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We will post All CWA/AT&T Bargaining updates here.
Bargaining started Tuesday, February 24, 2009


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See Dallas Central Appraisal District's Page about Randall Stephenson's $5.7M Home in Dallas
(which AT&T bought for him when HQ moved from San Antonio to Dallas)


District 6 Ratification of AT&T SW Contract
November 11, 2009

The AT&T SW Contract was ratified by 59% of the total votes cast by the membership.

The retroactive pay and new pay raise will both be reflected on the December 17th paycheck. That means the new pay raise will start with the Nov. 29th pay period.


CWA/AT&T Southwest Reach Tentative Agreement
Final Bargaining Report October 13, 2009

Please click the following link to download the agreement:
http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/091013_d6.pdf

COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA, AFL-CIO DISTRICT 6
CWA/AT&T-SOUTHWEST TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

The following tentative agreement has been reached after seven long months of contentious bargaining. As a Bargaining Committee we believe, though this agreement is not everything we had hoped for, it is the best we could attain from AT&T. We do not believe that further negotiations will result in any additional improvements. This agreement is not exactly like other regional agreements, but there are similarities. As a committee, we felt it was important to stand our ground and push for the best possible contract we could achieve for the hard working Union members of District 6 because we believe you deserve the best. We unanimously recommend this agreement for ratification.

In Unity,
Richard Kneupper
Ed Pinkelman
Sylvia J. Ramos
Glynne Stanley
Johnna Carlon Lee
Ronnie Gray
Ron Dye
Guy Stewart
Mike Mehringer

Duration: Four-year contract expires April 6, 2013.

Wages and Other Compensation

Guaranteed Annual Wage Increases

  • Full retro pay back to April 5, 2009
  • For Premise Technician, see page 7
  • In May of each year of the contract, 2009 through 2012, a percentage wage increase will be applied exponentially, with no change to the start rate:


  • April 5, 2009 - 3.0%
  • May 1, 2010 - 3.0%
  • May 1, 2011 - 2.75%
  • May 1, 2012 - 2.75% with COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment)


  • New formula for COLA adjustment is 0.5 times the increase CPI-W over 4%.
  • Pension Benefits

    Pension Band Increases:

  • January 1, 2010 - 2%
  • January 1, 2011 - 2%
  • January 1, 2012 - 2%
  • January 1, 2013 - 2% with COLA, if applicable


  • Phased schedule of transition to Pension Protection Act (PPA) becomes effective on January 1, 2012.


  • January 1, 2012 - 25% PPA - 75% GATT
  • January 1, 2013 - 50% PPA - 50% GATT
  • January 1, 2014 - 75% PPA - 25% GATT
  • January 1, 2015 - 100% PPA - 0% GATT
  • Lump Sum Distribution Options

  • The lump sum interest rate will use the average GATT rate from November of the prior year, beginning on January 1, 2010.
  • The same rate will apply for the entire calendar year.
  • From January 1, 2012 until March 31, 2012, the Company will figure the pension using the GATT rate for anyone retiring during this three month period only in 2012.
  • Employees who are laid off and take a lump sum and are rehired have the option to repay the lump sum.
  • The pre-retirement lump sum option survivor benefit is made permanent.
  • Health Plan Changes for Active Employees

    Health Care Premiums, effective April 1, 2010

     2010201120122013
    Individual:$0$15$25$35
    Family:$0$30$50$75

    The following are effective April 1, 2010 continuing for the life of this agreement:

  • All deductibles and out of pocket maximums will be on an individual basis.
  • Annual Deductibles
     Network/ONANon-Network
    Individual:$350$900
    Family:$700$1800
    Out of Pocket (OOP) Maximums, excludes annual deductibles
     Network/ONANon-Network
    Individual:$1000$3000
    Family:$3000$6000
    Co-Pays/Co-Insurance
     Network/ONANon-Network
    Office Visit - Preventative$0/$0, deductible waivedNo Benefit
    Office Visit - Sickness/Illness$0/10% after deductible$0/40% after deductible
    Tests - Preventative$0/$0, deductible waivedNo Benefit
    Tests - Sickness/Illness$0/10% after deductible$0/40% after deductible
    Urgent Care$0/10%, after deductible$0/40% after deductible
    Hospital In-patient/Out-patient$0/10%, after deductible$0/40% after deductible
    Mental Health/Substance Abuse$0/10%, after deductible$0/40% after deductible
    Emergency Room$0/10%, after deductible$0/40% after deductible

    Prescription Drug Plan

  • There are no deductibles in the Prescription Drug Plan.
  • Specialty pharmacy program.
  • Mandatory use of generic drugs - If generic exists and brand selected, then you pay generic co-pay plus the difference between brand and generic. Documentation by doctor can confirm that you must use brand.
  • Maintenance prescriptions are required to be filled through the mail order after second refill at a retail location, or picked up directly at a CVS retail pharmacy.
  • The appeals process will stay in place to pay the lower co-pay rate when a non-formulary drug is medically necessary.
  • Annual Drug Out of Pocket Maximums
     2010201120122013
    Individual:$900$900$900$1200
    Family:$1800$1800$1800$2400
    Co-pays for In-Network: Retail Prescription Drugs (30-day supply)
     2010201120122013
    Generic$10$10$10$10
    Formulary Brand $40$40$40$60
    Co-pays for In-Network: Retail Prescription Drugs (90-day supply)
     2010201120122013
    Generic$20$20$20$20
    Formulary Brand$40$40$40$70
    Non-Formulary Brand$80$80$80$120

    Working Spouse/Partner Surcharge

  • Working Spouse/Partner Contribution eliminated as of April 1, 2010.
  • Active Employees who retire during agreement

  • Active Employees who retire during the life of this agreement will continue to receive Active Employee Healthcare Benefits for the life of this agreement.
  • No changes were made to the following Benefit Plans:

    • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)
    • Disability Plans, both Short Term (STD) and Long Term (LTD)
    • Leaves of Absences, except TLOA
    • Dental
    • Vision
    • CarePlus
    • Adoption

    Only minor changes were made to the following Benefit Plans:

    • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
    • Life Insurance

    New Benefits Added

    Prescription Drug Plan

    • An arrangement has been made between the Company and CVS that will permit pick up at the CVS retail locations of 90 day prescriptions for maintenance drugs while receiving the mail-order rate. This applies even after the prescription has been filled the allowable number of times at a retail pharmacy. This benefit will be available as soon as is administratively possible.

    Commuter Benefit Program

    • This provides an employee-funded account used to reimburse parking and public transportation costs.

    Savings and Security Plan

    • Amended to provide Catch-up Contributions and a Roth 401(k) investment option

    Health Plan Changes for Retirees

    • Our Bargaining Committee requested to bargain for current retirees, but AT&T was very consistent with their response that they were not willing to bargain for current retirees, as current retiree benefits are not a mandatory subject of bargaining.

    The following changes were made by AT&T with input from CWA, on a national basis:

    • Beginning on January 1, 2010, current retirees will have 2 healthcare plan options, depending on whether they are Medicare eligible or not.
      • Pre-Medicare (Pre-65) eligible will have one plan that requires premiums and co-pays and another plan that while it does not require premiums or co-pays, it does have deductibles, co-insurance, and Out of Pocket Maximums.
      • Post-Medicare (Post-65) eligible will have one plan with no premiums but will have co-pays, and another plan with no premiums or co-pays, but this option will include deductibles, co-insurance, and Out of Pocket Maximums.
    • All Prescription Drug Plans include deductibles, Out of Pocket Maximums, and co-pays but no co-insurance.
    • Anyone who retired before September 1, 1992 will see no change in their healthcare coverage.
    • Pre-Medicare retirees that retired after September 1, 1992 will receive funded Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA’s), which can be used for reimbursement of premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and co-insurance as follows:
      • January 1, 2010 - Individual: $850, Family: $1700
      • January 1, 2011- Individual: $150, Family: $300
    • Unused HRA money will roll over from year to year until it is depleted.
    • Future Retirees will be eligible to participate in the AT&T Retiree Vision Care Plan. Future Retirees would pay 100% of the premium equivalent rate. The premiums for 2010 are as follows:
      • Individual - $4.12/month
      • Individual +1 - $7.51/month
      • Family - $10.82/month

    Jobs

    National Transfer Plan

    • National Transfer Plan - The National Transfer Plan (NTP) combines the Intersubsidary Movement Form (IMF), the CWA Surplus Exchange (CSE), and replaces the Enhanced Opportunity/Early Retirement Benefit (EO/ERB). The current external job posting system will be modified to provide for employees who choose to participate as an IMF or CSE participant where positions will be posted for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, the employee may access from both inside or outside the company firewall and employees may contact the regional employment office to determine the status of their request. National Transfers will be considered after the regional job vacancy and Force Adjustment procedures and prior to hiring off the street. The NTP modifications will be completed no later than June 1, 2010. CWA and the Company will have periodic calls to discuss the implementation status and system roll out.

    Temporary Employee Conversion

    • Temporary Employees, with the titles of Customer Services Technician, Cable Splicing Technician, and Senior Consultant, covered by the Memorandum of Agreement dated June 16, 2006, and the extension of that Memorandum, will be considered for Regular, Full-Time employment. Certain Regular, Full-Time employees, who currently have transfers on file, will have consideration for movement to these titles. The Company will complete this process no later than 90 days after ratification of the 2009 Labor Agreement. The Union will have a representative, designated by District 6, to be a part of the conversion process.

    Regional Items

    Night Tour Differential

    • The definition of “Night Tours” and language for Night Tour Differential remains the same as in the current contract for the duration of this Agreement. Implementation of the previously bargained January 1, 2005 change will be delayed until April 7, 2013. This change will be subject to 2013 negotiations.

    Leveraged Service Representative Title

    • Leveraged Service Representative title established in Appendix B for the Consumer and Business Organizations. Pay for this group will be based 60% on guaranteed wages and 40% on incentives.
    • Current Temporary Service Representatives have the option to convert to Regular, Full Time employees in the Leveraged Service Rep title as soon as practicable but no later than 90 days after ratification, or eventually be work completed.
    • Establish a Leveraged Service Representative Sales Committee.

    Incentive Plans

    • An Incentive Plan refers to an individual plan with a beginning and an ending date within the calendar year. CWA will be provided a copy of the Major Incentive Plans that are to be implemented. The Union will continue to monitor the incentive plans with the Company. Employees will not be excluded from participating in an Incentive Plan because of an unsatisfactory appraisal or for being on a step of discipline, except for misconduct.

    Wage Credit Issue

    • When the Company invokes a “Tight Labor Market” to authorize blanket wage credit, notification will be given to the Union to discuss the impact.

    Appendix J, Premises Technicians

    • Obtained a new Retirement medical coverage
    • Obtained a new Pension Plan
    • $3.25/hour applied to all weekly wage steps
    • 2.75% GWI applied to base wages May 1, 2012, with COLA, if applicable
    • Continued protections for employees who were surplused from the Core into Appendix J.
    • Obtained protections for future surplus employees who go into Appendix J from the Core.
    • Improved language on cancellation of hours
    • Improved language on Personal Days off
    • Establish the Premises Technician Best Practice Committee
    • Guaranteed 32 hour work week
    • Overtime limited to 20 hours per week

    Severance

    • Reassignment Pay Protection Plan (RPPP) table will increase by 3% in 2010.
    • Involuntary Severance Table increased by 3% in 2010.

    Employment Security

    • Extended the Employment Security Commitment (ESC) with the Job Offer Guarantee (JOG) within the Scope for all employees on the payroll on or before July 1, 2004. The Company cannot suspend or cancel during the life of the Agreement.
    • Extended Employment Opportunity Period (EEOP) is a new Memorandum of Agreement that extends a modified Job Offer Guarantee (JOG) to employees hired, as regular employees, after July 1, 2004, but prior to April 5, 2009. Modifications include offers in Legacy T entities and the National Internet Contract as well as any job offer made within the Southwest Region. The Company cannot suspend or cancel during the life of the Agreement.

    Success Sharing Plan

    • The Success Sharing Plan (SSP) replaces the Team Performance Award (TPA). There are two components of the Success Sharing Plan: the dividend equivalent and the stock appreciation. Employees will be awarded 150 success units the first of October each year. The success unit is only used as a multiplier in the payout calculation and is not a share of stock nor has any other value. The stock price used will be the closing AT&T stock price on the New York Stock Exchange on October 1 of each year and September 30 of the following year. The increase in stock during those two periods will be multiplied by 150 units for the payout amount. The dividend rate value will be determined by adding each AT&T declared quarterly dividend during the award year and multiplying this total by 150 success units. The payment of the award will normally occur the payday of the last full pay period of November. Employees will receive a total payout based on the difference between the ending award value and the beginning award value for the award year multiplied by 150 success units. The payout for 2010 and 2011 will be stock appreciation only. The dividend portion of the payout in those two years will be used to fund HRA’s for current retirees who are Pre-65. The payout for 2012 and 2013 will be the dividend portion combined with the stock appreciation for all employees.

    Contracting Work

    • Extended notification to Union leadership at least thirty (30) days prior to contracting work which is not being or has not recently been performed by contractors.
    • Continue the ad hoc committee to review work which is being contracted out, and explore alternatives and suggest recommendations to restore work to the Bargaining Unit.

    Service Emergency

    • Any declaration of a Service Emergency must be approved by a Vice-President or equivalent.

    Vacations

    • Continue to make available vacation weeks/days vacated during the vacation year, force requirements permitting. Also make available vacation weeks/days originally offered but not selected in the initial or subsequent interview, force requirements permitting.
    • Extended Memorandum of Agreement - Vacation Portability between organized subsidiaries of AT&T operating in the five-state area (excluding Wireless).

    Separations of Service

    • Continue to allow employees who retire on service pension between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2013 to elect to be paid in lieu of any vacation entitlement due as of the date of retirement.

    Upgrades (Effective first pay period commencing 90 days after contract ratification)

    • Upgrade the Records Clerks in Houston Bill Print Center to Computer Attendants.
    • Upgrade Senior Records Clerks and the Senior Reports Clerk in the San Antonio Payroll Customer Care Group to Senior General Clerks.
    • Upgrade Advanced Computer Attendants in the St. Louis Service Desk Group to Technical Assistance Center Administrators.
    • Upgrade the Senior Records Clerks in the St. Louis Regulatory Accounting Division to Senior Accounting Clerks.

    Overtime

    • Extended the Two-Hour Notification Committee recommendations for the life of the 2009 Labor Agreement.

    Travel Reimbursement

    • Same Day Travel Allowance, less than 60 odometer miles - Increased to .77 cents per odometer mile effective January 1, 2010; .79 cents per mile effective January 1, 2011; .81 cents per mile effective January 1, 2012; and .83 cents per mile effective January 1, 2013.
    • Same Day Travel Allowance, more than 60 odometer miles - Increased to $ 1.13 effective January 1, 2010; $1.16 effective January 1, 2011; $1.19 effective January 1, 2012; and $1.22 effective January 1, 2013.
    • Overnight Temporary Assignment
      • Meals and Incidental Expenses allowance increased to $40 effective January 1, 2010; $41 effective January 1, 2011; $42 effective January 1, 2012, and $43 effective January 1, 2013 .
      • Per Diem Allowance in Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Kansas City, St. Louis and San Antonio increased to $50 effective January 1, 2010; $51 effective January 1, 2011; $52 effective January 1, 2012; and $53 effective January 1, 2013.
      • Partial Per Diem Allowances increased on travel days on January 1, 2010 and January 1, 2013.

    Miscellaneous items

    Net Credited Service (NCS) Tie-Breaker

    • Made permanent in the contract

    Joint Healthcare Cost Containment Committee

    • Renamed Benefit Committee

    CWA Benefit Representatives

    • Extended the 2 Benefit Representative positions

    FMLA

    • Eliminated the Net Credited Service Adjustment for unpaid absences from work on or after July 1, 2004 under a Company approved FMLA leave.

    Retired Local Presidents

    • Will be reimbursed for travel and associated expenses related to meetings held under the auspices of the Strategic Alliance and Common Interest Forums for the life of the agreement.

    Union Leaves of Absence

    • Increased from 120 days to 145 days in the calendar year

    Memoranda of Agreement
    The following Memoranda of Agreement were extended:

    • Military Leave of Absence
    • Uniform Services Leave of Absence/Operation Iraqi Freedom
    • Motor Vehicle Usage Program
    • Service Leader
    • Recovery of Wage or Benefit Overpayments
    • Facilities Locate Work
    • Four-Day Work Week
    • Hometown Job Security Commitment (HJSC)
    • Monitoring
    • Vacation Portability
    • Expedited Arbitration
    • Informal Surplus
    • Strategic Alliance
    • Statement of Renewed Commitment to the Strategic Alliance
    • CWA Internal Appeal Process 

    The following committee recommendations were extended:

    Communications Consultants

    • Extended the October 17, 2003 Recommendations of the Communications Consultant Joint Leadership Forum for the life of the 2009 Labor Agreement.

    Good Jobs in 8 and GPS

    • Extended the provisions of the June 25, 2002 Ad Hoc Problem Solving Committee Recommendations on Good Jobs in 8 and GPS, through the life of the 2009 Labor Agreement.

    Operators and Console Operators

      • Extended the provisions of the June 9, 1999 Recommendations of the Operator Task Force for the duration of this Agreement.
      • Extended the protection for Operators hired prior to November 5, 1995.

    Revenue Management Representative

    • Extended the September 1, 2000 Recommendations of the Revenue Management Representative Working Group for the life of 2009 Labor Agreement.

    Service Representative

    • Extended the October 17, 2002 Joint Agreements of the Service Representative Review Committee, for the duration of the 2009 Labor Agreement.
    • The prohibition against Decision Making Leaves (DML’s) and dismissals of Service Representatives solely for sales and/or adherence performance will remain in effect through the life of the contract.

    Two Hour Notification

      Continued the November 2008 Recommendations of the Two Hour Notification Committee for the duration of the 2009 Labor Agreement.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #143
    October 9, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, October 9, 2009. Several issues continue to be unresolved. Major issues include: Wages, Retroactive Pay, Premises Technicians work rules, Scheduling, and Overtime. The overall list continues to narrow and the parties continue to work toward an agreement.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #142
    October 5, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Monday, October 5, 2009. The parties discussed the following issues today, Prescription Drug Plan, Medicare, Appendix J, Leveraged Titles, Working Spouse Contributions, Care Plus and Life Insurance. Several major issues are still unresolved, however; some progress was made and numerous questions answered.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN...............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #141
    October 2, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, October 2, 2009. CWA & AT&T continue to bargain with discussions on Leveraged Title, Premise Technicians, and other important items.

    Some progress has been made, however, there are still major issues that are unresolved. Both parties will continue to meet in hopes of making additional progress.

    We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #140
    September 30, 2009

    This report is for Tuesday September 29, 2009. Bargaining continued today with discussions on Leveraged Title, Service Representative Task Force Agreement, Closed Key Time for Service Representatives, Incentive Plans, Two Hour Notice Committee Recommendations, and Utilizing Volunteers first for Overtime assignments. Some recent progress has been made, however there are still major unresolved issues that the parties will continue to work on.

    We will keep you posted as more information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #139
    September 28, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, September 24, 2009. This morning the CWA Bargaining Committee met with some of the Company Representatives for an overview of the Prefer to Refer (P2R) Customer Referral Program. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to this program and requested copies of several of the documents. After a lengthy discussion, the Union and Company agreed to meet this afternoon as soon as the Company has their Package of Proposals ready to present for consideration.

