A Message From The President

After the divisive way our membership meeting ended Wednesday night, I received several calls from members saying that they felt physically unsafe during this months membership meeting. You may have heard that the meeting ended with the police department arriving to intervene and disperse the combatants.

It has become clear to me that extreme steps need to be taken to ensure the safety of our members going forward. Because of the lack of respect for anyone or the rules whatsoever, going forward there will be security officers at every membership meeting.

To be honest, membership meetings have gotten progressively worse. Part of the problem is the excessive drinking that goes on before the meetings. We have restricted Alcohol consumption inside the building, but last night members simply went into the alley behind the building to drink and became increasingly intoxicated and unruly. Going forward there will be no drinking anywhere on the property. If it is determined by the Chair of the meeting that someone is intoxicated, or behaving in a threatening manner toward others, or refuses to abide by Roberts’s Rule of Order, they will be expelled from the meeting.

In Solidarity,

Marisa Remski
President
CWA 9003

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2017 Nominations for Officers and E-Board Members

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Membership and Nomination Meeting

Tonight, 9/20/17, will be the CWA 9003 Membership Meeting and Nominations for all Officers and Executive Board positions. The meeting will be held at the CWA 9003 Hall located at 825 S. Victory Blvd in Burbank. Dinner will be served at 6PM, the meeting will start at 6:30PM.

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Membership and Nomination Meeting

Tomorrow, 9/20/17, will be the CWA 9003 Membership Meeting and Nominations for all Officers and Executive Board positions. The meeting will be held at the CWA 9003 Hall located at 825 S. Victory Blvd in Burbank. Dinner will be served at 6PM, the meeting will start at 6:30PM.

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AT&T Core and DirecTV New Wage Rates Payout

Appendices A+E new wage rates effective in E-Link 9-03-17 and will be paid on the 9-22-17 paycheck.

Appendix D new wage rates effective in E-Link 9-10-17 and will be paid on the 9-29-17 paycheck.

DTV new wage rates effective in E-Link 9-17-17 and will be paid on the 10-06-17 paycheck. (90% sure this is final for DTV wages per payroll).

RETROACTIVE PAYOUT DATES

October 01, 2016 through August 9, 2017; and August 10, 2017 until the new wage increases are effective. (Appendices A,E and D).

DTV retro pay is from January 1 ,2017 through Sept 2, 2017; and from September 3rd through September 16, 2017.
The payout dates are:

Appendices A+E: 8-10-17 through 9-02-17 will be paid on the 9-08-17 paycheck.

Appendix D: 8-10-17 through 9-09-17 will be paid on the 9-15-17 paycheck.

DTV: 1-1-17 through 9-02-17 and 9-03-17 through 9-16-17 will be paid on the 9-22-17 paycheck.

This is the latest information from Laborwest.

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Special Meeting on September 6

At the request of one of our members, a special meeting has been scheduled for the purpose of conducting a workshop on Robert’s Rules of Order and the Bylaws. Our special meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 pm at local 9003 at 825 S Victory Blvd. Burbank, CA.

This meeting will be in addition to our regularly scheduled membership meeting on September 20 where Local Officer election nominations will be held.

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Orange Contract Bargaining Report #54

The Bargaining Committee and the Company met today to continue our dialogue on the Company’s proposed changes to Retail commissions for September and October, which many of you saw posted previously on the My CSP. The Company had posted that there would be changes to the plan available to everyone except for members covered by the Orange Contract. These changes for September and October would be positive changes including digital experience crediting and uncapping the entertainment component. The Union made it clear that the Company would not get away with playing games such as offering positive changes to everyone but the members we are currently bargaining for, and we demanded they bargain the changes with us. The Bargaining Team had discussions with the AVP of Sales Compensation and determined these changes would be beneficial to our members and demanded the changes apply to everyone including the Orange Contract. We are pleased to report that an agreement has been signed as of today which gives these changes to members covered by the Orange contract, while protecting the Union’s position – which is that we have a standing request to bargain commissions and any and all changes to commissions must be bargained with the Union. The mobilization and Unity of our members makes us stronger at the bargaining table and that’s why we were able to secure this victory. The full agreement will be available soon on your Local’s website as well as the Unity@Mobility Facebook page.

While compensation was at the forefront this week, we still made it clear that job security, new work, and affordable benefits are some of the issues that we will continue to fight for until properly addressed. Bargaining will continue next week. Thank you for your continued commitment, Unity and support during this long round of bargaining.

When We Fight, We WIN! Stay strong Brothers and Sisters!!

