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Npvember 16, 2017
 
from the CWA Newsletter

House Tax Plan Makes Working Families Pay for Corporate Tax Cuts

CWA President Chris Shelton issued this statement on the Republican tax plan passed today by the House of Representatives.

Today the House voted to cut taxes for corporations and the 1 percent and make working families pay.

By supporting this plan, House Republicans finally abandoned the pretense that their tax plan will help middle class families. According to the congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, in fewer than 10 years, millions of middle income families will be paying higher taxes. Many families will see their taxes increase immediately.

Across the board, members of my union and middle class families will be hurt by this plan, whether by the loss of the medical expense deduction, new taxes imposed on education benefits, the inability to deduct interest on student loans, the loss of the state and local tax deduction, or the forced budget cuts to Medicare and other critical programs.

In the Senate plan, all the changes that could help middle income and working families are temporary. That would result

in as many as 47 million middle income families paying higher taxes in just a few years.

The tax cuts for corporations, however, are permanent. These corporate tax cuts are being proposed at a time of unprecedented corporate profits, and this tax plan gives corporations new incentives to send jobs overseas.

At a Wall Street Journal forum, CEOs attending were asked if they plan to increase their company's capital investments if the GOP's tax bill passes. Just a few hands go up. "Why aren't the other hands up?" Trump’s chief administration economic advisor Gary Cohn asks.

Read the full statement here.


Npvember 2017
 
from the CWA Newsletter

GOP Tax Plan is a Giveaway to Millionaires, Billionaires, and Big Corporations

The Republican tax plan is a handout to millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations that will raise taxes on working families and give corporations new incentives to send more U.S. jobs overseas. Republicans and White House staff have been working overtime to spin this deal as a "middle class tax cut." It's not. And this tax plan is likely to get much worse for working families as the House Ways and Means Committee moves forward.

What does this tax plan do to CWA working families?

  • It limits the ability to deduct property taxes and completely eliminates the ability to deduct state and local taxes.
  • It gets rid of tax deductions that help families pay education expenses. It will tax directly the value of employer-provided education assistance that at least 10,000 CWA members use.
  • It restricts the amount of home mortgage interest that can be deducted, hurting CWA members and working people especially in areas like California, New York, New Jersey, and other states with high housing costs.
  • It wipes out the ability of families to deduct their medical expenses.
  • Any employer-provided child care benefit will be taxed, and assistance from employers to help CWA families adopt a child also will be taxed.

This plan also adds at least $1.5 trillion to the federal debt over 10 years, and the budget framework adopted by Republicans already includes cuts in Medicare and Medicaid. Predictably, Republicans soon will start to complain about the budget deficit that they created and step up their attack on programs that working families rely on, like Medicare, Medicaid, health care, education and more.

We cannot allow tax cuts for the wealthy to harm millions of working families. CWA and our allies are fighting back against this massive transfer of dollars from working families to the richest 1 percent.

CWA President Chris Shelton held a town hall call with Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) on how the GOP tax plan will affect CWA members and what we can do to fight back. Listen to the recording of the call here.

Let your member of Congress know that you oppose this tax plan that cuts taxes for corporations and the super-rich. Dial 1-888-894-6720 to connect to your Member of Congress now, or visit this link.


July 2017
 
Working People Need Protections for U.S. Call Center Jobs and a "Better Deal"
 
Democrats' plan for a better deal on trade and jobs outlines real policies to help working families fight back against corporations that want to shift more jobs overseas and cut wages and benefits for working Americans. Lawmakers are recognizing the impact of the tens of thousands of U.S. customer service jobs that have disappeared over past years, as corporations ship good call center jobs to Mexico, India, the Philippines and other countries. CWA has been pressing Congress to stop this flood of jobs overseas. Corporations are boosting their profits and enriching their investors at the expense of working Americans, and communities are devastated when these good service jobs disappear. And as more jobs are sent offshore, more pressure is brought to bear on U.S. workers to accept lower wages and benefits as the price for keeping any job at all. The Democratic "Better Deal" plan includes crucial legislation introduced by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) that would help restrict call center offshoring and reverse the loss of thousands of good customer service jobs in the U.S. It also would provide important consumer safeguards. Overall, the "Better Deal" plan will give working people a long overdue voice in what happens to their jobs and their communities. It ends the tax incentives and other rewards that corporations now get for sending jobs overseas; encourages companies to bring jobs back to the U.S. with financial incentives; fully restores "Buy America" requirements for all taxpayer-funded projects, and makes improving U.S. wages and good jobs a key objective of our trade policy. The "Better Deal" plan would require companies that handle sensitive U.S. consumer data abroad, including call centers, to disclose to customers in what country they are physically located and the level of data protection in that country. U.S. trade deals should benefit working families, consumers and communities, not just investors and big corporations. The "Better Deal" plan provides real solutions to do just that.


CWA Local 3207 Proposed Bylaw changes
Proposed December 2, 2014
To be voted on at the next regular membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Current Article/Section is as follows:

Article VIII
Local Meetings

Regular meetings of this Local shall be held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. except in the months of January, April, July and October the regular meeting of this Local shall be at 7:30 p.m. following the Executive Board Meeting.

Change proposed at the November meeting to be voted on at the next membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Article VIII
Local Meetings

Regular meetings of this Local shall be held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.


Click here to download a PDF of this Bylaw Proposal.


