Bargaining Report #23

**This message is being sent to All ATT Local Presidents, District 3 Staff and Secretaries and posted to the D3 Website**

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

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

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

Elephantine: huge, ponderous, or clumsy

STAND UP, FIGHT BACK

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Your Bargaining Committee

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

Bargaining update #22

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

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

Gelastic:  laughable, subject to laughter

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

IT’S OUR TURN

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Your Bargaining Committee

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

Bargaining Report #21

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

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

Amalgamated: united or combined

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


IT’S OUR TURN

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Your Bargaining Committee

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

At&t SE Bargaining Report #20

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

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

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

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

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

Miscreant: villainous or depraved

IT’S OUR TURN

Please be sure to read and share the Utilities Operations and YP/Print Media Bargaining Reports which are also being posted on the website and emailed to Local Presidents

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Your Bargaining Committee

Mike Fahrenholt – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair

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

Utilities bargaining report

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Your Utility Operations CWA Bargaining Team met with the Company today for the first time. In our opening remarks we noted this agreement will reach its 25th anniversary by the expiration date and the bargaining unit has been a profitable one for AT&T. We also advised the Company we believe the time has come to reward our members’ contributions toward the success and profitability of Utility Operations by improving work rules, benefits and providing a substantial wage increase.

The team passed proposals addressing safety issues, mandatory overtime and pay for illness. We also passed proposals to improve benefits such as the Employment Security Partnership, paid time off, travel expense and disability plans. The Company expressed concerns with proposals that would increase costs, and we pointed out they reported a quarterly net profit of over $3 Billion and an annual gross profit of more than $70 Billion.

The Company passed one proposal which was primarily clean-up language to remove entities that have been dissolved from the contract.

Special thanks to Local 3608, Raleigh NC for the delicious lunch and dessert!

Continue to mobilize, we have a long way to go. Wear red/orange on Thursdays and blue on Mondays.

IT’S OUR TURN!

Your Bargaining Committee:

Billy O’Dell – CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Ben Price – Kentucky
Gail Shewalter – South Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina