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Thursday
Apr052018

Town Hall Call-CWA D4 AT&T Midwest & Legacy T Bargaining Update

Join us for a CWA AT&T Midwest & Legacy T Bargaining
Town Hall Call


Tuesday, April 10am 7:00 pm EDT


*Hear from CWA President Chris Shelton, District 4 Vice President Linda L. Hinton, T&T Vice President Lisa Bolton, and the Bargaining Chairs of the two Committees... And we will hear question from YOU the MEMBER!

To RSVP: Text Midwestcall to 69866
-Or-
Go to: http://cwa-union.org/ATTMidwestCall

Monday
Mar262018

CWA/ATT (Legacy S) Midwest Bargaining Reports

Monday
Mar262018

CWA/ATT (Legacy T) Bargaining Updates

Thursday
Feb152018

Ohio House Telecom Dereg Bill 402

Next week a Telecom Deregulation Bill HB 402 (Revise telephone regulations) will likely be voted out of the Public Utilities Committee, and possibly voted on, at the Feb 28th full session.

This Bill will:

1) Remove service commitments on Basic Local Exchange Service (BLES).

2) Allow increases on these BLES lines, different than past rules of a $1.25 year max.

3) Includes language to make it harder to qualify for Lifeline service.

4) Removes PUCO approval for Mergers and Acquisitions of Telecoms.

 All 4 hurt our members’ employment security and Ohio consumers.

 Please ask:  Why telecom companies are getting deregulation relief freebies without promising to increase infrastructure build-out or to keep Ohio jobs?

Please call your Ohio House Rep and asked they vote NO on HB402.  

Go here to learn who your Rep is: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/

The main # at Statehouse is:  1-800-282-0253

Click here to see who members of the Public Utilities Committee are, this should be your first call: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/commi ttee/public-utilities

Please Call all PUCO Members, and ask them to vote NO on HB402 

VOTE NO ON HB 402!

Friday
Jan262018

Important Benefit Update – Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)

Attention CWA 4340 Members @ AT$T:

Effective Jan 23, 2018, your AT&T Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) was transferred to Your Spending AccountTM (YSA) from WageWorks. You can now view your AT&T HRA balance, conduct transactions, and submit claims for reimbursement. Simply go to the AT&T Benefits Center and then click on Reimbursement Accounts.

Submitting Claims

2017 incurred expenses: You may submit any remaining 2017 expenses that were not previously submitted to WageWorks by Dec. 31, 2017, to YSA through the AT&T Benefits Center, or by using the Reimburse Me mobile app. Be sure to submit any required receipts or documentation.

2018 incurred expenses: If you participate in AT&T medical, dental, vision or prescription drug programs, your claims will be submitted for you and processed automatically. No action is required of you. Starting the week of Jan. 22, your 2018 claims from the following participating AT&T administrators will automatically be sent to your account for processing. This process applies to company-sponsored plans only*, and includes the following AT&T administrators:

  • UnitedHealthcare (Medical or CarePlus)
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield (Medical)
  • CVS Caremark (Prescription Drug)
  • Beacon Health (Employee Assistance Program and Mental Health/Substance Abuse)
  • Cigna (Dental)
  • EyeMed (Vision)
*Automatic claims reimbursement does not apply to fully insured health care such as Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) and Dental Health Maintenance Organizations (DHMOs).

If you’re enrolled in a non-participating AT&T administrator, such as an HMO, and you have out-of-pocket health care expenses, you’ll need to manually submit your 2018 health care claims to YSA. You can submit a claim at the AT&T Benefits Center website or by using the Reimburse Me app. Be sure to provide any required receipts or documentation.

Direct Deposit

If you want to have your reimbursements automatically deposited into your checking or savings account, you must sign up for direct deposit, if you have not already done so. For privacy and security purposes, your banking information was not included in the transition. Log on to the AT&T Benefits Center website, and click the Direct Deposit Message or click Reimbursement Accounts on the top navigation and then select Update Direct Deposit under Other Resources. If you do not sign up for direct deposit, reimbursement checks will be mailed to your home address on file.

For More Information
If you have questions, contact the AT&T Benefits Center at 877-722-0020 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Central time, Monday through Friday.

Friday
Jan192018

Ohio HB 402 & Microcell Legislation

This week, The Ohio Telecom Association and AT&T were looking for support on a Microcell Bill that would drop soon. The Bill is a rehash of the Telecom Microcell Bill previously passed in, what some believe, an illegal Bill that violated Ohio’s single subject law. Historically, Bills in Ohio have been One Bill-One Subject.

 

 

The 2017 Microcell Legislation was packaged with Puppy Mill and Anti-Minimum Wage Bills and passed by the Ohio House and Senate. CWA opposed the Bill at that time; and it was passed on, pretty much, a party line vote. Dozens of cities and municipalities filed suit against Ohio for passing this bill as a violation of Single Subject and Home Rule.  

 

It now appears that, instead of fighting this in court for years, the State has negotiated with the major city mayors to the point they now support a new version of the Bill.  This Bill has not been assigned a number yet but, according to sources, will be dropped in the Government Accountability Committee soon.

 

Another piece of Legislation, HB 402, which limits Service Standards on basic telco service, limits PUCO authority over mergers and buy-outs, changes Lifeline rules, and allows higher rate increases on these lines (see attached HB402-I), had its first hearing on Jan 16.     

 

We need you to call your House Reps and Senators at 1-800-282-0253 and advise them that the Communications Workers of America opposes HB 402 because it hurts customer service, hurts those on lifeline, and hurts our members' job security.

 

We also oppose any Microcell Legislation because, to date, our members have not been assured this new Microcell work. Please encourage the Representatives to make the Telecoms accountable in guaranteeing all new work derived is assured to our members.