    This afternoon, the Company presented their Best and Final Offer to CWA. The Union is currently in the process of reviewing these proposals and upon completion we will provide everyone with a detailed report.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #138
    September 24, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, September 23, 2009. The Company and the Union have been in contact with each other in regards to the status of the Company's complete package of proposals, which was to be presented to the Union today. AT&T has notified us that there has been a delay in gathering all the information, and it is now our understanding that they should have the package ready by noon tomorrow.

    The CWA Leveraged Title Sub-Committee received some of the information that had been previously requested from the Company in regards to the numerous Incentive Programs. The Union plans to review all documents thoroughly and respond accordingly.

    Plans are to meet with the Company tomorrow morning for an overview of the Prefer to Refer Incentive Program. (P2R)

    We will keep you posted.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #137
    September 24, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, September 22, 2009. The Leverage Title Sub-Committees met today to continue negotiations. Unfortunately, after three days of discussions, there is nothing new to report. Ultimately, the Company has REFUSED to renew the Service Representative Task Force Agreement (SRTFA) in its entirety. Losing the protections of the SRTFA would mean that current Service Representatives that are Less than Satisfactory in Sales would NOW be Subject to Discipline.

    At the same time, the Company wants us to agree to a Leverage Title that realistically isn't LEVERAGED AT ALL; at best I would refer to it as PAY FOR PERFORMANCE. As you are aware, the Company has proposed a 60% wage scale with 40% at-RISK. The Leveraged Representative must qualify in order to be eligible for any part of the 40% payout. The formula is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!! To begin with the Leverage Title must meet the Number of Calls Handled and the Productivity percentages in order to qualify. If they do not meet BOTH of those objectives they are disqualified from any form of payout. In addition to meeting all of these targets, the Leverage Title is required to meet at least 50% of the sales objective in each category to be paid out in each of those three categories. This is unbelievable.

    In the Full Committee meeting, discussions took place in regards to the Premise Technician job responsibilities. The Company made it clear that if they were going to increase the Prem Tech's wages by $3.25 an hour they were going to require that they perform ALL inside work including Home Networking.

    We are expecting the Company to provide us with a complete package in the next day or two. We will keep you posted.

    AT&T MUST STOP CORPORATE GREED--------TAKE CARE OF YOUR EMPLOYEES------------WE DESERVE A FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #136
    September 22, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, September 21, 2009. The Leverage Title Sub-Committee met today to continue discussions. The Company provided some of the documentation that the Union had requested in reference to the Leverage Title 40% payout. After a lengthy discussion with numerous clarifying questions asked by the Union, the Company agreed to research and respond accordingly.

    Discussions also took place pertaining to the renewal of the Service Representative Task Force Agreement. The Company is adamant about changing the current language of this agreement, particularly the protections for Service Representatives that do not meet the Sales Objective. The Company has also requested to delete the Average Handling Time and Adherence section of the Agreement. CWA's lawsuit that is pending over the number of Closed Key Times that Service Representatives can take, was also discussed.

    The Union also requested an update on the status of the Incentive Plan information that was requested on July 7, 2009.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #135
    September 21, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Friday, September 19, 2009. The Leveraged Title Sub-Committee met today to continue discussions. The Union also opened discussion surrounding the Service Representative Task Force Agreement. The Union stressed the importance of renewing that agreement. After a lengthy meeting, with numerous questions left unanswered, both committees agreed to meet on Monday to continue negotiations. In the meantime, the Company will attempt to gather the information that the Union has requested.

    The full committees also met today with the Union presenting formal proposals on Premises Technicians work, wages and work rules and the Employment Security Commitment to cover all employees on payroll prior to ratification.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN......................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #134
    September 18, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Thursday, September 17, 2009. The Union and the Company continued formal negotiations today. The Company presented the Union with a package of proposals pertaining to Premises Technicians/Appendix J, Leveraged Titles for Consumer, Credit and Collections, and the Employment Security Commitment carve out for employees hired between 2004 and 2009, that are not currently covered under the existing Employment Security Commitment/JOG. The Union plans to spend the rest of the day carefully reviewing the documents that were presented by the Company.

    A joint sub-committee has also been formed to work specifically on the Leveraged Title issue.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..................................
    UNITED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #133
    September 16, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, September 15, 2009. CWA and AT&T met formally today to continue negotiations. Numerous items were discussed including: Benefits, Leveraged Titles, Premises Technicians, Temporary Full Time Positions, Pensions, Treatment of New Hires, Current Employees, Service Representative Task Force Agreement, Cost of Living Adjustments, Ratification Bonus, and Health Reimbursement Accounts. CWA indicated a willingness to move in several areas, but made it clear that improvements were still needed in numerous other areas to move the negotiations forward. In other words, CWA indicated we were willing to work on some of the Company issues if AT&T was willing to work on some of ours. AT&T indicated they were not willing to make any additional movement on Wages or make significant changes from what has already been discussed for Premises Technicians, or Treating Converted Temporary employees like New Hires under the benefit plans. Pension Increases equal to wages is still a major issue, as well as treating 04 to 09 employees equally under the Employment Security Commitment/Job Offer Guarantee. Other issues not mentioned in this report also remain on the table.

    We will keep you posted as new developments arise.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #132
    September 14, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Monday, September 14, 2009. CWA and AT&T had numerous contacts this weekend in an attempt to close the gap on health care and wages. Most of today was spent with the CWA Committee discussing different options in regards to health care. Additional contacts with AT&T produced no movement by the Company on wages, which was key to CWA in moving the bargaining forward.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #131
    September 14, 2009

    This report is for Friday, September 11, 2009. CWA and AT&T met today to continue bargaining. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to the revised Health Care Plan presented by the Company on Thursday. The Union also offered possible alternatives and agreements on some other items to try to break the deadlock on proposals on wages and health care. The Company agreed to research some of the requests made by CWA.

    The Union will be on call through the weekend. We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    CWA would like to Thank All the Locals that sent in pictures/cameras for use in future mobilization campaigns.

    United We Bargain…………………..
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #130
    September 11, 2009

    This report is for Thursday, September 10, 2009. CWA and AT&T met today to continue Bargaining. Lengthy discussions pertaining to Wages and Health Care took place. CWA continues to research and consider other possible options which would benefit our Members and lead to negotiating a Fair and Just Agreement. The Company presented a revised health care plan for the Union to consider. CWA will be reviewing it thoroughly and costing it out to determine its value to see whether the plan is worthwhile.

    Both parties agreed to reconvene tomorrow. We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    United We Bargain…………………..
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #129
    August 28, 2009

    This report is for Thursday August 27, 2009.

    Bargaining continued today with some discussion on almost all of the remaining items that are still on the bargaining table. AT&T continues to refuse to make any movement on these items. The Company indicated that they would reassess the situation and respond accordingly.

    One thing is very clear; AT&T does not seem to be able to bargain at more than one table at a time. First it was District 4, then District 9, and now apparently somewhere else, but still not here in District 6. As a result based on these facts the CWA Bargaining Committee was released to return to their homes today. The CWA Bargaining Committee has been at the bargaining table for over 6 months and away from their homes and families since the break in June. The committee will return after the labor day break and will continue bargaining at that time.

    The CWA Bargaining Committee appreciates everyone’s continuous support and understanding during this lengthy and trying bargaining process. The Bargaining Committee would like everyone to know that they are committed to work for each of you to get the best contract possible. They ask that you continue to support them in this most important endeavor.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    United We Bargain…………………..
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #128
    August 27, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, August 26, 2009.

    Today, a lively, and at times heated exchange occurred with the CWA Bargaining Committee as they told AT&T that their retrogressive proposals were unacceptable. As an example, utilizing volunteers first for overtime assignments has been the standard for many years, yet now AT&T demands that be modified. CWA wants that issue removed from the table, and asked the Company what it would take to get it off the table. AT&T cannot, or will not respond to that question. A large portion of the remaining issues on the table are in AT&T’s view, their final position. Additionally, they cannot, or will not, move on any other remaining items, unless CWA gives up more. What AT&T wants to do is tilt the bargaining table toward them to the extent that many items roll out of your pocket, and into theirs. When we entered into this round of bargaining we believed the real main issue was health care, but it appears even if we moved significantly on that, it would not be enough for AT&T. They want more, much more, that they do not even need, which is totally unacceptable to your elected Bargaining Committee.

    We continue to work from lists of issues (proposals are well defined at this point in time) trying to reduce the number of items on the table. It makes little sense to your Bargaining Committee to give up something we already had to get something we already have. In our view the Company needs to move the retrogression off the table on many of these types of items, which would then leave the larger issues of Health Care/Benefit Treatment for New Hires, Converted Temporary Employees, Premises Technicians, Pension Improvements, Lump Sum Pension Options, Premises Technicians work, Work Rules, Wages, and Leveraged Titles to be dealt with.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    United We Bargain…………………..
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/ATT Bargaining Report #127
    August 25, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, August 24, 2009. Discussions continued today with the bargaining committee again focusing on a package of issues and trying to reduce the number of bargaining items still on the table. Issues that are still major sticking points in the current package of items the parties are working on are, AT&T proposals on the Employment Security Commitment, Success Sharing Plan, and no longer using volunteers first for overtime assignments. AT&T continues to refuse to renew the existing Succesorship Clause, EO/ERB MOA, or make any improvements for Appendix I employees at the Corporate Call Centers.

    Health Care, Pensions, Premise Technicians, Wages, Leveraged Titles, Service Representative Task Force Agreement, and others are still on the table to be resolved.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    United We Bargain…………………..
    Divided we Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/ AT&T Bargaining Report #126
    August 21, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Friday, August 21, 2009. Representatives from CWA and AT&T's Bargaining Committees met today to continue negotiations. Discussions focused on employment security with AT&T wanting to carve out employees hired after April 4, 2004 and provide them with different options under the Job Offer Guarantee then employees hired prior to April 4, 2004. CWA proposals would keep the agreement as is and include employees hired after the April 2004 date, keeping the JOG option the same for everyone. The existing Successorship clause was also discussed again which would protect employees’ wages, benefits and working conditions in the event of a sale of a Company exchange. AT&T continues to refuse to renew this protection. The existing Employment Opportunity/Enhanced Early Retirement agreement was also discussed which would provide enhanced options if follow the work options occur outside of the District. AT&T continues to refuse to renew this agreement. AT&T proposals will weaken the existing employment security net that exists today. CWA continued to argue for the renewal of these existing agreements.

    We will keep you posted as new information becomes available.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #125
    August 21, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, August 20, 2009. CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees resumed Formal Bargaining sessions today. Discussions took place on the following items; Night Differential/Night Tours, Cost of Living Adjustments, Strategic Alliance Agreement, Employment Security Commitment, Contracting Out Sub-Committee, Two-Hour Notification Committee, Successorship provision, numerous Supplemental Statements, and other items. Some progress was made today, however; we are still far apart on the major issues. The parties will continue to work to reduce the number of issues that are still on the bargaining table.

    The CWA Bargaining Committee will continue to review all proposals in hopes of reaching a FAIR and JUST Contract. We will keep you posted as progress is made.

    KEEP THE FAITH-------

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #124
    August 14, 2009

    There is nothing new to report today from the bargaining table.

    The following is an update on many of the issues that are still unresolved at the bargaining table:

    Wages
    Cost of Living Adjustments
    Health Care
    Pension Increases
    Lump Sum Pension Options at the GATT Rate
    Renew distribution options for Service Pensions for active employees
    Payments for Current Retirees
    Premises Technicians Work, Work Rules and Pay
    Service Representative Task Force Agreement
    Decision Making Leave Prohibitions for Service Representatives
    Leveraged Titles - 60% pay and 40% at risk based on sales
    Incentive Plans
    Voluntary Overtime
    Night Differentials/Night Tour
    Employment Security Commitment (job Offer Guarantee)
    Successorship Clause (protects employee wages, benefits and working conditions in the event of a sale of Company exchange/property)
    Extensions of all Letters of Agreement unless specifically discussed that they will not be renewed
    Memorandum Enhanced Opportunity/Early Retirement Benefit (if work is moved outside of the District and employees can follow the work with improved options)
    Savings Plan Improvements
    Renew Supplemental Statement on no adjustment of Net Credited Service due to unpaid absence under approved FMLA
    Appendix I Improvements
    Renewal of all other Supplemental Statements
    Retroactivity Payments

    The following items have been Tentatively Approved subject to a final agreement being reached:

    Temporary Employee Conversion
    Travel Article Improvements
    Vacations/Offering Vacated Weeks (renewed)
    Assigned Overtime (renewed)
    Vice President Approval for Service Emergency (renewed)
    Temporary Employees off role having priority consideration for rehire
    Agreement on Statement of Renewed Commitment (renewed)
    Net Credited Service Tie- Breaker moved into contract
    CWA Internal Appeal Procedures for Arbitration (renewed)
    Presidential Council (renewed)
    Card Check and Neutrality Agreement (renewed)
    Military Leaves of Absence (with modification)
    MOA on Iraqi Freedom (renewed)
    Motor Vehicle Usage Plan (employee removed can be challenged under just cause provision)
    MOA on Service Leader (renewed)
    MOA on Recovery of Overpayment (renewed)
    MOA on Facilities Locate Work (renewed)
    Recommendations of Good Job in 8 and Global Positioning System (renewed)
    MOA on Four (4) Day Work Week (renewed)
    Revenue Management Representatives Task Force Agreement (renewed)
    Communications Consultant Task Force Agreement (renewed)
    MOA on Hometown Job Security Commitment (renewed)
    Monitoring Agreement (renewed)
    MOA on Vacation Portability (renewed)
    MOA on Expedited Arbitration (renewed)

    We will update you as new information becomes available.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #123
    August 12, 2009

    There is nothing new to report at this time. Another bargaining report will not be posted until which time we have some new information to share.

    Mobilization will continue. Please keep in close contact with your Local Union for the latest mobilization updates.

    United we Bargain – Divided we Beg.

    Strength in Numbers, lets sign-up the Non-Members!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #122
    August 11, 2009

    This report is for Monday, August 9, 2009.

    There is nothing new to report at this time. No meetings were held today.

    United We Bargain.....................
    Divided we Beg!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #121
    August 10, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, August 7, 2009. CWA and AT&T Representatives met informally today to continue discussions. Premise Technicians work, and work rules were discussed as well as future retiree healthcare and incentive plans.

    At this point, we will continue reviewing and assessing bargaining proposals in an attempt to reach a FAIR and JUST Contract for our members. Slight progress has been made in a few areas this week, but we are still far apart on MAJOR items. We will continue to work diligently in your best interest.

    We would like everyone to stay INVOLVED in all Mobilization activity. AT&T must understand that we will not stop our fight until we reach a FAIR agreement. It is extremely important that all of our members understand why we must take such a STRONG STAND AGAINST AT&T's OUTSOURCING AND INSOURCING. We must BEAT AT&T at their own GAME----Plan for the FUTURE of our LABOR MOVEMENT by securing our jobs here in the UNITED STATES. AT&T must STOP their Corporate GREED and START leading by example by providing jobs in America.

    We will keep you posted on any bargaining updates as needed.

    DISTRICT 6.........
    ENGAGED--------INVOLVED--------UNITED-------READY AND WILLING TO FIGHT FOR OUR FUTURE!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN................................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA District 6 /AT&T Bargaining Update
    August 7, 2009

    WORD Doc to hang on Union boards

    RE: CWA District 6/AT&T Bargaining

    Dear CWA Members:

    I want to thank each of you for your ongoing support and mobilization these past 6 months. We all knew these negotiations would be the toughest we have faced in our careers; we just had no idea the extent of the greed of this wealthy Company. I also want to express my appreciation for our elected bargaining committee. With all the challenges they have had to face, they remain determined to bargain a fair contract.

    I offer my congratulations to District 4 on the ratification of their contract with AT&T. Now that the District 4 AT&T Midwest contract has ratified, it would seem a simple matter for our District 6 Bargaining Committee to accept the same contract. However, it is not that simple. AT&T did not agree to a National table for bargaining. And our District 6 members expect and deserve to have their contract bargained by their elected District 6 representatives. AT&T maintains that we must operate in the economic framework established in the Midwest. We in District 6 disagree that another bargaining unit will set the parameters for our bargaining. AT&T is certainly unwilling to accept the parameters of the Verizon East Agreement.

    When we entered into negotiations, we were aware that some changes to our health care plan may be necessary. We never expected AT&T to throw out our entire benefit package and have us adopt the Company's philosophical idea of health care. One of the Company's major arguments has been they need "consumer driven" health care. However, premiums have nothing to do with "consumer driven" plans. I think AT&T has forgotten that we had a 21-day nationwide strike over health care premiums in 1983. The truth is AT&T wants you to pay more for your health care. Every dollar that comes out of your pocket for health care is added to the already $6.2 billion in profits they have made this year.

    Before the ink was dry on the 2004 contract, Randall Stephenson stated AT&T needed a different "cost structure." What this means is AT&T intends to lower our members' standard of living! The shift of health care costs is just the first step. Service Reps and CSTs have been two of the core jobs you could depend on to earn an upper middle class living--jobs where you could afford to buy a house and send your children to college. You could also depend on a good pension and health care when you retired. AT&T wants to lower the standard of living for those who have traditionally sold their products and those who have traditionally provided installation and repair at the customer's premise.

    AT&T proposed a Leveraged Service Rep title prior to bargaining. District 6 and every CWA bargaining unit refused the Company's proposal. It is a race to the bottom. Only the IBEW agreed to the Leveraged Service Rep. A Leveraged Service Rep would receive 60% of the base pay of a Service Rep. Then he/she would need to earn the other 40% of compensation through Company-controlled commissions or bonuses or whatever management may determine their objectives are for that day. In addition, many Service Reps are working 6 days. A Leveraged Service Rep would only be paid overtime on the 60% of the base salary, not on the commission or other gimmicks the Company may institute. In my opinion this race to the bottom is a mistake.

    Prem Techs are the Installers/Repairmen of the future. They are required to work in attics, drop walls and perform much more technical work than Installers of the past. Yet, the Company expects them to work for less pay and less retiree benefits. The Company even refuses to allow them to have the same work rules as other outside craft. It is just another example of a new management style that no longer views us as partners.

    It is my belief that we should leave things better than we found them. We should strive to make this country a better place to live for our children and grandchildren. We should strive to make our Union a stronger Union for the younger members. And we should strive to make AT&T a better place to work for the next generation. We have always had to fight to improve the future for those who follow.

    Myself, I would rather stand and fight AT&T, win or lose, than bow down to them and live on my knees.

    In Unity,

    Andy Milburn, Vice President


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #120
    August 7, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, August 6, 2009. There were no meetings today between the parties. The CWA Bargaining Committee utilized the day to assess its position on numerous bargaining proposals and review additional financial information. Major issues that are still pending are Benefits, Premise Technicians work, pay and work rules, Service Representative Task Force Agreement, Leveraged Titles, and numerous others that are still unresolved.

    CWA has various mobilization activities scheduled for today, and into this WEEKEND.

    Please check with your Local Union for specific details.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN......................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #119
    August 6, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, August 5, 2009. CWA and AT&T Bargaining Representatives met informally today, to continue discussions on a new collective bargaining agreement. Progress to report was made today in the discussions concerning conversion of Temporary Employees, the Strategic Alliance Agreement, and Increases in the Reassignment Pay Protection Plan/Involuntary Surplus Tables. Many major issues are still unresolved however; the parties are continuing to work to narrow the list and work toward an agreement.

    As we approach August 8, 2009 we must continue FULL SPEED AHEAD with our Mobilization Activities. Please make sure to check with your Local Union for the implementation of our Phase III Strike Preparation Plan.

