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To Contact Vinnie Perretta: Phone: 914-609-9706 Cell: 718-775-7719 Tape:  914 761 1192

FAX 914 831 7803

CWA-LEGACY T CONTRACT RATIFIED BY A 77% MARGIN.

 

80% OF LOCAL 1153 MEMBERS VOTED THEIR CHOICE WITH 76% VOTING TO RATIFY.

SEE THE T& T WEBSITE  STATEMENT:

 

 

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/entry/att

 

Ratification Ballot Closed

The ballot ratification period for the Legacy T contract is now closed.  The result will be emailed and published here as soon as the result is announced by the National. 

75TH CWA CONVENTION

The 75th Convention brought changes. The new President of CWA is now Chris Shelton, formerly our District 1 Vice President.

Dennis Trainor, Chris’s former assistant, is now the District 1 VP. Congratulations and Good Luck to both Chris and Dennis.

As many of you may know, Bill Bates our T & T VP retired along with his assistant, Laura Unger. They will be missed for their dedication to our union and tireless work on behalf of our members. Many of our members and retirees remember Laura as the President of 1150, and for her speeches at the ATT shareholder meetings calling out the company for the two-timers they are. She was also on our bargaining team and helped craft some of the language that helped to avert even more involuntary job loss in our unit than we have had to endure.

The most important thing is the love both Laura and Billy had for our members, and for all our working brothers and sisters- in a union or needing one.  Congratulations and Best Wishes to them in their new adventure of retirement.

Our new VP for the T & T section is Lisa Bolton. She is an able local President bargaining on the Century Link contract and I’m sure will learn quickly. We wish her Congratulations and Good Luck.

There will be more information on the convention at a later time.

If you have not voted yes or no on the tentative contract agreement yet, there is still time if it is mailed by Monday, June 22. Thank you to all who have responded. The votes will be tallied and sent to the National at the next 1153 executive board meeting on June 24th.

Wishing all a healthy, safe and fun summer as vacation season comes into full swing.

In Unity,
andrea lupo
cwalocal1153@optonline.net

JUNE 15, 2015 VTP OFFER

 

This offer does not include any titles in the Local 1153 jurisdiction

June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015
Ballots have been distributed and mailed for the ratification of the 2015 Tentative Agreement.

Please have your ballots returned to the Local office by June 17th.


For members in White Plains, return your hand distributed ballot to your steward or to Vinnie Perretta directly.


CWA Convention in Detroit is June 8th to the 10th. Unit and District meetings are on the 6th and 7th.


We will be voting for a new Telecommunications & Technologies VP to represent our section on the CWA Executive Board. There will be plenty of debate over which of the many candidates will be best for our members, which will strengthen our position in dealing with the attacks from the industry.


I will be returning on June 20th. VP Vinnie Perretta is in charge in my absence.
Andrea Lupo
President, CWA Local 1153
 

              PROPOSED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT LEGACY T 2015

 

The above link will provide links to the Summary and the unofficial TA with proposed changes marked in the right margin. 

 

MEMBERSHIP MEETING ON TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

Please come to discuss the 2015 Tentative Agreement. Ratification is due by June 26th at the National. Our deadline will be earlier that week.

Meetings will be held:

In White Plains at the Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 27th, 8:30AM to 3:45PM.

In Connecticut at Christo’s Pizza, 970 North Colony Road, Wallingford on Thursday, May 28th , 5:30 - 7:30PM.

In addition, the Executive Board will be available on Thursday, May 28th between 11:30AM and 1:30PM to take calls from members, particularly our construction techs who are unable to attend a meeting. The office number is 914 761 1157.

In Unity,

Andrea, Vinnie, Rosaria


Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #42

May 18, 2015

Ratification Votes Due June 26

A Contract Explanation meeting was held yesterday near Baltimore, MD for Local Presidents from around the country. The team reviewed, in detail, every change in the Tentative Agreement and answered questions from the Locals in preparation for the ratification vote.

The team explained why they believe this is a good Contract and they achieved everything they possibly could have during this round of negotiations.

This agreement must be ratified by June 26th in order to receive wage increases (and other things) retroactive to the expiration of the last Agreement.

Within the next few weeks you should be receiving your ballot and an expanded Contract Explanation from your Locals. Each Local will be conducting its own ratification vote and reporting the results to the National office.

If questions come in that have not been answered in the Contract Explanation, we will post them and answer them on this web site.

Your Bargaining Team,

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Tentative Agreement

Members,

The contract explanation meeting for local presidents is Sunday, May 17th.

This Tentative Agreement is months earlier than for the last 2 contracts. Bill Bates and the Bargaining Team thanks all for their mobilization.

We will have membership meetings to discuss the contract, questions and answers, by the end of the month, before I leave for the convention June 4th.

The ratification vote will be concluded before the end of June.

