CWA AT&T Vaccine Bargaining Update

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COVID Vaccine Mandate Negotiations with AT&T Reach Impasse

We received notification today from the CWA Bargaining Committee that the Company will not agree to anything less than a vaccine mandate. Click on the image below to read the full announcement.

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Bargaining Update – Printshops – Tentative Agreements

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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COVID Vaccine Mandate by AT&T and CWA position

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.

https://cwa-union.org/cwa-executive-board-covid-19-vaccine-position-statement

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August Membership Meeting Canceled

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.

https://www.austintexas.gov/news/austin-travis-county-returns-stage-5

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Stage 4 Restrictions = No Indoor Meetings

Until further notice, and due to the increase in COVID-19 and Variant infections, Local 6132 will be having outdoor, radio broadcast meetings in the parking lot.

https://www.austintexas.gov/page/covid-19-risk-based-guidelines

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Austin Moves Back to Stage 3 Restrictions

Austin-Travis County is currently at Stage 3 restrictions due to an increase in reported COVID cases and new Delta variant.

Link to ABC news report

Link to COVID restrictions by Stage

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NettWorth Financial Group Donna Castleberry Scholarship Fund

http://www.nettworth.net/donnacastleberry/scholarShips

Dear Members,

Our good friend David Davis from NettWorth Financial Group would like to remind all of you about the Donna Castleberrry Scholarship Fund!

The NettWorth Financial Group Donna Castleberry Scholarship awards college scholarships to children of union members across the country.  Since 2001, nearly $250,000 has been given to fund the education of hundreds of promising young men and women. Chances are you know of a family that has benefited in your hometown.  The scholarship program is a fitting tribute to our friend who gave so much to so many.

Scholarship applications can be requested by calling our scholarship hotline at 888-224-5021 or by visiting our website www.nettworth.net.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 31, 2021.

To learn more about the NettWorth Financial Group Donna Castleberry Scholarship, please contact us at your convenience.

Sincerely,

David B. Davis, MBA

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Vote Down Prop F

City of Austin will have an election on May 1, 2021. This election has numerous propositions on the ballot. CWA 6132 and the Austin Central Labor Council has opposed the strong Mayor proposition, otherwise known as proposition F. If passed, all power and decision capabilities will be removed from City Council and given to the Mayor. The Mayor will have veto powers and sole executive powers. This will change the landscape of Austin in the process. Currently, we as a local can reach out to various members of City Council to express the concerns of our members and educate them on the issues that matter most to our members as well. CWA 6132 has built and maintained a strong partnership with numerous City Council members over the years, but if proposition F is passed, that will all change. We would have no choice but to lobby the Mayor and hope he is on our side since he could veto any measure he doesn’t like.

Please make a plan to vote. Early voting has begun and goes through Tuesday April 27th. Polls are open 7 am to 7 pm. Election day is Saturday, May 1st.

For more information, The Statesman has this article to explain further.

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May Membership Meeting

Austin has moved to Stage 3 restrictions, which means that we will still be having outdoor meetings. Our meeting will be on Thursday May 13th at 7:30pm.

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