DirecTV Bargaining Team

Although AT&T acquired DirecTV months ago, we have still be unable to reach an agreement with them about integrating the former DirecTV employees into the core business. While those discussions continue, CWA has decided to move forward by starting negotiations exclusively for those employees. To that end, All District 9 Locals have been asked to put forward the name(s) of candidates from their jurisdiction.

CWA 9003 is proud to nominate Mark Thames. Here is his statement:

 Jim Thames“Hello my name is Mark Thames, and I have been working for Direct TV for 5 years, 8 months out of the Lancaster yard. I’m a Tech 3. I would like to be able to be a voice for the Techs so that we can have fairness in the workplace, be paid fair for the work task and have great medical for us and our family, and not be taken advantage of by the Company.”


 To read something about candidates from other Locals, you may visit the D9 webpage.

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First Rate Company, Second Rate Wages & Benefits

We encourage you to share this Nickel & Diming flyer with co-workers, family and friends.  Print a copy or share our link on your Facebook page.

AT$T-PIGAT$T’s management bargaining team has been “nickel and diming” us for months now. We’re taking it personally.

Maybe its time the head of their team hears personally from you, your friends and family. Her name, number and email address are listed on the attached flyer.

Share the pain!

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2016 General Election Endorsements Announced

VoteCandidates for public office at all levels of government have sought out CWA’s endorsement.  This speaks volumes about the importance of union families to these candidates.

In order to determine recommendations for our members, we employ an extensive process that includes a background check on voting history, candidate questionnaires on issues important to CWA members specifically, and the Labor Movement generally; as well as face-to-face interviews with CWA Local representatives from around the state.

Click here for our full list:


“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” – Pericles

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Details Released of CWA/VZ Agreement

VZ press releaseStriking workers will be back on the job on Wednesday, June 1.

Highlights from the proposed agreement, which will be presented to members for a ratification vote after the return to work, include:

  • A 10.9 percent raise over the next 4 years with compounded interest, including 3% upon ratification, and 2.5% on each anniversary of the contract.
  • $1250 signing bonus in the Mid-Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus $250 healthcare reimbursement account in the Northeast, and a minimum of $700 in corporate profit sharing payments in each of the next four years.
  • The first contract ever for nearly 70 Verizon Wireless retail store workers
    All call centers that had been threatened with closure in the Mid-Atlantic region will remain open. Three of the five threatened call centers in upstate New York will also remain open; the six workers affected in the other two centers will be offered jobs locally in the company.
  • The new contract guarantees that an increased percentage of customer service work will be handled by unionized workers. As a result, Verizon will add 1,300 call center jobs, 850 in the Mid-Atlantic region and 450 in the Northeast.
  • Several major contracting initiatives will be reversed, sustaining work for union members in their communities and returning a significant amount of pole maintenance work to the unionized workforce in New York State. There will be a 25% increase in the number of unionized crews doing pole work in New York State.
  • Existing Job security language will be preserved, as will existing language on transfer and seniority protections for retirement incentives. All of the company’s proposals on forced interstate transfers of technicians were withdrawn.
  • All proposed reductions of pensions were withdrawn by the company, and there will be three 1% increases in the defined benefit pensions over the life of the agreement.
  • The company agreed to terminate a performance supervisory program (known as QAR) in effect in the five boroughs of New York City that workers found extremely abusive, and both parties will work with an outside consultant to develop a non-punitive program. This was a major issue for NYC-based technicians.
  • Proposed cuts in accident and disability benefits were withdrawn. The parties agreed to changes to active and retiree healthcare that generate savings to the company while protecting excellent plan designs for medical care.
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Strike Preparation Packet

Are you readyPrior to every round of bargaining, CWA 9003 prepares and distributes a “Strike Preparation Packet” for each member impacted by the upcoming round of negotiations.  These packets are distributed at Membership Meetings, by Stewards, and by designated Picket Captains.

Inevitably, some members are missed or fail to return the necessary information to the Local Secretary Treasurer. However, in order to ensure that in the event of a strike, every eligible member receives the appropriate strike benefits from the CWA Members Relief Fund, we must have this information on hand.

If you have not yet received a Strike Preparation Packet, please download a copy here, print it out, fill out the appropriate sections, and return it to Secretary Treasurer Pandy Allen promptly.

Please don’t wait until a strike is called to complete these forms!

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CWA District 9 and AT&T-West are currently bargaining for a new contract.  Bargaining Bulletins are being posted on the CWA 9003 Facebook page as well as the CWA District 9 webpage.  You may also call the Local Hotline at 818-753-6966 for updates on bargaining and mobilization activities.

FullSizeRender (003)Bargaining is not a spectator sport.  Our bargaining team are very good at what they do, but they need our support.  That’s what we refer to as Mobilization.  Each CWA Local representing AT&T-West members is now engaging in activities to build our strength and increase the leverage our bargainers have at the negotiating table.

Want to be a part of the CWA 9003 Mobilization Team? Contact our Mobilization Chair Pamm Bell for more information or ask your Steward how you can help.

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For release April 10, 2016, 12:01 a.m.
Contact: Ameenah Salaam, CWA District 9, 916-716-2357

Contract Expires at AT&T West

Workers Will Stay on the Job and Continue the Fight for a Fair Contract  

Sacramento, CA  – The 15,000 workers at AT&T West, members of the Communications Workers of America, will work without a contract as their collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight.

“We’re going to continue fighting for a fair contract while we stay on the job,” said CWA District 9 Vice President Tom Runnion. “For weeks we have called on AT&T West to get serious about bargaining and negotiate a fair agreement for its workers.  Our members showed their determination to achieve a fair contract with over 95% voting to authorize a strike if necessary.  That remains an option,” Runnion said.

Negotiations cover workers at AT&T West in California and Nevada.  AT&T is a very profitable company and its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV closed last July.  However, in bargaining for the workers who have helped make it successful, AT&T is demanding outrageous concessions.

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What It Means to Work Without a Contract

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