Local 3207
3846 Leigh Street, Martinez, GA 30907
Ph: (706) 860-3207   Fax: (706) 860-3208

 
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Legacy B (ATT Southeast/Bellsouth) 2015 Bargaining Reports
Reprinted from the District 3 Website

CWA / ATT SE 2015 Bargaining Committee

 
Pictured left to right: Johnny Hernandez - Florida; Robert Santucci - Tennessee; Chris Myrick - North Carolina; Gene Redd - Georgia; Al Guillory - Louisiana; Richard Honeycutt, VP District 3; Jonathan Campbell - Kentucky; Thelma Dunlap, Admin Director D3; Mike Fahrenholt, CWA Rep; Jason LaPorte - South Carollina; David Betz - Alabama; Herman Junkin - Mississippi

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Oct 20, 2015

I am proud to report that your bargaining teams have reached tentative agreements covering the AT&T Southeast, Utilities, & BBI Contracts.  Attached you will find a summary of these agreements. A more detailed bargaining report will be sent out in the near future and a meeting will be scheduled in Atlanta with all of the District 3 Staff and Local Presidents to cover the agreement in depth; the details on this meeting will be sent out as soon as they are available.

In Unity,

Richard Honeycutt, Vice President
CWA District 3


Download Tentative Agreements below:

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Oct 15, 2015

The parties continue to meet in an effort to bring closure to this session of bargaining.  Differences still remain but headway is being made.

Your mobilization and solidarity have played a huge part in the last four months and have bolstered our resolve to obtain a fair and equitable contract, it is now time to increase those efforts.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Oct 13, 2015

Your bargaining team met with at&t today and expect to return to the table later this evening.

We continue to have differences in the treatment of employees regarding healthcare and attendance.  We continue to disagree on work rules for Wire Techs and Consumer Issues.

Miniscule progress is being made; however, we are not near where we need to be to reach an agreement that could be presented to you for ratification.

Your patience is appreciated.

Thank you to the South Carolina locals for the Blue Carolina Shirts.  We wore them yesterday and appreciate your generosity.

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Your bargaining team has spent some time preparing for a late afternoon meeting with AT&T.

At this point, there is no progress to report.

We totally understand your frustration with the attitude AT&T has taken regarding our collective future.  We continue to make it clear that we will not accept retrogression from this profitable corporation.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Oct 06, 2015

Your bargaining team continued to meet among ourselves today.  We submitted a data request for information to use in preparation for an appropriate counter proposal.  We hope to meet with the company again tomorrow.

 WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Oct 05, 2015

The bargaining team met with the company today and received their counter proposal.    The company said they want the members to pay their fair share.   However, we have shown them the mathematical errors in what they consider to be our fair share.   

Your bargaining team is meeting to discuss this latest proposal and prepare a response. 

 WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Oct 02, 2015

Your bargaining team is scheduled to meet with the Company later today to receive their counter proposal.  We will assess the document and decide what our next step will be. 

Thanks to all of you for your continued efforts to support the cause as your bargaining team continues to fight for a fair and just contract.

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Oct 01, 2015

Your bargaining team met among ourselves today, waiting for the company’s response to the proposals we passed yesterday, which we feel represented a fair set of work rules and benefits which you deserve.  The company has informed us that they will not be finished until tomorrow with a counter offer.

We understand your frustration and appreciate your patience as we continue to work for a fair and equitable contract which will benefit every member in the District.

We ask that you continue your mobilization efforts as they prove to be very effective.

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Sep 30, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today and passed a proposal addressing work rules. We continue to address wages, benefits, and work rules. We have stated our position numerous times in regards to the company’s financial position and the future of our members. We will continue to take a stand against this pretentious company in an effort to gain an agreement that will improve our members’ lives and provide longevity.

The company continues to make minimal movement or make realistic offers in regards to what is left to reach an agreement on. The company was advised not to bring back a counter similar to their previous one although they “failed to follow instructions”. We ask that you continue to stay engaged and let the company know we expect a fair contract.

We again want to thank everyone who has supported the team, sent care packages, and provided meals to date.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Sep 29, 2015

Your bargaining team continues to assess the latest documentation we have received from AT&T.

As reported last Friday the company has established a website that is clearly designed to manipulate your thoughts.

Visit it at http://bargaining.att.com and let them know your true feelings (bet those don’t get published).  Their contention that we should accept what they have offered because the employees in the Midwest did is somewhat hypocritical. Simply put, the salary and benefit costs are significantly different.

Healthcare costs to AT&T in 2014 were three thousand dollars ($3,000) less in the Southeast per employee yet they insist that you pay the same premiums as the Midwest.

Wonder why they don’t answer questions about this or any other questions posed on their website which are not complimentary to the company?

What we want, what we deserve is the FAIRNESS the company website claims is being offered.

Thanks to the South Carolina Mobilization Committee for the blue shirts and Local 3905 Huntsville, AL for the snacks

 WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

To see previous bargaining reports go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/news/all/c/att 

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Sep 28, 2015

Your bargaining committee will be meeting later today with AT&T.

Based on what they proposed last Thursday, we expect a quick meeting.  It is crystal clear that the company talks “fairness” yet has no clue what “fairness” actually means.  To treat employees with “fairness” would be, among other things, to agree to fair work rules, fair costs of healthcare, fair compensation, etc.  Clearly  AT&T has no clue what fairness is.

This afternoon we will do our best to drive home to them what “fairness” truly means.  You should be doing the same with your mobilization activities.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

To see previous bargaining reports go to&n

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Sep 25, 2015

Your bargaining team met with AT&T once more after yesterday’s report. 

At the conclusion of that meeting we informed them that we would look at their latest proposal and get back with them next week.  Shortly thereafter, their corporate spin machine sent an email to employees professing that they wanted to bargain and we did not.  They also touted their “fair” offers and their desire to improve employees’ lot in life.

Perhaps the authors of their minutia should read the results of corporate surveys which indicate the lack of trust the employee body has in the leadership.  Maybe they should look at the corporate earnings and how the leadership compensates themselves before using the word FAIR.

Is it FAIR that a Wire Technician does not have scheduled work hours?

Is it FAIR that the Sales forces are held to unrealistic performance quotas?

There are too many UNFAIR policies and procedures, which your team is trying to correct, to list in this report.

The corporate spin doctors in Dallas have also failed to report details of the FAIR monetary package they offered.

Does a five and one half percent (5.5 %) pay increase and a ninety percent (90%) increase in healthcare premiums over the life of the contract seem FAIR to you?

