AT&T Core Bargaining Update #81

BargainingUpdate#81

The Union and the Company have had two formal sessions at the Bargaining table in the last week on May 18th and May 19th, 2017.  

We are making progress on some issues but it is an uphill battle. There have been several high-level discussions regarding Wages, Appendix D and Appendix E, Monitoring, Leveraged Title, Healthcare and New Hires.

The Company is still refusing to move on the three major issues; Healthcare, New Hires and Premises Technician Scope of Work

The Bargaining Team would like to THANK the members, their family and friends for showing support and solidarity this past weekend.

In Solidarity,

Your CWA District 9 Bargaining Team

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9003 Text and Email Blast System

Good Morning Sisters and Brothers,

CWA 9003 is pleased to announce that a Text Message Blast System has been created. This will keep you up to date and informed about urgent union events.

To sign up for the 9003 Text Blast please click on the link below:

CWA 9003 Mobility Text Blast Signup

The 9003 Email Blast System has been updated. The old email blast system will be shut down permanently on Sunday, June 4, at 12:01AM. Please register to receive emails from the new system by clicking on the link below.

CWA 9003 Email Blast System Signup

If you are using the Gmail App or Website to read your 9003 Blast emails learn how to get these emails to into your Primary tab and away from the Promotions tab by CLICKING HERE

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🛑🛑🛑 AT&T STRIKE UPDATE 🛑🛑🛑

Here is a message regarding our recent strike efforts at AT&T from CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor:

The AT&T strike ended Sunday, May 21st at midnight. All CWA members returned to work on Monday, May 22nd at their normal start time (if prior scheduled to work on Monday).

This weekend was historic – AT&T didn’t think we would strike but we did. We showed them we are not settling for crumbs at the bargaining table and we will fight them until we get what we deserve. Monday we returned to work with our heads held high.

40,000 AT&T workers (21,000 in Mobility, 17,000 in Core and 2,000 in DTV) walked off the job last Friday in the biggest labor strike in years. We shut down stores across the country and turned away customers – tanking sales nationwide. Participation was huge and we saw very few scabs. Many customers refused to enter stores, and some even joined us on the picket line.

Our allies showed up big time in support of our fight – from elected leaders, other union members, community organizations, students from local colleges, and members of the public just walking by who stopped to join our pickets.

Our families stood with us, sending a clear message to the company about what we’re fighting for – making sure the needs of working families are met and protecting good, union jobs for generations to come.

We stood up not only for ourselves and our families, but for all working Americans who are stick and tired of being taken advantage of by greedy corporations. This fight is even bigger than AT&T.

Let’s congratulate ourselves for a job well done and walk into work very proud.

CWA went back to the bargaining table Monday. We hope management starts to bargain seriously with us.

Again, thank you to all our members for their hard work and support! United we stand! Divided we beg!

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ON STRIKE: AT&T Wireless, Wireline and DIRECTV Workers Walk off the Job

ON STRIKE: AT&T Wireless, Wireline and DIRECTV Workers Walk off the Job

After AT&T refuses to present serious proposals by deadline, three-day strike hits dozens of cities

First-ever AT&T wireless strike could close many retail stores this weekend

**Key Picket Weekend Locations Where Strikers Are Available for Interviews**

New York City
4PM ET TODAY: AT&T Stores at 1330 Avenue of Americas and 82 Wall Street
12PM ET SUNDAY: AT&T Store at 350 Park Avenue

Boston
4PM ET TODAY: AT&T Store at 699 Boylston Street
11AM ET SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 699 Boylston Street

Chicago
3PM CT TODAY: AT&T Store at 600 North Michigan Avenue 11AM CT SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 600 North Michigan Avenue

San Francisco
1PM PT TODAY: AT&T Store at 1 Powell Street
10AM PT SATURDAY:  AT&T Store at 1 Powell Street

Los Angeles
2pm PT TODAY: AT&T Store at 350 N San Fernando Rd, Burbank 2pm PT SATURDAY: AT&T Store at 350 N San Fernando Rd, Burbank

NATIONWIDE— AT&T workers who are members of Communications Workers of America (CWA) walked off the job today, protesting AT&T’s failure to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future. During the three-day strike this weekend, a majority of AT&T wireless, wireline and DIRECTV workers fighting for their contracts are expected to be on strike.