I would like to thank all our local member mobilizers for their efforts. Most of us were well informed on the issues and what was at steak.

So,
To all the info-picketers regardless of the cold and rain, gulping a lunch on the go every week since early March, the whistle and horn blowers, the noise makers, the say NO to OT-ers, the no thanks to beeper-ers, the volunteer leafleters, the work very careful-ers, the hat and pin-ers, the picture takers and sign displayers, and of course Patti’s dog George in his red jacket:

Shake each others hand and congratulate each other for a job well done.

Yes we need to see what is in the details, weigh the good and the not so good and decide to vote yes or no, but we’ve done our best so far. If the bargaining team feels this is worth ratifying, then we need to take a good look with that in mind.

In Unity,
Andrea
President
CWA Local 1153
 


Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #41 - Tentative Agreement Reached

May 13, 2015

After over two months of bargaining we have reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) at the Legacy T table. The team feels we were able to beat back the majority of the Company’s retrogressive demands. While there are increases in the cost of Health Care, they are much less than the Company originally demanded and we have added an option with lower premiums. We negotiated wage increases that will more than cover those costs and give our members significantly more money in their pockets during the life of this agreement. Rather than the pension freeze the Company wanted, we got a pension increase and maintained and improved our job security language.

A more detailed report will be posted within 24 hours and even more detail will be presented to the Local Presidents at the Contract explanation meeting and to you before your ratification vote.

Legacy T and District 4 are both announcing our TA’s today.

We want to thank all the Locals and Members who mobilized to make this agreement possible. It would not have happened without your participation.

Your Bargaining Team,

Bill Bates

Laura Unger

Lois Grimes-Patow

Martha Flagge

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

LaNell Piercy

Roy Hegenbart

Cindy Neumeyer

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GRIEVANCE STRIKE

GRIEVANCE STRIKE:

Since there is no contract, there are no arbitration rights. Therefore, in order to resolve a grievance it is permissible under the law to conduct a “grievance strike”. This can be an actual work stoppage, or a modified work stoppage (not answering the phone as an example) to urge the company that the grievance is serious and union members are very serious about a resolution.

A grievance strike relates ONLY to a particular grievance and not to the contract in general.

Join this week’s info picket and WEAR RED.

DISPLAY YOUR SIGNS.

andrea

Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #40

May 12, 2015

Another midnight recess for the Bargaining Team last night as we continue to try to hammer out an agreement with AT&T.

We will be meeting again this morning.

Also, we were informed last night that there was a grievance strike and all three Legacy T employees in Local 4322 walked out for a day and a half. These strikes are about Local issues and are ONLY taking place because Local issues are not being resolved.

Please keep up the Contract Mobilization.

Your Bargaining Team,

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #39

May 11, 2015

The Bargaining Team worked Friday and Saturday until almost midnight and still was not able to come to an agreement. We made a commitment that our members will be better off after these negotiations and we intend to keep that commitment.

We will be meeting again this morning.

We’ve heard there were some grievance strikes of AT&T-Midwest locals and our members in T&T Local 4998 refused to cross their line and supported them. Thanks to Local President Pam Rogers for your leadership in this.

Please keep up the pressure.

Your Bargaining Team,

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #38

May 5, 2015

Last night Vice President Bill Bates hosted a call with Locals from around the country. We informed them that the Bargaining Team will be returning to the table in D.C. We sent the Company a clear message that we were not going to waste our time waiting for them to start serious bargaining and would not bring our team back until they gave some sign that they were willing to move on OUR issues. That, combined with increased mobilization in many of the Locals, seems to have had an effect.

The Company has approached Bill with the indication that they are ready for some serious negotiations.

As we said on last night's call, this is not the time to let up. Let's welcome the team back with some serious actions in EVERY Local and show the Company you are solidly behind your bargainers.

Your Bargaining Team,

 

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5-4-2015 Bargaining Report

On a conference call for local presidents, we learned today that the company has signaled to VP Bill Bates that they are ready to bargain seriously. Seriously?

The elected members of the bargaining team will return to the table. We know better than to take ATT for it’s word.
Let’s keep the pressure on. Perhaps reports from the bargaining team will resume by mid week.

In Unity,
Andrea
cwalocal1153@optonline.net


Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #37


We did not meet with the Company yesterday. They have our proposals and they have not gotten back to us yet with their responses.

Meanwhile, we are working closely with our Research Department to plan our responses to the Company’s unreasonable demands on Health Care. We are pushing for the fairest Contract we can reach that serves the needs of the members in our bargaining unit. We will not settle for a Contract that does not include a good wage increase, an increase in our pensions (half of our members have 25 years of service; the large majority have the Cash Balance Account as their pension plan) and job security that ensures us a place in the future of this Company. Meanwhile, in the news today:

LOS ANGELES (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Tuesday confirmed that it has fired Aaron Slator, a President who became the subject of a $100 million discrimination lawsuit, for using his work phone to send racially offensive images. "There is no place for demeaning behavior within AT&T and we regret that action was not taken earlier," the Company said.

