The AT&T Core and DirecTV Bargaining Q&A has been updated with more information:
YOUR VOTE YOUR VOICE
Reminder: Be sure to get your ballot signed and in the mail asap! Ballots must be received by August 9 and will be counted on August 10, 2017.
Ballots were mailed to your last known address on file at the local as of July 20, 2017.
If you have not received your ballot by Friday, July 28, 2017, please contact the Local at 818-845-9003 to request a duplicate. You can arrange to pick up your duplicate ballot at the local as well.
We are located at: 825 S. Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA.
****DO NOT WRITE on the ballot or it will not be counted!
****Don’t forget to print your name and local number and sign the back of the return envelope!
THESE THINGS ARE NECESSARY TO ENSURE YOUR VOTE IS COUNTED!
There have been no meetings scheduled with the Company this week. This doesn’t mean that your Bargaining Committee has taken a break; in fact, quite the opposite. We have been busy working on the numerous Unfair Labor Practice Charges that have been filed against the company as a result of the unilateral changes the company continues to make. Remember, while we are working without a contract the company cannot make changes to any terms and conditions of employment. Please continue to notify your Local if you uncover any changes that are being made.
We have also been educating the public about our concerns associated with outsourcing of jobs and the increased use of authorized dealers and third party vendors. AT&T vendors and authorized dealers are driving down standards for customers and workers with poor customer service and shady practices like failure to quote terms and enrolling customers in expensive packages they did not request.
We know this process has been long and frustrating but we will not let the company break us. We will continue to focus on the issues that you, our members have identified as ones that need to be fixed during this round of bargaining and we will take as long as we need in order to do just that. We need you to remain focused and committed as well. We are extremely far apart on all major issues! Mobilizations must continue. Let your voices be heard. Tell Management you deserve a fair contract and are willing to do whatever it takes to get one.
When we fight, we WIN! Stay Strong Brothers and Sisters!!
|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
Debbie Goulet, Local 7803
Hector Capote, Local 7250
Brandon Beck, Local 9511
Joe Sison, Local 9412
Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair
Tonya Moore, District 1
Dear CWA Member,
As the Union’s elected Vice President for this district, I would like to provide you with some information about why I believe CWA members should vote yes on the tentative agreement we recently reached with AT&T.
I have been bargaining union contracts with AT&T for many years. After 15 months of bargaining – and while working with a federal mediator — I am convinced that this is the best contract we can get.
Over these many months of bargaining, AT&T has not moved from its three key demands on health care costs, the scope of work and new hires.
We rejected AT&T’s proposals and pursued a strategy of mobilization, building support among elected officials and the public, grievance strikes and other actions to move the company. Despite our best efforts, that strategy hasn’t worked. We must continue to develop and work on these strategies for future fights.
Local leadership asked the bargaining team to bring back the best deal they could, to be submitted to the membership for a vote. That first tentative agreement was rejected by a vote of 53 to 47 percent, with many members not voting.
The overwhelming majority of our locals do not think that a strike is a viable option. Some of our mobilization actions and demonstrations have been inspiring. But a strike calls for a much deeper, long term commitment and I do not see support for that from most members.
After the first tentative contract agreement was turned down, we went back to bargaining with the company with the help of a federal mediator and we pressed the company again. In this new tentative agreement, we keep all the previously negotiated items, and we achieved additional improvements for DIRECTV members and customer service representatives.
Especially important, this agreement is retroactive to Oct. 1, 2016 for current members on a wage scale. That means that all members will receive an immediate bonus of as much as $1,900 without overtime calculated. If this agreement is voted down by the members, we will lose our 3 percent pay increase and our retroactive pay. We may lose other gains too.
These negotiations have been difficult, and I appreciate that this agreement does not contain everything that we wanted. I understand that some people are calling for a no vote but those who have been closest to the bargaining for 15 months, your elected bargaining team members, all recommend a yes vote on this agreement.
You will be receiving a ballot and settlement summary in the mail. Many members did not vote on the previous agreement. There are serious and significant financial consequences to voting down this agreement. Your vote is critical. Please take the time to vote. I urge you to vote yes on this tentative agreement.
If you do not receive a ballot by early next week, please contact your Local.
Tom Runnion, Vice President
CWA Local 9003 will be having two Contract Explanation Meetings tomorrow, 7/20/2017 for all AT&T groups.
The meetings will be held at the American Legion Hall located at 38030 6th Street E and will start at 6:30PM.
CWA Local 9003 will be having two Contract Explanation Meetings tomorrow, 7/19/2017 for all AT&T groups.
The meetings will be held at the 9003 hall located at 825 S Victory Blvd in Burbank and will start at 7:30AM and 6:30PM.
CWA Local 9003 will be having a Contract Explanation Meeting tomorrow, 7/18/2017 for the DirecTV Group.
The meeting will be held at the 9003 hall located at 825 S Victory Blvd in Burbank and will start at 6:30PM.
July 17, 2017
Details on the Mediator assisted Tentative Agreement
Ratification Ballots will be mailed this week
With the rejection of the initial tentative agreement, CWA Local Union Presidents or their designee met on July 7, 2017 to discuss items that needed to be presented in our meetings AT&T with the assistance of the Federal Mediator. CWA and AT&T reached a 2nd Tentative Agreement on July 14, 2017 with the help of the Federal Mediator for both Pacific/Nevada Bell and DIRECTV members in California and Nevada. Both our AT&T and DTV Bargaining teams are supporting the new tentative agreement.
Ratification ballots are being mailed out this week. The ratification count is scheduled for Thursday, August 10, 2017 and your completed ballot must be received in the post office box on or before August 9, 2017 in order to be counted.
Click Here to review the letter from the bargaining team and the summary of the new tentative agreement.
For wage examples and Q&As DIRECTV Administrative Support Assistant, Warehouse Assistant, Office Coordinator and Senior Material Handler, click here.
Click here for wage examples and Q&As for DIRECTV Technicians
Retrogressions Fought Back
- Health Care at 32% for all
- Attendance 5 paid days for all
- New hires – no paid sick days
- Freeze Pensions
- Eliminate 49 hour rule
- Eliminate Sunday Premium pay
- Eliminate Sunday plus four scheduling
- Eliminate off shifting pay
- Eliminate employment Security
Your CWA District 9 AT&T West and DIRECTV Bargaining Teams
CWA Local 9003
-Fighting For Fairness-
Below are PDFs that explain the new Tentative Agreement presented on July 6, 2017. Each PDF can be read on this page using the reader below, on your phone tablet by clicking on the link, or saved on your computer or device by right clicking on the link and selecting “Save link as”.
The Communications Workers of America has reached a tentative agreement with AT&T West with the help of a federal mediator.
Local 9003 will be having explanation meetings to discuss the changes on the new tentative agreement at the Local on the following days:
Tuesday, July 18, 6:30PM for the DirecTV group
Wednesday, July 19 there will be 2 meetings for all work groups, one at 7:30 AM and one at 6:30 PM
Thursday, July 20 there will be a meeting for all work groups at the American Legion in Palmdale, the address is – 38030 6th Street E at 6:30 PM