The groups striking represent four different union contracts and include wireless workers in 36 states and DC; wireline workers in California, Nevada and Connecticut; and DIRECTV technicians in California and Nevada. This is the first time AT&T wireless workers have gone on strike, which could result in closed retail stores this weekend and may be the largest strike of retail workers at a national company is U.S. history.

“We will no longer stand by as AT&T hems and haws at the bargaining table, keeping its own workers from achieving the American Dream they once promised,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1. “Despite being the largest telecom company in the country with nearly $1 billion a month in profits and the CEO earning $28 million, AT&T continues to pinch its workers’ basic needs and stand in the way of high-quality service its customers pay good money for. This is a warning to AT&T: there’s only one way out of this now—a fair contract—and we’ll settle for nothing less.”

While the three-day strike may inconvenience customers in the short term, AT&T workers are committed to putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T’s lack of investment in its core business. AT&T workers will return to work on Monday and have vowed to do what they have to do if AT&T violates their rights or an open-ended strike becomes necessary.

“As a father, striking is not an easy decision for me. But to make sure I can give my kids the future they deserve, we must take a stand against any and all attempts to skimp on good jobs and financial security,” said Mark Bautista, an AT&T wireline worker from El Sobrante, California. “And our fight for a fair contract is about more than just my co-workers and me—it’s about fighting a system that’s been rigged against us and way too many others for far too long. On the picket lines today, I’ll be chanting ‘No Contract, No Peace,’ until I lose my voice.”

AT&T workers are demanding that AT&T commit to bargaining that addresses wage increases that cover rising healthcare costs, job security against outsourcing, affordable healthcare, and a fair scheduling policy. Retail workers’ take home pay has plummeted in the last year after AT&T unilaterally changed its commission plan. Workers are also protesting AT&T’s pervasive outsourcing of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminates good jobs and hurts customer service. At a time when most Americans believe they are worse off financially than the generation before them, AT&T workers are taking a stand and making an example of the company.

“We’re walking off the job today because AT&T has every means available to support its core workforce and the customers who help make them $1 billion a month in profits, but chooses to undercut us at every turn,” said James Stiffey, an AT&T wireless worker from Pittsburgh. “As a retail worker, I know that my store and many others across the country could close and disrupt service, but our strike is about demanding conditions that allow us to provide better service for customers too. We are standing together to win a fair contract that protects customers, families and entire communities—and we’ll do whatever it takes to get it.”

As AT&T comes under fire for offshoring thousands of jobs, workers are rallying around new federal legislation that would penalize companies like AT&T who offshore call center jobs. Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections.

A recent report from CWA shed new light on AT&T’s sprawling web of 38 third-party call centers in eight countries that are driving low wages and compromising quality service for millions of AT&T customers. AT&T workers and CWA representatives met with call center vendor employees in the Dominican Republic earlier this month to learn more about what has happened to the jobs AT&T has shipped overseas and the anti-union backlash facing Dominican workers who attempt to improve conditions.

At AT&T’s annual shareholder meeting at the end of April, AT&T wireless workers protested the company’s unfair bargaining and announced they had given the company 72-hours’ notice to end their contract extension. CWA currently has charges against AT&T Mobility pending with the National Labor Relations Board because the company is refusing to provide the union with information about several important issues, including the number of calls going to contractors and overseas. This information is necessary to negotiate basic job security for call center workers. The company has also refused to provide information related to vacation, sick days, training, job transfers and benefits.

In late March, AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada, who have been working without a contract for over a year, went on strike to protest the company’s changing of working conditions in violation of federal law. The strike ended when the workers won an agreement with the company that it will no longer require employees to do work outside of their expertise and classification.