AT&T has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on lawsuits, fines, refunds and lobbying (for TPP and other things). If even a portion of that was spent on giving its employees a FAIR DEAL, this bargaining would be over by now.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #36

April 25, 2015

The Medical Benefits Subcommittee met to discuss the “Excise Tax”, which is part of the Affordable Care Act, that doesn’t kick in until 2018. It applies a fee on so called “Cadillac Plans” which exceed a certain high level of coverage.

The company wants us to bargain now, in 2015, to change our plan so it does not trigger the tax in 2018. The Union position is that the rules for that tax have not even been completed; they are changing and will continue to change and there is no way we will model our plan on a vague predication of what might happen in the last year of our agreement.

We have told the Company we will agree to reopen discussions on the health care plan in 2017 IF (and that is a big IF) it appears the tax will be imposed. The Union is willing to partner with the Company to lobby to make modifications in the rules (or get rid of it altogether.)

Meanwhile we are NOT making progress on our key issues - the cost of benefits, job security, pensions, wages and improvements for our current Retirees.

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #35

April 24, 2015

It was a lot more interesting at the Shareholders Meeting than it was at the Bargaining Table today. While we countered some of the Company proposals, they offered no changes to their last offer.

Meanwhile in Spokane, CWA activists demonstrated at the Shareholders meeting. The police and AT&T security were there in force, as was Labor Relations Vice President Mark Royse. Many members confronted him as he tried to tell them things were going OK at the bargaining table: “we only have to reach across a stream, not an ocean", meaning they are close to an agreement. Your Bargaining Team would certainly not agree with that statement. We are oceans apart!

Todd Appleby, EVP of Local 6360, also told Royse that the Company was a disgrace for breaking promises of healthcare to workers that have already retired, but are now being forced to pick between medications and food because of the unaffordable healthcare changes that the Company made to Retirees. He advised that his Local has a food shelf for the Retirees so they can make ends meet.

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #34

April 23, 2015

We said at expiration that there can be NO BUSINESS AS USUAL. That will be true for the bargaining table also.

On Wednesday the Union made a proposal to the Company with the aim of moving this bargaining forward. We said at the time that if the Company doesn’t respond with some serious movement of their own, our offer would be withdrawn. Instead, the puppeteers in Dallas again sent their team back to our table with little change from their last offers - still excessive increases in medical costs for our members, a woefully inadequate wage proposal, a low watermark and no change on any of our key issues.

In response, Bill Bates withdrew our last proposal and informed the Company for the 100th time that we will not continue to bargain this way indefinitely. It is an insult to our Bargaining Team and our Members. Our elected bargainers will be going back to their Locals until such time as meaningful bargaining can begin again. The Union is NOT refusing to bargain. We’re just refusing to bargain the way the Dallas czars want us to bargain.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #33

April 22, 2015

Another day was spent discussing benefits but, as usual, the Company will not respond to our proposals when we make them. They have to get back to their leaders in Dallas before they can give us a response.

We received a message from a member via the website: he wanted to know why we were still passing proposals now and why we didn’t start bargaining earlier. We are still passing proposals now because that is how bargaining works. Each side puts a lot of demands on the table when bargaining starts and then, as each side counters the others’ demands, there is hopefully movement until you end up with a Contract both sides can agree on. Extending the process doesn’t mean you reach an agreement earlier. It just takes away the urgency of coming to an agreement.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #32

April 21, 2015

The Company accepted our demand that our Monitoring language continues unchanged. At the beginning of bargaining, the Company made a big issue of wanting to be able to “coach” (and discipline) individuals for what is heard during process monitoring and they also wanted to take away the right of our call center workers to demand side-by-side monitoring. This would tremendously add to the stress (and discipline) of our members. Today we preserved our original language.

From there it went downhill. While the Company changed some of the specifics of their benefits proposal, the results were the same.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #31

April 20, 2015

After attending a march and rally from the AFL-CIO Headquarters to the office of the US Trade Representative, to protest TPP (which is another reason we need strong job security language), your bargaining team went to the table expecting responses to our last proposals. Instead the Company proposed to carry over two letters which are already in the contract - no response on wages, no response on pensions and no response on medical.

Every day it looks more and more like the Company is either incapable of getting down to serious bargaining or is just refusing to. If they think we will sit here for months and our members will go back to business as usual they are seriously mistaken.

You Bargaining Team,

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #30

April 17, 2015

Today the Union rejected the last proposals by the Company and presented our proposals on wages, SSP, the watermark for the full workforce and Article 43, JOG, absence and several proposals on our health benefits. The CWA Research Department is working with us every day to help us prepare for our proposals on health benefits.