In Solidarity,

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
Hector Capote, Local 7250
Debbie Goulet, Local 7803
Joe Sison, Local 9412
Brandon Beck, Local 9511
Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair
Tonya Moore, District 1

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CWA 9003 Update

As you all know, AT&T Wireline has reached an agreement with CWA that has been ratified effective August 10, 2017. Part of this agreement will result in great savings for our Local as the Company will now pay our wireline Stewards to represent our Mobility employees. This should result in a savings of over $50,000 a year for our local. Prior to this proposal, our local had to incur the charges for our wireline stewards to represent our wireless employees.

Although many are unhappy with this Contract, now is the time to move forward and do what’s necessary to prepare for 2020 bargaining which is only 2 and a half years away.

We as a union local are broken; fractured by the negativity that is around us. We as a District are so busy fighting amongst ourselves that we are not preparing for the fight that is ahead of us with the Company. Now is not the time to turn on each other. Now is the time to fix what is broken and unite our Union Brothers and Sisters, our Local and CWA as a whole in what will be our biggest fight ever.

We are facing many challenges legislatively with the attacks on Labor that are before us. We need to fight this anti-union legislation that is coming that will thwart our efforts to be united for a better future for the middle class working man and woman.

Now that the Tentative Agreement is behind us, we need a path forward to come together. How do we do that? I ask that you as leaders, Stewards and members to get involved in the Labor movement. Join our committees. Come to our meetings. Bring your insight and input to the table so that we can move forward in a positive way.

It starts with Mobilization and engaging our Membership so that they are informed and involved. First thing we need to do is acknowledge where we need to make improvements. We need to schedule a Mobilization meeting at our Local over the next few weeks and solicit new members for this committee.

I am working closely with our Mobilization Chair, Pamm Bell, to set up a meeting that will be posted on our social media. Our goal is to engage our membership and make certain that information pertinent to our local and our Union is disseminated in a timely manner. I have heard from many out in the field that there is a break down in our communication process. We need to fix this. We have a text blast system that is a great vehicle to deliver information. We will be reaching out to our membership to make certain that they know how to sign up for these blasts. A Big Thank You to Ryan Fell who has been a great asset to our local in assisting that information is communicated in a timely manner to our membership!

The next step is to arm our Steward structure with the knowledge, training and tools necessary to provide our union values and educate our steward structure so that we can provide the best representation possible. We will be scheduling both New Steward Training as well as Advanced Steward Training in the coming weeks so that we can have an army of stewards educated and prepared for our upcoming battles. Myesha Glover, as Chair of our Education Committee, will be working closely with myself and our Local Vice President’s to work on upcoming training here at the Local.

At our recent CWA Convention, we at District 9 attempted to make changes to the bargaining process to prevent the ongoing whipsawing of CWA Districts during Contract negotiations. We asked for, through a CWA Constitutional change motion, coordinated bargaining so that there would be one Vice President from CWA in charge of all of the AT&T bargaining. I presented a motion on the Convention floor to make this change. Although my motion was not successful, this opened up the dialogue amongst the Districts in CWA who recognize that a change needs to be made at the upper echelon of the Union in order to unite CWA and fix the issues that we face every round of bargaining.

Again, I ask that those of you who feel disenfranchised or unhappy with our current situation, please join in and become a part of the solution to rebuild our local and our Union!

In Unity,

Marisa

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Membership Meeting and Nominations

OFFICIAL NOTICE

Of Membership Meeting
&
Notice of Nominations

In accordance with CWA 9003 Bylaws, formal notice is hereby given announcing nominations for Local Officers and Executive Board members. Nominations will take place at the next General Membership meeting on September 20, 2017. Election of Officers and Executive Board Members shall be by secret ballot cast during the month of October. Ballots shall be mailed to each member’s last known home address. A runoff election, if required, shall be held in November. If a tie still exists and a second runoff is required, it shall be held in December.

General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 6:30PM

825 South Victory Blvd
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 845-9003 ~ www.CWA9003.org

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Special Meeting September 6

Hi all:

In July, at the regular membership meeting, a motion was made to schedule a membership meeting in August.  The motion was out of order per our bylaws.  Per our bylaws, a special meeting can be called to discus a specific topic.  Therefore, at the request of one of our members, a special meeting has been scheduled for the purpose of conducting a workshop on Robert’s Rules of Order and the Bylaws.  Our special meeting  will be held on Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30 pm at local 9003 at 825 S Victory Blvd.  Burbank, CA.  This meeting will be in addition to our regularly scheduled membership meeting on September 20 where Local Officer election nominations will be held.

In Unity,

Marisa

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