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We have been fighting for a contract for over 6 months. Since we are now working without a contract we have no arbitration rights. This lack of arbitration rights can potentially put members in increased jeopardy.

In order to protect ourselves, members should begin "Skip No Steps" - which means everyone should follow all work rules set forth by management. We need to make sure we are following every single rule that the company has laid out for us.

You cannot be disciplined for following management's rules. In fact, you can be disciplined for NOT following management's rules. So, if any manager complains that your work-output is too slow as a result of following their rules, ask them to put in writing which step you should skip. Unless you get something in writing from your boss, be sure to follow all their rules, even if your manager complains that things are taking too long.

Please have a look at the FAQ below and spread the word among your coworkers.

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Skip No Steps FAQ

Download the flyer for you union bulletin board here: 

https://cwa-union.org/sites/default/files/skipnosteps.pdf

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What is “Skip No Steps”?

Skip No Steps is a reminder that all members should follow all work rules from management.

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Why should we do “Skip No Steps” now?

While we are working without a contract, members do not have arbitration rights. Even though we still have the right to the grievance process, this lack of arbitration rights can potentially put members in increased jeopardy, especially while we are coming up on a busy sales season. One way to mitigate this risk it to make sure we are all following the rules the company has laid out for us.

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Is this designed to slow down our work?

No. Skip No Steps  is designed to protect our members during this stressful period when we don’t have arbitration rights.

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I am a technician. Is there a specific example of a rule I should be following.

Technicians should follow all rules imposed by management.   Follow the MOP (Method of Procedure).  One important example is the Vehicle Safety Check and Safety Exercises.  AT&T mandates that all members do an exhaustive safety check of our vehicles before each tour, and do stretches and exercise to lower the risk of injury (Pre-Driving Vehicle Inspection). Be sure to do this comprehensive safety check and exercise/stretching as per the guidelines.

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I work as a Retail worker. Is there a specific example of a rule I should be following?

Retail workers should follow all rules imposed by management. Make certain you follow the “5 Key Behaviors,” and give the entire “Customer Experience” to all customers. This means making sure to check over customers’ bills for overages, data, and be sure to follow the CPNI Rule for all customers, etc.

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I work at a Call Center. Is there a specific example of a rule I should be following?

Call center workers should follow all rules imposed by management.  Be sure to follow My CSP procedures for all calls; be sure to follow “5 key behaviors,” including greetings, planting of the seeds, etc.  Be sure to have all your tools at the ready, including MyCSP, OPUS, Clarify, Zone, and Snapshot.

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Following management’s rules sometimes slows us down. Is management allowed to discipline me for following all these rules?

No. Members can be disciplined for NOT following the rules imposed by management. Remember, during this stressful time, we want to make sure our members are protected. Therefore, be sure to follow all rules from management.

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Stay Strong!

Solidarity WINS!               

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CWA / AT&T 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining

August 18, 2017 – Bargaining Report #53

This week bargaining focused on commission changes AT&T has planned for September and October. RSCs have seen an update on the “My CSP” page that describes changes including credit for some on-line sales and uncapping the Entertainment component for two months.

Under the heading of this communication, AT&T implied that the CWA Orange Bargaining Team has said “No” to any changes to the commission plan. A truer statement is that the CWA has requested to bargain over commissions and since commissions are wages and wages are a mandatory subject of bargaining, CWA has requested that the Company not make any changes until we have had an opportunity to bargain over them.

In a bargaining session that the AVP of Sales Compensation joined, we gained a better understanding of how these changes may be applied. We made additional information requests and are set up to continue our discussions next week on this issue. Your bargaining team will “SKIP NO STEPS” as we fight for a fair contract.

Your support keeps us CWA Strong and we will be here as long as necessary to get the Agreement our Mobility members deserve.

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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The Buffalo Central Labor Councils 2017 LABOR DAY PARADE is scheduled for Monday September 4th.  The Parade Lineup will begin at 11:00am in front of the Irish Center 245 Abbott Rd.  We will march in solidarity down Abbott Rd. to Cazenovia St. and onto Warren Spahn Way.  We will finish our march up in Caz Park with plenty of food, refreshment, and entertainment.  

Lets show up wearing CWA RED expressing our solidarity in support of our LABOR movement and the working class here in WNY.

Labor Day Mass will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church 450 Abbot Rd. beginning at 9:00am.

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RuNaWaY INEQUALITY TrAiNiNg

CWA Disrict One has added additional Runaway Income Inequality training seminars.

  • Wednesday September 13th at CWA Local 1133
  • Thursday, September 28th at CWA Local 1168

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  We would really like to see you here.

We will clear you off of the job for the day and pay your lost time wage.  

If you have already participated in this training we ask that you share this with others in your work locations and encourage them to particpate.  

Information is power, education is key.

Our obligation is to our children and grandchildren. Collectively we must fight for a better tomorrow for all of us.

Please contact the Local by 4:00pm on Friday, September 1st to reserve your placing. Seating is limited.

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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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LABOR DAY PARADE

The Buffalo Central Labor Councils 2017 LABOR DAY PARADE is scheduled for Monday September 4th.  The Parade Lineup will begin at 11:00am in front of the Irish Center 245 Abbott Rd.  We will march in solidarity down Abbott Rd. to Cazenovia St. and onto Warren Spahn Way.  We will finish our march up in Caz Park with plenty of food, refreshment, and entertainment.

Area Lawmakers WEIGH IN on At&t Mobility LABOR DISPUTE

http://www.niagara-gazette.com/news/local_news/area-lawmakers-weigh-in-on-att-labor-dispute/article_e71b430e-346d-58e6-b754-33da70f0345e.html Area lawmakers weigh in on ATT labor dispute HIGGINS: Both sides need to negotiate deal that protects jobs and high quality public service. ·         By Don Glynn Don.glynn@niagara-gazette.

RuNaWaY Inequality TRAINING

RuNaWaY INEQUALITY Training CWA Disrict One has added additional Runaway Income Inequality training seminars. Wednesday September 13th at CWA Local 1133 Thursday, September 28th at CWA Local 1168 We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity.  We would really like to see you here.

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 #53 8-18-2017

CWA / At&t Mobility 2017 “Orange” Contract Bargaining Update August 18, 2017 – Bargaining Report #53

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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