August 1, 2017
Contract Explanation Meeting
AT&T Mobility Bargaining Update
Bargaining continues at AT&T Mobility. The company continues to stall and refuses to address our key issues. We are still far apart on all major issues. We continue to mobilize in our efforts to reach a fair contract. The Company continues making changes to different systems, working conditions and policies since the contract has expired. There should be no changes while we are still bargaining the contract and working under the provisions of the expired agreement. The best defense against these changes is the information we receive from our members on the job. 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). Please remain vigilant and report to your local any changes the company attempts to make during bargaining.
Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!! We will fight as long as it takes to achieve a fair contract.
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:
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.
No increase to healthcare contributions in 2021. Ending the 2-tier plan so new employees can afford healthcare. AT&T wants us 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!
Outsourced calls must be returned to our call centers.
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.
If something changes at the bargaining table, we will let you know.
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July 20, 2017
Contract Explanation Meeting
Strike Date Set For AT&T Mobility
21,000 AT&T Mobility workers will be on strike Friday at 3pm ET/2pm CT/1pm MT/12 noon PT if we do not reach an agreement with the company. This is a short strike - we will walk off the job on Friday, May 19 at 3pm ET and return to work on Monday, May 22 for our scheduled shift.
Notice of Election
Election results for the CWA 76th Convention, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, August 7-8, 2017:
There were 60 ballots cast-one ballot was voided
Wendy Fonseca 38 votes
Clarice Collins 24 votes
Jeff Konkol 22 votes
Shawn Davis 21 votes
Wendy Fonseca will attend Convention as a Delegate, and Jeff Konkol will attend for educational purposes, since he was the had next highest number of votes among those that have never attended Convention. Clarice Collins was the second highest in votes, but had previously attended the Convention.
May 15, 2015
Contract Explanation Meeting
CWA Local 4603 will be hosting 2 meetings to discuss the details of the recent tentative agreements reached in negotiating our contracts with AT&T. Please try to attend a meeting to be sure you understand the contract offer prior to casting your vote. Ballots will be mailed directly to to your home-call Local 4603 at (414) 258-4010 if your address needs to be updated!
Tuesday May 26th-6:30pm
5101 W Oklahoma Ave
Wednesday May 27th-9:00am
6511 W Bluemound Rd
May 14, 2015
We have Reeached A tentattive Agreement with AT&T!
The Bargaining team is currently working on materials for the contract explanation meeting for Local Presidents which will be held on Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00 AM CST.
The following is a short summary of highlights from the tentative agreement.
General Wage Increase of 8.25% for all titles covered in the Midwest agreement over the life of the agreement.
1% increase in each year of the agreement to Pension Bands, maintained BCB2 Pension plan for existing employees and new hires.
SSP Payments will now be cash payouts.
Maintained Traditional Health Care Plan with only 1% cost share shifting each year of the agreement. A new, low premium, health care option is available to all employees beginning in 2016. The new plan with higher deductibles but significantly lower monthly premiums may be a good option for individuals or families that have low usage. The plan has the same benefits and networks with a different cost structure. The original plan and pricing structure remains available as well.
Introduction of a new Vision Plan with higher benefit levels than the previous standard plan. The significantly higher benefit levels in this plan will provide better value than the former AT&T Vision Plus Plan at much lower premiums.
Article 26 and all associated MOA’s were protected and includes further improvements.
No changes to AT&T Midwest Disability Benefits Program for current employees.
Appendix F adds nine (9) core contract provisions including full access to the AT&T Non-management Staffing Process and National Transfer Plan, a reduction in overtime cap down to 14 hours and new language for crediting time not worked towards overtime calculation.
Additional wage increases for Dispatchers and Premises Technicians preceding the GWI.
Appendix G will now have full access to the AT&T Non-management Staffing Process and National Transfer Plan.
May 1, 2015
Midewest Bargaining #33
Efforts made by the bargaining team to reach an agreement yesterday further exposed the Company’s unreasonable and uncompromising attitude. Therefore, the bargaining team will continue to fight back, with the support of our membership, and hold the line for a fair agreement.
Today, our leadership and bargaining team will be holding a call with Local presidents to determine our next steps.
Locals should keep the heat turned up and demand the Company bargain a fair agreement! We will not back down!
Stand in solidarity; stay mobilized and ready to roll!
More to follow…
Apr 26, 2015
Midewest Bargaining #31
Over the past few days, members of CWA District 4 continued to hold the Company’s feet to the fire with incredible mobilization activities across all five states. The bargaining team appreciates the impressive display of support and asks members to keep it up as they continue in the fight to bring home a fair agreement.