It certainly does not seem FAIR or JUST to your bargaining team and we are preparing to send that message to Dallas when we meet next week.

In the interim please let them know that they cannot erode your loyalty to CWA or your family and their needs with emails from the corporate spin machine.

We hope everyone has a safe weekend and that those who are scheduled or unfortunately forced to work do so safely and with professionalism.  Please wear BLUE on Monday and continue letting AT&T know your feelings.

 

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Sep 24, 2015

Your bargaining team met today with AT&T.  We countered their inadequate wage offer, countered the company benefit proposal and gave them (once again) our position on Wire Tech issues.  We will be meeting into this evening.

We have yet to address their demands that we agree to change the existing attendance policy in Article 6.02.

We have numerous reports of positive mobilization activities throughout our district.

Thank you for your support.  We truly understand your frustration with the delay in reaching a contract.  We too are frustrated but determined to reach an equitable agreement no matter how long it takes.

Special thanks to Local 3105 for lunch today

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Sep 23, 2015

The bargaining team spent the day working on a counter proposal to AT&T’s wage and benefit proposal.

Yesterday afternoon we shared with the Local Presidents what we have left to resolve including issues specific to Quota Relief, Wire Tech work rules, Wire Tech Scope of Work, and attendance limitations that AT&T wants to place on all employees.

We also shared what we have already been able to stop AT&T from implementing and some of the positive things we have tentatively agreed to.

We will continue to work towards a contract that we can all view as a positive improvement and a reflection of what you have earned for this extremely profitable behemoth.

Special thanks to Locals 3403, 3410 and all the Louisiana Locals for the Cajun feast.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Sep 22, 2015

The bargaining team met with the company today.  We asked thorough and calculated questions in an effort to understand their close-fisted position toward our members.  The answers we received were unsuitable, arbitrary and mediocre.  The company has not agreed on many issues including healthcare, quota relief, pension, sick time and scope of work, etc.  We are not here to play games or be bullied.  The company seems to be delaying while blaming the union.  They appear nervous and concerned that we will be successful in completing what we came here to achieve.  We will not agree to an inadequate contract! 

There is a conference call scheduled with all Local Presidents this afternoon to discuss our current situation.  Local Presidents will be able to provide their members more specific information directly.

WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN!

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Sep 21, 2015

Your bargaining team met today and continued to plan a response to the company’s negligible proposal referenced in Bargaining Report  #68.

The bargaining team is dealing with the same contradictory behavior that our members deal with on a daily basis.  The company claims to be an industry leader in sustainability (going green), however the AT&T stadium, the largest domed stadium in the world, uses more power than most medium sized cities.

Thank you for your continued efforts to support the cause as we continue in our David and Goliath type fight.

WE ARE ONE

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Sep 18, 2015

Today, forty days after the expiration of the contract, AT&T made an economic proposal and resubmitted their last benefit offer.

The committee, while insulted, sat patiently and listened as the company explained it.  To say that it is inadequate is an understatement.  We will review this pile of steaming cow manure and meet with them next week to counter.

To say that after earning billions of dollars on your work efforts and to pay the CEO and the other “Dallasites” enormous salaries, benefits and to also sponsor athletic events, putting their brand everywhere, while insulting you with their “offers” is hypocrisy magnified.  Our next report will be Monday.

Special thanks to Luis Benitez-Burgos, President of Local 3010 for his personal contribution of Puerto Rican refreshments on behalf of Local 3010.

WE ARE ONE

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Sep 17, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company and we are awaiting their response.  We understand your frustration and your team is equally as frustrated.

We plan on continuing to wade through the company’s doltishness in order to secure an equitable contract. 

Thanks to Nettworth for providing dinner last night.  Special thanks to the State of Kentucky for the t-shirts.  We all wore them to the bargaining table today.

WE ARE ONE

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Sep 16, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company yesterday evening. We received a proposal regarding Wire Techs that was inadequate to say the least. We questioned the company intensely and received contradictory answers. Their proposal is not enough for us to justify transitioning a substantial amount of “core” work to the UFOA. The company went so far as to say on the record that District 6 was stealing wages for work not performed.

Our brothers and sisters are not thieves, no matter what the company believes. We are in the process of retooling and expect to counter the company’s feculence today.

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Sep 15, 2015

The bargaining team is preparing to meet with the Company this evening. We still have not received a counter regarding wire technicians; we intend on pressing the Company to respond. We have researchers putting healthcare proposals into the only language the Company seems to understand, dollars and cents.

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Sep 14, 2015

Your bargaining team has been working on building a valid healthcare plan. We have presented a fair set of work rule changes for wire technicians and are still waiting on a serious response from the Company. We intend on continuing to vigorously demand improvements across all job titles in our district.

Working without a contract is difficult and the Company continues to attempt to strong arm us into submission. We have many cards left to play and will continue to strategically bargain with the healthy company with sick ideas.

 

IT'S OUR TURN

Special thanks to Local 3402 Alexandria, LA for pizza today

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Sep 11, 2015

Negotiations continued today.  There is no reportable progress at this time.  We are awaiting their response to our latest Wire Tech and Healthcare proposals. 

It is our intention to continue meeting with the company and among ourselves over the weekend.

IT'S OUR TURN

Special thanks to Local 3402 Alexandria, LA for pizza today

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Sep 10, 2015

We are continuing to meet with the company.  They have finally agreed to keep more jobs stateside by complying with our demand to keep our uniforms made in the USA.  We will be meeting this evening and are continuing to work on a fair healthcare proposal.  We are beginning to see some movement as the company appears to be finally getting serious.

The mobilization efforts across our District are spreading across the entire AT&T footprint.  The momentum that we have built is being felt in Dallas.  We are one of you and proud to be wearing our red shirts while facing the company bargaining team today.

WE ARE ONE

Special thanks to Local 3802 in Chattanooga, TN for the box of Tennessee goodies; Chris Long and Local 3609 in Lumberton, NC for the custom union decals; and President Tim Strong and Local 4900 in Indianapolis, IN for the Unity T-shirts.  We will all be wearing them tomorrow for Black Friday.

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Sep 09, 2015

Your bargaining team continued to meet among ourselves today in preparation to meet with AT&T later this week. 

We recognize the pace of negotiations is frustrating to many; however, we will not be pushed into an agreement that is not in the best interest of the membership.

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Sep 03, 2015

Your committee met today and countered the latest ATT benefit and pension offers.  We are standing firm against the corporation freezing your pension plans.  We still have no wage offer.

As the Labor Day Holiday approaches we will be caucusing among ourselves then breaking in observance of the holiday.

