The parties continued meeting today in an effort to resolve outstanding issues. At 6:53 p.m., your CWA Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with AT&T Mobility on a new contract. The following summarizes the changes your bargaining team was able to negotiate.
2020 – 2.00%
2021 – 2.75%
2022 – 2.50%
2023 – 2.25%
Short Term Disability
Banded Plan – no changes
BCB2 – no changes
The Union negotiated 2 weeks of paid parental leave effective 1/1/2021
29% Cost share for all Current employees
32% Cost share for all employees hired after 1/1/2021
3 tier plan
Co-Insurance for RX
Customer Service Representatives, Customer Service Specialist, Client Service Specialist
The Union successfully negotiated an upgrade for approximately 2,000 employees with an increase to top step of $42
Business Customer Service Specialist II (BCSSII)
The Union successfully negotiated an upgrade with an increase to top step of $78
Clerical Associates and Workforce Administrator
The Union successfully negotiated an increase to top step of $15
Article 12 – Hours of Work
The Union negotiated improvements including; A mini-shift bid will be initiated to integrate the New Hires into the existing schedule.
Article 14 – Force Adjustment
The Union negotiated improvements including; the cap for severance pay was increased to $18,000 and increased the notification timeframe in Retail Sales rearrangement or store closure.
Article 15 – Non-Discrimination
The Union negotiated improvement to the article language in language to include gender identity and expression.
Article 16 – Safety
The Union negotiated improvements to consider information provided by the employee regarding the State of Emergency for any impact to attendance related discipline.
Article 17 – Company-Union Relationship
The Union negotiated improvements related to time off for Union Activities and time off to attend solely to Union matters.
Article 19 – Basis of Compensation
The Union negotiated improvements related to Retail Sales Consultants and placement in the new wage table if moving to or from the RSC title
The Union negotiated improvements to the On-Call pay out to $38.
Article 21 – Absences
The Union negotiated improvements including; language improvement by adding Memorial Service and by adding an additional day for travel beyond 200 miles
The Union negotiated a ten (10) day paid absence cap to those hired before 1/1/2017 and a five (5) day cap on those hired after 1/1/2017
Article 25 – Exchange Time
The Union negotiated improvements to the scheduling of exchange time language.
Letter of Agreement – Quality Observations
The Union negotiated improvements that the Company is limited to eight (8) observations in the Call Centers and six (6) observations in Retail Locations
Letter of Agreement – Safety Boots
The Union negotiated that the Company will provide climbing boots
Letter of Agreement – Prescription Safety Glasses
The Union negotiated that the Company will provide safety glasses.
Company Wellness Letter
Added Company Wellness Letter for access to Your Health Matters
Added CVS Letter that allows employees to pick up 90-day supply at CVS as opposed to mail order
Integrated Solutions Rep Operational Items
Added letter to address IHX concerns in Arkansas related to system access
Letter Outside of Agreement – Manager in 60 (MI60)
The Union negotiated a letter of agreement that provides guidelines for call centers using this program.
Letter of Agreement – Employee Security Commitment
The Union negotiated a letter of agreement that provides guidelines for those affected by a Call Center or Retail Sales closure.
MOA Regarding Voluntary Recognition
The Union negotiated the continuation of this letter.
National Transfer Plan
The Union negotiated the continuation of this letter.
Letter Outside of Agreement – Team Lead Program
The Union negotiated a letter of agreement that provides guidelines for call centers using this program.
Attendance language in settlement
The Union successfully negotiated a recalculation in attendance points reducing points assigned for multi day absences under point-based attendance policies to .5 points after day 1.
Letter of Agreement – At-Risk Pay
The Union successfully negotiated to move $2,500 from the “at-risk” commission to annual base wage for Retail Sales Consultants
The Union successfully negotiated to move $500 from the “at-risk” commission to annual base wage COS Sales Advocate (Cricket)
Memorandum of Agreement – Call Center Percentages
The Union negotiated that call centers in District 6 will receive no less than 7% of the total calls for the life of the contract
IHX Sales Profile Letter
The Union successfully negotiated a letter to address IHX concerns in Arkansas related to system access
Letter Outside of Agreement – Wireline/Wireless Transition
The Union negotiated a letter to secure discussion about movement from AT&T Southwest Wireline agreement to the AT&T Mobility agreement in the event of a AT&T Southwest Wireline call center surplus.
Your Bargaining Committee wishes to commend the members, Locals and District 6 Staff and personnel for their constant support and mobilization efforts as we worked through the issues and the process of negotiating this new contract. We believe this tentative agreement includes significant improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions for our CWA members. The Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends ratification of this tentative agreement.
All members are encouraged to contact their respective Locals regarding contract explanation meetings and Local ratification votes. Again, your Committee is unanimous in their recommendation of this tentative agreement.
Your CWA Bargaining Committee
CWA District 6
The Parkway, Building One
4801 Southwest Parkway, Suite 145
Austin, Texas 78735
We are also gearing up for the D6 Mobility contract expiring February 2020. We were at the Mobility Call center on August 24, 2019, September 12, 2019 & September 17, 2019 to have our members fill out bargaining proposals and surveys to let the District know what is most important to them along with changes that they would like made for the new contract. Personal contact sheets are also filled out so that we can keep the members informed of updates and any mobilization activities regarding bargaining. Also, we went to the RSO stores on September 12th, 17th & 19th so that all Mobility members and those that would like to join can have input involving the next contract. We will be meeting this week to look over all returned proposals & surveys to tally and prepare to send to the District 6 Mobility Bargaining Team.