The Company had nothing new to present today but hopefully they will have something for us over the weekend. Your elected Bargainers, who haven’t been home since the first week in March, are still here awaiting some progress.

We know many of you were disappointed that we did not go on strike

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Another insulting offer from a multi-billions, multi-national corporation that wants to get our skilled labor on the cheap.

NOT BUSINESS AS USUAL

LET THEM KNOW WE’RE ON TO THEM...EVERYDAY

WEAR RED THURSDAY

Legacy T Bargaining Report #29

Today at the Bargaining table the Company made such a miniscule increase to their wage and healthcare proposals it was hardly worth talking about. Their proposal on our “watermark” also very slightly improved, bringing us from our current 3700 to 3000 at the end of the agreement, only 100 up from their last offer. This is a ridiculous way to bargain to continue to bring us insultingly small changes from their previous proposals.

At the table CWA Elected Bargaining team member LaNell Piercy talked about a CEO in a company called “Gravity Payments” who cut his pay from $1 million to $70,000 so he could increase all of his employees pay to $70,000. AT&T won’t even guarantee its lowest paid workers $15 an hour or provide a supplement to its lowest paid workers so they can pay for health care - meanwhile AT&T’s CEO makes $22 million.

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April 15, 2015 UPDATE

April 15, 2015

 

We are working without a contract but it is not business as usual.

This is a multi-billions of dollars, multi-national corporation that can well afford to compensate our members and retirees with healthcare without the outrageous cost shifting ATT is demanding.

ATT can also easily afford to pay decent pensions for all, including new hires and retirees.

Work carefully and safely.

Let ATT know they are trying to get us, our skilled labor, on the cheap and we do not appreciate it.

In Unity,

Andrea Lupo, President CWA 1153

Legacy T Bargaining Report -APRIL 14 @ 2PM


Fighting for Fairness

The Contract has expired. We are continuing to bargain without a Contract. There can be no business as usual. While we are still negotiating, we are very angry with the lack of movement at the table. However, we are committed to keeping our Members earning a pay check and keeping the Company off balance while we continue to fight at the table and you continue to fight on the job.

In Unity,

Your Bargaining Team

Legacy T Bargaining Report -APRIL 14 @ NOON


Fighting for Fairness
The team is at the bargaining table. Sit tight for now. Update when we break.

In Unity,

Your Bargaining Team

Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #28

April 12, 2015

The first post-expiration meeting did not go very well. Though the Company’s “package” was a bit better than their first proposals, they were still nowhere near where they need to be to get a Contract. They are still proposing freezing pension and giving no pensions to new hires, only a 401K. This proposal, for everyone hired after 2003, freezes their CBA account and moves them into the BCB2 plan, which has a much lower payout.

Their wage proposal was insulting and does not come near to covering any increases in the cost of living or in health care costs. They rejected our proposals to raise the pay or pensions of our lowest paid titles.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report 27 ~ April 11, 2015


As you all should know by now the Company and Union agreed to extend the Contract until Tuesday, April 14 at 12:00 Noon EDT. We decided that as minutes clicked closer to midnight and we were making some progress on some of our demands.

We made progress on renewing very good funding for the Alliance which is crucial for preparing our members for future jobs, certifications, improving skills for jobs inside and outside the company. We made progress in improving the termination pay schedules for Article 43 and 45. We got a small improvement in the bi-lingual differential. We fixed an injustice in Article 15 for people who transfer in yet get lower pay than some new hires. They continued to reject other items that are important to us that we continue to work on in the Articles.

However the BIG TOPICS – health care costs for actives and retirees, pensions, short term disability, paid illness absence and wages are

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Legacy T Bargaining Report -CONTRACT EXTENDED TO APRIL 14TH


Apri 12, 2015

Fighting for Fairness


After bargaining all day and evening we have made some movement on a few items but are still awaiting proposals on some of our key issues. The Contract has been extended until

Tuesday, April 14th, at 12:00 NOON, EDT.

 


Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #26

OUR team left the bargaining table.

April 10, 2015

Here we are, one day from expiration, and not only did the Company NOT give us a wage proposal but they had the nerve to give us a terrible proposal on job security and then tie that to US accepting their ridiculous absence proposal - a reduction for everyone of paid days, a maximum of five (5) sick days for anyone and NO PAID sick days for new workers.

Their JOG proposal not only limited JOG to people hired before 2005 (which takes it away from all of those hired until 2012, which is in our current agreement) but it also says if someone doesn’t qualify for a job they will be considered “declining” the position. So, they can virtually offer nothing by constantly offering jobs they know people cannot qualify for. To make matters worse they can completely cancel JOG if there are “severe economic or business conditions” (as determined by them) or a cessation of a line of business and other things.