We will return to the table after the holiday.

Special thanks to Local 3615 for providing todays lunch

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Sep 02, 2015

Today we reviewed information relative to the paltry proposals the company has presented.  The company continues to blow smoke and spew minutia, anxiously hoping we will buy into their shenanigans. 

We will continue to stand our ground in order to secure a contract that ensures affordable healthcare, family time, a safe work environment, and the respect we deserve as the employees of one of the largest telecom companies in the world.  Just to put their size into perspective, 2014 revenues would be enough to give every man, woman and child in the United States more than $415 each. 

The company is very healthy and should act as a model corporate citizen rather than a scoundrel.  Your efforts are continuing to be effective.  They appear to be increasingly nervous, and for good reason.

Special thanks to Local 3611 for providing lunch

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Sep 01, 2015

Your bargaining committee met among ourselves today.  We expect to meet with AT&T tomorrow at the bargaining table.

Since our first day we have made it clear that what we want, WHAT YOU DESERVE, is a fair and equitable agreement containing work rules and processes to facilitate your work life; benefits and wages reflective of your contribution of the massive earnings the company has enjoyed and dignity and respect on the job.  

We will leave no stone unturned until we achieve an agreement that satisfies these needs.

Thanks to American Retirement Solutions Agency Christopher Boggs for providing lunch today.

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Aug 31, 2015

Your bargaining team has continued to meet with AT&T and among ourselves since our Saturday report.

We tentatively agreed to two more items, a pay process to handle an area where it was difficult to hire Wire Techs, and  a voluntary  upgrade for Service Reps who wished to become Sales Associates.

This brings the total of issues tentatively agreed to up to eighteen.  We are preparing to counter the latest benefit proposal and have still not received a wage offer.

To reiterate our earlier reports, we have turned back company attempts to decimate Article 14 contracting out of work language and their gluttonous attempts to remove the night differential language along with other retrogression.

We will not go backwards nor will we rush hastily forward and accept company proposals without understanding their impact on our membership.

There is no doubt that we are frustrated, as you are, with this pace.  However, there is no doubt that this committee believes that our mission is to obtain the best contract for you and your future.

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Aug 29, 2015

Your Bargaining Team met today with AT&T.

We have tentatively agreed to renew the National Transfer Plan. We also received another inadequate Benefits proposal. They have reduced the amounts they want us to pay, but are still unrealistic and lacking regarding pension and savings issues. We have our consultants in Washington drawing up a counter proposal to present them with next week.

Progress is slow and we understand your frustration. Your mobilization efforts have been fantastic and have helped us in our efforts. It is our ultimate goal to reach an agreement that you deserve.  CWA will not be bullied by the Boys in Dallas.

While we will continue to meet over the weekend, our next report will be on Monday.

Special thanks to Memphis Local 3806 for a great lunch.

 Impetuously: Acting or done quickly and without thought

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Aug 28, 2015

Your bargaining committee continued to caucus today in preparation for meeting with the company tomorrow morning.

It is our intent to continue to meet with the company over the weekend in an effort to gain movement on the issues.

Thanks to all for your continued support and patience with the pace of these negotiations.

It is not our intent to impetuously rush into an agreement.

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Aug 27, 2015

The bargaining team has tentatively agreed with the company to renew the Presidential Council.

As we continue to meet with the company, our expectations remain clear and firm.  Continue your mobilization efforts.  It is of dire importance for every local to have current contact information for its members.  Local Presidents, please notify your staff representative when your local has a complete contact list.

IT’S OUR TURN

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Aug 26, 2015

The bargaining team has a meeting scheduled with the Company this evening. Your overwhelming mobilization is continuing to wear on the Company. We believe that the Company’s bargaining team should FOCUS. Employees’ lives matter.

Remember to wear red/orange tomorrow.

Special thanks goes out to CWA Local 3314 for providing lunch for the bargaining team today!

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Aug 25, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today.  The company still shows little sign of movement.

Today the company rejected including the observance of an additional paid holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Their reason – employees already have enough days off.  It is disgusting that the 23rd largest company in the world, based in Dallas, equates honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr to paid time off.  AT&T would like us to believe that cost is the primary issue for the Telecom giant’s apathy toward the holiday. 

AT&T spends $19 million annually to put its name on the Cowboy’s stadium, at least $18 million annually on the Masters Golf Tournament, $2.7 million per year to sponsor the San Francisco Giants Stadium, and $2 million annually to sponsor the San Antonio Spurs ATT Center.  AT&T spends 1.1 billion dollars on its advertising budget, the 4th largest in the US. 

We will not tolerate these execrable ideals by the company.  We mean business and we intend to prove it.  Stand up with us for what’s right: Families; Equal Treatment; Fairness; Healthcare and Respect. 

 

Special thanks to CWA Local 3111 for the bargaining kit; for the wonderful lunch provided by the State of Alabama and to Sarah Walker with American Retirement Solutions for the cookies. 

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Aug 23, 2015

Your bargaining team continued to work through Saturday with no movement by the company. They have not yet addressed any serious proposals regarding wages and benefits.

We will caucus through the remainder of the weekend.

Remember: BLUE MONDAY

non compos mentis: not of sound mind; mentally incompetent.

It’s Our Turn

To see previous bargaining reports go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/news/all/c/att 

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

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Aug 21, 2015

Your bargaining team continued meeting with the hope that the mindset of AT&T would change.

It is clear that we remain far apart on many issues.

We understand your frustration with our bland reports.  However the meaning of many items that are left can change with punctuation or the insertion of a word.

Please remain patient.  We will not be pushed into accepting or agreeing to something we don’t understand or find contemptable by this non compos mentis corporation.

Obstinate: refusing to change your behavior or your ideas, difficult to deal with

 

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Aug 20, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today in an effort to gain positive movement.  We continue to meet, facing an obstinate employer that seems to not understand or care about your needs.

We cannot be any clearer in our presentation but our efforts appear to be falling on deaf ears.

Your mobilization activities must intensify to send a message to Dallas.

Over the course of the past two months we have made some positive gains.  Unfortunately these gains are minute compared to the company’s continued demands.

To add insult to injury, they have made substandard health and pension proposals and no wage offers.  We continue to plod along but our patience, like yours is wearing thin. 

Remember the boy scout motto and be prepared

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Aug 18, 2015

Your bargaining team caucused today in planning and preparation for our next move.  We are planning to meet with the company tomorrow.  The company has begun to bring in security guards and scabs in multiple locations across our area.

Our members ARE serious and we need your help to substantiate it with the company. 

