Today the Union and the Company met to discuss the various bargaining proposals on both sides. Discussions are intense but there is a possibility that negotiations could move forward. We are inspired by the solidarity across the District. You have proven to the world that you will fight back against the Company's unlawful acts, and rest assured we will not stop fighting for you.
At CWA, our number one priority is jobs – standing up for our members and creating good jobs for all. Americans want good quality jobs and are willing to work hard to provide for their families. The time is now for each of us to take strong action to gain the respect that we deserve at AT&T and to reaffirm the American dream for the next generation.
Our bargaining team is in Atlanta and ready to get down to business.
Today, CWA members notified the District 3 Office of the propaganda that AT&T distributed to employees. This propaganda is unfortunately in lockstep with the company's behavior during negotiations, as it isn't the truth. Similarly, during bargaining AT&T's lead negotiator requested to meet with District 3 leadership, claiming that the company, in an effort to reach an agreement, would be moving our direction on more than half of the twelve (12) priority issues brought to the table.
Once again, there is no progress to report at the bargaining table today. Negotiations seem to be at a stand still due to the company's lack of authority to bargain over any of the issues brought to the table by our members. The phones at the District 3 Office have not stop ringing today. Members are calling to say that they want a new contract, they've have had enough of AT&T, and are asking what they can do to help.
Unfortunately, due to the company’s lack of authority at the bargaining table, there is no progress to report. Union membership gives us strength in numbers. We all rely upon one another. The basic right to form and join a Union gives us more power than if we tried to negotiate as individuals.
Please make sure that your Local has all of your most up to date contact information.
As the company continues to play games, our Union grows stronger every day. Because of the way they are treated at work by management, CWA members across District 3 were already frustrated with the company before negotiations even began. This frustration continues to grow every day and our members have had enough of AT&T's behavior.
For almost two months we have attempted to negotiate with the company. We have entertained numerous company proposals with great trepidation. In good faith, we expected the company to bargain with us over our proposals. But, unlike recent rounds of bargaining, the company refuses to give any genuine consideration to our demands.
Today at the common interest table, the bargaining team presented the company counter proposals on benefits and wages. The team also met at the main table and presented the company a package, which they seemed elated to receive. We are patiently awaiting their response, with the expectation they accept our admirable package.
Our bargaining team has been working hard to reach a tentative agreement and settle contract negotiations. At one time, it seemed that AT&T also wanted to reach an agreement. Unfortunately, AT&T's antics over the last two days have sent a clear message that the company has little interest in reaching a timely agreement with CWA that will improve the standard of living for our members.
Your bargaining team is continuing to narrow the gap on work rules, through package bargaining and tough negotiations. The team still has some major hurdles to overcome on wages and benefits. The company continues to use 'funny' math when costing our requests. As we work without a contract, remember to work to the rule. Be prepared.
Mobilize, Mobilize, Mobilize!
The Utility Operations bargaining team met with the company on Friday, August 9, 2019, to continue bargaining a fair contract. The company gave us a package proposal that the team is currently looking over. At first glance, I can tell you it is not something that we can accept and bring back to the members. We will review the package and make counter proposals that benefit our members.
The contracts, which cover over 22,000 members at AT&T Southeast, Utility Operations, & AT&T Southeast Billing have expired, with many critical issues including; job security, wages, healthcare, and others yet to be resolved.
The company has presented its first wage package, and it is not up to par. Your bargaining team is preparing counters, so that we can position ourselves closer to an overall agreement. If you do not know who your local’s strike captain is, reach out to the local and find out. Remember, the contract extension expires Saturday at midnight. Make sure you are prepared. Mobilize, Mobilize, Mobilize.
Over the last two days, the bargaining team has continued to work diligently to piece together the remaining open issues and reach a tentative agreement. With the contract extended to Saturday, the company seems to be willing to make an effort to reach an agreement. Of course, it remains to be seen whether they will move enough. Many major parts of the puzzle like wages, benefits, and job security are still being discussed. Continue your mobilization efforts, they are noticed.
Early this morning the Utility Operations bargaining team met with the company to discuss the issues that were still on the table. We had a lengthy and in depth dialogue around our issues, and why they are imperative to our members.
In addition to wages and benefits, our members need job security, better working conditions and a better quality of life. We will not stop until our demands are met.
Today, your bargaining team met in caucus, awaiting the company’s response to our most recent comprehensive proposals on healthcare and work rules. It remains unclear whether the company is serious about negotiating a fair contract, or if they will respond with more preposterous, retrogressive proposals that benefit only the corporation and not our members. We remain far apart on key issues like benefits, illness days, call monitoring, and a defined surplus process for Wire Technicians.
Today, we are going to meet with the company and present counters on healthcare and their most recent comprehensive package. We are anxiously awaiting the results of District 4’s ratification vote. Bear with us as we move methodically towards an overall agreement. Thanks to Local 3101 and the Florida locals for the T-shirts. Also, thank you to all the locals and affiliates that traveled to Atlanta for the rally on Saturday.
After nearly two months of bargaining, AT&T has failed to offer us the contract that our members deserve. In the midst of making record profits and raising dividends for stockholders, AT&T has once again come to the bargaining table asking their employees to make concessions. We have made it clear to AT&T that there will be no give backs in this round of negotiations.
Our bargaining team is scheduled to meet with the company this afternoon. Yesterday evening, we presented the company a comprehensive package that would move us closer to reaching an agreement. Thus far, our bargaining team has reached tentative agreements on certain provisions of the partnership educational assistance program, tuition aid, military service, and improvements to the Article 7 force adjustment process.