2017 SW Labor Agreements Extension Announcement – Corrected

Contract Extension
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COVID Cases Still on the Rise

Over the past few weeks, at least 2 of our members in Austin, Texas have tested positive for the Coronavirus. For those of you who are not taking this seriously, or are somehow convinced that this is not a concern, please take a look at this graph from the Texas State Department of Health Services. Pay attention to the direction of the cumulative and daily cases. In order for us to be in a safe place, the cumulative numbers should flatten, and the daily cases should be decreasing. There are approximately 29+ million people in Texas. As of June 15th, approximately 5% of Texans have been tested for the virus, or antibodies. That leaves around 27.5 million Texans that have not been tested. Although some states are not forcing people to wear masks, we highly recommend that you do. Please keep 6 feet away from others, wash hands and surfaces, and don’t put yourself and others at risk of contracting this deadly virus. This can be preventable, if you take even the simplest of precautions.

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2,504 New Covid Cases in Texas

https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasreimann/2020/06/10/texas-shatters-record-for-new-coronavirus-cases/#681409cd4923

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This Thursday – Stop and Reflect – A Message From Chris Shelton


LOCAL LEADERS

8 Minutes, 46 Seconds—Stop Work.
Thursday, June 11, 12 Noon

Black Lives Matter

The vicious murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has spawned a massive uprising in cities and towns across the United States and the globe. While some of you have found ways to participate in or support these protests while observing appropriate COVID-19 precautions, we have not been able to come together as we normally would as a CWA family to share our outrage and our grief.

A little over a week ago, the CWA Executive Board issued a statement on the need to dismantle the racism that plagues our communities. If you have not yet had a chance to read the statement, you can find it at https://cwa-union.org/news/releases/statement-cwa-executive-board-on-need-dismantle-racism-plagues-our-communities. Since issuing the statement, the Board, with support from staff members, has been discussing the steps we must take to move beyond words into action. Expect to hear more about those plans in the coming weeks.

As a first step, on Thursday, June 11, at 12 noon in each time zone, CWA members and workers who are organizing to join CWA will be using one of the most powerful tools we have: the power to withhold our work.

We will show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement by stopping work for 8 minutes and 46 seconds—the length of time the Minneapolis police officer had his knee on George Floyd’s neck—and reflecting on our obligation as trade unionists to fight racism and police violence.

I strongly encourage you to participate in this work stoppage.

Our members work in different circumstances, and CWA District, Sector and Division Vice Presidents have sent suggestions to their locals about ways to observe the 8:46 including:

  • Stand up in your work location.
  • Take a knee in your work location.
  • Use your lunch break to hold a socially distanced picket line outside your work location.
  • Take a selfie that can be posted in solidarity. Post this with your selfie: 8:46. Stop Work and Reflect. Black Lives Matter. #CWAforBlackLives

You may have other ideas that are appropriate to your circumstances. Please take action in a way that is meaningful for you.

Thank you all for your commitment to strengthening our union.

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Statement from the CWA Executive Board on the Need to Dismantle the Racism that Plagues Our Communities – June 1, 2020


As we reach a tragic milestone of 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19, we find ourselves confronting the other plague that has been rampaging through our communities since long before the pandemic: Racism. Compounding the devastation of a global pandemic, which has disproportionately impacted Black communities, Black people in America continue to face threats, brutality, and death for going out jogging. For being poor. For sleeping in their own bed. For watching birds in a park. For being Black.

The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and the blatant display of racism in the Central Park incident with Christian Cooper demonstrate, again, this grim reality. These names are not the first, and without a profound change in ourselves and this country, they will not be the last.

The CWA Executive Board is committed to moving beyond an endless string of reaction statements and demonstrating our continued commitment to justice for Black people through our organizing, representation, political, and movement building work. We commit to creating dedicated spaces for open dialogue on race for our members and leaders to determine outcomes and clear steps the union must take to fight racism in the union, within the industries we represent and the community at-large.

There is no in-between. There is no neutral option. The only real way to dismantle racism and build the working-class power we seek is for every worker to take on the struggle for justice for Black people in this country as their own and to embrace the actions that “an injury to one is an injury to all” demands of us.

It is not enough to punish the perpetrators who have taken these Black lives. It is not enough to simply identify a “few bad apples” to fire or prosecute – a course of action which our deeply flawed legal system makes difficult to pursue. We must also do the hard, transformational work of rooting out racism in America’s consciousness and the institutions that uphold it. This work is necessary because these incidents did not happen in isolation. They happened in the context of 400 years of structural and systematic anti-Black racism. They happened in the context of centuries of stolen labor; economic pillaging by corporate America of Black communities; underfunding of public schools and services; over-criminalization and incarceration of Black bodies; the use of police as military-like forces in poor, Black and Brown neighborhoods; outsourcing of good, union jobs; persistence of food deserts in urban areas; the treatment of addiction as a crime rather than a disease; the fractured, profit-driven health care system; and the “surgical precision” of Black voter disenfranchisement.

The only pathway to a just society for all is deep, structural change. Justice for Black people is inextricably linked to justice for all working people – including White people. The bosses, the rich, and the corporate executives have known this fact and have used race as one of the most effective and destructive ways to divide workers. Unions have a duty to fight for power, dignity and the right to live for every working-class person in every place. Our fight and the issues we care about do not stop when workers punch out for the day and leave the garage, call center, office, or plant.

We will never build enough power as working people if an entire community is living under the threat of death and subject to discrimination based on the color of their skin. We will never build enough power if an entire community has its neck under an oppressor’s knee.