WORK TO THE RULE! 

It is very important that your Local has your daytime and evening contact information.

Quixotic: exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic and impractical

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Aug 17, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today. The company is intent on more than doubling healthcare costs, segregating employees effectively bargaining away the core contract and offering no quota relief in the sales environment. This corporation has also made it clear that they are not interested in improving safety procedures and work rules that will help to increase family time for employees.  AT&T posted adjusted revenues of over $131 Billion in 2014 and has yet to propose any wage increase, leaving employees to incur a substantial net loss.

The company had the audacity to say we weren’t serious about bargaining or getting a contract because we will not surrender to their quixotic demands. If you look at the facts objectively, it is simple to understand who is not serious. Make sure your Local has your current contact information.

Special thanks to Local 3207 for the white out Wednesday T-shirts.

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Aug 16, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today. We continued to discuss what our employees have earned and continue to earn in the way of work rules. We gave them examples of time with our families and structure of our lives. We explained that the majority of employees place a great value on their family. The company was very, very disappointed.

The bargaining unit is equally as disappointed in the way this corpulent corporation is behaving and showed up by the hundreds at corporate headquarters yesterday. Downtown Atlanta was a sea of red despite the company’s attempt to require as many employees to work as possible. Thanks to everyone who traveled many hours to express their displeasure. It was truly inspiring to hear our President Chris Shelton, our District VP Richard Honeycutt, along with the many local and state leaders share their support. Special thanks to Local 3204 for hosting the cookout afterwards and Local 3212 for cooking all the food.


Legitimate:
established, tangible

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Aug 14, 2015

Your Bargaining Team has been meeting with the company.  We have agreed to replace the Job Offer Guarantee with substantial improvements to Article 7 language and the Partnership Job Bank eligibility table.

We are currently immersed in several broad issues including quota relief, scope of work for Wire technicians, and warding off the Company’s attempt to discriminate against employees who are ill, by adversely affecting their pay.

We are continuing to work without a contract.  Continue your concerted activities, in order to reinforce that we are serious and to force the Company to bargain with us as legitimate employees.

Please come out and join us tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Corporate HQ in Atlanta. 

Hoggish:  Selfish, gluttonous; filthy

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Aug 13, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company into the night last night and today.  The company agreed on extending Article 7 recall rights.  We are scheduled to meet this evening.  

The company continues to convey their hoggish ideas that family time doesn’t matter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t significant, safety isn’t important and affordable healthcare has a lower priority than increasing their inconceivable corporate profits.  We are at WAR with a corporate money machine.  We expect everyone in the bargaining unit to do their part in an effort to roll our hard working men and women forward.  Continue to increase your presence on the job.  You are making a difference.  Please plan on attending the rally at corporate headquarters in Atlanta on Saturday so we can collectively ask AT&T *WTF?  They’re running out of time.

Simple: easily understood

*Where’s The Fairness?

To see previous bargaining reports go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/news/all/c/att 

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

 

Your Bargaining Committee

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Aug 12, 2015

Today your Bargaining Team had caucuses amongst themselves as well as with CWA district leadership regarding the very comprehensive Draft we proposed dealing with work rules. We are drafting several packages to present to combat the company’s response to the draft we presented them late last night. The company has been reviewing our draft since we presented it. We will be meeting with them tonight to “simply” explain our proposal.

We understand that the bargaining reports are vague, however, remember to place blame where it belongs. The Company has refused to provide a satisfactory agreement. We have explained many times that our members perform very detailed work and will not sit idly by waiting on “Simple” Corporate executives to attempt to side step what needs to happen.

Members, your mobilization activities have not gone unnoticed. Please keep it up. All the pictures and actions that are taking place across the district are at a level that is causing media attention.

Remember to wear RED on Thursday!

It’s Our Turn

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Aug 12, 2015

Your bargaining committee met late into the evening Tuesday.  We presented the company with a number of proposals intended to bring fairness, justice, and a balanced work/home life to our membership.

 The parties tentatively agreed to one of our proposals allowing for more flexible use of vacation. At this point we have rejected company demands for more contracting of work and totally rejected their wanting to freeze pension contributions, increase healthcare premiums, and a number of other proposals meant to diminish our benefit plan.

At last night’s meeting we made it clear that we will not go backwards. Corporate profits are generated by a productive workforce and that workforce (you) deserve more than a management that treats its employees as insignificant objects.

                             Obtuse – annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand

 

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Aug 11, 2015

Your Bargaining Team continued meeting today to draft a counter proposal to AT&T’s proposal regarding wire technicians and to discuss pending Union proposals regarding consumer issues.

We are scheduled to meet with AT&T this evening and into tonight in an attempt to make positive movement in these negotiations. A report of our progress will be published tomorrow morning.  Since this round of bargaining began we have done what we can to make this obtuse corporation understand your needs.

We will continue those efforts.

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Aug 10, 2015

Today your bargaining team had several meetings with the Company. We were able to make some progress toward a fair contract. We have tentative agreements on extending pay for military personnel called to active duty and a renewal of a letter to pay an employee when the company is not able to accommodate restrictions when returning from an approved short term disability absence.

The Company may be beginning to change its ostentatious attitude towards its employees. It is important to continue your mobilization activities, they are making a difference.

Thanks to Local 3607 for the treat bags.

Thanks to Local 3406 for the hand sanitizer telling AT&T not to screw with our healthcare.

 

                             Abhorrent: disgusting and loathing

 

It’s Our Turn

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Aug 09, 2015

The company showed up at the bargaining table and seemed somewhat ready to negotiate today.  We are working on constructing counter offers that make sense.  As we continue to work without a contract you will continue to be covered by the  of the rules and protections that were in place before the contract expired.

We have received a great amount of support and fully understand that you stand ready to strike if the company fails to negotiate in a proper manner.   Conference calls for Local Presidents will continue to take place.  We are not on strike and are giving the company a chance to move its workforce in the right direction.  Stay in practice by continuing to mobilize and communicate with your local leaders, they will begin planning the logistics in the event a strike is called during the middle of the work day.

We remain confident that our collaborative and well planned efforts are going to move this Union forward.  Despite the company’s rejection of numerous safety related proposals your Union urges you to work safely.

While we are not “business as usual”, we are expected to work under the current terms and conditions of the expired contract.

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Aug 08, 2015

Dear Brothers & Sisters

Your bargaining team has been diligently working to negotiate with the company.  We have done everything possible to talk reasonably with them.  We have carefully considered what options will provide the best outcome for our members.  Our members, by a 96% vote, have overwhelming authorized CWA to call a strike if a fair contract cannot be reached.

