New Local Officers Take The Helm of CWA 9003

At the November General Membership meeting held Wednesday evening, November 19,  the recently elected and re-elected Officers and Executive Board Members were sworn in for a new three-year term.

The Oath of Office was administered by Rusty Hicks, Executive Secretary Treasurer-elect of the L.A. County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO.

Congratulations to those elected and a special thank you to the Election Committee for all their hard work.

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VERIZON HAS TO PAY UP!

cashVerizon must pay a $15 million settlement ending a wage and hour class action Labor Code lawsuit brought against the company.

 

Filed separately by former Verizon employees Hector Banda and Scott Cerkoney in 2010, the cases were subsequently consolidated in 2011. The lawsuits allege Verizon violated the California Labor Code and the code’s Private Attorney General Act by not listing the pay period beginning date, applicable hourly rates and number of hours worked at each rate on the wage statements it issued to employees. According to the complaint, Verizon allegedly issued some 223,000 wage statements to its 6,800 California employees during the class period.

 

In the California labor law class action, the plaintiffs claimed Verizon issued inaccurate wage statements that omitted crucial information making it impossible for the workers to determine whether they had been paid properly. In addition to approving the settlement motion, Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff certified the proposed settlement class, which consists of employees paid biweekly in California who received itemized income statements from Verizon between April 1, 2009 and May 2011.

 

All covered employees will receive a Notice of Settlement letter from the Court. For those on payroll during the entire period, the estimated payout is approx. $1500. Unless they wish to opt out of the Class, they do not need to do anything in order to receive their settlement payment other than update their contact information in the event it has changed. The estimated time before checks are issued is up to 4 months. The Settlement Administrator is Simpluris Inc. They may be reached at (888) 406-0862.

 

The cases are Hector Banda et al. v. Verizon California Inc. et al., case number BC434587, and Scott Cerkoney et al. v. Verizon California Inc. et al., case number BC442358, both in the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Los Angeles.

 

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day By Saying Thanks

Each year we stop to recognize those who have served our country through active duty in the armed forces.  Here at CWA 9003, we start close to home by honoring our members who are veterans.Vets-2013-1

We proudly post our Annual Veterans Honor Roll here and on worksite bulletin boards.  We also take the time to seek out each of them on the job in order to present them with a small token of our gratitude for their sacrifice and our deep pride that they are our sisters and brothers in CWA.

For all those who served, we want to say, Thank you!

 

 

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Contract Updates

contract signing We have just concluded two contract negotiations.  The first for the Staff of SEIU Local 620 was ratified on Friday, November 7, 2014.  It is a three-year contract that includes improvements in the areas of the posting of Staff openings; probationary employee elevations; and pension & supplemental retirement programs.

The second is a tentative agreement reached on November 3, 2014 for the Staff of CUHW.  Due to a recent devastating Supreme Court decision, the parties agreed to a one-year contract in order to give the employer an opportunity to adjust its operations and financing to the comply with the decision.  The agreement is essentially revenue-neutral but does provide for improvements in Union Security, Grievance Procedure, Lay-off & Severance Pay, as well as adding commitments to further explore Bi-lingual Skills Compensation and Auto Allowance.  Ratification ballots will be mailed out this week.

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CWA 9003 Final Election Results

The certified election results of the Officer and Executive Board are as follows:

PRESIDENT
T Santora
 
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
 Marisa Remski
 
VICE PRESIDENTS
 Mike Frost (VZ)
 Ken Slothour (AT&T)
 
EXECUTIVE BOARD
 Kate Harden
 Jorge Rivera
 Rick Ruiz
Roland Troy
William Consolo
Pamm Bell
Shelia Bordeaux
 
The new officers will be sworn into office at our next General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the CWA 9003 Hall located at 825 So. Victory Blvd., Burbank.
 
Please join in thanking our Election Committee:
Mike Lorraine, Chair
Thadd Steiner
Bob Henderson
Suzi Weimer
Jeff Collins
Den’o Greer
Cathie Meyer
Climmie King-Johnson
 
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AT&T Bargaining Council Adopts National Items

EVP Marisa Remski & President T Santora speak at the AT&T Bargaining Council Meeting

EVP Marisa Remski & President T Santora speak at the AT&T Bargaining Council Meeting

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.

2- BENEFITS

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.

3- PENSION

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. 

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Annual Clothe-A-Child Raffle!

ShoesThe Season of Giving is back!  As the Holidays approach, now is the time to consider those less fortunate then ourselves.  Please consider giving to CWA 9003’s homegrown charity of choice by purchasing your raffle tickets today.  Or, you may give through United Way to the CWA 9003 Children’s Fund.  Here’s our story:

More than 45 years ago, a CWA service technician in Hollywood started a collection at work to buy new shoes for the boys at a nearby orphanage in time for Christmas. This technician was raised in the Hollygrove Home for Boys and remembered what a rare treasure a new pair of shoes was. News of the collection spread quickly and became an annual tradition for his entire Local union.

Today, that tradition is being carried on by the CWA 9003 Children’s Fund through our annual Clothe-A-Child Program.

Although Hollygrove has changed its mission, our program lives on.  The Fund is keeping the tradition of bringing volunteers and needy children together each holiday season. Through our collaboration with Alexandria House in Los Angeles, we are able to create a truly transformative experience for both homeless kids and our generous volunteers.

Alexandria House provides homeless mothers and their children with a transitional home while they stabilize their lives and learn new skills to establish a base for a more permanent solution.  Our volunteers assist the kids in selecting a brand new winter outfit.  Then Santa drops in to bring them a toy on their wish list.  The day is capped with a special outing arranged just for the kids.

CWA 9003 is able to keep this tradition alive primarily through annual raffle ticket sales. Merchants, vendors, and many generous individuals donate a long list of fabulous raffle prizes each year (click here for an updated prize list).  At our Annual Holiday Party, the raffle tickets are drawn and the winners announced.

You can support our Clothe-A-Child program by purchasing your raffle tickets today.  The CWA 9003 Children’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with absolutely no administrative costs. Donations are 100% tax deductible. Won’t you help?

For raffle tickets, or more info about our programs, please contact Pandy Allen, Secretary Treasurer.

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NLRB Judge Tells AT&T To “Cut The Crap!”

Cut the Crap!In what is shaping up to be a landmark ruling from the National Labor Relations Board, the Administrative Law Judge who heard the charges filed by CWA against AT&T for what has come to be known as “The Sticker Wars”, issued a sweeping ruling on April 23, 2014 in favor of the union and it’s members, primarily Premises Technicians, who refused to remove “WTF”, “Cut The Crap”, and other union buttons during contract negotiations.

In his 52 page decision, Judge John J. McCarrick orders AT&T to cease and desist from threatening employees with discipline, attendance occurrences, or loss of pay for wearing union buttons or stickers. In addition, he orders AT&T to “make its employees whole for lost pay as a result of wearing union insignia”.

The Judge goes on to order employees who were refused work for wearing union buttons and stickers to be made whole for any loss of earnings and benefits, including interest. He also orders AT&T to rescind Sect. 13.3 of the Premises Technician Guidelines which prohibit the wearing of union buttons or other union insignia.

This is a huge win for workers’ rights to demonstrate union solidarity and engage in protected concerted activities. Although only those who the Company refused to dispatch will receive back pay under the order, the thousands of members who stood with them in protest and refused to cross picket lines were vindicated as well.

AT&T has decided to appeal the order to the full National Labor Relations Board.  However, from the beginning, we knew we were on solid ground.  The order painstakingly lays out the law and the violations AT&T committed.  We hope the Company will “rethink possible” and do the right thing to implement the order without further delay.

 

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