More than 2,300 DIRECTV technicians in California and Nevada and hundreds of workers at AT&T East who manage the 911 dispatch system for AT&T have been in negotiations for their first contract since last year. Also covered under the wireless workers’ contract are nearly 800 DIRECTV call center workers in three states and more than 600 CRICKET retail workers.

Saturday & Sunday AT&T Strike Locations
AT&T workers on the picket lines and CWA representatives will be available this weekend to speak to media. NOTE: This list of strike locations is not comprehensive—if you have questions about pickets in your area or wish to arrange interviews contact Anjali at anjali.cadambi@berlinrosen.com.

 

Albany, NY – 1762 Central Avenue
Anchorage, AK – 1118 North Muldoon Road
Bakersfield, CA – 4300 Ming Avenue
Boston, MA – 699 Boylston Street
Carson City, NV – 1894 East William Street
Chicago, IL – 600 North Michigan Avenue
Columbus, OH – 1495 Polaris Parkway
Davenport, IA – 3120 E. 53rd Street
Fresno, CA – 6685 N. Blackstone Avenue
Harrisburg, PA – 4920 Jonestown Road
Indianapolis, IN – 8812 US 31 South
Las Vegas, NV – 325 N. Nellis Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA – 350 N San Fernando Road, Burbank
Madison, WI – 3902 East Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN – 2724 Lincoln Drive
New York City – 1330 Avenue of Americas and 82 Wall Street
Philadelphia, PA – 1501 Walnut Street
Pittsburgh, PA – 4030 William Penn Highway
Reno, NV – 1274 E. Plumb Land
Sacramento, CA – 1407 J Street
San Diego, CA – 2011 Camino Del Este North
San Francisco, CA – 1 Powell Street
Seattle, WA – 1501 4th Avenue
Springfield, IL – 2410 West Wabash Avenue
Triadelphia, WV – 405 Cabela Drive
Washington, DC – 1518 Connecticut Avenue

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PICKET ASSIGNMENT LOCATIONS

Work Location                                Report To

Agoura (All)                                      Woodland Hills Store – 6203 Topanga Canyon

Beverly Hills (All)                             Beverly Hills Store – 9659 Santa Monica Blvd

Burbank (Western & CO)               Burbank Store – 350 N San Fernando Rd

Canoga Park (VanOwen)                Woodland Hills Store – 6203 Topanga Canyon

Canoga Park (Topanga)                  Northridge Store – 9050 Tampa Ave

Glendale (Pioneer)                          Glendale Store – 207 N Brand Blvd

Los Angeles (Adams)                      Ladera Heights – 5323 W Centinela Blvd

Los Angeles (Century Park)           Culver City Store – 3851 Overland Ave

Los Angeles (De Longpre)             W Hollywood Store – 1112 La Brea Ave

Los Angeles (La Brea)                     W Hollywood Store – 1112 La Brea Ave

Los Angeles (Melrose)                    Beverly Hills Store – 9659 Santa Monica Blvd

Los Angeles (Rampart)                   Ladera Heights Store – 5323 W Centinela Blvd

Los Angeles (Sunset)                       Studio City Store– 12511 Ventura Blvd

Los Angeles (Union)                        Culver City Store – 3851 Overland Ave

Montrose                                          Glendale Store – 207 N Brand Blvd

Newhall (Lyons & CO)                    Stevenson Ranch Store – 24943 Pico Canyon Rd

North Hollywood (NCS & CO)      North Hollywood Store – 6000 Lankershim Blvd

Northridge                                        Northridge Store – 9050 Tampa Ave

Palmdale (All)                                   Palmdale Store – 1201 W Rancho Vista Blvd

Reseda (All)                                       Northridge Store – 9050 Tampa Ave

Sherman Oaks (All)                         Sherman Oaks Store – 14557 Ventura Blvd

Van Nuys (CMG)                              Panorama City Store – 14500 Roscoe Blvd

Van Nuys (Cedros/Van Owen)     Panorama City Store – 14500 Roscoe Blvd

Van Nuys (Raymer All)                   Studio City Store – 12511 Ventura Blvd

Van Nuys (Burnett)                         Panorama City Store – 14500 Roscoe Blvd