We will be continuing to work without a contract, however, this is not business as usual.  Management will not dictate the timing of any work action. 

Management needs to get serious and meet us at the Bargaining Table ready to negotiate.

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Aug 08, 2015

For release Aug. 9, 2015, 12:01 a.m.

Contact:               Candice Johnson, CWA Communications, cjohnson@cwa-union.org

 Contracts Expire at AT&T Southeast

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

Atlanta – The 28,000 workers at AT&T Southeast, members of the Communications Workers of America, will work without a contract as their collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight tonight.

 “We’re going to keep our fight for a fair contract going while we stay on the job,” said CWA District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt. “For weeks we have pressed AT&T Southeast to get serious about bargaining and to get off its outrageous demands that will hurt workers, their families and communities. We’re ready to bargain for a fair agreement, but we need AT&T Southeast to be ready to do the same.”

 AT&T Southeast is a very profitable company and earned $6.5 billion in profits in 2014. Yet after weeks of negotiations, the CWA bargaining team reports that AT&T Southeast management continues to demand concessions in job security, health care, and working conditions, including a demand for excessive forced overtime by workers.

 “Our members showed their determination to get a fair contract with 96% voting to authorize a strike if necessary. That remains an option. For now, we’ll be on the job, without our contract, but providing the quality service customers deserve,” Honeycutt said.

 The negotiations cover workers at AT&T Southeast, AT&T Utility Operations and BellSouth Billing. A separate contract that covers workers at YP Holdings has been extended while negotiations continue.  

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Aug 08, 2015 11:52PM

As our contract nears expiration, we are carefully considering our options. 

Please stand by for further instructions

We Are Ready

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Aug 08, 2015

At this time your bargaining team is continuing to make an attempt at valid negotiations.  It is becoming progressively clearer that the company is not interested. 

Stand by for further information as it becomes available.

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Aug 08, 2015

The company has made some movement in the right direction.  The company continues to be apathetic towards worker safety.  We are asking the largest communications company in the U.S. to do the right thing by their employees.  The company feels it is too costly to honor Dr. Martin Luther, Jr. even though they posted $6.2 billion in profit in 2014.

The amount of greed that we continue to see is abhorrent.  Further reports will be posted

Supercilious: behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others 

We Are Ready

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Aug 08, 2015

Your bargaining team is continuing to meet with the company.  As time ticks away under the current working agreement the company needs to get serious.  The company is still arrogant and supercilious.  They are attempting to strong arm us into submission concerning basic issues that are not cost prohibitive.  We are going to prove that we deserve respect as employees. 

We are ready.

We will continue to update this page as developments occur.

Bolstered: to make stronger or better: to give support to

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

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Aug 08, 2015

Your bargaining team worked late into last night preparing for a series of meetings today.

At this point it is impossible to report on specific items.

Please understand that we are bolstered by the phenomenal display of support district wide.  Informational pickets and demonstrations have occurred in many locations.  We are certain that AT&T will see more today.

Updates to this site will be made as the day progresses.

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

Your Bargaining Committee

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Aug 08, 2015

Your bargaining team is continuing to meet with the company.  As time ticks away under the current working agreement the company needs to get serious.  The company is still arrogant and supercilious.  They are attempting to strong arm us into submission concerning basic issues that are not cost prohibitive.  We are going to prove that we deserve respect as employees. 

We are ready.

We will continue to update this page as developments occur.

Bolstered: to make stronger or better: to give support to

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Aug 07, 2015

Your bargaining team is ready and willing to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract.  We are continuing to meet and plot the required course for victory.

Beginning today the company will start collecting keys, ID cards, phones, headsets, etc.  Turn your company equipment in with pride.  There is no single despot in charge.  Many workers are not fortunate enough to work in an environment where they actually have a say.

We intend on continuing to meet into the night.  We will post further updates as information becomes available.

Tyrannically: unjustly cruel, harsh or severe

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IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

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Aug 06, 2015

Your bargaining team continues to meet with the company.  We have proposed to upgrade Wage Scale 21 to Wage Scale 27.  We insist that the company improve the work life in the Consumer and Finance environments.  We once again proposed to give quota relief to employees on an excused or approved absence.  They should not be punished.  We have also proposed strengthening safety language in the contract.  Employees’ health and safety are important and should not be overlooked.

The company is tyrannically defying the needs of our members and their families.  We work in modern day sweat shops.  We have management who talk to us like we are subservient, even though we passed the same tests as they have.  The company uses safety for discipline, but scoffs at its everyday application.  We are extremely perplexed that a profitable company of this size creates and fosters a hostile work environment. 

We will continue to stand strong for what is morally correct, not what seems correct in the corporate light.  A corporation is a group of people authorized to act as a single entity. We are a group of people just as they are.  Corporate executives put their pants on just like we do!  We deserve a fair contract and we deserve decent healthcare.  We are REAL people with REAL families and will be treated as such.

Infrangible: unbreakable, inviolable

Thanks to Kevin Celata, CWA-NETT Academy for the wonderful dinner, Local 3310 for the Kentucky Fried Chicken, Local 3201 for the pecans, Billy O’Dell and family for the basket of candy, and the Locals in the State of Tennessee for the spirited tub of goodies.  It is loud and clear that the members of District 3 are behind us.

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Aug 05, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company in sub-committee today.  We are continuing to plan our strategy for achievement.  We have been very busy pouring over details in a closed door session this afternoon.  We will be meeting with the company after 5 pm today.

We are making it clear to the company that our members deserve respect, relief from the company’s ridiculous quotas and adherence policies, affordable healthcare and work rules that allow us to work safely and continue to provide quality service to customers.

As our contract expiration draws near, we have heard the company has increased the amount of required overtime.  It would be wise to use the extra money to help us remain infrangible in case a concerted union activity becomes necessary.

Nefarious: wicked, villainous or iniquitous

Special thanks to the Sage Group for providing barbeque for the bargaining team

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Aug 04, 2015

Your bargaining team had several meetings with the company today.  We proposed a fair benefit package for all employees, including retirees.  The company seemed taken aback that we asked them to consider bringing premiums down.  We explained that we expect our healthcare and benefits to be just as important as corporate profits.

We did make some small progress towards an agreement today, due mainly to your continued mobilization.  With less than 110 hours left on the clock until expiration, we need an ever tightening squeeze in order to push this nefarious corporation into moral submission. 

Make no mistake, we expect and deserve an on-time agreement, however, we would be foolish not to make contingency plans.  Your locals will share these plans with members as the details become available.  Make plans now.

