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AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Unit

Thursday
Apr232015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #33

Another day was spent discussing benefits but, as usual, the Company will not respond to our proposals when we make them. They have to get back to their leaders in Dallas before they can give us a response.

We received a message from a member via the website: he wanted to know why we were still passing proposals now and why we didn’t start bargaining earlier. We are still passing proposals now because that is how bargaining works. Each side puts a lot of demands on the table when bargaining starts and then, as each side counters the others’ demands, there is hopefully movement until you end up with a Contract both sides can agree on. Extending the process doesn’t mean you reach an agreement earlier. It just takes away the urgency of coming to an agreement.

What mainly pushes the Company is the pressure we put on them away from the table - Mobilization activity on the job, going to the Shareholders Meeting and talking to the Press, holding rallies that the public can see, reaching out to the community on issues like AT&T’s off shoring of work. Working without a Contract so the Company does not know if or when we will strike also puts pressure on them to wrap this up. So keep doing what you are doing and then ramp it up a notch. No business as usual.

Your Bargaining Team,

Bill Bates

Laura Unger

Lois Grimes-Patow

Martha Flagge

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

LaNell Piercy

Roy Hegenbart



Wednesday
Apr222015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #32

The Company accepted our demand that our Monitoring language continues unchanged.  At the beginning of bargaining, the Company made a big issue of wanting to be able to “coach” (and discipline) individuals for what is heard during process monitoring and they also wanted to take away the right of our call center workers to demand side-by-side monitoring.  This would tremendously add to the stress (and discipline) of our members.  Today we preserved our original language.

From there it went downhill.  While the Company changed some of the specifics of their benefits proposal, the results were the same.  Our members would be paying a lot more than they pay now.  The Company then rejected ALL our proposals on wages, pensions, JOG, the watermarks, absence and the wage supplement for those making under $50,000.

In addition to the mobilizing going on in many workplaces, this Friday many of our Locals are attending the AT&T Shareholders Meeting in Spokane, Washington.  They will tell the top management of AT&T, the Board members, the Press and every Shareholder who attends how AT&T is treating its employees. If those in Dallas who are controlling this bargaining haven’t gotten the message yet, maybe that will push them a step closer to fairness.

You Bargaining Team,

Bill Bates

Laura Unger

Lois Grimes-Patow

Martha Flagge

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

LaNell Piercy

Roy Hegenbart

Tuesday
Apr212015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #31

After attending a march and rally from the AFL-CIO Headquarters to the office of the US Trade Representative, to protest TPP (which is another reason we need strong job security language), your bargaining team went to the table expecting responses to our last proposals. Instead the Company proposed to carry over two letters which are already in the contract - no response on wages, no response on pensions and no response on medical.

Every day it looks more and more like the Company is either incapable of getting down to serious bargaining or is just refusing to. If they think we will sit here for months and our members will go back to business as usual they are seriously mistaken.

Your Bargaining Team,
Friday
Apr172015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #30

Today the Union rejected the last proposals by the Company and presented our proposals on wages, SSP, the watermark for the full workforce and Article 43, JOG, absence and several proposals on our health benefits. The CWA Research Department is working with us every day to help us prepare for our proposals on health benefits.

The Company had nothing new to present today but hopefully they will have something for us over the weekend. Your elected Bargainers, who haven’t been home since the first week in March, are still here awaiting some progress.

We know many of you were disappointed that we did not go on strike Tuesday. The Bargaining Team was also. If we do go, it must be because we are stalled at BOTH our table and District 4 so we can have a unified action. Your disappointment, however, should not be an excuse to back off one iota from taking action every day to show the Company you are angry at their proposals. You are the ones who do the work. You are the ones in every workplace who should be able to figure out, while you are working, how to make your feelings known. Remember, it is the COMPANY who has stalled these negotiations, not the “National” or your bargaining team.
Wednesday
Apr152015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #29

Today at the Bargaining table the Company made such a miniscule increase to their wage and healthcare proposals it was hardly worth talking about. Their proposal on our “watermark” also very slightly improved, bringing us from our current 3700 to 3000 at the end of the agreement, only 100 up from their last offer. This is a ridiculous way to bargain to continue to bring us insultingly small changes from their previous proposals.

At the table CWA... Elected Bargaining team member LaNell Piercy talked about a CEO in a company called “Gravity Payments” who cut his pay from $1 million to $70,000 so he could increase all of his employees pay to $70,000. AT&T won’t even guarantee its lowest paid workers $15 an hour or provide a supplement to its lowest paid workers so they can pay for health care - meanwhile AT&T’s CEO makes $22 million.

Since we attended an Anti-Fast Track rally at the Capitol to oppose TPP this morning, Bill again raised that AT&T supports that anti-worker bill and continues to offshore our jobs (where a security breach just cost the company $25 million in fines). If they would just bring that work back AT&T would have no problem meeting our current watermark of jobs.

He also pointed to several other CWA Contracts with companies a lot less profitable than AT&T, who have managed to bargain much fairer health care benefits with us.

We are working without a contract but it is not business as usual. The terms and conditions of the current agreement stay in place. Keep up activity on the job.

Your Bargaining Team,

Bill Bates

Laura Unger

Lois Grimes-Patow

Martha Flagge

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

LaNell Piercy

Roy Hegenbart