Pacoima (DTV)                                 Burbank Store – 350 N San Fernando Blvd

Lancaster (DTV)                               Lancaster Store – 2002 W Ave J

 

TO BE DETERMINED – Will assign from different locations as needed:

Marina Del Rey Store – 2450 Lincoln Blvd

Santa Monica Store – 808 Wilshire Blvd

W Los Angeles 2 Store – 2333 Sepulveda Blvd

Westwood Store – 1100 Westwood Blvd

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STRIKE LOGISTICS FAQ

Click the link below for the Strike Logistics FAQ

https://www.cwa-union.org/news/strike-logistics-faq#.WR4DRmH-RM0.email

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AT&T Workers Issue Ultimatum: Fair Proposal by Friday or Strike

AT&T Workers Issue Ultimatum: Fair Proposal by Friday or Strike

Unless AT&T comes to the table with proposals that protect good jobs, workers will walk off the job coast to coast

NATIONWIDE – AT&T workers, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), have given company executives until Friday, May 19 at 12PM PST to present serious proposals that invest in good jobs with a future. If AT&T officials refuse to negotiate fairly, workers will walk off the job in a three-day strike. Many AT&T wireless workers across 36 states and DC will join picket lines, as will wireline workers in California, Nevada, and Connecticut, and DIRECTV technicians across California and Nevada. This would be the first time AT&T Mobility workers go on strike, potentially disrupting a large number of retail stores across the country this weekend.

After months of talks, frustration is higher than ever as corporate executives continue their stand-off with workers over major issues that protect middle-class jobs, such as affordable benefits, fair wages and job security. Workers are also protesting AT&T’s pervasive outsourcing of jobs to low-wage contractors, which eliminates good jobs and hurts customer service. While a three-day strike may inconvenience customers in the short term, AT&T workers are committed to putting an end to unnecessary frustration and poor service because of AT&T’s lack of investment in its core business.

“The clock is ticking for AT&T to make good on their promise to preserve family-supporting jobs for 40,000 workers,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President of CWA District 1. “We have made every effort to bargain in good faith with AT&T, but have only been met with delays and excuses. Now, AT&T is facing the possibility of closed stores for the first time ever. Our demands are clear and have been for months: fair contract or strike. It’s now in AT&T’s hands to stand with workers or at 3pm Eastern Time on Friday workers will be off the job and onto picket lines across the country.”

Around the country, workers are protesting in front of wireless retail stores and call centers to prepare for the potential strike. Despite being the largest telecom company in the country and bringing in nearly $1 billion a month in profits, AT&T continues to overpromise and underdeliver to U.S. communities and customers by offshoring, outsourcing, and failing to investment in its core business and infrastructure.

“Enough is enough. AT&T’s bargaining tactics show their lack of respect for the very workers who help them make their billions,” said Cheryce Chambers, a wireless retail worker in the

Bronx, New York. “We are drawing a line in the sand: come to the bargaining table with the long overdue proposals that families need, or me and my co-workers will walk off the job. Striking is never an easy choice, but my neighbors, my son and my community deserve better. If it becomes necessary, I’ll be out on the picket line to show AT&T their greed stands no chance next to our determination.”

As AT&T comes under fire at the bargaining table for offshoring thousands of jobs, workers are rallying around new federal legislation that would penalize companies like AT&T who offshore call center jobs. Since 2011, AT&T has eliminated 12,000 call center jobs in the U.S., closing and downsizing call centers across the country. Rather than keeping those good-paying jobs here at home, AT&T has contracted with third party vendors operating in countries with low wages and weak labor protections.

A recent report from CWA shed new light on AT&T’s sprawling web of 38 third-party call centers in eight countries that are driving low wages and compromising quality service for millions of AT&T customers. AT&T workers and CWA representatives met with call center vendor employees in the Dominican Republic earlier this month to learn more about what has happened to the jobs AT&T has shipped overseas and the anti-union backlash facing Dominican workers who attempt to improve conditions.