Unequivocally:  in a way that is clear and unambiguous,  leaving no doubt

Thanks to Local 3204 for breakfast this morning and Local 3212 for the barbeque cookout at lunch

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Aug 03, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company and discussed several items pertinent to our overall success.  The company made it clear that improvement to employees’ healthcare and pension plans are dependent on how much work we are willing to allow to be shifted into the Wire Tech scope of work. 

Our goal is to negotiate a fair contract for all of our members and retirees.  Our efforts to mobilize and show unity appear to be working.  We must unequivocally inform management that we will not allow EVERYONES healthcare benefits to be held for ransom.

Draconian:  excessively harsh and severe

Thanks to the Mississippi Locals for driving to Atlanta today to cook us a fried fish dinner tonight

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Jul 31, 2015

The bargaining team met today at the main table where the company presented a number of counter proposals to several of our proposals.  We are caucusing among ourselves and have scheduled a meeting with the company to respond.

The Local Presidents were given an update by Vice President Honeycutt on our progress this afternoon.

With contract expiration fast approaching it is clear that AT&T may be hearing you BUT are not really listening.  You need to tell them loudly that we deserve a share of the multi-billion dollar earnings; that Wire Techs deserve a guaranteed 40 hour work week in addition to being treated with dignity and respect; Call Center workers need relief from unrealistic quotas and a draconian management style; and finally that the retirees deserve relief on healthcare. 

The strike authorization vote results are in and you have overwhelmingly given President Shelton the authority to authorize a strike should we reach that point.

Wear BLUE on Monday, and participate in mobilization activities leading up to the contract expiration.

Your team deeply appreciates the generous gifts of praline candy from Local 3410 in New Orleans.

Egalitarian:  the belief in the equality of all men

CORRECTION: Yesterday’s lunch was provided by Sarah Walker of American Retirement Solutions

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

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Jul 31, 2015

AT&T Southeast employees have voted overwhelming to authorize President Shelton to call a strike against AT&T Southeast if necessary.

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Jul 30, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company in sub-committee today. We are in the process of clarifying several broad issues.  The company echoed the same stagnant message: scope.  We are bargaining diligently and expect the company to do the same.  We expect righteous gains across all organizational units. 

As we approach the final week of the current working agreement we need you to turn the pressure up on management.  Let them know we deserve an egalitarian contract.

Macabre: disturbing and horrifying

Special thanks to Susan Walker with American Retirement Solutions for providing lunch for the bargaining team today

IT’S OUR TURN
STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Jul 29, 2015

Today at the bargaining table the company rejected the bridging of seniority for any service in a company acquired entity.  We continued to demand fair treatment for Wire Technicians. 

We expressed our displeasure with the company’s empathy toward our families due to their lack of interest in improving work rules around overtime and vacation availability.  This macabre company’s lack of concern about safety is appalling.  Safety should not be a tool used only to discipline employees.  We are continuing to move our formula for success forward.  We are standing together as one and appreciate your remarkable efforts. 

Together we WILL prevail.  Remember to wear RED or ORANGE tomorrow.

Indubitably: Evident, unquestionable or certain

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK
IT’S OUR TURN

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/pages/att-se-signup to sign up for ATT SE Bargaining Updates

Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

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Jul 28, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today.  The company rejected proposals that would improve language around penalty pay for scheduling and a guaranteed number of weekends off.  They also rejected proposals around connecting overtime, service requirements and polling before forcing overtime.

We are not interested in retrogressive and multi-tiered language around paid time off due to illness.  We rejected the company’s proposal to contract out some construction and business services and infrastructure work.  We also rejected the company’s proposal to eliminate termination pay when an employee becomes unable or unadaptable to perform their job duties.

The union made it indubitably clear to the company that we will not starve on crumbs from the table of prosperity from which the company dines.  It is imperative that we continue to be vocal in our workplace, continue to mobilize and think outside the box.  Thank you for your continued support.

Elephantine: huge, ponderous, or clumsy

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Jul 27, 2015

Your bargaining team met with the company today.  The company rejected language protecting breaks during partial sessions and increase in pay for Sales Consultants and Sales Associates.  The company isn’t interested in expanding Article 14 however; they are interested in contracting out removal of lead cable, pulling cable in inner duct, prewire work and pole transfers.  The company rejected expanding avenues for safety and environmental concerns and rejected a proposal that would protect employees during a state of emergency.  The company seems intent on obstructing improvements for the Wire Technicians.

We have made some progress due largely to your efforts.  We must continue to press the company to make appropriate decisions regarding their employees and employee’s families.  We made it clear that we are aware of the directTV deal and intend on including it in negotiations.  An elephantine company such as this should be more than willing to contribute to the employees who continue to work enabling this company to make billions in profits

Gelastic:  laughable, subject to laughter

Special thanks to the retirees from Local 3808 and APTC College for the homemade goodies and wonderful baskets.

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Jul 24, 2015

Your bargaining team met at the main table and in sub-committee today.  We agreed on improving the family of skills for the Digital Technicians.  We were successful in backing the company down from forcing Service Representatives into Sales Associate Titles.  We proposed a pay increase for 27 & 27L wage scales as a counter to the company’s gelastic proposal yesterday.  We are very far apart; however, your efforts are beginning to pay off.  We will be continuing to caucus over the weekend and will resume meeting with the company on Monday.

Keep increasing your pressure by doing your part.  We are only as strong as our brothers and sisters standing with us.  Remember to wear BLUE on Monday.

Amalgamated: united or combined

Special thanks to Local 3704 and 3719 for the tasty barbeque lunch.  Also thanks to the unnamed construction members who travelled to Kickassistan and sent us the can of Whoop-ass.

 

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Jul 23, 2015

Your bargaining team met at the main table today.  We agreed on some clean up language and countered several company proposals.  We presented that Service Representatives in Home Solutions and Small Business be allowed to upgrade, VOLUNTARILY, to Sales Associates with expanded performance protection.  We also presented improvements to Articles 7 and 12.  We insisted that gutting Article 14 is unacceptable and presented a proposal to expand it.  Finally, we proposed that Wire Technicians be brought into the Core contract as a wage scale 20 with a negotiated Job Description.

The company rejected improvements for the Field Service Techs, truing up wage scales during a temporary transfer, placing a cap on vendors for call center jobs, and quota relief for Sales Consultants.  The company is not interested in removing qualifiers, posting objectives in a timely manner or paying on the revised scorecard in the Consumer Organization.  The company is however interested in decreasing Sales Associate and Sales Consultant pay by approximately 7% by making them a 40 hour employees.