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #25

April 9, 2015

The teams met yesterday, both at the full table and in subcommittees, on health care and monitoring. Several Articles that are not being changed were TA’d. After our rejection of their proposal the Company did not pursue their demand to change the mileage from 35 to 50 in Article 16 for transfers and Article 24 for relocation allowance. Aside from that no important issues have been settled.

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #24

April 7-8, 2015

AT&T and your CWA Bargaining Team continue to meet in subcommittee on benefits and other issues.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING!

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #23

April 6, 2015

There is not a lot to report today. The Bargaining Team spent the whole day together planning our proposals and responses to Company proposals. While we have TAed many parts of the Contract that are not changing, we are still far away on many issues.

Wages have not been discussed yet but that is generally one of the final issues at the table. We have a mandate from the AT&T Bargaining Council that our members MUST end up with more in their pockets at the end of this bargaining than they did at the beginning and that is what we plan to do. It is time for us to get our fair share.

The clock is ticking toward expiration. Turn up the heat.

Your bargaining Team,

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report 22 April 3-4, 2015


Most of our discussions with the Company were spent arguing over benefits. The Company wants us to pay the same share of the healthcare costs as managers do (which is higher than us). WE argue that most managers make a lot more than the bargaining unit people do. We are fighting for fairness and we know, looking at the percentage of salaries spent on benefits, we are already paying a bigger percentage than they are.

With less than a week to go before expiration, it is time for AT&T to take a hard look at what they are proposing and make some real movement toward fairness. The pension freeze, the 401K for new hires, the cut in disability weeks, the decrease in paid sick days… all of those are still on the table.

This is the time to really turn up the heat. MOBILIZE. MOBILIZE. MOBILIZE.

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report 21

April 2, 2015

Today in bargaining we reviewed and TA’ed many letters from the back of the contract that we are either renewing with no changes or eliminating because they refer to things that were completed during the last few years and don’t need to be continued. Subcommittees continued to meet.

We will be meeting tomorrow and over the weekend but since our Clerical staff is off we will not be posting another bargaining report until Monday.

In the meantime, those working tomorrow and this weekend, keep the pressure on the Company.

Your Bargaining Team,

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #20

April 1, 2015


As we count down to April 11th, we still have not received responses on some key issues. The Company has not responded to us since we rejected their elimination of JOG. They have not responded to any of our proposals on the watermark and have not given us any new commitments on training for Workforce 2020.

Meanwhile, while Pensions, Disability, Medical Care and monitoring are still being discussed in subcommittees, no real progress is being made there either. The Union has rejected their absence proposal and the Company’s own data proves that while absence is a problem for some people, the overwhelming majority do not abuse their paid illness time.

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #19 / STRIKE VOTE Results

March 31, 2015


The votes were counted last night for the Legacy T Strike Vote and a large majority voted YES. Now we need to show the Company that we are serious about that. Locals should be preparing picket assignments and improving Local communication (phone trees, text messaging, etc.) Members should check their desks or trucks for personal items they might need to take home next Friday. Personal “crib sheets” should not be left for Managers or Scabs to use.
 

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ATT Shareholder Proxy Vote

Shareholder Meeting Recommendations


The Company is still pushing its retrogressive demands on pensions, healthcare,
disability and absence and is still refusing to discuss any of the issues facing our
current retirees. So many of our active and retired members are also
Shareholders. We need you to send a message to the Board of Directors that we
do not agree with the way they are leading this Company during this bargaining.


We can do that with our votes for the Shareholders meeting coming up on April
24, 2014, being held on Spokane, Washington.
Some of our Locals will be there in person. Even if by some miracle we have settled our
Contract by then, District 3 (AT&T Southeast) will be getting ready to bargain.
So – Vote your Proxy Now.


#1 Management proposal for Individual Directors – VOTE AGAINST
#2 Management proposal to approve Ernst & Young as auditor – VOTE AGAINST
#3 Advisory Approval of Executive Compensation – Management proposal to approve the pay
and the method of paying executives in company – VOTE AGAINST
Check out page 53 of the proxy report – the top three executive average $13 million each.
None get less than a $1.4 million pension (not counting stocks) Check out page 55 of the
proxy. They want increase OUR health care costs and freeze OUR pensions? NO WAY!
#4 Shareholder Proposal on Political Expenditures – VOTE FOR
#5 Shareholder Proposal (from the UAW) on Lobbying – VOTE FOR
This proposal will help reveal Company lobbying money going to anti-workers and anti-Union
organizations.
#6 Shareholder Proposal Right to Act (#6 on proxy) – VOTE FOR
Asks the board to create a policy whereby some minimum amount of shareholder votes could
call for a shareholders meeting to discuss items of interest to shareholders.
Join the fight. Mobilize for FAIRNESS. Keep informed. Go to www.cwaatatt.

March 31, 2015

Our membership meetings were very well attended. Discussions around the contract were strongly in favor of support for our bargaining team.