    Also, please click the link below to view the following music clip:
    AT&T's Greed - Truckin'

    United We Bargain................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #118
    August 5, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, August 4, 2009. Informal meetings took place today with the parties discussing ways to narrow the package further leaving only the more major unresolved items.

    The CWA Bargaining committee is reviewing these items and hopes to respond tomorrow.

    Please check with your Local Union for the most current Mobilization Activity schedules.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #117
    August 4, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, August 3, 2009. There is nothing new to report from the bargaining table today.

    Our Mobilization is going strong, however; we MUST step up the pace! We are kicking off our Educational Phase on AT&T's Foreign Outsourcing. We will be targeting everyone everywhere to make sure that they have a clear understanding on our position AGAINST AT&T sending our Jobs to foreign countries at a time where we are experiencing economic stress and job loss at home. THIS IS TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE for AMERICAN TELEPHONE and TELEGRAPH. AT&T also continues to in-source workers from foreign countries, which also displaces jobs for various communities where these jobs are maintained.

    As a reminder, please be ready to implement Phase III of our Strike Preparation Plan. Strike schedules will be posted by noon on Thursday. If you have any questions please check with your Local Mobilization Coordinator or your Local Strike Captain.

    *************FOUR MORE DAYS UNTIL “D” DAY*************

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #116
    July 31, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday July 31, 2009. There is no new information to report at this time. Bargaining committee members will remain on call throughout the weekend.

    Additional mobilization activities are scheduled for this weekend so members are urged to participate by contacting their Local Union for specific details on how to help.

    AT&T’s outsourcing of thousands of jobs to foreign countries is a dismal record and all American workers should be outraged. These are jobs that could be offered to thousands of workers right here in the communities where our members and their families work and live, supporting and building a stronger U.S. economy, and jobs for our kids and grandkids, our neighbors and jobs that have a decent standard of living. Remember two thirds of the economy is driven by consumers and consumers are workers. The Outsourcing of thousands of what should be good American jobs is nothing more than Corporate Greed at its finest.

    We plan to focus on this more in the near future.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN ------------------------------------ DIVIDED WE BEG


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #115
    July 30, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, July 30, 2009. CWA and AT&T did not meet formally today. There is no new information at this time.

    CWA District 6 has been totally engaged in Mobilization. We must continue these efforts until we have reached a FAIR and Just Contract for ALL of our MEMBERS! Full-page newspaper ads were purchased in most major cities in District 6. These ads include AT&T's 6.2 Billion Dollar earnings for the first 6 months of the year. A Company this profitable has no reason to be as GREEDY as they are demonstrating at the bargaining table.

    Click the following link to see the full-page ad:
    http://files.cwa-union.org/National/ATT/CWA_ATTads_f9.pdf

    SHAME ON YOU AT&T

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.....................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #114
    July 30, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, July 29, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee continues to review and develop strategies over all the remaining items that are still on the bargaining table. Additional options for a medical plan that were presented by AT&T did not impress the CWA Bargaining Committee as all they did was shift costs from one part of the plan to another. No formal meetings were held today and there is nothing new to report at this time.

    CWA wants to continue to remind everyone of our continued MOBILIZATION ACTIVITY. PLEASE make sure that you contact your local for scheduled activities.

    Also, we are asking all officers as a precaution to update their Local's STRIKE schedules as we continue our bargaining process.

    Next week we will be rallying AGAINST AT&T's Foreign Outsourcing. It is high time AT&T LEAD BY EXAMPLE by keeping Jobs here in the United States. AMERICAN TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH needs to help keep AMERICAN'S employed and STOP talking out both sides of their mouth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    STAY ENGAGED-----INVOLVED AND INFORMED!!!!!!

    DON'T FORGET RED THURSDAYS AND BLACK FRIDAYS

    UNITED WE BARGAIN................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #113
    July 29, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, July 28, 2009. CWA and AT&T met today informally to continue discussions. The Company provided some additional options for CWA to review on the medical plan. CWA indicated they would consider the options.

    We are still encouraging Locals to continue their own creative mobilization activities engaging all of their members. Members are urged to keep in contact with their Local Unions for the latest mobilization updates.

    Check out some of the most recent mobilization activity by District 6 in St. Louis, Missouri from Local 6300 by clicking on the following link: http://district6.cwa-union.org/news/taking-a-stand-for-bargaining-against-at-t-s-corporate-greed.html.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN------------DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #112
    July 28, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, July 27, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committee met today to continue negotiations. The Company provided some answers to some of the Union’s questions pertaining to certain benefit items. The Company also provided a chart to help track benefit treatment when individuals transfer from one bargaining unit to another or from Appendix J to another job within the core agreement.

    The Union presented the Company with revised or counter proposals on Premise Technicians-Appendix J, Team Performance Award, a Joint Benefit Forum, and the Training Advisory Board.

    Some additional questions regarding the Success Sharing Plan and Leveraged titles were verbally answered by AT&T.

    We will keep you posted.

    CWA IS ENCOURAGING EVERY MEMBER TO GET INVOLVED AND……
    MOBILIZE……MOBILIZE……MOBILIZE……MOBILIZE

    IN SUPPORT OF YOUR BARAINING COMMITTEE.
    Please check with your Local for the latest Mobilization Activity.

    We must let the Company know that we are SERIOUS about bargaining a good CONTRACT! The Company must UNDERSTAND that we are not going to stop our Mobilization activities until we reach a FAIR AND JUST Agreement!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN…………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!

    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #111
    July 24, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, July 24, 2009. CWA and AT&T did not have any meetings today. CWA is waiting for a response from AT&T on discussions that have already taken place on how the disagreements on AT&T's proposals on health care could possibly be resolved. Currently there are no plans to meet this weekend but the CWA Bargaining Committee remains on call.

    It is extremely important for ALL LOCALS to stay engaged in all Mobilization activity. As you know we will be hand billing this weekend, so please check with your locals for details as to the time and location. We also have Mobilization activity scheduled for next week. In addition different Locals are scheduling rallies and informational pickets. One of our main focus items is AT&T's FOREIGN OUTSOURCING of Thousands of Jobs that could be located in the United States. After all it is American Telephone and Telegraph, remember!!!! We must UNITE and SEND our message to AT&T TO KEEP JOBS IN THE United States and to stop outsourcing jobs to the Philippines and Argentina just to name a few.

    Thank you for your continued support. We will keep you posted.

    United We Bargain................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/ATT Bargaining Report #110
    July 23, 2009

    This report is for Thursday July 23, 2009.

    There were no formal meetings today as earlier discussions between CWA and AT&T on health care are being researched and numbers crunched to see if solutions discussed are viable. Additional solutions are still being considered by the CWA Bargaining Committee in ways to resolve the differences between the parties. If any real progress can be made in this area it will depend on the outcome of these discussions, and how these possible solutions impact the plan economically. CWA will have to weigh the results of these discussions once all the answers have been provided.

    Today, AT&T reported solid profit earnings for the second quarter of 2009. AT&T reported a net income of $3.2 billion dollars. This is not just a wireless company; the wireline built this Company, and it continues to help make AT&T a very successful and profitable company.

    Premises Technicians installed U-verse to over 248,000 customers in the second quarter to reach 1.6 million customers. AT&T has said "they will continue to increase the backbone capacity to enhance the premier set of advanced global business solutions as they have said that this is AT&T's strength, and these are the drivers that will lead growth as the economy turns.”

    AT&T also showed improved trends in consumer revenue connections. Combined wireline consumer broadband and TV connections increased by 363,000 in the second quarter, and 1.9 million over the past year. AT&T posted it's sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in consumer wireline revenues per household, up 2.1 percent.

    Total second quarter wireline business customer revenues, which include results from enterprise, wholesale, government, education, medical and small to mid size business customers totaled 10.6 billion, after a 10.7 billion in the first quarter.

    This shows that AT&T is a very profitable company. Last year AT&T profited 12.9 billion dollars and they show to be on track for the same profits this year. This is proof that the wireline side of the business is still a huge part of the success and profitability of At&t. Let's continue to stand together and win this fight for a fair and just contract.

    Remember AT&T Executives don't just pull these profits out of the air. Its CWA members and AT&T employees through their toil on the job everyday that makes these profits for AT&T. Contract negotiations is the time for AT&T to reward CWA members for the hard work they do everyday and the extra mile that many CWA members go to take care of AT&T customers.

    Members are urged to participate in Saturday's planed Mobilization Activities. Please contact your Local Union for details. These collective actions on the part of CWA members are critical to winning a fair and just contract from AT&T. Hand-billing of key targeted locations has proven to be successful in the past and the CWA bargaining committee is urging strong participation across District 6. We must keep our mobilization activities going strong and escalating those actions as needed until we reach an agreement with AT&T.

    United We Bargain ------------------------------- Divided We Beg


    CWA/ATT Bargaining Report #109
    July 23, 2009

    This report is for Wednesday July 22, 2009. Informal meetings continued today with the Company to discuss possible ways to bridge the disagreement over AT&T's health care proposals. CWA continues to press AT&T for a better health care option than what is being offered, and is discussing possible ways to modify those proposals to make them more acceptable. The Committee is awaiting a response from the Company on these matters to see if any progress can be made on this issue.

    Members are urged to participate in Thursday’s and Saturday’s Mobilization Activities. Please contact your Local Union for details. This type of Hand-billing of key information at targeted locations has proven to be successful in the past. Lets keep our mobilization activities going strong and escalate as needed until we have reached a fair and just agreement.

    Don't forget Red Thursday, and Black Fridays.

    United We Bargain ----- Divided WE Beg


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #108
    July 22, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Today CWA and AT&T met informally to discuss the on-going negotiations. There is no progress to report at this time. CWA continues to consider options on health care proposals and strategy to bargain the best health care possible for our members and their families.

    United We Bargain.......................
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #107
    July 21, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, July 20,2009. CWA met with AT&T and the Company presented the Union with another updated package of Proposals for the Unions review. The Company's proposal included a modified proposal on Health Care, Temporary Employees, Console Operator, Leveraged Titles, and Benefit Representatives. The Company's position on their health care proposal was so ridiculous that the Union walked out of the meeting.

    The CWA committee returned to their work room to further review the proposal, but on its face it is completely unsatisfactory, woefully inadequate, and without regard to the needs of our members and their families.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #106
    July 20, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Saturday, July 18, 2009. Friday evening CWA met with AT&T and the Company presented the Union with a updated package of Proposals for the Unions review. CWA is reviewing those proposals.

    Today, Saturday the Union presented to the Company revised proposals on Benefits, Wage Treatments, the Medical Plan, Temporary Employee Conversion, and improvements in the RPPP Tables and Involuntary Surplus tables. The Union also asked questions pertaining to some of the proposals in the Company's package.

    No meetings are planned for Sunday.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #105
    July 17, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, July 17, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee has been working diligently on a Comprehensive Bargaining Proposal to present to AT&T. We anticipate that AT&T will present a package of proposals later today or early evening to bring the table up to a current status based on past informal discussions.

    Plans are to work this weekend as needed. We will keep you posted.

    United We Bargain...................
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #104
    July 17, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, July 16, 2009. CWA and AT&T bargaining Committees met today to continue negotiations. The Union presented the Company with formal proposals on Temporary Full Time and Premise Technicians. The Company was interested in what our response would be to their Medical Proposal, which was presented to the Union yesterday. CWA stated that they were still in the process of reviewing the Company’s Medical Proposal. The Company presented to the Union two revised letters pertaining to Pensions and Healthcare Benefits with some corrections. After discussions, both parties agreed to continue negotiations tomorrow. We will keep you posted.

    United We Bargain...................
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #103
    July 15, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday July 15, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee has been waiting most of the day for the Company to respond to our proposals from yesterday.

    It has been announced that CWA District 4 has reached a tentative agreement with AT&T in the Midwest. (Click here for details) This agreement does not apply to District 6. We are continuing to bargain in an attempt to reach a fair, just, and equitable contract for our members here in District 6.

    We will keep you posted.

    United We Bargain.....................
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #102
    July 14, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, July 14, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met today to continue formal negotiations.

    The Union presented the Company with a formal proposal on numerous benefit issues and wages. There was a lively discussion between the parties on these issues but no agreement was reached. CWA told AT&T that in our view CWA made significant movement to attempt to resolve the differences between the parties on health care, pensions and post employment benefits.

    We will keep you posted.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN...................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #101
    July 13, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Monday, July 13, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met formally today to continue negotiations.

    In an attempt to move negotiations forward, the Company agreed today to reclassify their Last, Best and Final Offer to a May 12, 2009 Company Bargaining Proposal. This is a positive move which will now allow the parties to move forward.

    Your CWA bargaining committee worked this past Saturday and Sunday reviewing numerous documents and reassessing their bargaining positions. The Union was also on several conference calls this weekend discussing other bargaining tactics.

    Plans are to meet again with the Company this afternoon. We will keep you posted.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………………..................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #100
    July 13, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday July 10, 2009. There were no meetings between the parties today. The CWA Bargaining Committee is calling on all members to continue to contact their Local Unions and get involved directly with the mobilization activities. The time to mobilize is now more important than ever.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN----------------------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #99
    July 10, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, July 9, 2009. There were no meetings between the parties today. The Company continues to demand significant cost shifting on health care, while holding numerous other existing issues hostage to these demands. The CWA Bargaining Committee is calling on all members to contact their Local Unions and get involved directly with the mobilization activities. The time to mobilize is now more important than ever.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN----------------------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #98
    July 9, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, July 8, 2009. There were no meetings today between the parties. The CWA Bargaining Committee utilized the day as a workday to study and review bargaining proposals and gather information from the field on pertinent issues.

    Plans are to meet with AT&T tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN---------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #97
    July 8, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, July 7, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees continued negotiations. Discussions included: Temporary Employees to Full Time, Pensions, Benefit Committee, Contracting, CWA Benefit Representative, and the Service Representative Task Force Agreement.

    The Union requested the status of requests to identify contracting by AT&T outside of the U.S and other data on Leveraged Titles and sales information on current Service Representatives. The Union also presented the Company with additional information requests on Company Incentives programs.

    We are scheduled to reconvene tomorrow.

    ENGAGED............UNITED............MOTIVATED..........AND DETERMINED!!!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN---------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #96
    July 8, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, July 6, 2009. Bargaining continues between CWA and AT&T. The topics discussed were Temporary Full Time (TFT) and Incentives. The Union presented to the Company examples in reaching an agreement pertaining to our TFT proposal. The Company will review the Union's proposal and respond accordingly.

    Discussions continued pertaining to the various Incentive Programs with numerous questions being asked in the areas of contest rules, qualifications, payouts, and budgets.

    Both parties agreed to continue discussions tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #95
    July 6, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Saturday, July 4, 2009. The Union met with the Company and continued discussions on Incentive Programs. The Company was unable to answer numerous questions, so the Union will present written requests to the Company.

    The Union and Company agreed to continue discussions on Monday.

    HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

    UNITED WE BARGAIN-------------------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #94
    July 6, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, July 3, 2009. Negotiations continue between AT&T and CWA. The Union continued questioning the Company on various Incentive Programs. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to each contests rules and guidelines. Both parties agreed to continue discussions tomorrow morning.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN-------------------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #93
    July 2, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, July 2, 2009. Negotiations continue between AT&T and CWA. The Company provided CWA with a brief overview on the Company's Incentive Programs. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to restrictions and budgets for these programs. Discussions also took place pertaining to Temporary Full Time employees.

    Both parties agreed to continue discussions tomorrow morning.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #92
    July 2, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, July 1, 2009. As discussions continue between CWA and AT&T, the Union requested an overview pertaining to the structure of Company Incentive Plans. The Union would like to make sure that all Company Incentive plans are being administered in a fair and just manner. In the past the Company would prohibit employees on any step of discipline from participating. The Union also requested the number of employees that participate in these programs and the amount of their payouts.

    Other important issues discussed were Contract Work and Outsourcing to foreign countries. We are scheduled to reconvene tomorrow to continue discussions.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #91
    July 1, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Discussions continue between CWA and AT&T. In today's formal sessions the Union requested improvements in Training/Retraining. CWA requested that the Company conduct trials by offering non-generic courses to employees. Discussions included Tution Aid, Presidents Council and Premise Technician's responsibilities. Once again, the Union stated that the Premise Technicians are responsible for AT&T's premier products and the Company does not appreciate them for their knowledge and expertise. The responsibilities that they are held accountable for verses the money they are being compensated is not even close to their worth.

    We are scheduled to reconvene to continue discussions tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #90
    June 29, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, June 29, 2009. The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committees met today to continue negotiations. Discussions centered on the Strategic Alliance MOA and the roles of the Training Advisory Board and funding for that committee to promote additional training opportunities and the Benefits Committee. Other issues discussed include the Cost of Living Adjustment to be active, Grievance time covered under the core agreement for other AT&T bargaining units, Bridging of Service from previous AT&T employment, maintaining follow the work provisions, and enhanced pension benefits under the Employment Opportunity/Enhanced Retirement Benefit Agreement. The Company provided the Union with some information on Incentive Plans and work performed by the CWA Benefit Representative.

    CWA reminded AT&T that the status quo needed to be regained if we were going to be able to move forward. Some minor progress had been made but other major issues continue to be held hostage by AT&Ts demands to shift significant costs on the health care to bargaining unit employees.

    Negotiations will continue tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #89
    June 29, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Saturday, June 27, 2009. The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committees met today. Discussions centered on the Service Representative Task Force Agreement and the need to maintain the agreement in tact. Pension Increases tied to wage increases and maintaining the GATT Rate for Lump Sum Pension options, which the Company opposes and AT&T’s demand to institute the Pension Protection Act was also discussed. Temporary Employee conversions were reviewed again with focus on the numerous locations where only 1 temporary employee is located versus current transfers on file. The Union went over a list of status quo items that we have indicated repeatedly to the Company, that all of these items have to be reinstated so that negotiations could move forward. CWA also covered a number of other union proposals that are still on the table and have not been addressed by the Company.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN…………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #88
    June 26, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, June 26, 2009. Your CWA Bargaining Committee returned to the bargaining table to continue bargaining with AT&T. CWA presented additional information on the mistreatment of Premises Technicians by management. The Union made it perfectly clear that this type of mismanagement was totally unacceptable.

    Discussions took place pertaining to the National Health Care Committee, National Transfer Plan, Evolving Technologies, Health Care, Benefits, Wages, Pension Increases, Pension (GATT Rate), Premise Technicians, Success Sharing Plan, Employment Security Commitment , Temporary Conversion, Service Representative Task Force, Leveraged Title, DML Prohibition for Service Representatives, Incentive Plans, Strategic Alliance (JHCCCC), FMLA, Monitoring Agreement, National Transfer Plan, and Presidents Council.

    The parties are scheduled to meet again in the morning.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN…………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #87
    June 17, 2009

    This report is for Wednesday June 17, 2009. The CWA Bargaining committee was released to return home today. This was due to the fact that AT&T has not made any significant movement on many of the major issues and continues to hold numerous items of the contract hostage to its demand to shift significant health care costs to bargaining unit members. The committee has been at the table for 4 months now with little time away. The committee will be recalled at the appropriate time or when there is an indication that negotiations can move forward.

    Until that time there will be nothing new to report.

    United We Bargain..........................................
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report # 86
    June 16, 2009

    This report is for Tuesday June 16, 2009. There were no meetings today between the parties as AT&T refused to meet CWA demands for AT&T to get all the missing items back on the table so negotiations could move forward and the status quo could be regained. AT&T continues its demand to shift significant costs to our members for health care and still holds major items of the agreement hostage to these demands. Due to this, there is no progress to report.

