Delegates to the AT&T National Bargaining Council adopted a comprehensive list of bargaining items and goals at its first-ever meeting in Chicago.
Our Local was represented there by President T Santora and Executive Vice President Marisa Remski.
Below is an unofficial list of those items. The official list will be published by the National Union and distributed to Locals in the coming weeks. The items adopted were based on the text submitted by the CWA Telecom AdHoc.
President Santora, who Co-Chairs the AdHoc presented each item to the Council meeting and received overwhelming support from the delegates. These items will now be pursued at each of the six AT&T bargaining tables beginning in 2015 through 2017. Per the recent changes to the CWA Constitution, no bargaining committee may change, delete or modify these items without concurrence from all six CWA District/Sector Vice Presidents representing AT&T members. If no concurrence is reached, only the CWA National President may authorize a change.
Additional regional items may be added for each separate contract based on the unique issues and bargaining history of that unit. District 9 Local Representatives will develop and vote on our regional items for AT&T-West negotiations late next year in preparation for contract expiration in 2016.
AT&T NATIONAL BARGAINING COUNCIL ITEMS & GOALS (unofficial results)
1- WAGES Item – General wage increase that leaves all members financially better off overall at the end of bargaining, than they were at the beginning, in terms of real earnings and new money.
Item – Improvements in the healthcare benefits of current employees and retirees.
Goal – To include less premiums, less out of pocket cost and better coverage with no multiple tier benefits
Item – Mandatory post-retirement bargaining for future retiree’s pension and healthcare benefits.
Goal – Ensure that post-retirement healthcare and pensions cannot be unilaterally changed after retirement and that they keep up with the cost of living.
Item -Defined benefit pensions for all employees.
Item – Improve pensions and other retirement-related benefits.
Goal – minimize early retirement penalties and maximize options, including early cash out of vested pensions, and lowering eligibility age and service requirements.
Item – Annual cost of living increases for all future and current retirees.
Goal – Add self-directed 401k option for all bargaining units.
4- EMPLOYMENT SECURITY
Item – Improve the current employment security clause on all levels including the premises technician and wire technicians.
Item – Guaranteed formal instructor-led company provided training for all jobs of the future.
Item – Watermark of 100% of headcount at the expiration of the current CBA for the duration of the new contract.
Goal – Enhance incentives for employees to leave voluntarily.
Item – Improve language addressing subcontracting, non-union subsidiaries, outsourcing and management doing what should be bargaining unit work, including existing and new technologies such as internet protocol for example.
5- ACCESS TO JOBS
Item – New work to be CWA represented and not migrated to lower wage scales.
Item – Keep and improve the National Transfer Plan.
Goal – Improve voluntary transfer rights to all entities within AT&T with seniority, benefits and pension protection.
Goal – Employees who are satisfactory in their current jobs are eligible to transfer.
6- TRAINING FOR THE FUTURE
Item – Form one Joint National 2020 committee with representatives of each bargaining unit and provide for committees on technological change, training and retraining and career development.
Goal – To identify skill and knowledge sets required and to create carrier paths for employees to successfully migrate to new jobs of the future.
7- RESPECT AND JUSTICE ON THE JOB
Item – Improve on Premises Technician (Wire Technicians) and higher rated titles issue regarding scope of work.
Item – Move all titles in appendices and addendums to the core contract.
Goal – Core overtime language (time and a half and double time) apply to all appendices.
Goal – Improve working conditions for all work center titles as it pertains to monitoring.
Goals – Improvement in the working conditions of all titles, including sales pressure on Service Representatives. Equitable treatment for all titles. Pay treatment for all titles to be commensurate with all work performed. No expansion of Premises Technician (Wire Technicians) Scope of Work.
8. – UNITY BARGAINING Item – Bring all contract expiration dates together.