CWA Local 3207 Proposed Bylaw changes
Proposed December 2, 2014
To be voted on at the next regular membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Current Article/Section is as follows:

Article XIII
Local Meetings

A. Membership meetings of this Local shall be conducted under the By-laws and rules of the local and in conformity with the Union Constitution. On questions where the Local By-laws, the Local rules, or the Union Constitution do not clearly apply, Roberts Rules of Order, as revised shall govern.

B. The number constituting a quorum for Local meeting shall be fifteen (15).

C. A Majority of the Executive Board or a majority of the members of a committee shall constitute a quorum of those bodies.

Change proposed at the November meeting to be voted on at the next membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Article XIII
Local Meetings

A. Membership meetings of this Local shall be conducted under the By-laws and rules of the local and in conformity with the Union Constitution. On questions where the Local By-laws, the Local rules, or the Union Constitution do not clearly apply, Roberts Rules of Order, as revised shall govern.

B. The number constituting a quorum for Local meeting shall be twelve (12).

C. A Majority of the Executive Board or a majority of the members of a committee shall constitute a quorum of those bodies.


Click here to download a PDF of this Bylaw Proposal.


CWA Local 3207 Proposed Bylaw changes
Proposed December 2, 2014
To be voted on at the next regular membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Current Article/Section is as follows:

Article XIV
Qualifications, Nominations, and Election of Local Officers and Administrative Assistants

Section 4: Administrative Assistant

A. A member of the respective company/department shall make nominations for Administrative Assistants from the floor at a special meeting in September.

B. Voting for Administrative Assistants shall be limited to the member of the respective company/department.

C. Elections shall be conducted in accordance with Section 3 above.

D. There shall be one Administrative Assistant per each:

1. Second Level Manager at Bellsouth
2. 150 Employees at BAPCO
3. 150 Employees at Lucent
4. 150 Employees at AT&T
5. 150 Employees at BST’s I&M Division
6. 150 Employees at Bellsouth Utilities per state

Change proposed at the November meeting to be voted on at the next membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Article XIV
Qualifications, Nominations, and Election of Local Officers and Administrative Assistants

Section 4: Administrative Assistant

A. A member of the respective company/department shall make nominations for Administrative Assistants from the floor at a special meeting in September.

B. Voting for Administrative Assistants shall be limited to the member of the respective company/department.

C. Elections shall be conducted in accordance with Section 3 above.

D. The Administrative Assistants shall be nominated from the following groups:

1. One Network employee at AT&T per state
2. One employee at Mobility
3. One employee at YP
4. One employee at Utility Ops


Click here to download a PDF of this Bylaw Proposal.


Let's support the AFL CIO position on Social Security


CWA Local 3207 Proposed Bylaw changes
Proposed November 5, 2013
To be voted on at the next regular membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Current Article/Section is as follows:

Article XIII
Local Meetings

Regular meetings of this Local shall be held monthly on the first Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. except in the months of January, April, July and October the regular meeting of this Local shall be at 7:30 p.m. following the Executive Board Meeting.

Change proposed at the November meeting to be voted on at the next membership meeting where a quorum exists.

Article XIII
Local Meetings

Regular meetings of this Local shall be held on the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m.


Click here to download a PDF of this Bylaw Proposal.


The AFL-CIO's position on the Affordable Care Act.

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 TO:		AT&T Local Presidents and Staff

 FROM:    	Thelma Dunlap, CWA Administrative Director

 RE:		FT Surplus/ESTW, CWA Arbitration No. B3-12-002 - Clarification

 DATE:		January 14, 2013

MEMORANDUM

This is to clarify the earlier Memo announcing the settlement
of this Executive Level grievance with the Company. Rather 
than stating that in bargaining we got an agreement from the
Company that they would “properly group FT's based on 
Essentially The Same Type Work ("ESTW")," it would be more
accurate to state that, going forward, all FT's will be grouped
together without regard to their particular job functions -  "an FT is an FT."
This settlement thus maximizes the value of seniority across the
entire title and avoids future arguments about whether groups of FT's are performing ESTW.

You are once again reminded to identify any members who were harmed
(went off the payroll) in the 1st Quarter 2012 surplus because of the
 Company's failure to properly declare among members performing ESTW.

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Oct 29, 2012

AT&T UNFAIR TO RETIREES!

At a time when AT&T continues to make record profits and pays its CEO Randall Stephenson more than $20,000,000.00 a year, the Company has made health care unaffordable for those that are most vulnerable – their retirees. These are the former employees that made AT&T the very successful company that it is today.

CWA is mad as hell about this! In bargaining, CWA has consistently attempted to negotiate improvements for retirees and the Company has refused. Why is this? Sadly, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled back in 1971 that unions can only force companies to bargain about wages, hours, and benefits for current employees. Back in the day we were still able to bargain improvements for retirees because we were able to persuade AT&T that this was the right thing to do. In this era of mean-spirited corporate greed, AT&T has gone in a different direction and it is WRONG!

What can we do? As a start we are asking all active and retired members to write Randall Stephenson and tell him what you think about this shameful attack on retiree medical benefits. You can reach him at:

Randall Stephenson
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer
AT&T Corporation
208 South Akard Street
Dallas, TX  75202-4206

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In Unity,

Judith R. Dennis
CWA District 3 Vice President

 

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