    United We Bargain ................................................
    Divided We Beg !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report # 85
    June 15, 2009

    This report is for Monday June 15, 2009

    The CWA and AT&T bargaining committees met informally today and continued discussions on numerous issues. We once again indicated to AT&T that they needed to get everything back on the table that was missing and went through a lengthy list of items that would get us back to status quo. AT&T's continued demand for shifting significant cost of the health care plan to our members, and the relationship of benefits to wages and other economic items was central to the discussions. AT&T wishes to reduce or not renew such items as Cost of Living Adjustments, very small Pension Increases and no continued use of the GATT Rate for Lump Sum Pension Calculations, shift the Team Performance Award to a Success Sharing Plan which we believe will produce a reduced pay out vs. what the TPA provides today. These coupled with less than adequate wage increases would not even come close to making up for these changes and still keeping our members at their current standard of living.

    United We Bargain.........................................................................
    Divided we Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #84
    June 14, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Sunday June 14, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee met again today to continue reviewing different potential Health Care Proposals in comparison with overall wages. There were lengthy discussions and analyses of the current discussions that were taking place with the Company on these matters.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #83
    June 13, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Saturday, June 13, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee met today to review and discuss additional Heath Care Proposals. They had a Conference Call with CWA Research to analyze Employee Cost pricing for different plans at different percentages. Your CWA Bargaining Committee is working diligently in reviewing, examining and considering ALL possibilities in looking out for OUR MEMBERS BEST INTERESTS.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Mobilization Bargaining Report #82
    June 12, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Friday, June 12, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met to continue Negotiations. The Union discussed numerous proposals with the Company pertaining to Upgrades, Appendix I, Service Representative Task Force and Review Committee Recommendations, Bilingual Pay, Senior Consultants and Core Assigned Overtime in Appendix I.

    The Union also indicated that the Employment Security Commitment/JOG needed to revert back to its original language. Temporary Employees Conversion to Full Time, Use of Temps and Leveraged Titles were also discussed.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.....................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #81
    June 12, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, June 11, 2009. CWA met with AT&T to continue informal discussions. AT&T provided some numbers and information that CWA had requested so we could look at a different approach on health care. AT&T indicated it would withdraw various proposals and some letters on change in custom and practice. AT&T indicated they would make some revisions to the Employment Security Commitment/JOG and to the Temporary Employee Conversion proposal. Current Sales Incentive Plans were discussed and employees eligibility to participate in those plans. CWA indicated that we would consider these changes and respond.

    CWA brought forward several situations pertaining to AT&T’s UNACCEPTABLE behavior of Premise Technicians in areas dealing with work performance, appropriate counseling and development by management, and treating all employees with due respect. Exhaustion due to extensive work load, overtime, or heat due to working in attics, especially in spring and summer months and the need for time to recuperate without fear of discipline was discussed. The coverage of appropriate safety practices with Premise Technicians, especially for working in attics and now the requirement that Premise Technicians place ground rods. Things as common as filling an ice bucket in the morning vs. having to do it the evening before just so management can get PT’s out of the yard in 15 minutes. Ridiculing employees in front of their peers by giving them self resignation forms or placing condescending messages on bulletin boards that those at the bottom may wish to consider seeking other employment. Unfair efficiency ratings that do not take all issues into account. CWA indicated these things must be corrected and that it had to stop.

    If these types of things are going on in your workplaces, please report them to your Local Union.

    The parties hope to meet again tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #80
    June 11, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, June 10, 2009. Today the CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committee met in informal bargaining sessions. Numerous items were discussed including the Employment Security Commitment, Job Offer Guarantee (JOG), On Call Duty, Force Adjustment, Severance Pay, Temporary Employees, Informal Surplus Memorandum of Agreement, Revenue Management Representative Task Force, Operator Services Task Force, Communications Consultant Task Force, Hometown Job Security Memorandum of Agreement, Appendix D Supplemental Statements, CWA/NETT, Vacation Portability Memorandum of Agreement, and Expedited Arbitration Memorandum Of Agreement.

    CWA questioned the status of other Letters of Agreements that were not raised by AT&T such as the Service Representative Task Force Agreement, MOA on Monitoring, extending the Cost of Living Allowance (COLA), other supplemental statements that are currently in force, and change in custom and practice letters that CWA wants the Company to withdraw.

    There was a lengthy discussion in regards to Premise Technicians and their Wages and Work Rules. The Union stressed the importance that Premise Technicians needed major changes in these areas, and shared information received from the field on working conditions and treatment of Premise Technicians that were unacceptable.

    Other items discussed were Leveraged Titles, Pensions/Lump Sum Pay Outs, Partial Sessions Absences, and Presidents Council.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #79
    June 10, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, June 9, 2009. Informal sessions took place today with the Company indicating they wanted to now move toward reaching a Final Agreement. The Company stated that they would like to know the Unions position on certain proposals.

    The Company presented a summary of a benefit plan we had not seen before. We advised the Company we would review the plan and respond appropriately.

    The BCB2 (Cash Balance Pension), Success Sharing Plan, Leverage Titles, Premises Technicians, and Wages were also discussed again.

    The parties reconvened informally in the afternoon and CWA indicated that we were maintaining our bargaining position on all of the items and that the Company should be well aware of our position. CWA indicated we needed the entire contract back on the table to move forward.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #78
    June 9, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, June 8, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met today to continue negotiations. The Company provided information on the mail-order program at CVS Pharmacies and using a walk-in process to receive mail-order prescriptions. The Company stated that all CVS pharmacies would provide service to our members. The Company also provided additional information pertaining to future Retirees Vision.

    The Company stated that the information requested on Incentive Plans were still being collected. They also indicated that it was going to take some time to gather this information, since it was not centrally located. The Company would be referring the Union to a website that provides detailed information on the Marsh Plans, which provide various services to bargaining unit employees.

    Discussions took place pertaining to the BCB2 (Cash Balance Plan), Pension, AT&T Retirement Savings Plan (ARSP), Catch up Contributions, and other provisions of the plan. The Union advised the Company that we would be reviewing the Medical Plan for New Hires and continue our review on the BCB2 (Cash Balance Plan) and the ARSP. We are scheduled to reconvene tomorrow.

    STANDING TOGETHER……..
    INVOLVED-------------ENGAGED---------------MOTIVATED------------

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………......
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #77
    June 5, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, June 5, 2009. There were no formal bargaining sessions scheduled for today due to conflicting schedules and AT&T availability. The Union spent the day reviewing comparisons and other pertinent information specifically on the AT&T Retirement Savings Plan and the Cash Balance Pension Plan. These plans as proposed by AT&T would apply to New Hires, Converted Temp employees, and Appendix J employees who are not currently protected under the original Premise Technician MOA.

    Thanks to all of our MEMBERS for the OUTSTANDING TURNOUT in the signing of the, "Tell Stankey It Stinks Petitions" and the collection of the Stankey Letters. The Members HAVE SPOKEN------------THE LAST IS NOT THE BEST AND THAT'S FINAL!

    To view Andy Milburn's letter to Stankey, please click the link below:
    http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/090604_stankey.pdf

    UNITED WE BARGAIN............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #76
    June 5, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, June 4, 2009. The Union met with the Company in a formal bargaining session. AT&T provided some information on the National Transfer Plan, which we had requested. We pointed out to AT&T that their proposed Success Sharing Plan would not have produced 3 payouts in the last six years and that it would not have even been as much as the TPA minimum pay out produced even though AT&T made billions in profit each of those years. We pointed out that Management Performance Awards are not established based on stock price and that stock price was not the only indicator of a profitable company. This is blatantly unfair to the thousands of men and women who work hard every day to make AT&T billions in profits. Combined with AT&T's position on NO Cost of Living Adjustments, and shifting significant costs regarding health care onto the bargaining unit, AT&T is asking each of you take a much smaller piece of the pie than what you have had in the past. We also pointed out the recent Avaya Agreement and asked what is AT&T's problem since Verizon and Avaya have both reached agreements. We read an email from an abused Premise Technician (anonymous) on all the overtime they were working, and how they were being treated and told the Company "this is why we need a guaranteed 40-hour week and limits on overtime for Premise Technicians." We pointed out we had been notified that even more work had been contracted out and bilingual services were being contracted out by ASI. We discussed replacing the JHCCCC under the Strategic Alliance with a Benefit Committee, Training Advisory Board, Accelerated Technical Training Program, and meetings for the Presidents Council. Others items discussed were the Vision Plan for New Hires, Leave of Absence Policy, Life Insurance, Savings, and Investment.

    At the close of the session, we presented the Company with copies of the Tell Stankey it Stinks Petitions and notifying the Company's bargaining chair that the originals had been mailed directly to Mr. Stankey.

    To view Andy Milburn's letter to Stankey, please click the link below:
    http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/090604_stankey.pdf

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #75
    June 4, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, June 3, 2009. This morning CWA met with AT&T in a formal bargaining session. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to the Prescription Drug Plan and being able to pick up mail order prescriptions from a local CVS pharmacy, versus them being shipped in the mail. The Union requested a list of the CVS pharmacies in the five state area by city so we could assess this option fully. The turn around time and implementation time line for this to occur was also discussed.

    The Union had a list of important questions pertaining to AT&T's Incentive Plan proposal. The Union would like to be sure that no employees will be excluded from participating in these programs, and whether the Company would continue to "gross up" on these plans. The Union requested additional questions on the AT&T proposal for the Success Sharing Plan, which would take the place of the Team Performance Award, but would be based solely on the rise of AT&T stock prices on a yearly basis. The SSP plan in its current form is clearly inferior to the existing TPA plan. Additional questions were raised on AT&Ts proposal on a National Transfer Plan, which continues to utilize the existing Intersubsidiary Movement Process and the existing Surplus Exchange program with some changes. The Company could not respond to all of our questions and will be providing additional information. Discussions around AT&T's Retiree Vision Proposal were discussed, which include a monthly premium and additional costs in the plan. Your CWA Bargaining Committee continues to see little value in many of AT&T's proposals that are included in their last, best, and final offer.

    We are scheduled to reconvene tomorrow.

    United We Bargain..........................
    Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #74
    June 3, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, June 2, 2009. There were no formal bargaining sessions today. CWA received a response from AT&T on some additional cost analysis issues on Health Care; however, AT&T did not find the information useful or relevant enough in their view to indicate any additional movement.

    We are scheduled to meet in a formal session tomorrow to continue discussions with AT&T.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN...........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #73
    June 2, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, June 1, 2009. There were no formal bargaining sessions today so nothing new to report. CWA continues to await a response from AT&T on some new additional cost analysis issues on health care so discussions can continue. AT&T had indicated they had hoped to have the information some time today, but apparently it was not received from AT&T benefits. We hope to have something tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #72
    June 1, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, May 29, 2009. AT&T provided cost data for its latest medical proposal and CWA reviewed the data with CWA research. The Union informally presented some health care numbers to the Company for discussion. Informal meetings may continue on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN...............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #71
    May 29, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, May 28, 2009. Late today, AT&T finally provided requested cost share data on its recent medical plan proposal. We will be sharing the data with CWA Research in D.C. and be using it to develop and review other possible alternatives. As shifting significant costs on health care to bargaining unit employees is the number one item on AT&T's agenda for this round of bargaining the issue is extremely contentious. Shifting just a few percent in cost share means millions of dollars in savings to AT&T and AT&T Executives and millions of dollars that now has to come out of the pockets of bargaining unit members.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #70
    May 28, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, May 27, 2009. CWA continues to work on reviewing ALL proposals and items on the Last, Best, and Final Offer. To date the Company has not provided all the requested cost share information on Medical, and continues to indicate that the information should be made available sometime tomorrow. The bargaining committee needs that information so that they can attempt to move the bargaining forward. Due to this, there is little new information to report at this time. The committee remains optimistic for a decent contract and has worked ahead as far as they can at this point in time pending the additional information.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #69
    May 27, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, May 26, 2009. There were no formal bargaining sessions today. CWA has requested pertinent cost information from the Company on their recent benefit proposal, and is awaiting a response from AT&T. This information is needed so that CWA may adequately understand the cost share that the Company is asking bargaining unit members to start to pick up under their proposal. The Company indicates the cost share is 14% the first year, 17% the second year, and 20% the third year, but CWA is requesting specific average dollar values on those computations for each component of the plan. We are waiting for the Company to provide this information and have requested a conference call with AT&T benefits, CWA research, and your elected bargaining committee. The committee continues to work on a counter proposal for Premise Technicians that would upgrade their pay and greatly improve their working conditions from what they currently are, while continuing to protect surplus employees who have entered or may enter Appendix J.

    As all of our members are aware, CWA is in PHASE II of our Mobilization Timeline. Thank you for your continued SUPPORT, DEDICATION, AND SOLIDARITY! Don't forget to tune in tonight for the SECOND National Webcast at 8 p.m. CDT.

    AT&T Unity e-Meeting
    Wednesday, May 27
    8pm CST
    Pre-register at:www.cwaunion.tv

    UNITED WE BARGAIN......................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #67
    May 22, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, May 21, 2009. There was a formal bargaining session held this afternoon. The Union continued asking their clarifying questions pertaining to the Company proposed Success Sharing Plan, Strategic Alliance Agreement, Card Check, AT&T Retirement Savings Plan for New Hires, the BCB2 Cash Balance Pension Plan, Pension increases for current employees, and the Joint Health Care Cost Containment Committee. The Company also provided the Union with some of the information previously requested the day before.

    The Union stressed that the Future Retiree Medical, which the Company has proposed would require premiums for Medical coverage for anyone who retired during the life of the new contract was a HUGH ISSUE.

    The parties are scheduled to meet again on Friday.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #66
    May 21, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, May 20, 2009. There were no formal meetings today. The Union spent the day reviewing the Health Care Package and considering cost share information. CWA wants to be 100% clear on ALL of the Company's package in order to bargain over the Company's Proposal. The Union will continue to work diligently to bargain with the Company over their last, best, and final offer.

    Meanwhile, it is extremely important that EVERYONE participate in our ongoing MOBILIZATION ACTIVITIES! Please make sure that everyone has signed the, "Tell STANKEY it STINKS!" petition. Anyone who hasn't seen the Petition can check out the WEB SITE below and print a copy.
    http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/090514_petition.doc

    Check with your Local Mobilization Coordinator for the LATEST and GREATEST Updates.

    ENGAGED-----INVOLVED-----MOTIVATED-----EDUCATED-----STANDING TOGETHER!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #65
    May 20, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, May 19, 2009. The Full Committee met this afternoon to continue discussions on the Company's Last, Best, and Final Offer. The Company provided a few answers to some of our previous questions from the day before. AT&T provided some information to help us identify which benefits applied to which type of employee (New Hires, Converted Temporary Employees, Current Employees, and Appendix J Employees). The Company was still compiling information on their proposed Success Sharing Plan. The parties also discussed Leverage Titles for Appendix B specifically in consumer, which would create a title paid at 60% of Service Representative pay, with 40% of pay at risk, based on meeting certain sales targets. Force Adjustment changes were discussed, and how a new post and bid system would impact current surplus options in the future. Your bargaining committee will continue to ask questions and be sure we fully understand the offer. We still need to have a thorough discussion with the Company on the overall benefit proposal, which continues to have a two- tier structure.

    We are scheduled to reconvene tomorrow.

    TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

    Also, Don’t Forget to Sign the “TELL STANKEY IT STINKS Petition!

    Tell Stankey it STINKS! Print the petition at the following link:
    http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/090514_petition.doc

    UNITED WE BARGAIN...........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #64
    May 19, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, May 18, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee continued to review the Company’s package and formulate questions for clarification. The Union and Company met in Full Committee. CWA continued with questions on the Company’s Incentive Proposal, On Call, Travel, National Transfer Plan, Employment Security and Appendix J. The Company did confirm that their new Incentive Plans could be tied to discipline, meaning that if an employee is on a Step of Discipline, even for attendance, could disqualify them from participating in ANY Incentive Plans. Furthermore, if the employee is on a Step of Discipline that would not exclude them from having to meet their SALES OBJECTIVE, it just means they will not be receiving ANY INCENTIVES, should they exceed expectation.

    The Union requested an update on previous information that had been requested. We plan to continue meeting tomorrow.

    The Union still believes that the Company’s last, best, and final offer does not adequately address the needs of our members, and destroys the framework of working conditions, benefits, and wages that have taken years to build.

    We have now learned that many members are receiving letters mailed to their home from John Stankey with AT&T. Members are asked to return the letter to their Local Union if one is received, so that they can be returned to Mr. Stankey. Mr. Stankey and AT&T need to understand that the Company needs to bargain with your elected bargaining committee not with each member as we believe AT&T is attempting to do.

    TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!

    Also, Don’t Forget to Sign the “TELL STANKEY IT STINKS!" Petition can be printed at this link:

    UNITED WE BARGAIN............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #63
    May 15, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, May 14, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee continued to review the Company's Last, Best and Final proposal. Based on the fact that there are some proposals, and modifications to proposals that we have not seen before. We are reviewing the package thoroughly and will be asking the Company questions for clarification purposes. Also, there are numerous proposals that the committee has rejected in the past that will now have to be thoroughly researched. Due to this, today was a work day for the Committee.

    Plans are to start meeting with AT&T again on Monday. We will keep you posted!

    Click on the link below to view the video:
    Heavens Gates (Shutting Detroit Down)

    Tell Stankey it STINKS! Sign the petition at the link below:
    http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/090514_petition.doc

    Same Petition in RTF Format
    (in case you don't have WORD)


    UNITED WE BARGAIN................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #62
    May 15, 2009

    This report is for Thursday, May 14, 2009. The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committee met this afternoon to discuss numerous questions pertaining to the Company's, Last Best and Final Offer. The Union asked questions pertaining to the Success Sharing Plan, Travel, On Call Duty, Wages and other proposals.

    We are planning to reconvene tomorrow to continue our discussion. We will keep you posted.

    CWA:
    INVOLVED - ENGAGED- SOLID- MOBILIZED AND STANDING TOGETHER IN OUR FIGHT FOR A FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT!

    AN INJURY TO ONE.....IS AN INJURY TO ALL!


    STAND STRONG DISTRICT 6!!!
    All eyes are on you. You are the front line in this fight to keep what we and our forefathers have fought for over the years.
    We can't give in to this ridiculous healthcare take back and retirement slashing offer. The rest of the brotherhood in locals all around the country are standing behind you and ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair and just contract!

    In Solidarity,
    Cable Maintenance Splicer
    P.S. Remember the Company has been profitable all along paying for healthcare what they have been paying now!


    UNITED WE BARGAIN...............................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #61
    May 13, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, May 13, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee is reviewing the Company’s Last, Best, and Final Offer. Since there are several changes and new proposals included in this package that the Union had not seen, we plan to review each proposal thoroughly.

    We are building a list of questions to present to the Company to make sure we have a clear understanding of the Company’s inadequate proposal.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………….
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #60
    May 13, 2009
    CWA DISTRICT 6 RESPONSE TO AT&T SOUTHWEST'S LAST, BEST, AND FINAL OFFER

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, May 12, 2009. Today at 4:00 p.m. AT&T presented CWA with their Last, Best and Final Offer. Their package was well over one hundred (100) pages, which contained many items that the Union had not seen during the many weeks of Bargaining. This occurred one day after CWA had presented the Company with their Comprehensive Proposal, which the Company still has not responded to. In short, AT&T’s package contains MAJOR RETROGRESSION and is FULL OF TAKE BACKS.