Brothers and Sisters, now is the time to push this through.  Now is the time to take control of this contract.  Now is the time to take our struggle to the wall.  Now is the time to prove that WE are the primary reason this company continues to be lucrative.  Now is the time to show management that WE have the authority. 

Your team is cohesive and strong.  We understand that we represent one of the most amalgamated and detailed workforces in the USA.  Just as your team exacerbated the company’s team today, we need you to participate and increase your activities to show the company that we mean business.

Special thanks to Local 3611 in Raleigh, NC for providing the outstanding lunch today.

Miscreant: villainous or depraved

IT’S OUR TURN

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Jul 22, 2015

Your bargaining team has been deeply involved in sub-committees today.  The company doesn’t appear to be interested in overtime relief and work rules around overtime equalization.  The company isn’t very interested in correcting “our” attendance problem via positive reinforcement.  They are also not interested in ensuring their employees receive breaks as they should.  They would like to displace American jobs by outsourcing American manufacturers in the uniform program.  The company is also not interested in us having the right to fully pursue safety issues.

We will meet at the main bargaining table tomorrow.  We are going to continue to drive your ideals home with this miscreant operation.  We are proving that we are not afraid.  There have been excellent profits earned because of our hard work and we must all stand together in order to prevail.  Your mobilization activities are showing them that we are one CWA!  Wear you red/orange tomorrow.  Thanks to those in Nashville today who protested in the rain to express our dissatisfaction with ATT.

Insensate: completely lacking sense or reason

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Jul 21, 2015

Your bargaining team met at the Common Interest Table and in Sub-Committee today.  We proposed to bring the Utilities Operations into the Core Contract.  We also had some productive talks around work rules, vacation availability, temporary employees, Article 10 transfers, and mechanization of requests for paid time off.

We are continuing to move methodically with the clear purpose of obtaining a progressive agreement that will make all jobs desirable as a career.  It is important to become more vocal and mobilize against the insensate proposals the company expects.

Conference calls were held across the District this afternoon with the Local Presidents in order to remain transparent and keep information flowing to where the true rubber meets the road, our membership.

Special thanks to Local 3902 for the Dreamland Ribs.

Narcissism: excessive or erotic interest in oneself

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Jul 20, 2015

Your bargaining team met in sub-committee today.  We also got the opportunity to visit with the Atlanta Learning Center and be briefed on the satellite installation process.

There are a plethora of changes in the types of duties, equipment and tools used in satellite communications.  We actively asked questions concerning safety, technology practices and time allocation.  We learned satellite installation and repairs will make the Wire Techs job duties exponentially more detailed.

In sub-committee the company shared details of one of their proposals including the desire to contract out the following types of work: removing lead cable, pre-wire, placement of inner duct, pole transfer, and placing of all types of cable.

Thanks to everyone who has participated and are continuing to participate in mobilization activities.  We will continue to prove narcissism is not acceptable We cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.

We will begin meeting at the common interest table tomorrow.

Ignominy: shameful or dishonorable

IT’S OUR TURN

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Go to http://district3.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/2015_cwa_att_se_bargaining_mobilization to view photos of your brothers and sisters mobilizing around the District

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

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Jul 17, 2015

Your bargaining team met today in sub-committee.  We are continuing to prepare to secure the admirable contract that we continue to earn.  This plan has many moving parts.  By far the most important part is our memberships’ determination and strength.  Thank you for continuing to do your part.  We are turning the tide toward decency, even in the pressure of ignominy.

To quote a member from Local 3905 “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, working together is success!”.

Auspicious: favorable; conducive to success

IT’S OUR TURN

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Jul 16, 2015

Your Bargaining Team convened at the main today.  We rejected the company’s proposals to severely restrict night differential and to remove language that relies on development as an alternative to discipline in Consumer Services, Finance and Small Business.  The team also rejected the company’s proposal to force technicians on mandatory stand-by.

The company rejected our proposal to bring Wire Techs into the Core Contract under WS-31.

We are continuing our crusade at the bargaining level.  Your mobilization actions are strong and your resolve is being noted and appreciated.  We are not here to give back.  We are here to attain a contract that moves the workforce in the same auspicious direction we have taken the company.

Coadunation: A union (as of dissimilar substances) in one body or mass

IT’S OUR TURN

Special thanks to Local 3603 in Charlotte, NC for the wonderful baskets.  Thanks to you guys, we have plenty of nuts.

On an unrelated note, please keep our brothers and sisters in Kentucky in your thoughts and prayers as they work to rebuild after the recent flooding.

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Jul 15, 2015

Your Bargaining Team caucused today and designed our blueprint to deal with and succeed in negotiations.  Be assured that every one of the team and sub-committee members is dedicated to not only winning this battle, but winning the war.

We need your help!   This is going to be a difficult road and it is going to take all of us doing our part in order to achieve our goals.  We are a professional workforce and we ALL perform complicated work on a daily basis.  We must put any differences we have between us to the side for the good of us ALL.

Wear RED/ORANGE tomorrow, be vocal at work, and stand strong together.  We MUST have substantial coadunation in order to prevail.

Incongruous: Out of place; inappropriate; unbecoming

IT’S OUR TURN

STAND UP! FIGHT BACK!

Interesting note: It is obvious at&t management are reading our reports, Serj Books in Dallas, TX has no dictionaries in stock

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Jul 14, 2015

Your Bargaining Team has been immersed in the subcommittee process.  The company has implied that Wire Tech work is “not very detailed” and customer satisfaction is the driving factor in the “one truck roll” concept.  We continued to bear down on the Company around consumer, network and safety issues.  We will be caucusing tomorrow and will reconvene at the main bargaining table on Thursday.

We are serious and intend on bridging the gap between the incongruous intentions of the company and the fairness that our members deserve.

Remunerative: financially rewarding; paying a lot of money; lucrative

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Jul 13, 2015

Your team continued to meet in sub-committees today. We stressed to the Company that we expect specific knowledge and proof that fair work rules negatively impacts a company that has become increasingly remunerative on the backs of our members.

Please continue to help us express your opinions that we will not settle for tokens or empty promises. Wear red/orange on Thursday. Continue to submit your pictures to the District office.

                                                                Avaricious: having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

 

IT’S OUR TURN

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Jul 10, 2015

Your team spent today in Sub-Committee meetings clarifying the intent of company and Union proposals.

Nothing new has been proposed by either side.

Your team is appreciative of all the positive support, mail and items, received at the District Office.  The overwhelming show of solidarity makes our efforts rewarding.