The strike vote has been completed and results will be announced by our national Bargaining Team.

We need to thank our stewards who did a really great job of notifying our members to come to the meetings and to vote.

We’re not accepting more cost shifting in health care benefits.

We’re not accepting the destruction on our pension benefits and the impoverishment of our current and future retirees.

We’re not accepting the bs over 2020 with no access to the training and the jobs to get us there.

We’re not accepting job insecurity.

This is a major multi-national corporation making billions off the network we build and maintain and service.  Our steak in this business is huge. We will not be quiet. We know we are right, we are united and we are strong.

In your email, on the T&T website, our website and on the facebook page are the recommendations for shareholders to vote their proxy. Please check it out. .

Mobilization is key. Ask your steward about our mobilization activities.

Keep in touch with your steward, the websites, and check your emails.

Andrea Lupo

President

Legacy T Bargaining Report #18

Over the weekend the Company rejected our proposal for a pension increase and made no modification to their original proposal to freeze our pensions and push all new hires into 401Ks. They have a lot of nerve. The Company financial report attached to the Proxy statement for the upcoming shareholders meeting shows:

Stephenson Pension Benefit Plan - Nonbargained Program: $1,481,965 / Pension Benefit Make Up: $6,861 / SRIP: $2,552,134 / SERP: $44,279,447

Stephens Pension Benefit Plan - Nonbargained Program: $1,145,761 / Pension Benefit Make Up: $52,609 / SRIP: $338,018 / SERP: $11,381,495

de la Vega Pension Benefit Plan - Mobility Program: $157,712 / BellSouth SERP: $15,414,455 / SERP: $7,018,064

Stankey Pension Benefit Plan - Nonbargained Program: $1,277,988 / SRIP: $408,856 / SERP: $22,319,452

But they want to attack OUR pensions and “have no interest or desire” to talk about our current Retirees. They don’t have to worry about how they will pay for their health care! It’s a disgrace!

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report # 17 ~ March 27,2015

Today the Union proposed an additional pension improvement to expand service pension eligibility (eligibility for retiree benefits) to those with 15 years of service who are 60 years old.


In another proposal aimed at preparing us for 2020, we proposed that the training for that future work, be classroom based, formal training. We feel that complex training is better delivered that way.

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AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #16 ~ March 26, 2015


Today the Union again rejected the company’s plan to freeze our pensions and force new hires to rely solely on a 401K, with no additional pension plan. Mary Ellen Mazzeo showed example after example of how inadequate AT&T’s Pension proposals are. Our demand was for pension increases for people under all three plans. She pointed out that any improvement we made by adding to the Cash Balance in the last round would be completely wiped out with the company’s current proposal.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #15

March 25, 2015


In addition to a sub-committee to discuss health care, our time at the table was again spent mainly on job security. We proposed a National Committee, pending the participation of the other AT&T units, to discuss training for “Workforce 2020.”

 

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #14

March 24, 2015


For over a year, Randall Stephenson has been talking about his vision of “2020” - AT&T’s network becoming IP based, allowing AT&T to offer all kinds of new services. For us there are two different visions of that year: one is a Company with a handful of bargaining unit members left, while work is done by Contractors, Managers and off shore employees. The other is what we are fighting for - a good size Union workforce trained for the new jobs and the new technology and new ways to work with customers.

Today was our day at the table to present our employment security proposals. While they proposed eliminating JOG,

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #13

March 23, 2015


Today the Company responded to our Bargaining Proposal for Health Care. Our proposal concentrated on wellness programs that would lower health care costs, instead of shifting it to our members. Their proposal was not responsive. Current employees and 2009 new hires would have access to the AT&T Medical Plan with all the increases we told you about in previous reports. They would also have the choice of a “Management Plan.” Those hired after 2012 would only have access to the “Management Plan.” That plan has two options - one has slightly lower premiums and one has slightly higher. The difference is that those plans don’t pay out a penny in for either drugs or medical treatment (except preventative) until the deductible is fully met. So, a family could not even fill a prescription until they pay the $2,600 deductible. The slightly lower priced plan also has an $8,250 Out of Pocket Max for a family. So why did they even bother making this proposal? They say they were responding to our wellness proposal, though the deal is IF you choose the “Management Plan” you have access to some of the “Management” wellness programs under something called “Health Matters.” However, if you take our Traditional Plan, even with all their increases in cost, you don’t have access to those programs. The obvious question we had to ask the Company was, “so you don’t give a d—m about the wellness of employees unless they are willing to take the plan you want us to take”, which they can adjust yearly without bargaining with us. Those picking the old plan don’t have access to it. NO WAY.