    Out of the five (5) Districts currently in negotiations, we are the ONLY Bargaining Committee to receive a LAST, BEST, AND FINAL OFFER. The Company was prepared with an eight (8) page, “AT&T News Now Article,” complete with a calculator, and a video from John Stankey, President CEO AT&T Operations addressing employees with the Company’s detailed version of their package. All this was planned at a time where the Company knew that all the CWA Local Presidents would be out of town attending a joint CWA/AT&T Common Interest Forum (CIF) Meeting, therefore would be unable to communicate with their members promptly. Keep in Mind, this was just the SECOND DAY after face to face bargaining with the Company had resumed.

    LISTED BELOW ARE SOME OF THE COMPANY’S PROPOSALS CONTAINED IN THEIR PACKAGE:

    Wages

    The Company’s Wage Proposal is as follows:

    1st year - 2% and a $500.00 Lump Sum
    2nd year - 2.25%
    3rd year - 2.25%

    This falls well below CWA’s proposal of:

    1st year - 4.50%
    2nd year - 4.25%
    3rd year - 4.0%

    Health Care

    The Health Care Proposal the Company offered was well below what CWA had proposed. The Union’s Health Care Proposal DID NOT contain any employee premiums, which is money that would go right back to AT&T’s pockets, since AT&T is self insured. The Company has proposed different plans for current employee’s verses new hires and Appendix J employees. The Company’s proposed rates for current employees range from $5.00 to $45.00 per month, and up to 15% of the FULL PREMIUMS for New Hires. The Company’s projection for 2010 is that New Hires will pay up to $321.00 per month.

    The Health Reimbursement Account (HRA’s) the Company is so PROUD of, will ONLY pertain to year one and two of the Contract and provides reimbursements in the range of $200.00 to $1,050.00 for CURRENT EMPLOYEES ONLY. New Hires ARE NOT ELIGIBLE for HRA’s.

    Deductibles for New Hires run from $1,150.00 to $2,300.00 In-Network and $3,450 to $6,900.00 for Non-Network. Current employees deductible will range from $500.00 to 1,500.00 In-Network.

    Premise Technicians

    The Company’s proposal requires the Premise Technician to perform Group 1 Craft work for less than half the pay of other Technicians. The Company is also requiring the Premise Technicians to start climbing poles. This in turn will reduce the workload for Customer Service Technicians (CST's), which would create potential surpluses of CST’s, System Technicians, and Data Service Technicians. This meager proposal does not guarantee a forty (40) hour work week, does not contain a decent Retirement Plan nor does it contain a Retiree Health Care Package, which are proposals that CWA presented to the Company for consideration. The Union’s position is that the Premise Technicians benefits SHOULD NOT be different from ANY other employees in the Company.

    CWA also presented proposals to the Company that included improved Work Rules for Premise Technicians, many of which would not entail additional cost to the Company. CWA has repeatedly asked AT&T to STOP treating the Premise Techs like SECOND CLASS CITIZENS!

    The Company rejected the following Premise Technician Proposals:

    *Improvements in Vacation Selection
    *Improvements in Overtime Rules
    *Improvements in Time and Title (30 months is longer than any other Job Title in our current Agreement.)
    *Improvements in Scheduling of Days Off
    *Improvements in Sick Pay

    Leveraged Title and MOA’ s

    The Company created titles in Appendix B for Consumer, Business, Credit, and Collections Organizations. Temporaries could be assigned and would retain Temporary Classification. Current employees could choose to go to Leveraged Job Titles with associated Compensation Plans. The Employee could retreat one time within six months.

    The Union DID NOT REQUEST NOR DOES IT SUPPORT the “New Sales Title.”

    The Company will eliminate the Service Representative Title for both Consumer and Business, and Revenue Management Representative. The employees under this New Sales Title will get paid sixty (60) percent of the Service Representative base pay yet the Company fails to explain how to get paid for the other forty (40) percent of their wages.

    The Company’s report also excludes the fact that AT&T refused to extend the Service Representative Task Force Agreement. This would eliminate Appointment Book Time, Emergency Time, Close Key Time, and Protection from Discipline (up to and including Dismissal) for employees who do not meet Sales Objectives, etc.

    The Company also refused to extend the Monitoring, Operator, and Revenue Management Representative Agreements.

    Employment Security Commitment

    The Company’s proposal on the Employment Security Commitment (JOG) will be continued, but with some MAJOR changes. The JOG offer can be anywhere in the 5 state area in our current Internet or Legacy T contract. If a surplus candidate fails to qualify after taking two tests for jobs, their JOG Rights are canceled. CWA’s proposal extended the original ESC with the offer in YOUR scope and included jobs in the CURRENT CONTRACT only and allowed unlimited times to test qualify for a job. The Company can also cancel the ESC at anytime due to any fluctuation in economic or business conditions as determined by the Company. The Company has canceled the agreement before, prior to 2004 bargaining when it was reinstated after a 4-day strike.

    The Company’s proposal on temporary reclassification agrees to reclassify most of the temporary employees to regular employees. The Company failed to mention that these employees will acquire “New Hire Benefits.” The Committee proposal also made these jobs available to regular employees who have been waiting up to 4 years to transfer to jobs through the Job Vacancy Article. CWA’s intent was to protect our senior member’s right to these positions through the Job Vacancy. At the same time, we proposed to convert these Temporary Employees to Regular Full Time, either in place if there is no job vacancy on file, or backfill behind a Regular Full Time that had moved based on this process.

    Success Sharing Plan

    The Company has introduced a Success Sharing Plan, which will replace our current Team Performance Award (TPA). This proposal was NEVER discussed with the CWA Bargaining Committee; however it was included in the Company's Last, Best, and Final Proposal. Our current TPA guarantees a minimum of $500.00. The Company’ s NEW Success Sharing Plan has NO guaranteed income for your HARD WORK AND CONTRIBUTIONS.

    Lump Sum

    The Company’s proposal for the Lump Sum Pension Payout upon Retirement will use a guideline set forth in the Pension Protection Act of 2006. This is only one of the Guidelines the Company has chosen to DECREASE your Pensions by a SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT. The Pension Protection Act allows for the use of the GATT Rate, which is what CWA has been attempting to negotiate. CWA strongly believes you’re entitled to the BEST PENSION CALCULATION.

    Health Care

    The Union proposed co-pays, instead of Co-insurance, which is 10% Network and 40% Non-Network. The Co-pays would have been $5.00 increases for Office Visits, Emergency Room, Urgent Care. and Hospital Stays. The Company’s offer for Annual Out-of-Pocket Maximums for current employees run from $2,500 to $5,300. The New Hires have three (3) options from $4,350 to $34,800. This Committee can not imagine almost $35,000 a year for any employee to pay. The Company proposed prescription drugs at retail from $10 to $60 and mail-order from $20 to $120.

    We must remind you that the Company information listed mostly 1st year items, forgetting to tell you about escalators in the 2nd and 3rd years that even the Committee can not find out exact figures for you. The Committee attempted to keep the same benefit plan with everyone knowing exactly what the cost would be for all three years. There are many differences between what the Company has proposed and what the Committee has attempted to do.

    Considering that AT&T made $12.9 Billion in profit in 2008, the Company proposal on Pension improvements is a minor 1% increase per year for all 3 years, while the Committee request was the same as wages at 4.5%, 4.25%, and 4%. This continues to reduce the percentage of pension in relation to your overall salary, putting more pressure on your 401K, and future Social Security income to maintain your standard of living in your retirement years. The Company offer would calculate lump sums beginning on January 1, 2010 in a different method as previously discussed; further reducing the lump sum amount, while the Committee offer would continue the same method of calculations. New Hires and Appendix J employees will not have the same pension. The Company proposal will offer a Cash Balance Plan.

    401K Savings Plan

    The 401k Savings Plan will remain at the same matching rate of 80%, while CWA’s proposal would have raised to 100% match for current employees.

    The Company’s proposal for benefits is different for current employees who will retire during the Life of this Agreement. This will involve keeping up with five (5) different types of benefits and/or employee/retirees. What Company in their right mind could come up with a system like this?

    On a BITTER NOTE: The Company’s proposal makes no reference to our many, retirees and their dependents! These are the employees who built this Company, and yet the Company refused to Bargain for Retirees, attempting to justify their actions by stating the RETIREES benefits run through the end of the year, at which time the Company would make a decision. WHO in their right mind would want their benefits left up to the discretion of the COMPANY? Just look at what AT&T has already done to their own managers and supervisors.

    NO RETIREE BENEFITS---NO CONTRACT!!!!!

    CWA’s proposal would allow all employees, active, retired, future retired, new hires, and Appendix J, to be covered by the SAME BENEFIT PACKAGE!!!!

    Retirement

    CWA’s proposed Pension Bands to go up 4.50% the first year, 4.25% the second year, and 4.0% the third year. The 1% EACH YEAR the Company has proposed is an INSULT. The Company states few companies are offering such enhancements. The truth is, few companies made $12.9 Billion in PROFITS in 2008, and are on target to make greater profits in 2009; however, AT&T IS!!!!

    Letters of Changes in Custom and Practices:

    The Company also refused to withdraw Letters of Changes in Custom and Practice, which include substituting paid contractual time for unpaid Family Leave of Absence (FMLA). Eliminate payment for Partial Session Absence and Assignment of Overtime on a voluntary basis.

    LISTED BELOW ARE MANY ITEMS THAT EXIST IN THE CURRENT CONTRACT, BUT WERE NOT RENEWED BY THE COMPANY IN THEIR LAST, BEST, AND FINAL OFFER.

    1. Memorandum of Agreement on Monitoring

    2. Service Representative Task Force and Review Committee

    3. MOA Vacation Portability

    4. No Successorship Language in any Exchange Sale

    5. No GATT Rate for future Lump Sum Pensions

    6. Revenue Management Representative Working Group Recommendations

    7. Operator Services Task Force Recommendations

    8. Communication Consultants Joint Leadership Forum Recommendations

    9. Hometown Job Security Commitment

    10. Employment Opportunity/Enhanced Retirement Benefit

    11. Night Differential Language Change-Night Differential will begin at 7:00 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m., as it currently is.

    12. No Joint Health Care Cost Containment Committee

    13. Memorandum of Agreement on Evolving Technologies

    14. Cost of Living Adjustment

    15. Expedited Arbitration

    16. No Team Performance Award

    17. Console Operator Protection under Supplemental Statements

    18. No prohibition on DML’s and dismissals for Service Representatives solely for adherence performance.

    19. One less Union Benefit Rep if needed.

    20. No continued promotion of CWA Nett.

    While AT&T says, “Virtually all Southwest Wireline Employees covered by the Core Contract will see a positive financial impact under this offer” with all the retrogression, take backs, and cost shifting that are in this package; we believe it is the Company and the top Executives at AT&T that will be coming out the best. There is nothing new in their package that truly rewards any of you for the hard work and dedication that you have shown AT&T, and the recognition that it is your toil, that makes AT&T 12.9 billion in profits. This contract offer by the Company does not even come up to the status quo, and they are attempting to run rough-shod over your elected bargaining committee and circumvent the bargaining process. This contract offer is substandard for a company that just made $12.9 billion in profits last year, and is already on track this year to do just as well, even in a down economy. Already this year the Company has spent $3.4 billion in buying up other Companies from the time we kicked off bargaining in February. AT&T Executives have plenty of money to buy up anything they think they want or need, but yet don’t seem to have enough to provide you with a decent contract, or at least one that your elected committee could agree with. AT&T really shows their employees how much they are WORTH AND HOW WELL THEY ARE ALL APPRECIATED.

    DON’T FALL FOR AT&TS SLICK AND FANCY SPIN AND PROPAGANDA. OVERALL THEIR PACKAGE IS INADEQUATE.

    CWA STANDS . . .

    Together, United, and We Stand Shoulder to Shoulder against AT&T's corporate greed!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN ................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #58
    May 12, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, May 11, 2009. The Full Committees met this afternoon to continue bargaining. The Union presented a Comprehensive Bargaining Proposal to the Company, which consisted of the following: Improvements in Wages, Team Performance Award, Savings and Security Plan, A Single Medical Plan for all employees and retirees, Prescription Drug Program, Dental, Vision, Retiree Vision, Adoption Assistance, Care Plus, Commuter Benefit Program, Flexible Spending Accounts, Elimination of Discounts on Pension Benefits for Surviving Spouse, Eligible Dependent and or Registered Domestic Partners, Pension Plan Improvements for Current and Retired Employees, Continuation of the Lump Sum Pension Option at the GATT rate, and Improvements in the AT&T Group Life Insurance program for life insurance for dependents after retirement at the same rate as active employees. The proposal would treat Appendix J employees the same as other AT&T employees for all active employee benefit purposes and post employment benefit purposes.

    The Union also pointed out to the Company that there are still many other Union Proposals, which remain on the table that are unresolved and that we were interested in getting movement on those proposals as well.

    The Committees will reconvene tomorrow for further discussions on the Unions Comprehensive proposal.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #57
    May 11, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, May 8, 2009. Your CWA Bargaining Committee reconvened this morning at 8:30 a.m. and worked continuously on preparing a COMPRHENSIVE BARGAINING PROPOSAL to present to the Company. We plan to continue to work throughout this weekend to complete our proposal.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Q: I would like to know some details about our Retiree Health Care issues. All we have heard is that there has been no progress.
    A: The Company REFUSES to talk about current Retiree Health Care or other related issues.

    Q: How well are current retirees represented? Some may call these LEGACY costs, but where I come from, this is a commitment that has been made and I hope AT&T live up to their commitment and pay their bills.
    A: We continue to raise these issues at the Bargaining Table. The Company in the past has always responded to our concerns pertaining to current retirees. As of today, the Company refuses to discuss current retirees.

    Q: Exactly what benefits are the temporary employees loosing by not being permanent? I heard seniority was one of the benefits we lose.
    A: Temporary employees get same benefits however, they can be job completed at any time. Temporaries are not on payroll long enough to receive Pension Benefits or any form of Surplus protection. They have no Surplus Rights, etc.

    Q: I was hired on as a Temporary worker the Monday before the contract ended. It's easy to see what we're fighting for. I would love some clarification on what my Union is trying to do for the Temporaries in particular?
    A: Your Union Bargaining Committee has proposed to make the temporary employees Permanent and at the same time recognize the Seniority of Regular Full Time employees. The Union has also proposed that the Company treat temporary employees like current employees not New Hires under Benefit Plans.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #56
    May 8, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, May 7, 2009. Your CWA Bargaining Committee is traveling back to Austin, Texas to continue negotiations. Plans are to meet at 8:30 tomorrow to review, assess, discuss, prepare and continue bargaining with the Company.

    We will keep you posted!

    Let's SHOW A HUGH LEVEL OF SUPPORT FOR YOUR CWA BARGAINING COMMITTEE BY STAYING..............

    INVOLVED--------------ENGAGED---------------MOTIVATED---------------AND-----UNITED!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.....................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    AT&T Unity e-Meeting Members Questions from CWA Members in District 6 continued....

    Q: Have we or any of the other Locals, been in contact with the NEW White House Adminstration to help us put pressure on AT&T?
    A: President Cohen indicated the other night on the Web Cast that President Obama and Vice-President Biden were aware of the negotiations.

    Q: If Bob Daniel's TOP priority for Consumer Sales Centers is to treat customers in a manner which will guarantee that customers think HIGHLY of AT&T, why does it seem that they do not care about a tech support center that is foreign making technical questions hard to understand which causes frustration and complaints to our customers? Also what about the call que tree which customers constantly complain is too hard to get through to the right department and manager access in our Call Center is very bad? It is very hard to have access to managers.
    A: CWA has proposed that AT&T bring ALL CONTRACTED OUT work back to the CORE BARGAINING UNITS. In the past CWA has also attempted and has had some success to get AT&T to BRING JOBS BACK TO THE UNITED STATES however many jobs still remain in foreign countries. Call Que issues and having access to managers could be addressed by Local Union representatives in the various forums that exist either through PMEI, Common Interest Forums or other meetings they have with management.

    Q: When did the Company decide to abandon the Joint-Committee on Cost Containment of Health Care and abandon the employees who work in conditions that put their physical well-being at risk, all to provide network reliability and/or service on time; resulthing in Nation Wide acclaim The attempt to shift additional cost to the employees does little more than show the GREED of UPPER LEVEL MANAGEMENT to increase the numbers on the bottom line? AT&T should NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH!
    A: The Company has proposed doing away with the Joint Health Care Cost Containment Committee and their health care proposals would shift significant costs onto their employees and our members. AT&T has been told they are over-reaching on these health care proposals and trying to go to far in one single round of bargaining. Negotiations continue


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #55
    May 7, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, May 6, 2009. There were no Bargaining Sessions scheduled for today, however the CWA District 6 Bargaining Committee is scheduled to return to Austin tomorrow to continue bargaining with AT&T. We are hopeful that the Company will be READY TO GET SERIOUS AND STRAIGHT DOWN TO BUSINESS!

    The CWA Bargaining Committee will be in their planning and preparation mode tomorrow afternoon. We will be working diligently on bargaining proposals and strategies. We will keep you posted.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN-----------------------
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AT&T Unity e-Meeting Members Questions from CWA Members in District 6 continued...........

    Q: Well first of all I am a retiree and I would hope that our concerns are also important during these difficult contract negotiations. After 30 years of dedicated service to SBC/AT&T and 36 years of being a faithful Union Member of CWA, I would hope that what we have FOUGHT for is not taken away by AT&T's Corporate Greed. What will CWA do to help ensure we keep our Health Care coverage?
    A: CWA will continue to demand that Retirees Health Care and other benefits stay in tact and that RETIREES be treated FAIRLY!

    Q: As for Health Care Benefit specifics, how much per paycheck does AT&T want me to pay, what deductibles per family member, etc?
    A: Deductibles for Family would be $2,550. Out of Pocket expenses for Family will start at $5,300.00 and end up to $7,00.00 by the end of the Contract.

    Q: Why is the Company taking so long to decide on our benefits? With the E-mail that we got today about AT&T's profits for the last quarter, you would think that they would reconsider and let us AT&T employees get what we deserve? The CEO is getting greedy!
    A: Corporate Greed at its BEST!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #54
    May 6, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, May 5, 2009. There were no formal Bargaining Sessions scheduled for today. We will keep you posted.

    Phase II of our CWA/AT&T Mobilization Time line has kicked off. Let's make sure ALL OF OUR MEMBERS ARE INVOLVED IN OUR PROGRAM! Please check with your Local Mobilization Coordinator for the latest schedule of activities!

    EDUCATE---MOTIVATE----INFORM------INVOLVE-----AND ENGAGE

    Keep up the GREAT WORK!!

    AT&T Unity e-Meeting Questions from CWA members in District 6 continued.......

    Q: Why is the "NEW AT&T" acting like the "OLD AT&T" (whom we bought) by treating their CORE employees like GARBAGE after we BUILT the Network that keeps this Company #1! Without the quality of the Land Line Network, DSL (Dry Loops included) or U-VERSE would not be the Future of the Company.
    A: New Leadership at AT&T has decided to make changes. It all boils down to CORPORATE GREED not NEED!

    Q: From what I understand AT&T was able to purchase CEO Randall Stephenson's home here in San Antonio at an astronomical price because it was not selling fast enough to suit him. I wonder why he is unwilling to care about those that built the company that paid for his house?
    A: When it comes to Mr. Stephenson and the management of AT&T it seems as if there is always enough money to do anything they want to do whether it is to buy a new company, or a house, or get AT&T's name on a stadium, or move the corporate offices to Dallas as just some examples. But when it comes to your benefits AT&T wants to shift an unreasonable amount of the cost onto CWA members backs even though the Company continues to be extremely profitable.

