Important Ballot Information

Members,

Everyone should have received a ballot for the 2017 Southwest Labor Agreements. According to District 6, all members should have received them by March 21, 2017.

IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A BALLOT, CALL THE LOCAL AT 512-467-6132!

It is very important that you return a ballot with a “yes” or “no” vote. PLEASE READ the instructions included in the mailout. If you do not fill the ballot out correctly, your vote will not be counted as a “yes” or “no” and will be excluded.

PLEASE NOTE that the last day to request a replacement ballot is WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2017.

The RECOMMENDED last day to mail in your ballot is FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2017.

THE LAST DAY to mail in your ballot is  MONDAY, April 3, 2017

COUNTING OF THE RECEIVED BALLOTS WILL BE ON APRIL 6, 2017, and will be done in Austin, Texas.

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Local Contract Explanation Meeting – Thursday, March 16, 7:30pm

Members,

President Jason Peavler along with the Executive Board will be holding a special meeting this Thursday at the Union Hall to go over any questions you may have pertaining to the Tentative Agreement. Follow the link to view and save a copy of the 2017 Tentative Agreement. This will be mailed out with your ballots.

Link to Event Page

 

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Recording from Thursday’s Town Hall Contract Explanation

Click this link to be redirected to the CWA District 6 site

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View the 2017 SW Tentative Agreement

2017 SW Tentative Agreement

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Submit Questions for Town Hall

Link to District 6 Question Submission

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Contract Explanation Flyer

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Bargaining Report #23

AT&T SW FINAL BARGAINING REPORT #23

                           2017 CWA/AT&T SW Bargaining Summary Highlights

  • Successorship language renewed
  • Protected JOG for the life of the agreement  with modifications (ESC)
  • Lump Sum Pension Option for the life of Agreement
  • Yearly 1% increase in Pension Bands for the life of the contract
  • Involuntary Severance Payment increases by 3% on January 1, 2019
  • Ratification Bonus of  $1,000 if ratified by April 7, 2017
  • Significant Wage Increases:   2017 – 3.0%,  2018 – 2.5%,   2019 – 3.0%,  2020 – 2.25%
  • Improved Language for Internal Appeals Process
  • Maintained  Medical Plan  2018 – 27%,  2019  – 28%,  2020 – 29%,   2021 – 29%
  • Newly negotiated  Two (2)  weeks paid Parental Leave for Mom and Dad
  • Success Sharing Plan – Renewed
  • Renewed Neutrality Agreement—Card Check
  • Tuition Reimbursement to include Nano Degrees
  • 3,000 jobs returning from offshore locations
  • 3,900 Employees hired after January 1, 2015 will be  moved to Current Employee  Medical Benefits, effective January 1, 2018 includes 3,600 Premises Technicians
  • New layoff language for Premises Technicians  by inverse seniority
  • Increased Meal  Allowance for Premises Technicians to $37.00
  • Reduced Mandatory Overtime for Premises Technician from 17 to 14 hours
  • Protected Premises Technicians (CST’s) – Protections Renewed
  • Leveraged Service Representatives Quota Relief for Union Paid/Union Unpaid Time
  • LSR Committee to discuss Service Levels (Call Routing)
  • Renew Recommendations of the Service Representative Review Committee
  • Renew Prohibition against DML/Dismissal for Adherence for Service Representatives
  • Renewed Monitoring Agreement
  • Increased Travel Allowances
  • Improved allowances for Laundry and Parking
  • All “MOA”, “MOU”, “LOA” renewed or modified
  • RPPP table to be increased by 3% on January 1, 2019
  • Renew the National Transfer Plan (NTP)
  • Renew promotion of CWA/NETT Academy
  • AT&T Savings and Security Plan increase to Maximum Weekly Contributions at 3 new levels up to $95

On behalf of District 6 Vice President Cummings, we would like to thank the Bargaining Committee Members for their commitment, dedication, and long hours of hard work that made the negotiations of this contract possible:

Mike Neumann, Chair

Jeff Hayes, Vice President – Local 6360

Marc LaRousse, President – Local 6139

Gerald Murray, President – Local 6507

Luke Pavone, President – Local 6316

Jason Peavler, President – Local 6132

Glynne Stanley, President – Local 6214

Special Thanks to all of our CWA Locals, District Mobilization Committee and our CWA Members for taking an unwavering stand.  Your demonstration of Solidarity did not go unnoticed!

