CWA/SEIU-2015 Bargaining Committee Elected

Congratulations to those elected to the 2016 CWA/SEIU 2015 Bargaining Committee.  They are:  Carlos Vellanoweth and Shamora Sam.  For the alternate spot, there was a tie; Veronica Stead Mendez and Mayra Orihuela.

In light of the alternate tie and to reduce the cost of a run-off between the two alternates, the Officers have made the decision to have two alternates on the Bargaining Committee.

Introducing, the 2016 Bargaining Committee for SEIU 2015 Contract negotiations:

  •         Chair, Janine Munson – District 9 Staff Rep
  •         Mike Frost – CWA 9003 Executive Vice President
  •         Dekoler Allison – CWA 9003 Area Steward
  •         Carlos Vellanoweth – Bargaining Committee Member
  •         Shamora Sam – Bargaining Committee Member
  •         Veronica Stead Mendez – Alternate Committee Member
  •         Mayra Orihuela – Alternate Committee Member

The Election Committee certified the results of the election on October 14, 2016.  View the full certification here.

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AT&T Backs Down! ULP Strike Averted

We have just received word that AT&T West Labor Relations has backed down from their earlier position which would have violated the contract’s grievance procedure.

This resolves the Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed by CWA and therefore averts the threatened strike scheduled for midnight tonight.  All those previously scheduled to be at work should proceed to show up at their regularly scheduled start time tomorrow.

Thank you all for your responsiveness to our call to be prepared.


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2016 General Election Endorsements

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.

We also go through a similar vetting process for ballot initiatives.  This year, there are 17 State Propositions to consider.  Our recommendations are listed below.

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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CWA Reaches Tentative Agreement with AT&T Mobility

AT&T MobilityThe CWA/AT&T Mobility National Benefits Bargaining committee has reached a new tentative agreement with AT&T Mobility covering 42,000 workers.

This proposed national agreement covers health care and other benefits for our separately negotiated Mobility contracts that now cover compensation and working conditions. CWA 9003 members are covered under what’s referred to as the Orange Contract.

An earlier agreement was voted down by the members last month, and continued negotiations resulted in the tentative proposal that is being provided to the membership for a ratification vote.

Ratification will be conducted over the next several weeks.

Among the highlights of the new proposed agreement:

  • Reduced premium costs for 20,000 employees hired after 2014.
  • Employees with dependent children and no covered spouse will pay lower rates under a new 4-tier contribution structure.
  • Employees in Puerto Rico will be able to take advantage of popular HMO plans with much lower contribution rates.
  • A new “Option 2” plan will be introduced with lower premium costs.

Click here for a complete Summary of the Tentative Agreement

Click here to read the CWA 9003 Executive Board Recommendation.

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SAVE THE DATE – October 23

Sometimes you just need to get away and have some fun. It’s even better if you can leave the driving to someone else!

The Committee on Civil Rights & Equity will be having a bus turn-around trip to the fabulous San Diego Viejas Casino and Resort on Sunday, October 23, 2016. The cost is only $25.00 per person.

BusEnjoy the camaraderie of friends and family while gaming, outlet shopping, fine dining, and entertainment in beautiful surroundings. And get there and back in easy comfort.

The bus will leave from the CWA 9003 office in Burbank at 7am and will return around 6pm.

To join us for a good time, call 818-845-9003 to reserve your seat on the bus.

Don’t miss out . . . seats are limited. Call today!

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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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What It Means to Work Without a Contract

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