    Q: Why is the Company neglecting Premise/U-Verse Techs? We need to know why the Company continuously adds more work and responsibilities to our title while not increasing our pay?
    A: Based on the Company's response at the bargaining table, AT&T says they want to compete with the Cable Industry, therefore they feel they must keep wages and benefits low. After the Union's numerous demands to improve Premise Technicians work rules and working conditions, AT&T still refuses to treat Premise Technicians just like any other AT&T employees.


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #53
    May 5, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, May 4, 2009. There were no Bargaining Sessions scheduled for today. The Union continues to do Cost Studies and Cost Analysis on the Company's Health Care Package.

    During the CWA National Web Cast District 6 had several members submit questions. Listed below is one of the questions along with CWA's answer:

    Q: Why are we not on STRIKE?
    A: The possibility of a STRIKE is still an option and a strike date could be set at any time. Currently, CWA has kicked off additional Mobilization activities and we continue to utilize this alternative at this time. Before the membership is asked to take this type of action, CWA wants to be sure all other options have been thoroughly considered, but our right to strike is still intact. Only time will tell, and we must all continue to stick together, communicate, and mobilize for a fair contract.

    STAY STRONG---------------STAY UNITED-------------------AND STAY TUNED-------------

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #52
    May 1, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, May 1, 2009. There were no formal bargaining sessions scheduled for today. We will keep you posted.

    A conference call was held with the CWA Bargaining Committee this afternoon to update them on some health care cost information that has been worked on.

    We are currently reviewing hundreds of questions that were sent in, via the National Web Meeting and will be distributing those to Local Unions to help with getting responses out to the membership. We will be taking some of the questions and start responding to them on this website in the near future.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #51
    May 1, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, April 30, 2009. There were no bargaining sessions scheduled for today. We will keep you posted.

    STAY UNITED--------------STAY STRONG--------------------AND STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN......................DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #50
    April 29, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, April 29, 2009. There were no formal bargaining sessions scheduled for today therefore, there is no activity to report.

    We will keep you posted.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #49
    April 29, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, April 28, 2009. CWA met with AT&T this morning at the Company's request to continue negotiations. The Company presented the Union with some of the responses to the questions we had asked pertaining to Health Care and other important benefit issues over the past few weeks.

    The Company then presented the Union with a revised proposal on benefits. Although the Companies proposal no longer includes medical premiums (monthly contributions) the Union feels that the Company's Health Care Proposal still goes way to far in the area of high deductibles and out of pocket expenses. A two-tier system for current and new hires would still apply with no changes in the previous pension provisions (no accrual for lump sum pension after 1/1/2010) with very small pension increases. Appendix J employees are still carved out of various benefit provisions that apply to all other AT&T bargaining unit members. Co-insurance and premiums for dental and vision would still apply. We continue to review the proposal, however we still see many over-reaching provisions within the proposal.

    United We Bargain........................................Divided We Beg!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #48
    April 28, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday afternoon, April 27,2009. There were no bargaining sessions scheduled for today, however, a District 6 Mobilization Conference Call did take place. We plan to kick off PHASE II of our "Mobilization Timeline."

    Your Local Mobilization Coordinators will be contacting you with all the details on our activities.

    STAY UNITED----------------STAY STRONG-------------------AND STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.......................DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #47
    April 27, 2009

    This report is for Monday, April 27, 2009. During the past two weeks since the expiration of the Collective Bargaining Agreement with AT&T, the Company has not made a single proposal. Therefore, the bargaining committee was released to return home this weekend. Our Bargaining Chair Richard Kneupper, Assistant to the Vice President; Ed Pinkelman, Area Director; and Sylvia Ramos, CWA Representative are in Austin and available to meet with the Company on a daily basis if needed. Should the Company make a formal proposal, we will cover it with our committee via conference call and decide if the Company is serious enough about reaching an agreement to return the committee to Austin. We want to emphasize that we are not at an impasse with AT&T, but it makes absolutely no sense to have these dedicated bargaining committee members spend week after week away from their families, while the Company drags its feet, plays games and refuses to bargain.

    In the mean time you should continue to mobilize. Something new is happening every week, so be sure to check with your local union.

    We understand there has been an outbreak of the Swine flu...Easy to catch when you work for pigs!
    Work safe and be healthy.


    Be aware a strike could occur at any time. If you are on the job when a strike is called, please follow the guidelines listed below:

    If you work outside, upon being notified CWA is on strike against AT&T, politely advise the customer that CWA has called a strike and that you must return to your truck and report for strike duty. The best option is to return your Company truck to your normal reporting location. However if you cannot return your truck to your normal place of reporting, then you should take your truck to the nearest AT&T work location, lock the truck with the key inside and advise your supervisor where you have left the truck.

    If you work inside and you are on the telephone with a customer, you should politely advise the customer that CWA has just called a strike against AT&T, and you are going to put them on hold and transfer the call to a manager.

    Everyone should then leave work and check with their local to verify their strike assignment.

    We will continue to update this website daily, unless AT&T starts to make some real movement there will be little to report each day.

    United We Bargain.........................Divided We Beg!!!

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    http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/attjobsfirst


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #46
    April 24, 2009

    This report is for Friday, April 24, 2009. The Sub-Committees representing Appendix A, B, D, and I met this morning to continue negotiations. Discussions took place pertaining to Appendix I - Bilingual Differential, Appointment Time, and Emergency Time Off. The Union also asked the Company questions pertaining to the Service Representative Task Force Agreement. The Company is in the process of gathering important data that the Union requested. We will reconvene on Monday, April 27, 2009.

    Sub-Committees representing Appendix C, H, and J met this afternoon to continue reviewing Temporary Full Time Employee's (TFT's) work locations. Discussions took place pertaining to the Company's transfer process and its application for TFT's.

    A Formal Bargaining Session is scheduled for Monday.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #45
    April 24, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, April 23, 2009. The Sub-Committees representing Appendix C, H, and J reconvened negotiations this morning pertaining to the Temporary Full Time Employees (TFT's). The Union reviewed updated data on the work locations for current temporary employees.

    The Formal Bargaining Session took place this afternoon. The Company rejected the Union's proposals on Evolving Technologies and President's Council. The Union also continued with questions pertaining to Dental and Care Plus. The Union also questioned AT&T about their willingness to support National Health Care Reform, which would save the Company significant amounts of money.

    A discussion also took place pertaining to the misinformation on the AT&T NEWS NOW Alert that was sent on April 23, 2009 at 12:20 p.m. to employees titled, "Labor Update: Facts about health care plans currently under negotiation." We asked what proposal did this Labor Update apply to because it clearly was not the one on the bargaining table here in District 6, as the Company proposal on the table has premiums (monthly contributions), high deductibles, high out of pocket maximums, and co-insurance. For example, there is a up to $5300.00 out of pocket expense for family coverage, a modest annual maximum when currently the plan is $0? We told the Company we would like to see this alleged proposal since it has not been presented at the table and that their Labor Update was disingenuous to say the least!

    Negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow for both Sub-Committees.

    Don't fall for AT&Ts propaganda.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.........................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #44
    April 23, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, April 22, 2009. A Formal Bargaining Session was held this afternoon. Discussions on Health Care continued. The Union reiterated to the Company that we were still waiting for their counter proposals.

    Sub-Committees representing Appendix C, H, and J reconvened bargaining. Discussion took place pertaining to the Temporary Full Time Employees (TFT's). Based on the fact that the Company did not have the appropriate information, negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN.............................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #43
    April 22, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, April 21, 2009. Sub-Committees representing Appendix A, B, D, and I met this morning to continue bargaining. Discussions took place pertaining to the Joint Agreements of the Service Representative Review Committee, recommendations of the Communications Consultant Joint Leadership Forum, recommendations of the Revenue Management Representative Working Group and the Operator Task Force Recommendations. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to these agreements. The Company stated they would need to research and get back to us with the answers. Both parties agreed to continue negotiations later this week.

    The Formal Bargaining Session took place this afternoon. The Union’s opening statement to the Company was, “When your Number 1 YOU can’t get MUCH higher!” The Company questioned, “Number ONE?” The Union clarified this was in regard’s to AT&T’s rating on the FORTUNE 1000 LIST for the top telecommunications companies. The Union also stated that the Company was just being GREEDY based on their cost shifting Health Care Proposal.

    The Company was going TOO FAR----TOO QUICK and we feel that it shows a total lack of respect.

    Bargaining continued with the Union asking questions pertaining to the Company’s Health Care, Flexible Spending Accounts, Medicare, Long-Term Care, Dental, and Care Plus benefit proposal. The Company did not have any new information to present to the Union.

    The Union asked about the status of the Temporary Full Time (TFT) information that has been pending. The Company said they should have that information by 5:00 p.m. today. The Temporary Full Time Sub-Committee is scheduled to meet tomorrow to continue bargaining.

    Full negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    AT&T’s First Quarter Earnings Statement is scheduled to be out tomorrow.

    THIS IS NO WAY TO “THANK" THE EMPLOYEES THAT GENERATED THESE EARNINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AT&T needs to get SERIOUS about our FUTURE-----BY GETTING SERIOUS AT THE BARGAINING TABLE!

    Please join the AT&T National Unity e-Meeting Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. (CST) with Larry Cohen, President of CWA and Annie Hill, Executive Vice President.

    - Bargaining update

    - Member questions

    - Next steps in member mobilization

    You must register in advance at www.cwaunion.tv. After registering, you will be able to submit questions you would like addressed during the meeting.

    Keep the pressure on! Together we must convince AT&T that they must change course and negotiate a fair and just contract.

    Please click the following link to view the new online petition:

    http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/attjobsfirst

    NO CONTRACT-----------------------------NO PEACE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #42
    April 20, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Monday, April 20, 2009. The Sub-Committees representing Appendix A, B, D and I met this morning to continue negotiations. Most of this Bargaining session consisted of questions asked by the Union pertaining to the Service Representative Task Force Agreement. The Union’s major concern is the Company’s reluctance to renew this agreement through the life of the new Contract. After a lengthy discussion, both parties agreed to reconvene later this week.

    A Formal Bargaining session took place this afternoon. The Union presented the Company with their lists of questions pertaining to the Commuter Plan, Flexible Spending Account, Adoption, Dental, etc., as we continue to study the Summary Plan Descriptions line by line.

    Bargaining is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN......................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #41
    April 17, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Friday, April 17, 2009. The Full Committees met twice today. Lengthy discussions took place pertaining to the proposed Commute, Adoption, Dental and Vision Plans. The Union bargaining committee is studying line by line the Summary Plan Descriptions. Sub-Committee A, B, D, and I is scheduled to meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. The full committees will also meet again on Monday.

    Next week will be extremely important. Please make plans to attend the AT&T Shareholders Meeting.

    Important Mobilization Activities:
    Sign our On-Line Petition
    Request to Review Your Personnel History File
    Stay tuned for Project Phase II

    UNITED WE BARGAIN......................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #40
    April 17, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Thursday, April 16, 2009. Bargaining continued between CWA and AT&T. The Union once again requested the TOTAL amount of money their Health Care Package would save the Company. The Company stated they did not have that information. The Union reiterated to the Company that we needed to have a CLEAR understanding of Medical, Dental, Vision, Prescription Plan, etc. in order to properly assess the plan.

    Bargaining is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #39
    April 16, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Wednesday, April 15, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committee met this afternoon to continue negotiations. The Company provided the Union with responses to some of the questions on Health Care Coverage.

    The Union reviewed the documentation and asked questions accordingly. There are still numerous questions that the Company has not provided responses to.

    The Union also presented counter proposals on the CWA/AT&T Presidents Council and Evolving Technologies. Bargaining is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #38
    April 15, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Tuesday, April 19, 2009. The CWA C, H, and J Sub-Committees met this afternoon to continue discussions. A lengthy discussion took place in regards to Temporary Full Time (TFT's). Some of the Unions major concerns are the process the Company wants to utilize to place the TFTS's in permanent positions and the Company's proposal to treat TFT's as NEW HIRES once transferred to permanent positions for Benefit purposes.

    There is no additional progress to report.

    Negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow in full committee session.

    Let’s keep up our Mobilization to the highest level and please check with your Local Mobilization Coordinators for our next MAJOR MOBILIZATION ACTIVITY!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN........................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #37
    April 9, 2009

    This Bargaining Reports Report is for Thursday, April 9, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met today, to continue negotiations. The Company provided a short recap of the Health Care Plan. After a brief discussion on Health Care, the Union opened dialogue pertaining to the Premise Technicians title.

    This entire week we have had numerous discussions on Health Care and Premise Technicians.

    After Seven weeks of Bargaining the Committees have agreed to break for Easter and will continue bargaining on Tuesday, April 14, 2009.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN…………………………..
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #36
    April 8, 2009

    The CWA Bargaining Committee met with the Company to continue negotiations. The Company rejected our Union Proposal pertaining to Premise Technicians, stating it was WAY OUT OF LINE as far as maintaining the STRUCTURE. The UNION responded they should just treat the Premise Technicians like everybody else doing that work! The Company also rejected the Union’s Proposal on Funerals stating that the Company DOES NOT REQUIRE the “up to three days of paid time” to be CONSECUTIVE. The Company also rejected the Union’s Vacation Proposal.

    Discussions also took place pertaining to Good Jobs in Eight/GPS Task Force Agreement, and the PMEI Statement of Renewed Commitment. The Union presented the Company with a Revised Proposal on Job Vacancy. The Company did not have any updates on the information we requested. The Union informed the Company that we need to see the COST on the Health Care issue that the Company is proposing. It is imperative that we have a CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THE PLAN in order to even assess it. Apparently, the Company doesn’t even have a CLEAR understanding of the Plan based on some of the questions that could not be answered at the table.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………..
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #35
    April 8, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, April 7, 2009. CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met this afternoon to continue negotiations. The Union presented the following Revised Proposals to the Company: Funeral, Vacations and Premise Technicians. The Company had no new or revised Proposals to present to the Union. The Company agreed to review our proposals and respond accordingly.

    Discussions continued pertaining to Health Care. The Union spent much of the afternoon getting clarification on questions pertaining to EAP, Prescriptions, Vision, Dental, etc. The Company was unable to answer many of the questions asked, so we will await their responses. Both Parties agreed to Continue Negotiations tomorrow.

    WE NEED 10,000 SIGNATURES on our, “PETITION OF SUPPORT” in the next week to show AT&T that the ENTIRE UNION IS MOBILIZED AND BEHIND OUR BARGAINING TEAMS.

    Every member MUST ask their friends, family, neighbors, ETC. to sign our petition at the link listed below:

    http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/attdowhatsright?rk=Bpz%5f1npqzGrQE

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #34
    April 7, 2009

    This report is for Monday, April 6, 2009. As negotiations continued between CWA and AT&T, the afternoon bargaining session was focused on HEALTH CARE Coverage. CWA’s Bargaining Committee had numerous questions on AT&T’s Health Care Proposal. Dialogue also took place in regards to some of the data that the Company had provided. The Union has numerous concerns pertaining to the Company’s, “Consumer Based Health Care Coverage!” Both parties agreed to continue bargaining tomorrow.

    Our members are well aware, we are working without a contract, which means a strike COULD be called at anytime without giving prior notice to the Company. Meanwhile, our members MUST continue to MOBILIZE-MOBILIZE-MOBILIZE!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!


    CWA/BARGAINING REPORT #33
    April 5, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Sunday, April 5, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committee met today, to continue negotiations. There is no significant progress to report and the committees agreed to meet on Monday, April 6, 2009 to continue negotiations. Major issues are still unresolved and the Company proposal to shift significant Health Care costs onto the backs of our members and their employees is still a major stumbling block to reaching an agreement. Numerous other issues that require attention are yet to be adequately addressed by AT&T.

    STAY UNITED…………….STAY STRONG……
    and…………STAY TUNED-------

    UNITED WE BARGAIN…………………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #32
    April 5, 2009

    While the Contract has expired, we continue to bargain and have the right to strike when we deem it necessary. We are still far apart on many issues.

    We will need to increase our mobilization activities. A call will be scheduled to discuss these job actions. Wages, benefits and working conditions remain in effect.

    You should report to work if scheduled.

    Please continue to support your Bargaining Committee.

    UNITED WE STAND..............DIVIDED WE FALL!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #31
    April 4, 2009

    The Union and Company Bargaining committees continued to meet yesterday, and today with little progress being made. The Union and the Company will continue to meet through this evening. All CWA Staff Offices in District 6 will be open until midnight to take calls from Local Officers. Members should call their Locals for updates. We will not update this site until there is something definitive to report.
    Stay Strong and Stay United!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #30
    April 2, 2009

    This report is for Thursday, April 2, 2009. The C, H, and J Sub-Committees met this morning to continue negotiation. On Temporary Full Time Employees but Unfortunately, LITTLE PROGRESS TO REPORT!

    With just two more full days till the Contract Expiration date, it is apparent that the Company has NO DESIRE to reach a FAIR and JUST CONTRACT!

    LISTED BELOW ARE THE RETROGRESSIVE PROPOSALS THE COMPANY PRESENTED TO THE UNION THAT ARE STILL ON THE BARGAINING TABLE.

    CWA BARGAINING COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY THAT WE HAVE NOT AGREED TO ANY OF THESE PROPOSALS.

  • OVERTIME- increase assigned overtime above the current 9 and 12 hours.
  • OVERTIME- eliminate the assignment of overtime to volunteers first, SPECIFICALLY -- especially for double overtime.
  • LEVERAGED TITLES - This Company proposal would two tier Service Representative Work with 60/40 pay schedule which would put 40% of pay at risk based on sales. SALES PLAN CONTROLLED BY MANAGEMENT.
  • APPENDIX J PROPOSAL - From the Company applies to Premises Technicians and would no longer protect BENEFITS OR WORK RULES for those who took PT jobs due to surplus conditions. Worse in many ways then current Appendix J provisions.
  • Overtime for Premises Technicians - Would no longer include hours that were worked on a Sunday or Holiday where a premium pay applied. Those hours would not count toward the accumulation of 40 hours per week.
  • INFORMAL SURPLUS MOA – Company proposal does not include Appendix J Premises Technicians in this process.
  • APPENDIX D – ELIMINATE protection for Operator/Console Operation.
  • VACATION – ELIMINATE vacation carry-over.
  • FORCE ADJUSTMENT – Language would limit Force Adjustment to include only those employees who are actually at risk. No matching process for those employees who are in surplus group but not actually at risk.
  • NIGHT DIFFERENTIAL - Change to 9 pm to 6 am. (currently 6pm to 6am)
  • ILLNESS - All Employees will have at least one day of waiting before pay starts for illness.
  • PARTIAL SESSION - Eliminate payment for partial session illnesses.
  • HOLIDAY – Eliminate the day after Thanksgiving.
  • Eliminate coverage - Of expenses for future Retired Local Presidents to attend Joint Company/Union meetings.
  • TEMPORARY FULL TIME (TFT’S) – CWA wants to have all TFT’s to remain on Payroll. We have been meeting in Sub-Committees for several weeks and still have not reached a resolution.
  • GRIEVANCES – MAJOR changes in current grievance contract language which allows only grievances that are subject to arbitration to be appealed to second step of the grievance procedure.
  • STOP THE CLOCK – stop the calculation on Grievant back pay during the time clock is stopped on grievances pending outcome of internal appeals.
  • UNPAID FMLA TIME OFF – Company will require substitution of contractual paid time off.
  • DELETE THE JOINT HEALTH CARE COST CONTAINMENT COMMITTEE from the MOA on Strategic Alliance.
  • ON CALL – Expand On Call to any Work Group. If no volunteers Company could require employees to be On Call.
  • THE COMPANY HAS NOT AGREED TO UNION PROPOSALS TO EXTEND THE FOLLOWING MOA’S THROUGH THE LIFE OF THE 2009 AGREEMENT: CARD CHECK –NEUTRALITY AGREEMENT, SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE TASK FORCE AGREEMENT, REVENUE MANAGEMENT REPRESENTIVE WORKING GROUP RECOMMENDATION, OPERATOR SERVICES TASK FORCE, COMMUNICATION CONSULTANT JOINT LEADERSHIP FORUM, MONITORING, EXPEDITED ARBITRATION, HOMETOWN JOB SECURITY COMMITMENT, EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMITTMENT(Job Offer Guarantee ), EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/ENCHANCED RETIREMENT BENEFIT, EVOLVING TECHNOLOGIES, PRESIDENTS COUNCIL.
  • COST OF LIVING – Company has not responded to Union’s proposals to extend the cost of living allowance.
  • TEAM PEFROMANCE AWARD - Company has not responded to Union Proposal on the Team Performance Award.
  • NATIONAL TRANSFER PLAN – Company has not responded.
  • MOVEMENT OF WORK/CONTRACTING OUT - Company has rejected.