 

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

 

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Tentative Agreement Reached

Members,

The officers of Local 6132 were just notified by District 6 that a Tentative Agreement has been reached between AT&T and the CWA Bargaining Committee. The specific details of the agreement have not been shared with the Officers. Here is a copy of the letter received from the Vice President of District 6.

 

 

 

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Bargaining Update # 21

Members,

This is the information pulled from the District 6 website:

AT&T SW BARGAINING REPORT #21

Your CWA Bargaining Committee continued negotiations late into the night on Sunday, through Monday, February 27, 2017.  The Union Committee continues to bargain today, attempting to reach an agreement with the Company.  There has been much progress in these negotiations but we still have a ways to go.  We will update the site as information becomes available.

A special thank you to CWA Local 6009 President Jerry Butler, for his correspondence to the Bargaining Committee.  President Butler said his CWA Members are ready to do whatever is necessary in this fight.  CWA Local 4900, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, sent a large package to the Union Committee, which we appreciate.  CWA Local 4900 President Tim Strong included a letter in the package.  President Strong wrote that CWA Local 4900 stands united with your CWA Bargaining Committee and the CWA Members of District 6 in our fight in achieving a fair contract.  Thank you, CWA Local 6009 and CWA Local 4900 for your support.  The Union Committee gains strength from our CWA Members standing tall.

         Mobilize – More Now – Than Ever

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AT&T SW Bargaining Report #19, #20

AT&T SW Bargaining Report #20

February 26, 2017

Your CWA Bargaining Committee negotiated throughout the weekend with the Company. Late Sunday afternoon the Company presented a “Last, Best and Final Offer” to the Union. The Company proposal is described as an integrated package and must be accepted by the Union Committee by midnight on Monday, February 27, 2017, or it shall be withdrawn. The CWA Committee is studying the proposal, but has already determined that it is lacking, and has a number of retrogressive components. It does not meet the criteria of why both sides agreed to enter into early bargaining. The Union Committee is determined to continue bargaining in these early negotiations and will not accept a sub-standard agreement.

Monday, Tell Your Supervisors That You Will Not Accept an Inferior Contract


AT&T SW Bargaining Report #19

February 25, 2017

Your CWA Bargaining Committee met with the Company on Friday, February 24, 2017. There was progress made at the negotiating table, but both sides are far apart on many issues. Some of the bargaining demands that were discussed are:
•Employee Contributions for the Medical and Dental
•Short Term Disability Plan – Company Proposal to migrate to a 26 week plan
•A Wage Increase to Base Wages
•Paid Illness Days
•Paid Benefit Representative Position
•The Benefit Committee
•The Technology Change Committee
•Article II – Classification of Employees – Temporary Employees
•Article V – Cost of Living Allowance
•Article IV – Basis of Compensation, Section 6 – Changes to the Night Differential language for Cable Splicing Technicians
•Article VI – Hours of Work – Assigned Overtime
•Appendix J Employees – The Home Dispatch Program
•Protection for Core I/M Customer Services Technicians who are declared surplus, and who either accepts or displaces into a Premises Technician position
•Leveraged Services Representatives – Service Levels
•The ad hoc Committee on Two Hour Notification
•Memorandum of Agreement – Employment Security Commitment (JOG)
•The Service Representative Review Committee

Friday night, the Union Committee joined CWA Local 6132 on an informational picket line in front of the facility where negotiations are taking place. Local 6132 did a great job of getting their Members to this Mobilization event. Members from other Labor Unions, as well as the CWA Staff from the Austin office, joined us on the picket line. Great job Local 6132. Your CWA Committee wants to thank Local 6407 for the card signed by their Members, and the picture they sent of their Members engaged in a Mobilization event. The Union Committee and the Company will continue meeting throughout the weekend. We will update these reports as events necessitate.

Keep up the Great Work – Mobilizing

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