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AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Unit

Tuesday
Apr142015

2015 CWA Local 4340 AT&T Midwest & Legacy T Bargaining Contract Expiration/DFR From link/Strike Picket Roster link

We are coming close to the AT&T contract expirations dates and we need to prepare!  The company has refused to bargain with CWA District 4 on almost every issue we bring to the table. Our retired and current members have helped build this company to where it stands today as one of the most profitable communication companies in the world.  Our members deserve good wages, benefits and retirements! We earned them!

If you have not filled out your DFR- Striker Certification Form Click Here, or please see a Union Steward as soon as possible.  Please fill out the form and fax it to the hall at 216-635-4350. This form needs to be received at the union hall before we can issue any strike duty payments to our members.

Strike Duty rosters have been distributed and posted on the Union bulletin boards, you can also Click Here to see a copy of the roster.  Please check the roster and if you don’t see your name, contact your Picket Chief or call the hall at 216-635-4340 for your picket duty assignments.  In order to receive strike pay you must picket 8 hours a week.  There will be sign in sheets at the picket locations, please make sure you sign in to receive strike duty payments. Strike duty payments are as follows:

Commencing on the fifteenth (15th) day of a strike, $200.00 per striker per week will be provided (subject to availability of funds) for use by the Local for strikers' assistance. Commencing on the twenty-ninth day of a strike, $300.00 per striker per week will be provided (subject to availability of funds) for use by the Local for strikers’ assistance. Commencing on the fifty-seventh (57) day of a strike, $400.00 per striker per week will be provided (subject to availability of funds) for use by the Local for strikers’ assistance. Payments to Locals will end on the seventh day following the conclusion of the strike. In the event the last week of a strike is not a full week, the payments to the Locals shall be prorated.

In the case of a strike health care benefits will continue through the end of that month, example; if a strike was called on April 12, 2015, you will be covered under AT&T benefits until April 30.  We realize that some of our members may have continuing, chronic and possibly emergency medical treatment that is necessary even during a strike. Please contact Linda Burns at the union hall 216-635-4340, so arrangements can be made for health care costs.

Please actively support our bargaining team by participating in mobilization activities and watch for updates on our website: www.cwa4340.org and our Facebook page Mobilize CWA Local 4340.   DIVIDED WE BEG, UNITED WE BARGAIN!
                                   
In Solidarity your officers,
Gary, David and Linda           

Tuesday
Apr142015

Bargaining Report #28 - April 13

The first post-expiration meeting did not go very well. Though the Company’s “package” was a bit better than their first proposals, they were still nowhere near where they need to be to get a Contract. They are still proposing freezing pension and giving no pensions to new hires, only a 401K. This proposal, for everyone hired after 2003, freezes their CBA account and moves them into the BCB2 plan, which has a much lower payout.

Their wage proposal was insulting and does not come near to covering any increases in the cost of living or in health care costs. They rejected our proposals to raise the pay or pensions of our lowest paid titles.

Their personal illness proposal took away the decreases for those under 25 years but capped the over 25 at 10 days and are still proposing NO PAID ILLNESS for new hires.

Though they moved on their JOG proposal it still would not cover those hired after April 2012.

On employment security, they moved our watermark from 3700 to 2900, which will not protect us from losing more work to the regional companies, contractors, managers and layoffs as AT&T moves to an all IP network. They also rejected maintaining the watermark for Article 43 and rejected any new certification programs.

The Union rejected their proposals and countered on all of it:

- We need fair pension increases and a pension for new hires;

- We need a wage proposal that improves the standard of living of our members;

- We want paid personal illness for everyone;

- We want JOG to cover employees hired under the 2012 agreement;

- We need a high enough watermark to force the company to keep jobs in our unit or bring in new work and we want the training to do that work.

There will be a call with the Local Officers Monday afternoon to give them an update.

Keep up the fight. The new deadline is Tuesday at Noon EDT.

Your Bargaining Team,

Bill Bates

Laura Unger

Lois Grimes-Patow

Martha Flagge

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

LaNell Piercy

Roy Hegenbart

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Monday
Apr132015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #28

The first post-expiration meeting did not go very well. Though the Company’s “package” was a bit better than their first proposals, they were still nowhere near where they need to be to get a Contract. They are still proposing freezing pension and giving no pensions to new hires, only a 401K. This proposal, for everyone hired after 2003, freezes their CBA account and moves them into the BCB2 plan, which has a much lower payout.