The E-Board and Membership meetings will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 due to the Labor Day Holiday.
Executive Board meeting 5:30pm
General Membership meeting 6:30pm
Please mark your calendar & make a commitment to attend the monthly union meetings. As members we all have the privilege to attend, vote and speak at these meetings. It is not just for officers and stewards, we all( officers, stewards, all members), make up the “union”. Bring any questions, comments or concerns that you may have. We will have a few topics to cover and provide updates on things going on in our different departments and areas. Please come and join us.
We are also gearing up for the D6 Mobility contract expiring February 2020. We were at the Mobility Call center on August 24, 2019 to begin having our members fill out bargaining proposals and surveys to let the District know what is most important to them along with changes that they would like made. Personal contact sheets are also filled out so that we can keep the members informed of updates and any mobilization activities regarding bargaining. We will be going to the RSO stores and back at the Call center on the following dates so that all Mobility members and those that would like to join can have input involving the next contract:
Mobility Call Center RSO Stores
Thursday, 09-12-19 8:00a – 5:30p 82nd Street Thursday, 09-12-19 2:30p – 5:30p
Tuesday, 09-17-19 8:00a – 6:00p Milwaukee(Canyon West) Tuesday, 09-17-19 2:30p – 5:30p
University & 6th St Thursday, 09-19-19 2:30p – 5:30p
March 2, 2017
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!!!!!
March 2, 2017
Your CWA Bargaining Committee has continued to negotiate Tuesday through Wednesday, March 1, 2017. There has been much progress made but there are still bargaining issues that have to be resolved. Today, our Members are wearing red and engaging in Mobilization activities everywhere in District 6. Keep up the pressure, the Committee stands shoulder to shoulder with all of you to achieve a good contract.
February 28, 2017
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
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
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
February 24, 2017
The CWA Bargaining Committee met with the Company on Thursday, February 23, 2017. The Company presented a complete package proposal to the Union. There was some movement on the Company’s part, but at this juncture in negotiations the proposal was severely deficient in many areas in meeting our Member’s proposals. The Company still has many proposals on the table that are retrogressive when compared to the current 2013 Labor Agreement. Listed below are proposals that were renewed by the Company on Thursday.
Renew the Incentive Plan Attachment in the Negotiating Report
Renew the Ad Hoc Committee on Two Hour Notification
To continue the forum between the Union and the Company for Premise Technicians
Renew the Memorandum of Agreement to Transition Newly-Represented DIRECTV LLC Employees, effective April 9, 2017 through April 10, 2021
Renew the Memorandum of Agreement – Modified Procedures for Expedited Arbitration
Renew the Recommendations of the Communications Consultant Joint Leadership Forum
Renew the Memorandum of Agreement – Recovery of Wage or Benefits Overpayment
The Union and the Company are still far apart on a number of items, including some of these listed below.
A significant wage increase for the years, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Article XI – Illness from Duty
The Disability Plan – The Company is proposing that employees transition to a 26 week plan from the current 52 week plan
Premise Technician – Work Rules
The Memorandum Of Agreement – Job Offer Guarantee
Joint Agreements of the Service Representative Review Committee
The prohibition against Decision Making Leaves (DMLs) and dismissals of Service Representatives solely for adherence performance
The Memorandum of Agreement – Regarding Neutrality And Card Check Recognition
The Memorandum of Agreement – Monitoring
The elimination of Article IV, Section 6, paragraph b. pay treatment for Cable Splicing Technicians
The above list of Company retrogressive proposals still on the negotiating table is provided to give a flavor of the present climate at the negotiating table. It is nowhere near inclusive of the Company’s proposed givebacks. Your CWA Committee put the Company Committee on notice today in the negotiating session. The Company Chair was told that Early Bargaining will come to a close at the end of February, and the Company’s proposals are inadequate to receive an agreement. The Union Committee told the Company to get serious, we are not going anywhere until we reach an agreement that is fair and just for our Members.
Thank you, CWA Local 6301. We appreciate the card and support of all your Members who signed it. Great Job!
*****Alert – Tell Your Managers That You Are Demanding a Fair Contract*****
February 23, 2017
Your CWA Bargaining Committee met with the Company on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The Company did not present a bargaining proposal to the Union. Both Committees questioned the other on the following items:
New Testing to qualify for the Job Offer Guarantee
A New Dental and Vision Plan
Combine the two Savings Plan into one
Illness Policy – including a 26 week disability program for all employees
The Day after Thanksgiving paid at straight time
A New Tuition Plan
A New Medical Plan
The Memorandum of Agreement on Internal Appeals
Garnishment of Wages
Former DIRECTV Employees
Jobs of the Future for Technicians
The CWA Bargaining Committee will meet with the Company on Thursday, February 23, 2017 to continue negotiations.
WE APRRECIATE ALL THOSE WEARING RED TODAY! KEEP THE PRESSURE UP!