As reported before, some major items are still out on the table. We’ll continue to battle through these important issues (Appendix F, Health Care and Benefits, etc…) with the support of our members and leadership. D-4 Vice President Hinton has been standing side-by-side with the bargaining team supporting them through these tough negotiations, just as the “fired- up” members are out in the field. Solidarity will see this through!
Don’t let up with the mobilization efforts…it is what keeps things moving forward at the table! We still control the clock and the Company knows we will do whatever it takes to get a fair agreement!
Apr 22, 2015
Midewest Bargaining #30
There have been few new developments over the past two days. A handful of major issues are still out there and the bargaining team is working through each of them.
Healthcare and Benefits
Each of the issues left out there are all about the quality of life in the workplace and out of the workplace. AT&T can afford to be an industry leader while still showing Respect In People rather than joining the corporate “race to the bottom” in their pursuit for even more profits.
As you may have heard, CWA members will be attending the AT&T Shareholders Meeting in Spokane, Washington this Friday. They’ll be taking the Midwest and Legacy T fights straight to the Executives and shareholders. So while they’re pushing on the decision makers from Dallas, let’s make sure the message is heard loud and clear in the workplace on Friday as well.
Apr 20, 2015
Midewest Bargaining #29
Talks continued today between the parties and progress is still being made. The major issues left at the table are Appendix F and economics (pensions, healthcare benefits, and wages). We still have a long way to go!
Though the bargaining team has been away from home and at the table every day since March 2ndtheir resolve hasn’t diminished. They’ll continue to fight for a fair agreement as long as it takes and appreciates the support the membership has given them.
Don’t let up, stay mobilized!
Apr 18, 2015
Today was a much more productive day at the bargaining table.
Your bargaining team was able to secure all provisions of the ESC and EEOP, retained current contract language for required overtime (core), common attendance policies, successorship, and other important articles of the agreement.
The team further held its ground and improved vacation availability for our Home Solutions Centers and achieved some improvements for members covered under Appendix G. Positive strides were made on the benefits front today as well.
The appendix F committee will be working on counter-proposals to the company’s last, which will be the main focus when the team returns to the table.
Though progress is being made…do not let up on the pressure. Stay mobilized!
WE ARE NOT ON STRIKE AT THIS TIME
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BARGAINING REPORT
STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES
AT&T MIDWEST BARGAINING REPORT
4/14/15 10:30AM CST
With positive movement taking place at the table, the Midwest Bargaining team has made the decision not to extend the 2012 AT&T Midwest CBA and continue working and bargaining without a contract. The Company will need to prove to the bargaining team that productive talks will continue on the path towards a fair agreement.
Your actions have shifted the power to the committee and we have taken control of the clock.
Members should continue to work, work safely, and keep in contact with your mobilization coordinators!
This fight is not just about our contract…it’s about RESPECT IN PEOPLE !!!!!!!
Again, the Midwest Bargaining Team appreciates all of your support! Keep up the great work!
The Bargaining Team
~~~~~ If a strike is called during the workday, we are asking that our members picket at their work location for the rest of the day ~~~~~
~~~~~ The posted picket schedule will go into effect the next day ~~~~~
Please pack any personal items that are currently at your work location and take them with you!
Show your support for our Bargaining Committee - WEAR RED!
A huge THANK YOU to our members for supporting our Bargaining Committee in this fight for a fair contract ! The fact that we sent such a strong message to the company this morning showing we are willing to strike for a better contract is awesome ! But, this fight is far from over.... We are now working without a contract while negotiations continue. This means that we need to continue to stand together and send the message to the company that we are willing to do " whatever it takes " for the bargaining committee to achieve its goals. We all need to trust that the bargaining committee is making these tough decisions each day so that they are able to achieve our goals in bargaining in the most effective way possible.
Stay Strong !
Our Contract with at&t expires Saturday, April 11th at 11:59 PM
OUR MEMBERS HAVE AUTHORIZED A STRIKE AGAINST at&t IF NECESSARY
THE STRIKE VOTE RESULTS ARE:
YES 93% / NO 7%
We are still far apart on benefits, pensions, absence, disability, retiree issues and job security. If we don’t reach an agreement by Saturday night, several possibilities are open to us. We can:
§ Stop the clock (push the expiration time back by a few hours or 1-2 days; continue negotiations)
§ Extend the contract to an agreed-upon date (usually days or weeks)
§ Work without a contract
Your bargaining team will be working hard to get us all a fair Contract. We need your help to do that. We will be updating the bargaining reports as often as we can so STAY INFORMED.
What can you do? Most important – ramp up mobilization. Prepare for a strike. If we do not go out on strike there can be NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. Follow your Local Mobilizers’ instructions on what actions you should take.