We will continue to meet next week.

Remember to wear blue on Monday and continue your efforts in showing this avaricious corporation that you, as we have proposed, deserve the same financial considerations shown to the CEO.

Pecunious: abounding in money; wealthy; rich

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 

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Jul 08, 2015

Your team met today at the bargaining table.  We proposed protection for the Success Sharing Plan, an increase in pay for temporary transfers to a higher wage zone, and improvements to family of skills.  We proposed an increase in vacation while lowering the thresholds for receiving vacation allotments.  We also proposed removing “needs of business” and “service requirements”.  We recommended language to protect employees’ pay and attendance during a state of emergency and an incentive for perfect attendance.  We presented a plan to increase job security that included a “no layoff agreement and a successorship clause.  The team made it clear that employees should receive wage increases equivalent to that of the CEO.

The company made no proposals today.  However, the District Office has been notified by Labor Relations that the company intends to temporarily suspend the home garaging program for Wire Technicians in the Southeast.  Apparently our mobilization efforts are sending a strong message to the company that we are ready to do whatever it takes to secure a fair and just contract even in the shadow of this acquisitive company.

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July 1, 2015

Your team met with the Company today at the bargaining table. The Company proposed removing contract language in Article 12 regarding future requests. They were very loquacious around the many improvements we have proposed thus far.

Our bargaining team proposed to increase all B and C wage zones, an improvement in the differential payment to multilingual employees who use their skills and an increase in travel allowances. We also proposed the addition of an extra holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The team recognizes the importance of those that voluntarily serve in our Armed Forces; we proposed pay and healthcare protection for those employees who are called to active duty.

Our intent is to continue to present a model that is favorable to those whom we are honored to represent. Remember to wear red/orange tomorrow. Thank you for continuing to remain vocal in your workplace. We will caucus tomorrow to consider the Company’s proposals and will resume bargaining at the main table on Wednesday.  Have a safe and happy Independence Day!

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Jun 30, 2015

Your Bargaining Team faced the company today and continued to lay out our framework for success.  We proposed correcting seniority dates for former part-time employees, extending Article 7 rights, and several letters of agreement that we believe are beneficial to our member i.e. preserving pension band consideration, job offer guarantee and JLA.  We proposed quota relief for Sales Consultants and a cap on the number of vendors that can be used.  We also asked for an increase in flexible vacation days for employees in an inside environment.  We proposed an update of the Safe Load Limit Guidelines in order to better match the company’s improved equipment.

The company proposed to remove language that protects observations in the call center environment.  They want to reduce paid illness days to a maximum of 10 for all current employees and eliminate paid illness days for all new hires.  The Company also proposed a cut in contract language that determines the instances that termination pay will be granted.

It is clear to your team the company’s parsimonious plans for their workforce are not in our best interest.

*Rapacious:  Always wanting more money, possessions etc, wanting more than is needed or deserved, greedy.

Thanks to all the Locals who continue to support and encourage us.  Your efforts make a difference.

IT’S OUR TURN

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Jun 29, 2015

Today your committee met with the company and proposed excused time for Partnership, a true layoff process for temporary employees, relief between tours, stronger connecting and callout overtime language, expansion of bridging seniority, expansion of ESIPP, election training payment and protecting vacation time.

The company proposed fees for garnished wages, an involuntary stand-by process and a mechanized vacation request process. 

The company closed with a debilitating healthcare proposal.  There are too many take backs to attempt to describe this repugnant plan.

Today the company set a negative tone to how they intend to bargain.  It is up to all of us to show solidarity in order to remind the company that we intend to use our bargaining power.  We have strength in numbers to combat this insanely profitable company.

The time is now to set the tone in the workplace.  Remember

IT’S OUR TURN

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

 

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Jun 26, 2015

Your committee met with the company today. The Union proposed improvements to employees’ availability of paid time off, the reduction of forced overtime, and more family time off on the weekends. The Union also proposed improvements to multilingual positions and an expansion to the definition of immediate family.

The company proposed a substantial expansion of the Wire Tech scope of work while remaining under the UFO Addendum. They proposed flexible wage credit for “tight labor markets” with no protection for incumbents in progression. In essence, the possibility of adding language to allow new hires to be paid at a higher rate than incumbent employees. The company also proposed a decimation of Article 14 and an attack on the contracting/no layoff clause in CPE.

Your team needs an increase in mobilization. Send a strong message to this rapacious company that outsourcing work is not the answer. Be vocal and wear BLUE on Monday!

We deserve better!

IT’S OUR TURN.

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Jun 25, 2015

Your committee met with AT&T today. CWA proposed six (6) positive changes. These proposals addressed breaks, qualifiers, training pay, objectives and quota relief in the customer market groups.

CWA also proposed an upgrade to the Field Services Technician Title.

AT&T then proposed extending the duration of temporary employees.

The company proposed upgrading “Back Office” Service Reps. to the Sales Associate Title.

The company proposed retrogressive payments of night differential.

Your committee adjourned the meeting to review the company’s proposals.

We will meet again tomorrow to exchange further proposals.

These negotiations are in their infancy stages. It is clear to your committee that AT&T is hesitant to share their record profits equitably. Your mobilization efforts will ultimately make the difference in showing this profitable corporation that it truly is OUR TURN

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Jun 24, 2015

Your committee met face-to-face with AT&T Today.

The company presented a proposal to bring Letters and MOA’s negotiated since 2012 bargaining into the proposed 2015 contract.

The company also proposed a modification of the Uniform Program.

Your committee made seven proposals:

  1. Healthcare, including current employees, future retirees and existing retirees
  2. Deleting the UFO addendum and moving the Wire Tech title to wage scale 31
  3. Remove language in Article 10 regarding “needs of the business”
  4. Making safety concerns arbitrable
  5. Removing restrictions to payment for investigatory meetings
  6. Reduce the time that disciplinary entries remain in the employees record
  7. Renew the Aligning for Success MOA and add the Finance Group to its coverage

The parties agreed to resume discussions tomorrow

Thank you for your continued support of our efforts. Remember your message to the extremely profitable AT&T should clearly be:

IT’S OUR TURN

Remember do your part. Wear red/orange tomorrow and every Thursday until an agreement is reached.

Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Thelma Dunlap – Administrative Director District 3 – Co-Chair
David Betz – Alabama
Jonathan Campbell – Kentucky
Herman Junkin – Mississippi
Al Guillory – Louisiana
Johnny Hernandez – Florida
Chris Myrick – North Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina
Gene Redd – Georgia
Robert Santucci – Tennessee

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