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Monday
Apr132015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #27

As you all should know by now the Company and Union agreed to extend the Contract until Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 Noon EDT.   We decided that as minutes clicked closer to midnight and we were making some progress on some of our demands.

We made progress on renewing very good funding for the Alliance which is crucial for preparing our members for future jobs, certifications, improving skills for jobs inside and outside the company.  We made progress in improving the termination pay schedules for Article 43 and 45.  We got a small improvement in the bi-lingual differential.  We fixed an injustice in Article 15 for people who transfer in yet get lower pay than some new hires.   They continued to reject other items that are important to us that we continue to work on in the Articles.

However the BIG TOPICS – health care costs for actives and retirees, pensions, short term disability, paid illness absence and wages are still far from being resolved.  As of late yesterday afternoon the Company had still not presented a wage proposal.  The Union decided to present ours first.  We proposed a fair improvement in wages at all steps, a Cost of Living increase in the third year and a $15 minimum start rate for AT&T.  We were amazed to see that some of the start rates in our wage tables are below the completely inadequate $7.25 minimum wage and though the company complies with the law but bypassing the first step when they hire in those titles, it is a disgrace that a company like AT&T has wage rate lower than a living wage.  $15 an hour has been a rallying cry around the country and AT&T, which claims to be a “good corporate citizen” still pays some of its employees so little.  For the rest of us, we also have not had raises over the last few Contracts that keep up with the increases and productivity and, as health care cost keep rising, we all need also need a substantial increase.

The bargaining team is frustrated and angry as we go back to the table Sunday morning.  We will keep fighting for what we all deserve.  So should you.  Keep up the pressure and keep preparing for a strike with the new deadline on Tuesday at noon.

 

Your (extremely tired) bargaining team

Your bargaining Team,

Bill Bates                             
Mary Ellen Mazzeo
Laura Unger

LaNell Piercy                                    
Lois Grimes-Patow                 
Roy Hegenbart                       
Martha Flagge                           
Cindy Neumeyer

Friday
Apr102015

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #26

Here we are, one day from expiration, and not only did the Company NOT give us a wage proposal but they had the nerve to give us a terrible proposal on job security and then tie that to US accepting their ridiculous absence proposal - a reduction for everyone of paid days, a maximum of five (5) sick days for anyone and NO PAID sick days for new workers.

Their JOG proposal not only limited JOG to people hired before 2005 (which takes it away from all of those hired until 2012, which is in our current agreement) but it also says if someone doesn’t qualify for a job they will be considered “declining” the position.  So, they can virtually offer nothing by constantly offering jobs they know people cannot qualify for.  To make matters worse they can completely cancel JOG if there are “severe economic or business conditions” (as determined by them) or a cessation of a line of business and other things. 

Their “employment security” proposal was just as bad.   They completely eliminated the watermark and the only protection they left in was that they would not involuntarily lay off more than 800.  They also removed the watermark from Article 43.  Without a watermark, if they layoff 800, continue VTP offerings (which are consider voluntary) and JOG people to other AT&T Companies, they can virtually eliminate Legacy T.

Needless to say, the team was furious.  To bring this proposal to the table at this point in bargaining is an outrage.  Bill pointed to the $25 million dollar fine AT&T has to pay for the foreign workers selling confidential information, the $40 million they had to pay because their lawyers messed up a court date, the 33% pay increase the Company gave John Stankey this year and the $133 million they spent to buy out their managers on March 31st.  This Company can clearly afford to give us job security and give us fair wages and benefits yet with a day of bargaining left they have NOT put ONE POSITIVE proposal on the table for our members. With no other proposals forthcoming, OUR team left the bargaining table.

We are positive about one thing:  we will not take the garbage they have offered.  We will fight every day and strike if we must!  They can put that in the bank!

Get ready!

Your extremely pissed off Bargaining Team,

Bill Bates

Laura Unger

Lois Grimes-Patow

Martha Flagge

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

LaNell Piercy

Roy Hegenbart

Cindy Neumeyer

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