    AT&T has informed CWA that they plan to give the CWA Bargaining Committee their final bargaining package on Friday, April 3, 2009. The current contract expires at midnight April 4, 2009, and we are still Far, Far, Far apart on all MAJOR ISSUES.

    GREAT JOB AT THE “Practice Makes Perfect Rallies!”

    CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR THE LATEST AND GREATEST PICTURES FROM OUR RALLIES AND INFORMATIONAL PICKET LINES!

    “NO CONTRACT --- NO PEACE”

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #29
    April 2, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Sub Committee representing Appendix C, H, and J met this morning to continue negotiations. Some lengthy discussions took place in regards to the Temporary Full Time Employees (TFT’s). Both parties agreed to continue negotiations tomorrow morning.

    CWA and AT&T Full Committees continued negotiations in the afternoon. The Company presented the following bargaining proposals, Union Leave of Absence, Former Temporary Employees, Force Adjustment, Good Jobs In 8 and Global Positioning System.

    The CWA Bargaining Committee did an EXCEPTIONAL job in presenting critical information pertaining to the importance of the Appendix J Bargaining Proposals. Both parties entered into healthy dialogue pertaining to Premise Technicians. No movement to report!

    The Union presented a Counter Proposal on Health Care. The Company said they would look at the Union’s Health Care Proposal!

    E V E R Y M E M B E R M U S T PA R T I C I P A T E I N O U R “P R A C T I C E M A K E S P E R F E C T”
    INFORMATIONAL PICKETS LINES APRIL 2, 2009!!!!

    LET’S STAND UNITED AND STAND STRONG-SHOULDER TO SHOULDER!

    AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN……………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #28
    April 1, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Sub-Committees representing Appendix C, H and J met this morning to discuss Temporary Full Time Employees (TFT’S) with NO PROGRESS TO REPORT.

    Negotiations continued between CWA and AT&T this afternoon. The Company started off by stating that the Health Care information that the Union requested is being given priority consideration and that they realize the reason we need this information. Premise Technicians and Leveraged Titles were also discussed. The Union once again rejected the Company’s Leveraged Title position. The Union stated that the Company would be able to change the qualifiers, and over time eliminate Service Representative positions; change current sales incentives and this title would not be protected by the Service Representative Task Force Agreement not to mention a 60/40 pay schedule. The Bargaining Committee believes this drives the wrong type of behavior for bargaining unit employees and managers.

    The Company reviewed the proposals that we presented yesterday. Listed below are some of the proposals the Company rejected, Overtime, Hours of Work, Funerals, Training/Retraining, FMLA, Holiday and Grievances.

    As for Health Care the Union stated again that we are not interested in a TWO TIER Benefit Plan and that the Company’s current proposal is less than what we have today.

    With only a few days left to Bargain we need to make sure the COMPANY understands our POSITION, “NO CONTRACT NO PEACE!”

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #27
    March 31, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Monday, March 30, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met today to continue negotiations. The Union, once again requested the status of the Health Care information, which we had requested over two weeks ago. The Company stated they did not have anything for us today. The Union asked numerous questions pertaining to the Health Care coverage.

    The Union also presented the Company with numerous bundled proposals pertaining to Assigned Overtime, On Call Duty, Illness, Training/Retraining and FMLA Leave. CWA hopeful that this will initiate movement on the Company' side.

    We won’t hold our Breath! Discussions also took place on Appendix I and J.

    The Union also presented COUNTER proposals on Floating Holidays, Grievances, Appendix D Supplement, Vacation Portability and Vacation Carryover.

    ON A POSITIVE NOTE: MOBILIZATION IS AT AN ALL TIME HIGH----WE SURPASSED OUR GOAL AND VISITED CLOSE TO TWO HUNDRED (200) AT&T AGENT/RESELLER STORES THIS SATURDAY!!!!! THAT WAS AWESOME----GREAT JOB!!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN..................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #26
    March 28, 2009

    This bargaining report is for Saturday, March 28, 2009. The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committee met this morning to continue negotiations. The Union presented the Company with proposals on Team Performance, Capping the number of Temporary Full Time Employees, Cost of Living Allowance, Tuition Aid Policy, Temporary Work in a Higher Position and Improvements for Appendix I.

    In an attempt to avoid ANY future misunderstandings, the Union Bargaining Committee reviewed their position on ALL Company Proposals. In regards to any wage proposal offered by the Company, the Union pointed out that, “AT&T is a Safe Harbor even in BAD times for Investors and if the AT&T investors aren’t taking any hits NEITHER should our MEMBERS!”

    Hours of Work, Improved Travel, Training Retraining, Tuition Aid Policy, Bridging of Service, which contains language that allows employees to keep their service regardless of where they transfer, is also important. AT&T is ONE BIG COMPANY and employees should not be penalized when they transfer. Appendix J, Motor Vehicle Usage Program, GPS, Good Jobs in Eight, ACST’s, Improved Force Adjustment and Severance Payment language were also discussed. The Company is CONTRACTING OUT WAY TOO MUCH WORK---as the Company grows CWA SHOULD ALSO GROW!

    A lengthy discussion took place pertaining to the Memorandum of Agreement on MONITORING. Leveraged Titles were also discussed.

    With one week left to Bargain----We must STEP UP OUR Mobilization Activities and NOT SLOW DOWN!!! LET THE COMPANY KNOW, “WE MEAN BUSINESS!”

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………

    DIVIDED WE BEG


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #25
    March 28, 2009

    This report is for Friday, March 27, 2008. Both Union Sub-Committees met with the Company to continue negotiations. Although, lengthy talks took place, “NO PROGRESS” was reported from both A, B, D, I, C, H and J Sub-Committees.

    In the afternoon, CWA & AT&T Full Committee negotiations continued; however, it came to a QUICK HALT after the Company presented a NOTEBOOK of Proposals FULL OF TAKEBACKS and SUB-STANDARD CONTRACT LANGUAGE. To add INSULT TO INJURY, when the Union asked the Company about FUTURE Retiree Health Care the Company stated that they would go to a Modified Custom Care Coverage, which also consists of Higher Premiums, Deductibles and Out of Pocket Expenses.

    The meeting ended abruptly when the Union Committee Chair was SO INSULTED by the Company’s Proposals he GOT UP AND WALKED OUT telling the Company they are not LISTENING TO A WORD BEING SAID!

    Negotiations are scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!

    “LET’S LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AND ORGANIZE ALL AT&T RESELLER AND AGENT STORES. WE WILL START ON SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2009 AND CONTINUE UNTIL WE HAVE ORGANIZED 100% OF THESE STORES! EVERY MEMBER IS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN US IN OUR EFFORTS!!!!!”


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #24
    March 27, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Thursday, March 26, 2009. The AT&T and CWA Bargaining Committees met this morning to continue negotiations. The Union requested the status on Military Leave data as well as the pending Health Care information request. The Company responded, “They were working on that.” The Company provided answers to the numerous questions the Union had pertaining to the new web based transfer plan, “TALEO”.

    The Union also presented the Company with a Memorandum of Agreement on Evolving Technologies. CWA rejected the Company’s proposals on Force Adjustment and Night Differentials..

    AT&T has loaded the bargaining table with take backs and retrogressive proposals. They have not provided CWA with a copy of the Bargaining Data that we requested and have forced us to review the information at the Bargaining Table.

    Listed below are SOME of the Company’s retrogressive proposals that are on the Bargaining Table:
  • Health Care, increases for active employees in premiums, out of pocket costs and deductibles.
  • Two Tier Structure on Health Care for New Hires and Current Employees. It will be a Three Tier Structure on Health Care since the Company is refusing to bargain on RETIREES.
  • Company wants to increase work duties and have Premise Technicians perform work in a higher classification.
  • Temporary Full Time (TFT’S) CWA wants to have all TEMPORARIES remain on Payroll. We have been meeting in Sub-Committees for several weeks and have not reached a resolution.
  • AT&T wants a 60/40 Leveraged Title which would mean 40% of pay at risk based on sales.
  • PPA applied to Lump Sum Pensions which eliminates the GATT Rate and applies the Corporate Bond Rate. This will reduce lump sum pensions taken after January 1, 2010.
  • The Company has not presented proposals on wages as of yet.
  • Proposals to Limit Force Adjustment to include only those at risk employees.
  • Proposals to change Night Differential to 9 pm- 6am.
  • Eliminate expenses for future Retired Local Presidents to attend joint Company Union meetings.
  • Major changes in current Grievance contract language which would allow only grievances that are Arbitrable to be appealed to second step.
  • Delete Joint Health Care Cost Containment Committee.
  • Remove protections from Appendix J. Reduce overtime in Appendix J. Overall the Company’s proposals for Appendix J are WORSE than current language
  • Increase Assigned overtime above the current 9 and 12 hours.
  • All Employees will have at least one day of waiting before pay starts for illness.
  • Delete Sunday Work
  • Expand On Call to any Work Group
  • Eliminate Day after Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Eliminate Vacation Carry Over
  • Eliminate Assignment of Overtime to Volunteers first
  • Stop the Calculation on Grievants back pay during time clock is stopped.
  • FMLA Time Off, Company can substitute contractual paid time
  • Eliminate payment for partial sessions of illness


  • With only EIGHT days left to Bargain the Union told the Company THEY ARE NOT taking the Union’s Proposals seriously and are dragging out the Bargaining Process!!!!

    LET’S TELL THE COMPANY IT’S TIME TO GET RID OF CORPORATE GREED AND GET DOWN TO BUSINESS!!!!!

    “NO CONTRACT NO PEACE”

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………..
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #23
    March 25, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Wednesday, March 25, 2009. The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committees met this morning to continue negotiations. Major discussions were held in regards to our Premise Technicians and RETIREES. The Bargaining Committee will work the remainder of the day reviewing Company Proposals and working on other Bargaining items. The Company does not seem to take these CRITICAL issues SERIOUSLY! Let your VOICE be HEARD in the WORKPLACE and LET the Company know you SUPPORT your Bargaining Committee!

    RED THURSDAY----------LET'S HAVE A SEA OF RED TOMORROW....

    UNITED WE BARGAIN-----------

    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #22
    March 25, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, March 24, 2009. Sub-Committees for Appendix A, B, D and I continued negotiations this morning. CWA reviewed status of proposals in each Appendix and notified the Company that we were holding our position for Upgrades in these Appendices and on the proposals to extend the Service Representative Task Force Agreement, Communication Consultant Leadership Forum, Revenue Management Representative Working Group and the Operator Services Task Force Recommendations. After discussion by both parties there is no progress to report.

    During the Full Committee Bargaining Session, the Company presented the Union with proposals on Force Adjustment and Night Differential. The Union requested an updated status on pertinent information that had been requested previously. The Company responded and was forthcoming with the information.

    CWA presented the Company with the following proposals CWA/AT&T Presidents Council and CWA/AT&T National Health Care Reform. The Union explained the National Health Care Reform proposal was an invitation for AT&T to join CWA in their effort to call lawmakers to pass Legislation to secure National Health Care Coverage. CWA stated that passage of this legislation would save AT&T approximately One Billion Dollars each year!

    Negotiations are scheduled to continue at 9:30 am tomorrow.

    Let’s Continue our Mobilization Activites----

    Remember RED Thursdays and Black Fridays!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN…………………………
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #21
    March 24, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Monday, March 23, 2009. Sub-Committees for Appendix C, H and J met this morning to continue Bargaining. Discussions were held pertaining to Temporary Full Time Employees, however, NO PROGRESS to report.

    This afternoon the Full Committee Bargaining Session began by the Company presenting a packet of information pertaining to Benefits.

    As stated in Friday’s Bargaining Report the Company provided the “Wireline Trends and Outlooks” overview which was the Company’s outlook for Wireline’s future. Today, the Union presented the Company with some of the statistics contained in the “AT&T Investor Update” which was a document used for the Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call with Shareholders that took place on January 28, 2009. AT&T’s earnings per share were up from $1.94 in 2007 to $2.16 per share in 2009. AT&T’s Revenues for 2007 were $119.9 BILLION and in 2008 were $124.0 BILLION. Total adjusted consolidated revenues grew 3.4% for the full year, up 2.2% in the Fourth Quarter with 14.2% growth in Wireline IP data revenues, which include business services and AT&T U-verse services. The Company also reported, “These drivers more than offset expected pressures in Wireline voice.” As for U-verse the Company report, “Strong sales trends, operational progress and new service features drive mass-market success story. AT&T'S projection is that U-verse will be a Multibillion-dollar revenue opportunity during next few years.” As for AT&T’s Cash Flow for 2008 was $13.3 BILLION with cash returned to Shareowners at $15.6 BILLION!!!!

    For the Company to come to the Bargaining Table and present an overview that tells Less than the Truth and HALF of the STORY is DISRESPECTFUL and INSULTING to our MEMBERS!!!! THE UNION STATED THAT THE COMPANY HAS NO REASON TO OVER REACH AND TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES based on their very own statistics—AT&T is POISED for the future and is the Most Profitable Telecom in the United States!

    The Union asked the Company if they had changed their position on RETIREES. The Company was quick to respond, “NO they have not!”

    The Union REJECTED the Leveraged Title Proposal taking the position that it drives the WRONG behavior. The Union further stated that Service Representatives do an excellent job in sales. The Company stated they needed a title to motivate a Service Representative to Sell. The Union recommended, that being the case to increase the SMITS POINTS!!!

    AN INJURY TO ONE…….IS AN INJURY TO ALL
    UNITED WE BARGAIN....................................
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #20
    March 20, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Friday, March 20, 2009. CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met this morning to continue discussions. Health Care, Temporary Full Time Employees and Premise Technicians were the issues discussed. The Company provided an overview on “Wireline Trends and Outlooks” which provided the Corporate outlook for Wireline’s future. Throughout the entire presentation the Company focused on the decline of Wireline customers however, they failed to mention the tremendous growth in wireless.

    During the afternoon session the Company presented an overview of the “Consumer Rep Sales Compensation Plan Executive Summary” which provides additional information on the compensation for their Leveraged Title Proposal. The Company also presented the following proposals, Motor Vehicle Usage Program, Service Leader, Military Leave of Absence for Executive Order, Retired Local Presidents’ Expenses and Leveraged Title.

    The Union presented the Company with a proposal requesting to extend the following supplemental statements and agreements contained in the 2004 Settlement Agreement for the life of the 2009 Labor Agreements, Paysop, Company Prints Agreements and Summary Plan Descriptions and distributes to Employees, Basis of Compensation, Night Differential, Tight Labor Market Wage Credit, Cost of Living Allowance, Night Tours, Assigned Overtime , Company agrees to continue to make available vacation weeks/days originally offered but not selected in the initial or subsequent interview, or selected but vacated during the vacation year , vacated weeks made available, Vacation Buy Out when employee retires, Same Day Temporary Assignment, Severance Payments, and Appendix D is supplemented dealing with Surplus employees who are assigned to Operator, Service Assistant, and Central Office Clerk, Agreement of General Application, Prohibition of Decision Making Leaves (DML’s), Dismissals of Service Representatives, Annual Letter signed by the Vice President Labor Relations, Senior Manager will notify CWA leadership at least thirty (30) days in advance of contracting, Ad-hoc Committee on Contracting Out and Successor ship in any exchange sale. The Union also REJECTED the Company’s Appendix J Proposal.

    The Company has not shown sincere interest in attempting to reach a FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT.

    The Company is sending the WRONG MESSAGE to our members by compensating AT&T’s CEO at the RIDICULOUSLY high rates and at the same time coming to the Bargaining Table with Unacceptable Proposals consisting of Substandard Health Care Coverage and TAKE BACKS. The Company must realize that if it weren’t for the OUTSTANDING JOB our MEMBERS perform day in and day out the Company would not have these TREMENDOUS PROFITS. NOW IT IS TIME FOR THE COMPANY TO GET SERIOUS AND REWARD THEIR EMPLOYEES WITH A FAIR CONTRACT!!!

    GREAT JOB AT THE RALLY!!!!!!!

    “OUT WITH RANDALL------BRING BACK ED”

    O N E U N I O N - - - O N E F I G H T

    UNITED WE BARGAIN………………….
    DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #19
    March 20, 2009

    This report is for Thursday, March 19, 2009. The CWA and AT&T Bargaining Committees met this morning to discuss issues and concerns pertaining to Health Care Coverage. The Company provided the Union with some documentation pertaining to Temporary Full Time employees. After a lengthy question and answer discussion, both parties agreed to meet tomorrow to continue discussions.

    In the afternoon, both parties reconvened for a presentation on "TALEO" which is a new web based transfer plan program the Company is considering implementing.

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                       DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #18
    March 19, 2009

    The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committee met today, (March 18, 2009) to continue negotiations. The Company presented the Union with the following proposals: Grievances, CWA Internal Appeal Process, Strategic Alliance, CWA Benefit Representative and Facilities Locate Work. The Union will review proposals and respond accordingly.

    Discussions continued on Health Care and Premise Technicians concerns. The Union rejected the Company’s proposal on Health Care. TENTATIVE Agreements were reached on Recovery of Wage Overpayments, Net Credited Service Tie Breaker and Statement of Renewed Commitment.

    Progress is extremely slow at the Bargaining Table. The Company’s number one concern is MONEY……with NO REGARD to the EMPLOYEES who generate this MONEY and the RETIREES who BUILT THIS COMPANY!

    Remember RED Thursdays and Black Fridays!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #18
    March 19, 2009

    The CWA & AT&T Bargaining Committee met today, (March 18, 2009) to continue negotiations. The Company presented the Union with the following proposals: Grievances, CWA Internal Appeal Process, Strategic Alliance, CWA Benefit Representative and Facilities Locate Work. The Union will review proposals and respond accordingly.

    Discussions continued on Health Care and Premise Technicians concerns. The Union rejected the Company’s proposal on Health Care. TENTATIVE Agreements were reached on Recovery of Wage Overpayments, Net Credited Service Tie Breaker and Statement of Renewed Commitment.

    Progress is extremely slow at the Bargaining Table. The Company’s number one concern is MONEY……with NO REGARD to the EMPLOYEES who generate this MONEY and the RETIREES who BUILT THIS COMPANY!

    Remember RED Thursdays and Black Fridays!