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #12(*)

The Bargaining Team met with the Company in subcommittee and among themselves to work on Union proposals. There is nothing new to report.(*)

Click

www.cwa-union.org/photos/entry/legacy_t_att_bargaining_mobilization_2015#.VRDs_UaIQuF

to view photos sent in from various Locals showing their mobilization activities, including Health Care Action Day.(*)

 

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #11

March 19, 2015

Today the Union firmly rejected the Company proposal to freeze all of our pensions and give new hires 401K plans only - no defined pension plan at all.

As we said in our opening statement:

“We believe that the workers who built this Company deserve to be secure in their retirement. That means fair pensions they can absolutely count on and are not subject to the whims of the market.”

 

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #10

March 18, 2015

Despite all of the lip service the Company has given us about the importance of training and the need to get everyone ready for the technological changes required for 2020, the Company’s proposal for Alliance funding today points in the opposite direction. Their proposal would cut the funding by over 50%.

The Alliance has been one of the most successful programs we’ve ever created. Aside from helping people retrain when they are surplus, the Alliance runs the Certification Program under Article 43 and has been the main vehicle for training that upgrades skills people can use on and off the job. Not only do our members use it and applaud it, but many Company business unit leaders also praise it constantly.

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Fighting for Fairness
Legacy T Bargaining Report #9

March 17, 2015

Today, the Union proposed increasing the bi-lingual differential. This affects several articles and is important to people in some of our call centers that must work in two languages.

We also rejected three of the Company’s proposals:

 

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AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #8 ~ March 16, 2015

Today at the table the company again refused to provide the Union with any of the data we requested concerning retiree medical benefits. We have said over and over again that this is an issue that must be discussed at this bargaining. The Company again and again has stated that bargaining for retirees is a “permissive subject” and they “have no interest or desire” to bargain with us over benefits for current retirees.

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #7 ~ March 13, 2015

Today the Company reached an all-time low. While the Union is trying to bargain in good faith to protect our members and has clearly stated that one of our chief concerns is protecting jobs, with no advanced notice, the company dumped surplus notices on us this morning – 86 in Legacy T (including the Local President of Local 1058) and 153 –three full office closings-- under the National Internet Contract.

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AT&T VTP & Surplus Notification 3/13/15

 

We have received the following Surplus notification and VTP offer from AT&T.

Let the company know that this insult during bargaining will be firmly opposed!

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #6 March 12, 2015


Another day at the table and another day of retrogressive demands from the Company. They started out by presenting a “no strike clause” for our Contract. We already have language that says disputes must be handled through grievance and arbitration. The company hasn’t had a problem with a strike during the course of the agreement in over 30 years. This is just another way they want to exert control even if it’s not necessary.

 

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #5

March 11, 2015


Today in Bargaining the Union rejected the Company’s proposal on Medical Benefits. We said, “The Company has single-mindedly focused on increasing employee cost share in the last three rounds of bargaining. This proposal is just more of the same.” Our CWA proposal focused on controlling the cost of health care with a comprehensive list that promotes wellness and other policies that encourage use of the most effective and efficient drugs and medical care.

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FIGHTING FOR THE JOBS OF THE FUTURE

FIGHTING FOR FAIR WAGES

FIGHTING FOR AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE

FIGHTING FOR RETIREMENT SECURITY FOR CURRENT AND FUTURE RETIREES

FIGHTING FOR RESPECT ON THE JOB

AT&T Legacy T Bargaining Report #4

 

March 10, 2015

 

Today the Company turned their attention (evil eye) to paid time for personal illness.

 

They are proposing NO PAID PERSONAL ILLNESS TIME for new hires.

 

For those with less than three years they want to change 5 paid days to 3 (after the second scheduled day not worked);

 

With three to six years - from 5 paid to 3;

 

With six to eleven years - from 7 paid to 4;

 

And everyone over eleven years of service a maximum of 5 paid days (not including disability).

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #3

March 9, 2015

At the table today your Union Bargaining Team started presenting our proposals. We presented several to expand the Certification Program (which has been so successful for our Network Technical Specialists under Article 43) to titles in several other articles. This is part of our goal to require the Company prepare the workforce for the “2020” technological changes.

We also proposed improving the Pension band for one of our lowest wage titles and moving the CSDG Assembler title into Article 41.

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Legacy T Bargaining Report #2

March 5, 2015

Today the Company presented its proposals on Medical Care, Pensions and other benefits. Based on what they said in their opening statement it was not a surprise that their proposals would be awful but they surpassed our expectations.
We cannot go into every detail here (their proposals were over 20 pages long) but here are the highlights (lowlights?):
 

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Today was our first day of bargaining for our Legacy T Contract.  The Company’s Bargaining Chair, Lori Smith, read their opening statement.  After they explained what they viewed as the bargaining environment – a still “healing” labor market, competition  from Google, Walmart, Dish, Comcast, Amazon, etc., regulation (including the new FCC rules) and the Affordable Care Act, and higher customer expectations they finally made clear what their key issues are:(*)

 

  • They think our wages are “significantly” above market rate;
  • They say our members pay 40% less for medical care than the national average and we, in Legacy, pay less than the rest of AT&T.  They say we must pay our “fair share”;
  • They say our pensions are too high and new hires actually don’t want the same pensions as we all get but want 401Ks instead;
  • They say to serve their customers we must give them more flexible schedules and work rules;
  • They say they must again “improve” our absences. 