If we are to make progress, we must listen to the experiences and stories of Black CWA members, Black workers, and the Black community. We must join together – every one of us – to dismantle this system of oppression. This means every White union member, Black union member, Latino union member and every ally, must fight and organize for Black lives. Thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. No amount of statements and press releases will bring back the lives lost and remedy the suffering our communities have to bear. We must move to action.

President Christopher Shelton
Secretary-Treasurer Sara Steffens
District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor
District 2-13 Vice President Edward Mooney
District 3 Vice President Richard Honeycutt
District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton
District 6 Vice President Claude Cummings, Jr.
District 7 Vice President Brenda Roberts
District 9 Vice President Frank Arce
AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson
IUE-CWA President Carl Kennebrew
TNG-CWA President Jon Schleuss
NABET-CWA President Charles Braico
T&T Vice President Lisa Bolton
PHEW Vice President Margaret Cook
CWA Canada President Martin O’Hanlon
Diversity At-Large Member Dante Harris
Diversity At-Large Member Vera Mikell
Diversity At-Large Member Carolyn Wade
Diversity At-Large Member Erika White

This statement is available online at cwa.org/news/releases/statement-cwa-executive-board-on-need-dismantle-racism-plagues-our-communities

Watch our powerful video of CWA members demanding justice: cwa.org/cwa-against-racism-video

If your local would like to order CWA Strong Against Racism/CWA Strong for Justice signs visit: cwa.org/cwa-against-racism-sign
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Texas COVID-19 as of April 17, 2020

As you can see from the chart above, Texas cases of COVID-19 are not peaking. Please continue to follow the recommendations from the CDC.

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Frontier Communications Moves Forward with Chapter 11 Filing

CWA District 6 received this notification from Frontier’s Labor Relations Department

April 14, 2020

Frontier Communications has taken meaningful actions as an
organization to build a stronger and more competitive company.
We have also been focused on reducing Frontier’s significant
debt and working to position the Company for long-term
success.

After reviewing a number of options to help improve our capital
structure, Frontier has entered into a Restructuring Support
Agreement (or RSA) with our bondholders. The financial
restructuring plan will significantly reduce the Company’s debt
while we continue to provide quality service to customers
without interruption. To implement this plan, we voluntarily filed
petitions under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
I understand you may have questions about what this means for
our unionized employees and union contracts. Here are
important points you should know:

· We expect our employees, including those
represented by unions, to continue to be paid and receive
their healthcare benefits as normal throughout this
process. Employees should continue to come to work on the
same schedule and remain focused on their job responsibilities.

· Frontier’s union contracts will remain in effect as per
their terms and any extension or renegotiation. We fully
expect to continue to work in a mutually respectful manner with
our unions as this process moves forward.

· Frontier is continuing to operate as normal, and we
have sufficient liquidity to run our business throughout the
court-supervised process.

· We remain committed to providing our customers
with quality services that they expect from Frontier without
interruption.

I want to emphasize that we are undertaking this proactive and
strategic process with the support of our bondholders in order to
significantly improve our capital structure and reduce our debt
on an expedited basis.

With a stronger balance sheet, we will also have the increased
financial flexibility to accelerate investments in our long-term
growth by upgrading our network reliability and speeds,
delivering new innovative solutions, adding top-tier talent to our
organization and becoming a stronger provider for existing and
new customers. In short, we are using this process to build a
better, more sustainable Frontier for the future. In addition, the
impact of COVID-19 on our operations, our customers and the
entire business community is rapidly evolving. The support we
are receiving from our bondholders will also help us to manage
the near-term challenges presented by COVID-19.
We are committed to providing updates as they are available.
Thank you for your continued support of Frontier. We look
forward to building a stronger, more sustainable Frontier.

Todd Brooks | Labor Relations Manager

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A message from CWA District 6

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COVID-19 For AT&T Customer Facing Employees

We, as telecommunications workers, are considered essential, not by AT&T itself, but by Homeland Security and CISA. We provide information services to residential customers who are working from home, to hospitals, to state agencies, to news media, and to emergency workers. We are responsible for making sure that people can get the help or information they need during this crisis.

During this difficult time, our members are being asked to continue doing their jobs as safely as possible. AT&T has been consistently sending email notifications with important information from the CDC, and how that integrates with your specific tasks when installing or repairing services for our customers. AT&T is not asking you to do anything beyond the restrictions put in place by the CDC. Please, follow the guidelines. Ask your customers the provided questions to determine if you are safe to work inside their homes. If the customer answers ‘yes’ to any of the questions, then follow the Alternative Dispatch Guidelines. If you have not seen these guidelines, please talk with your supervisor. If you encounter anything not strictly stated on the questionnaire, talk with your supervisor.

CWA Local officers, chief stewards, and shop stewards, should not be advising members to do anything different than what the Company has asked of them. If you are hearing conflicting information, please contact the Local. If your supervisor is telling you anything different than what the guidelines state, contact the next level of management before reaching out to us. This should go without saying: do not get your news from social media posts.

CWA District 6 and AT&T have come to an agreement to compensate all bargained-for employees an additional 20% of base pay for every hour worked. Prior to that agreement, AT&T is offering 80-160 hours of paid time off if you meet the criteria. If you do not meet the criteria for the paid time off, then contact your supervisor and see if they will approve vacation or other PTO, or perhaps an unpaid leave of absence.

The Officers of Local 6132 hope that each and every one of you stay safe, stay informed with the daily changes to our city and surrounding areas, and to promote social distancing and proper personal hygiene and etiquette. Most of all, do everything in your power to keep you and your families safe.

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CWA and AT&T Sign a New Agreement Concerning Pay During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Communication Workers of America and AT&T signed an agreement that would increase the pay for those employees currently working during the Coronavirus/ COVID-19 pandemic. Below is copy of the signed agreement which is linked to a PDF of the same document.

CWA/AT&T COVID-19 Agreement

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