On January 13, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that President Biden could not mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employers with 100 or more employees. This does not include employees in the healthcare industry which some Supreme Court Justices cited past precedent.
However, this ruling does not mean that AT&T (or other private companies) cannot implement their own vaccine requirements. AT&T’s vaccine requirement predated President Biden’s mandate and will move forward with their policy unless employees are able to secure an accommodation. Everyone should have received a News Now email with helpful links included in the body of that email.
The CWA has been against vaccine mandates as a condition of employment and continues to encourage employees to follow CDC guidance and Company policy for the safety of their families, friends, coworkers and customers.
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CWA Local 6132 participates in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program each year. It’s a chance for our members to donate time and money to purchase gifts for the under privileged children in Williamson and Travis Counties. This Local is very fortunate to have members kind enough to help provide the items on those need and want lists. Since we have been doing this, you have never let us down. Thank you.
We will be having a membership meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 7:30pm. For safety and liability reasons, we will not be having a Holiday party this year. We do intend to have door prizes whether we have quorum or not. We do have some unfinished business to attend to and would greatly appreciate your attendance.
All of you know that we represent employees in the Telecom industry, but we also represent employees in the Print and Media sector. Recently, Jason Peavler and Sonia Lopez have been in contract negotiations with three of our print shops: American Income Life, American Union Graphics, and Stitch N’ Tyme. Once the contracts have been ratified, we will make them available on this site.
From President Jason Peavler:
After many hours of negotiations and miles traveled, we are please to announce we have reached Tentative Agreements with American Income Life, American Union Graphics and Stitch N’ Tyme. It was our primary goal to achieve fair and equitable contracts.
We knew entering into negotiations during this recent surge of COVID would be a difficult task, but were determined to reach agreements that were fair and agreeable to our members. In each of the CBAs (Collective Bargaining Agreements), members obtained stability, increased wages and other compensations, and improvements to their sanitary articles. We were also able to maintain the healthcare plans under American Income Life and American Union Graphics with no increase to employee’s contributions.
I would also like to take this time to thank Secretary-Treasurer Monica Lopez and Vice President Tony Thornburg for their assistance and a special thanks to Vice President Sonia Lopez for her role in negotiations.
E. Jason Peavler
President CWA Local 6132
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On August 27, 2021, CWA President Chris Shelton sent an email to all CWA locals in response to AT&T wanting mandatory vaccinations for bargained-for employees by January 2022. From our understanding, the CWA encourages its members to take precautions, but does not believe in mandatory vaccinations. Click on the link below to be directed to the national website.
As of August 5, 2021, Austin has once again moved the COVID restrictions to Stage 5. Due to the increase in COVID infections, and for the safety of our members, the Executive Board has decided to cancel this month’s Membership Meeting.