for fair benefits that protect you when you and your family are not well.

If you are a part time employee who recently had your hours cut without your approval, you need to speak to your manager and contact your local if they don’t fix it immediately. The Company assured us that any cut in hours would be voluntary.

And finally, if your manager sets up a meeting or training outside of your scheduled hours, your attendance is voluntary. If they tell you otherwise, they are incorrect, and you need to contact your Local immediately.

Stay mobilized, stay unified and stay angry!

When we fight, WE WIN!

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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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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.

CWA - At&t Mobility BARGAINING Update #45 5-25-2017

CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining June 22, 2017 – Bargaining Report #49

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


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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