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                       DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #17
    March 17, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Tuesday, March 17, 2009. The C, H and J Sub Committee met today to discuss Temporary Full Time Employees. (TFT's) The Company provided the Union with some of the information pertaining to contractors. After a lengthy discussion, the Union Committee agreed to review the documentation, and bargaining is scheduled to continue tomorrow.

    The Full Committees met this afternoon. The Union presented the Company with numerous proposals requesting to extend certain existing MOA's. Bargaining is scheduled to continue tomorrow.
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #16
    March 17, 2009

    This Bargaining report is for Monday, March 16, 2009. CWA and AT&T Sub Committee for Appendix A, B, D and I met today to continue negotiations. The CWA Sub Committee presented the Company with supporting information to substantiate the Union’s Proposal requesting to Upgrade Appendix I.

    In the afternoon, CWA and AT&T continued negotiations in Full Committee. The Union rejected numerous Company proposals and placed others on hold. The Company has committed to have responses to some of the Union proposals by Wednesday, March 18, 2009. The CWA Bargaining Committee closed this session by stating, "We are very serious about our Retiree Health Care. This is a MAJOR issue!" The Company’s response remained the same, "We have already stated our position as well.”

    It is extremely important that every member send questions to the Company's Website Address:

    http//www.att.com/corebargaining
    You may want to ask them when they plan to get serious at the Bargaining Table or when will they start taking our Union Proposals serious.
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #15
    March 16, 2009

    This Bargaining Report is for Saturday, March 14, 2009. The Company and the Union met today to discuss the Company's Health Care Proposal. After the presentation provided by the Company it was CRYSTAL CLEAR that the Company just doesn't understand how important Health Care is to our members.

    LET'S UNITE AND DEMAND A FAIR CONTRACT!!!!!!!!
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #14
    March 13, 2009

    This bargaining report is for March 13, 2009. The Company and Union met today continue bargaining.

    The Company presented its Pension Proposal along with a change to their earlier Health Care Proposal.

    Effective January 1, 2010, Lump Sum Pension accrual would cease and any Pension Benefits accrued after January 1 2010, could be taken only in a monthly annuity.

    Lump Sum Pensions taken after January 1, 2010, and accrued prior to January 1, 2010, would be calculated using the Pension Protection Act which would reduce Lump Sum Pension amounts.

    The Health Care plan is being reviewed by the Bargaining Committee and will be discussed further with the Company on Saturday morning.

    CWA indicated to the Company that they were over reaching and that these proposals were AN INSULT TO EVERY BARGAING UNIT EMPLOYEE.
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #13
    March 12, 2009

    This report is for Thursday, March 12, 2009. Both Subcommittees met this morning to continue bargaining. Discussions continued pertaining to Upgrades, MOA's, Temporary/Full Time Employees and Premise Technicians. Unfortunately, there is no progress to report.

    This afternoon, CWA and AT&T met in Full Committee. The Company provided information on Contractors in Consumer. The Union requested clarification from the Company Chair pertaining to his authority to settle the contract. Union Bargaining Committee members also questioned the Company on other issues pertaining to bargaining.

    LET'S STEP UP OUR MOBILIZATION
    AND DEMAND THAT THE COMPANY
    GET SERIOUS AT THE TABLE!!!!!

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #12
    March 12, 2009

    This report is for Wednesday, March 11, 2009. CWA Sub-Committee for Appendices A, B, D, I, met with the AT&T Sub-Committee this morning to continue bargaining. Appendix A, upgrades and the MOA’s for Service Representatives, Communication Consultants, Revenue Management Representatives and Operators were discussed.

    CWA Sub-Committee for Appendix C, H and J also met with the Company Sub-Committee. The Company provided some information pertaining to part timers. There was a lengthy discussion pertaining to the Four Day Work Week with both parties expressing their concerns. No movement for Premise Technicians or Temporary employees. Both Sub-Committees are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning.

    The Full Committees met in the afternoon. The Union rejected the Company proposals pertaining to Illness, Sunday Work, Night Differentials and Holidays. The Union also provided revisions to the Basis of Compensation Language and Hours of Work. The Union also gave the Company proposals pertaining to Vacation Eligibility and Hours of Work.
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #11
    March 10, 2009

    The CWA & AT&T committees met today to continue negotiations. The Company presented the Union with the following proposals, Absence from Duty which increases the number of waiting days, Recovery of Wage Benefits Overpayments, Sunday Work which includes no premium pay for scheduled Sunday work, Night Differential; their proposed language will pay a 10% differential for each scheduled hour worked between 6:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., On Call Duty, NCS Tie Breaker, Temporary Employees; their language extends temporary work from 18 months to 36 months, Vacation Portability, Holidays deletes "Day After Thanksgiving" and adds an extra "Floating Holiday." As you can see, their proposals are filled with take backs and other substandard language. It is apparent that the Company has no desire to reach a Fair and Just Contract! The Union asked the Company for clarification on the Force Adjustment Article language they had previously presented.

    Bargaining will continue tomorrow with both Sub-Committees meeting in the morning and the Full Committee is scheduled to reconvene in the afternoon.

    LET’S STEP UP OUR MOBILIZATION…….SEND YOUR MESSAGES TO THE COMPANY-----WE DESERVE A FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT!
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                      DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #10
    March 10, 2009

    There were no scheduled meetings today. The Union spent the day reviewing current Memorandum of Agreements and studying Bargaining proposals. The Union also reviewed and worked on counter proposals.
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                     DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #9
    March 6, 2009

    The CWA and AT&T Full Committees reconvened to continue bargaining. The Company presented the Union with a proposal pertaining to Force Adjustment. The Union requested an update on the status of the information requests pertaining to Technological Evolution, Contractors and other pertinent data which had been previously requested. The Union clarified its proposal pertaining to Tuition Aid Program. The Union also amended language to our proposal for our Improved Medical Benefits to include improvements in prescription coverage.

    The Union rejected the Company’s Proposals on, “Leveraged Titles” based on the potential negative impact it could eventually have on thousands of Service Representatives. The Union also rejected the Company’s proposal on Premise Technicians labeling the proposal as MEAN SPIRITED!

    The parties remain on call but there are no scheduled meetings this weekend.
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                     DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #8
    March 6, 2009

    Bargaining continued between CWA and AT&T on Thursday March 5, 2009. Both Union Sub-Committees met with the Company and reported that no progress had been made at either table.

    The CWA and AT&T Full Committees reconvened bargaining and the Union presented our proposal with improved Training/Retraining language. The Company presented to the Union their Premise Technician proposal which contains changes that are WORSE than the current language. The Company’s proposal requires additional responsibilities for the Premise Techs such as SAI work and everything from the VRAD to the house and inside on the light speed network, DSL work on the wireline network and any other technical work that may be required at the house that pertains to the wireline network. The Company expects MORE WORK with NO PAY INCREASE. Their proposal also includes the elimination of Sunday Differential, Pension and Post Retirement Health Care Coverage (PRHCC). Current employees who transferred to the Premise Tech title as the result of a Surplus condition will lose their protection for PRHCC and Pension accrual. Premise Techs who transfer to other Appendices in the Core will not receive any Pension and PRHCC. Employees who transfer to the Premise Tech title will have their Pension frozen and service will accrue solely for Pension eligibility and you will still lose your PRHCC. As if that isn’t bad enough, the Company’s proposal will no longer consider the Day after Thanksgiving as a Holiday but substitute it with another day off. To add insult to injury, their language also includes terrible work rules. The Bargaining Committee Considers this, “ANOTHER SLAP IN THE FACE!” This proposal is MEAN SPIRITED and a PERSONAL INSULT to our Members. For the Company to even consider this type of RETROGRESSION shows NO REGARD for our Premise Technicians and NO REPECT FOR OUR MEMBERSHIP! Our Premise Technicians are in dire need of improvements -----for the Company to ignore these needs is TOTALLY RIDICULOUS!

    The Company has attacked our Members by proposing a SUBSTANDARD Health Care Package and refusing to extend the current Memorandums of Agreement which included language to create a better work environment for their employees. The Company has attacked our Retirees by refusing to Bargain their Benefits and Now the Company has attacked our Premise Techs by presenting this unacceptable proposal at the table.

    LET’S UNITE AND TAKE A STAND…..TELL THE COMPANY, “AN ATTACK ON ONE OF US IS AN ATTACK ON ALL OF US!”
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                     DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #7
    March 5, 2009

    CWA Sub-Committee for Appendices A, B, D and I met with the Company to continue bargaining. The Company provided some of the information that the Union had previously requested. The Union asked for an update on the issues that the Company had with the Union’s proposal to extend the Service Representative Task Force and Review Committee Recommendations, Communications Consultant Joint Leadership Forum Recommendations, Revenue Management Representative Working Group Recommendations and the Operator Task Force Recommendations. The Company stated they had NO INTENT to extend ANY of the MOA's and followed by stating, “These MOA’s have OUTLIVED there USEFULLNESS. We also feel like some of these provisions restrict managers from managing their employees!” The Company’s major issues were pertaining to the Service Representative Task Force and Review Committee Recommendations. The Company stated that they had problems with Sales Objectives, Adherence, Average Handling Time and that the Appointment Time language only ALLOWED SERVICE REPRESENTATIVES TO TAKE A FREE DAY OFF, EXCUSED—UNPAID. Management continued by stating it has become an administrative nightmare. The fact is this language prohibits management from placing employees on discipline as a result of their performance in some of the measured areas. Bottom line, Management wants to be IN FULL CONTROL of their employees. The Company’s remarks substantiate the Union’s position, “MANAGEMENT is so OUT OF TOUCH with the NEEDS OF THEIR EMPLOYEES and have no desire to create a POSITVE WORK ENVIROMENT! The entire purposes for these agreements are to help address MAJOR problems in these departments with out compromising Company objectives. These agreements have proven to be effective and help our members remove some of the additional unnecessary stress in these extremely stressful jobs. To add insult to injury, management could not answer any of the Union’s questions pertaining to the Company’s refusal to extend the MOA’s since they had not conducted any type of comparison studies or research of results prior to the negotiation of these MOA’s.

    Subcommittee for Appendices C, H and J had no progress to report.

    In the afternoon the Union And Company met in full Committee. The Union presented the Company with proposals on Surplus Orientation, Transition Allowance and RPP. After a lengthy informal discussion on Training/Retraining the Union requested an update on their request for information. The Company continues to restrict the information that CWA needs to build pro and con arguments for various Union and Company proposals. This is UNPRECEDENTED and clearly an attempt by the Company to control the bargaining.

    The Company’s continued negative actions must be addressed by our members…..Let’s Unite and Take a Stand by Letting the Company know we DESERVE A FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT!!!!!!
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                     DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T BARGAINING REPORT #6
    March 4, 2009

    CWA and AT&T reconvened bargaining this morning. CWA Sub-Committee for appendices A, B, D and I presented numerous proposals with detailed information to the Company for consideration. After discussions by both parties the Company stated they would review the Union’s proposals and respond accordingly. The Union requested additional information relevant to the upgrade’s we requested. The Union also submitted proposals requesting the extension of certain MOA’S through the life of the new contract period. The Company stated they had several issues with the Service Representative Task Force Agreement and were in the process of reviewing the language in detail. Upon completion the Company will advise the Union of their issues.

    CWA Sub-Committee for appendices C, H and J requested data specific to titles in these appendices. Requests were made pertaining to the number of employees and the loaded wage rates for each title. Proposals requesting upgrades of certain titles were also presented by Union. Considerable discussions took place on the Premise Technician Title. The Committees agreed to reconvene on Wednesday to continue discussions.

    In the afternoon the Union and Company met in Full Committee. The Union notified the Company that we were rejecting the Company’s Health Care package and proceeded to presented numerous proposals to the Company requesting improvements in the Savings and Security Plan, Medical Plan, Pension Plan, Vision Plan, Dental Plan, Adoption Assistance and Life Insurance. After a lengthy discussion, the Company stated they would review the Unions proposals. The Union also presented the Company with proposals which contained improvements in the Funeral and Travel Articles.

    The Company Presented the Union with a “Leveraged Title” proposal which contains language that allows the Company to pay employees based on their performance. Their proposal allows management to skip wage increases based on employees less than satisfactory conduct. It is apparent that the Company has no regard for their employees. A Company who has astronomical profits of over 12.9 Billion Dollars in 2008, as the result of our members Professionalism, Expertise, Commitment and Dedication, is definitely a lack of regard to their employees!

    So far, everything the Company has presented to your Bargaining Committee has been nothing more than “A Slap In The Face” to the HARD WORKING men and women of CWA! The Company’s refusal to bargain for current retirees coupled with what we view as their illegal activities of not providing a copy of requested bargaining data to the Union and then requiring a search of your bargaining committee’s notes after we are forced to review the data on Company premises is nothing more than “GUSTAPO” tactics by AT&T.

    LET’S STEP UP OUR MOBILIZATION ACTIVITY AND LET MANAGEMENT KNOW WE BUILT THIS COMPANY AND WE DESERVE A FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT!
              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                                     DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #5
    March 2, 2009

    CWA District 6 met with AT&T to reconvene bargaining. The Company provided some of the information we requested pertaining to, "Partial Session Absence." The Union presented in detail numerous proposals for the Company to review and consider. The Union requested an update on other information that we have requested, but have not received.

    The Union and the Company agreed to have two Sub-Committees to review proposals for the following appendices: Committee one will consist of A, B, D and I; Committee two will consist of C, H and J. Our first committee meetings are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

    Let's keep our Mobilization Activity going STRONG!

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                       DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #4
    February 27, 2009

    The Communications Workers of America Bargaining Committee met today to continue bargaining. The Company provided some public information to the Union. The Company also presented the Union with their first proposal on HEALTHCARE. To no surprise, the Company has proposed MAJOR changes in our current Healthcare coverage. The proposed package is similar to the coverage that Management currently has today, which consists of HIGH PREMIUMS, DEDUCTIBLES AND OUT OF POCKET EXPENSES!

    The Union presented the Company with a package of various proposals for consideration. We will reconvene on Monday, March 2, 2009.
    Next week is designated as HEALTHCARE WEEK. We will be leafleting on Monday; and the entire week will be focused on issues involving the importance of PROTECTING OUR HEALTHCARE COVERAGE. The Union will be proposing improvements to the current plan!

    Remember RED Thursdays and Black Fridays!

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                       DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #3
    February 26, 2009

    Bargaining continued this afternoon between the Communications Workers of America and AT&T. CWA raised numerous questions pertaining to the Notice of Change Letters received from the Company on February 23, 2009. The Union has various concerns in regards to the changes the Company has proposed in the areas of Overtime, Union Dues Confirmation, FMLA, Arbitration, Partial Session Illness and Customer Security Requirements. After a lengthy discussion, the Company agreed to research and upon completion respond to the Unions questions.

    To date, the Company still has not complied with the Union request for information letter. It is obvious that this is a delay tactic by the Company and a means of keeping our MEMBERS IN THE DARK. The Company further REFUSED TO BARGAIN on RETIREES BENEFITS!!!!!!!

    This is proof positive that the Company has no intent of reaching a FAIR AND JUST Contract-----Let's continue our Mobilization Activity and let the Company know, "WE DEMAND WHAT WE DESERVE AND WE WILL NOT FORGET OUR RETIREES WHO BUILT THIS COMPANY!!!!" Don't forget to wear BLACK ON FRIDAYS.

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                       DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #2
    February 25, 2009

    Bargaining between the Communications Workers of America and AT&T reconvened this morning. The Company presented an overview on Healthcare, which basically positions the Company for requesting take backs in this area. Richard Kneupper, CWA Bargaining Chair quickly responded that the Union has partnered with the Company in the past by finding creative ways to limit Company cost, while at the same time providing good healthcare for our members. He stated we are willing to do the same during these negotiations. However, the committee will not accept a sub-standard healthcare package for our members!

    Today, CWA was notified by the Company of their intent to temporarily suspend the Motor Vehicle Usage Program across the entire bargaining unit beginning March 27, 2009.

    Since the Company has failed to provide the Union with copies of the pertinent information necessary for bargaining preparation without the Union signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement, the Union was unable to present the Company with any proposals. After reviewing documents last night on Company premise the Union notified the Company of the information that had been requested, which had not been included. The Union has never been required to sign any type of agreement in the past. The Union stated their position, which is that the Company is delaying the bargaining process in placing an undue burden by making this unreasonable request. We will keep you posted on the outcome of this dispute.

              UNITED WE BARGAIN…………
                       DIVIDED WE BEG!!!!!!!!!!


    CWA/AT&T Bargaining Report #1
    February 24, 2009

    The Communications Workers of America Bargaining Committee met with AT&T’s Bargaining Representatives at 10:00 a.m. to Kick-Off Bargaining. Representing CWA at the table: Richard Kneupper, Assistant to the District 6 Vice President; Ed Pinkelman, Area Director; Sylvia J. Ramos, Staff; Glynne Stanley, President - CWA 6214; Ronnie Gray, President - CWA 6228; Ron Dye, President - CWA 6016; Mike Mehringer, EVP - CWA 6300; Johnnna Carlon Lee-Steward - CWA 6508; and Guy Stewart, Vice President - CWA 6203.

    Andy Milburn, District 6 Vice President, opening remarks focused on AT&T being the largest and most successful telecommunication company in the World, and that their success is a direct result of the partnership with CWA. Vice President Milburn stated, “It is CWA’s belief that the respect, collaboration, and partnership we have built over the years lays the groundwork for successful negotiations.” He stressed the fact that AT&T’s $12.9 billion in profits last year is proof positive that AT&T is financially sound and well-positioned for 2009 and the future. Vice President Milburn stressed that if AT&T can take care of its executives and investors it can look out for those who create these profits—its employees, our MEMBERS! He further stated that breaking promises to retirees on fixed incomes is the wrong thing to do.

    The Company’s Representative, Joe Croci, AT&T Vice-President - Labor Relations, stated that the Company was prepared to work with us and that together we can reach an agreement that is good for all. He followed those comments by emphasizing that they are facing challenging times and that the country is in a crisis. He stated that AT&T has not been spared. He talked about healthcare being the fastest rising cost and that lowering operating cost was inevitable. Mr. Croci continuously mentioned our positive working relationship, while the Company had already faxed the following notice of changes to CWA’s District Office:

    1. RE: Change in custom and practice – Overtime. The Company plans to discontinue the practice of assigning overtime to volunteers first.

    2. RE: Change in custom and practice – Union Dues Confirmation. The company plans to discontinue the practice of faxing a confirmation back to Local Presidents who send in a group of authorization cards to Payroll.

    3. RE: Change in Custom and practice – Arbitration. Company is requesting to change, “Stop the Clock” language. The Company further requests to change the agreement on the Union reviewing the arbitration transcript.

    4. RE: Change in custom and practice – FMLA. The Company intends to start implementing its right under FMLA regulations to require employees to substitute paid time off for unpaid FMLA leave.

    5. Change in custom and practice – Partial Session Illness. The Company will no longer pay employees for any partial session absences for illness.

    6. Change in custom and practice – Customer Security Requirements.

    How the Company can talk about a positive working relationship out of one side of their mouth, while requesting these totally unacceptable changes out of the other, is definitely setting the stage for this round of bargaining negotiations!

    It is extremely important that we participate at 100% in all of our mobilization activities to send the Company a STRONG MESSAGE…..WE ARE UNITED AND STAND TOGETHER IN OUR FIGHT FOR A FAIR AND JUST CONTRACT!!!!!!!

    UNITED WE BARGAIN …………………DIVIDED WE BEG!!!


    Andy Milburn's Opening Remarks for CWA/AT&T Bargaining 2009
    February 24, 2009

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    http://files.cwa-union.org/district6/AndyMilburnSpeech.pdf

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