CWA / AT&T 2017 "Orange" Contract Bargaining
November 10, 2017 - Bargaining Report #61
The Company has been posting misinformation to you since they decided to send out their ridiculous "final offer". The more we discuss their final offer, the more misinformation we uncover. Your Bargaining Team has conveyed our disgust to the company over their actions, and it is comforting to see our membership standing united and not falling for their propaganda. Talks continued this week and the Union passed our full counter proposal to the company that includes all those issues you've identified as a priority in this round of bargaining.
The Company continues to reject proposals surrounding flexible EWP time, a fair absence plan, real job security, new work for technicians, call sharing language that would protect call center workers, language securing retail jobs and addressing the issues facing our supply/warehouse members. Rather than share their enormous profits with the workers that make them profitable, the Company would rather mislead their employees and try to convince them that less is more. Discussions at the table are scheduled to continue throughout the weekend. We are here fighting and we need you to be mobilized and angry in the workplace.
Stay strong Brothers and Sisters. When We fight, We Win!
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
November 7, 2017 - Bargaining Report #60
CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met in New Jersey today where AT&T finally properly passed us their "Final Offer" proposal package, which contains details of the so-called highlights which they have been emailing to you the membership since last week.
We had hoped AT&T was done playing games and was sincere in getting down to real
negotiating. Instead, shortly after our bargaining session today, they emailed more fake news about their employment security commitment offer to you. Here are the details they left out:
- In today's fake NEWS NOW, they said "if a call center or retail store closing results in a surplus, employees will be guaranteed a job offer in our Mobility business". The truth is the job literally can be anywhere in the country. There is no limit on distance.
- If you work in a Call Center where multiple job duties are performed, and specific functions of that Call Center are outsourced that result in a surplus of any title and the Center remains open, then no one is protected under this proposal.
- If the company decides to surplus the Sales Support Representative (SSR) title, and the store remains open, no one is protected in their proposal.
- Did they mention that the job offer will only be made if the "Employee is meeting expectations and must be qualified, as determined by management."
- If you are lucky to receive a job offer, they will give you 1 day to decide if you want to accept the offer or it will be considered you rejected the offer.
- While today's email states that their offer means "employees will be guaranteed a job offer;" the real truth is the proposal says: "If a job offer is not made within 6 months from the date the employee is notified of the surplus, the employee will continue under the terms of Article 14, Force Adjustment," which means if they don't have a job to offer you within 6 months, you take your severance and leave. This is not a guaranteed job.
- They also have a section in there that says that the company retains the right in its sole discretion to cancel or suspend employment security commitment at any time due to business conditions.
Your Bargaining Committee is reviewing the entire company package and preparing a
comprehensive response that will adequately address your needs. Don't be fooled into believing that the company's propaganda has your best interest at heart.
Bargaining is set to resume tomorrow. WHEN WE FIGHT WE WIN!!
The CWA Bargaining Committee
November 2, 2017 - Bargaining Report #59
What a week! Instead of waiting until Tuesday, November 7th, which is the earliest day AT&T was available to meet face to face, they tried to go around us and directly to you. They emailed this proposal to you, our members and to the public via SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) filings and tidbits picked up by reporters. It makes us proud to say our membership stands united and won't fall for bullshit pranks like this.
We let the company know we were available to meet face to face as soon as they were, and we are traveling to New Jersey to be prepared to meet with them this coming Tuesday.
AT&T has the audacity to go to you, the members, and ask you to tell CWA to put this offer that was not presented to the Bargaining Committee out to a vote. There is nothing to vote on. We will put out an Agreement for you to vote on when we have an Agreement that meets your needs, based on member surveys.
Today AT&T continued their dirty, sneaky campaign to peddle their funky math to you directly in an email from AT&T President of Sales and Distribution Brian Shay. Don't believe it! When we negotiate general wage increases, they do compound on each other, but it seems that AT&T is including wage table step increases that have already been negotiated to create an illusion that is an artificially higher number. In their example, if you are at Step 10, they are including money you already have coming to you that was won in previous negotiations. If you are an RSC, they are counting in $2,000 that is not new money but money simply being moved from commissions to base pay. We would guess that these calculations even include the $1,000 they say they will offer as a signing bonus. This all looks like fuzzy math to us. We do have to thank AT&T for pointing out what we already know: That they control your commission money and as Shay says in his email "it" (the money in your base pay) is money you can count on regardless of where you land on your goals. Thanks for making our point on this Brian. They change the goals at will. What good is a commission plan if it's not negotiated and AT&T changes it every month to take money away from you.
Next week you can count on us to review and accurately assess the company's so called "Final Offer" when we finally get this proposal passed to us and we have the opportunity for live dialogue. We will do the math correctly!
Please check in with your Local and your mobilizers for the latest information on FYFO.
Thank you for your continued support, because when we FIGHT, we WIN!
Your CWA Bargaining Committee
November 2, 2017
AT&T Mobility Orange Contract
AT&T management has tried to pull a fast one in negotiating with 21,000 CWA Mobility members. The company publicized what it called a "final offer," deliberately bypassing the CWA bargaining committee that has been pushing the company for ten months on the issues that members want to have resolved. AT&T sent out the proposal directly to members this week, a bad-faith bargaining scheme that isn't going to work.
In a message to Mobility workers, CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor noted, "In bargaining, the company's chief negotiator has repeatedly said, 'We have no interest in job security.' So it's no surprise the company's phony pledge on job security doesn't prevent them from closing your store or call center and offering you a job in Nome, Alaska!" Trainor stressed that the wage increases the company cited "will do little good if they can ship even more of our jobs to the Philippines, and won't do much good if they can close our store and open up a low wage authorized dealer store."
Read the full message from Vice President Trainor here.