The Utility Operations bargaining table is still in recess pending movement by the Company at the Common Interest Table. The CIT is where all wages and benefits are negotiated simultaneously for the BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC Agreement, the BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC for Utility Operations Agreement and the AT&T Billing Southeast, LLC Agreement. There are several Utility Operations proposals still open at the CIT in addition to proposals from the other two contracts represented there.
While we have been in recess, we have worked on issues that affect our Utility Operations members that are not necessarily bargaining items. We have seen some progress and are continuing to address safety concerns on a daily basis.
Bargaining in 2015 has been frustrating for many as the Company has been unwilling to offer fair wage and benefit proposals to this point. Although we have come to some tentative agreements, there are still proposals on the table which will improve the work lives of our members. The Bargaining Team remains ready to resume negotiations once the Company makes realistic offers at the CIT regarding pay and benefits. Please continue to participate in mobilization efforts as these are intended to inspire AT&T to get serious about bargaining in 2015.
Work Safe! Stay Strong! Keep Mobilizing!
IT’S OUR TURN!!!
Your Bargaining Committee:
Billy O’Dell CWA Rep District 3 – Chair
Ben Price – Kentucky
Gail Shewalter – South Carolina
Jason LaPorte – South Carolina