In late March, 17,000 AT&T wireline workers in California and Nevada went on strike to protest the company’s changing of working conditions in violation of federal law. The strike ended when the workers won an agreement with the company that will no longer require employees to do work outside of their expertise and classification.

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CWA MOBILITY WORKERS PUSH BACK

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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.

 

If a strike is called on Friday, you should leave work and report to your picket location immediately. To find your picket location, call your Local.

 

Strike updates will be posted on UnityAtMobility.orgFacebookTwitter, and will be sent to you via text message and email.

 

This greedy company makes billions off our backs but continues to try and take from us – demanding more work for less and trying to replace us with low-wage workers at third party dealers and overseas. It’s time to show them we’re not going to sit back and take it.

 

This strike will affect AT&T Mobility workers covered under the Orange contract in 36 states and DC (click here for the list of states).

 

Keep in touch with your Local for updates and information – they will provide you with picket locations, signs, and times.

 

For the latest developments, join us for an emergency Town Hall Call on Wednesday May 17 at 8pm ET, 7pm CT, 6pm MT, 5pm PT. Text the word Mobility to 69866 to RSVP to receive a text with dial-in information.

 

Going on strike is a decision that is not made lightly. Your bargaining team has worked countless hours to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement, but this company is refusing to budge on the issues that matter the most to us. The Union has also filed unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board over AT&T’s refusal to furnish information related to bargaining.  We need to make it clear to AT&T that this information is crucial to reaching a fair contract.

 

We are counting on every single member to be out on that picket line and demonstrate the commitment and solidarity that have been the values we’ve lived by throughout CWA’s proud history.

 

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.

Click here to view an even more detailed list of what we’re fighting for.

 

If something changes at the bargaining table, we will let you know. Until then, expect to strike on Friday.

 

In solidarity,

 

Dennis G. Trainor

CWA District 1 Vice President

 

Read the important Q&A below for more information:

How will I know if we’re striking or if we got a contract?

What do I do when it’s time to strike?

If you’re at work when the strike is called, you should leave work immediately and go to your picket location.

 

How long will this strike last?

This is only a short duration strike. Unless we reach agreement with the company for a new contract, we will walk out on Friday, and return to work on Monday morning for your scheduled shift. Remember: The more people who participate in this short duration strike, the more likely we will win on our key issues.

 

Is picketing required?

Yes! The key to winning the strike is to ask customers not to go into any AT&T Store. Customers won’t know to avoid going into stores unless you’re outside picketing!

 

During the Verizon strike, customers mostly honored our picket lines. The company’s giant loss in sales helped us win the strike.

 

How do I get a strike sign?

Your Local has signs and flyers you can use while you picket!

 

Will I be retaliated against for striking?

Striking is a legally protected activity, and anyone on strike will not get any points or be disciplined or terminated for striking. Let your Local know immediately if a manager is threatening retaliation or asking if you’ll strike. That’s illegal.

 

One of my coworkers says they won’t strike (aka. scab), what do I do?

Remind them: this is not just about them – think about the 21,000 people and their families affected by their actions.

 

Talk to them and explain what’s at stake. Short term sacrifice means long-term gain, but only if we all stick together. If your coworker says they won’t strike because they need the money to survive, remind them that we are all in the same boat. The company keeps sending our jobs to third-party dealers and overseas. The company doesn’t necessarily see a future with us in it – three days of lost wages is worth a more secure future.

 

When the strike is over, scabs will have to face their co-workers who were willing to take action and make a sacrifice that will benefit everyone. Don’t be a scab.

 

Will I lose my health care as soon as we walk?

This is a short duration strike. No one will lose any health benefits during this short strike.

 

When do I return to work?

This is a short duration strike. All members should return to work when their normal shift begins on Monday morning, May 22.

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DAY OF ACTION!

JOIN YOUR UNION BROTHERS AND SISTERS FOR A MOBILITY RALLY

 WHEN:  APRIL 20, 2017

WHERE: 1112 N. LA BREA AVE.

LOS ANGELES

TIME:  12:30 TO 2:30PM

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