 

We also presented an opening statement - click here to read.  Our view is very different.  We say we understand the challenges AT&T is facing but we view the situation quite differently. We said, “While we understand those changes (in our industry), we as a Union have not changed our values and we believe AT&T can compete in the current environment without the Union having to push those values aside.” Laura Unger, Bargaining Chair, said:(*)

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WE SUPPORT OUR BARGAINING TEAM

 

THANKS TO ALL WHO ARE WEARING RED TODAY AND DISPLAYING SIGNS TO SUPPORT OUR BARGAINING TEAM.

Bargaining updates will be at www.cwa-union.org/teletech and www.CWAatATT.com and our own website, www.cwa1153.org

 

January 28, 2015  

I hope everyone has had a very happy new year.

Our contract expires on Saturday, April 11 at 11:59PM.

Bargaining starts on March 4.  If past bargaining is any indication, this will be another tough round.  Our surveys indicate that Healthcare, Pensions and Job Security are foremost on our members’ minds.

Our mobilization to do what it takes to get a good contract will be the crucial factor in the outcome. 1153 stepped up in 2012 and will be prepared to do so again

In other important news, I urge you to actively oppose Congressional Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership or TPP which would give the President the ability to approve this “Trade” deal without congress’s debate and approval. In fact, this so called trade deal is not really about trade. Much of the draft deals with incentives to off-shore jobs and limit federal and state governments’ rights to regulate for safe food, and a clean environment.  It gives multinational corporations the right to arbitrate over any national or state laws in any country that the corporation feels is harming their profit.

Please contact your senator and representative and urge them to vote no to fast track this corporate deal.

For more information please see:

http://www.cwa-union.org/news/all/c/trans-pacific_free_trade_agreement

or

http://www.citizen.org/TPP

 

Andrea Lupo,

President , CWA 1153

December 18, 2014

We would like to thank all of the current and retired members who came by to our meeting and holiday party in New York and Connecticut.  We’d especially like to thank all of you for the wealth of toys and donations for Toys for Tots. It was huge.
We wish all of you and your families a happy holiday season (and a safe one if you’re traveling). Here’s to love and health for you and your loved ones.
Happy New Year.

Andrea Lupo, Vinnie Perretta, Rosaria Porpora

President, CWA1153
 

Attached are the notices from ATT to the Vice President Bates for the surplus declaration and the VTP offers dated Dec 15, 2014 in their entirety. There is no surplus declaration affecting our local directly. Off payroll for the VTP offer in the White Plains CMC is Jan 16, 2015.
 

Dec General Membership Meetings and Holiday Party
Happy, safe, healthy Thanksgiving! Please join us for the CWA Local 1153 Membership Meeting and Holiday Party: In Connecticut at Cristo's Pizza, 970 N Colony Rd, Wallingford on Thurs, Dec 18, 2014 at 5:30PM. In NY at White Plains Presbyterian Church on Barker Ave/N Broadway, on Wed, Dec 17th, 2014 from 8:30AM to 4:PM Please bring an unwrapped new toy for Toys for Tots, or a donation. call your steward or the union office or email us at cwalocal1153@optonline.net with any questions, suggestions.

Tape-Oct 29, 2014
Wednesday, Oct 29th, 2014 The bargaining demands Survey for Bargaining 2015 has been sent in email and by regular mail. Please take some time to consider the survey and formulate your own demand if there is some contractual topic you would like to see addressed that is not covered by the survey. The survey and any additional demands needs to be returned to Local 1153 by mail, email or fax by Dec 20th. As a reminder, There are Six days to get out the vote in an election that could decide so much for millions of New Yorkers. From raising the minimum wage to getting money out of politics and more, the single best way to make sure that the change we want to see becomes reality next year is to send a Democratic-Working Families State Senate to Albany. Winning big means a big showing on the entire Working Families Party ballot line – Join CWA members and retirees across the state and vote the Working Families Party candidates on Nov 4th.

ELECTION COMMITTEE REPORT
This is John Clark for the CWA Local 1153 election committee. It is Oct 15, 2014. The nominating petitions were picked up today. We received three nominating petitions properly signed by at least 20 members in good standing. Andrea Lupo is nominated for President with no opposition and retains the office. Vincent Perretta is nominated for Executive Vice President with no opposition and retains the office. And Rosaria Porpora is nominated for Secretary Treasurer with no opposition and retains the office. Congratulations to all.

On September 15th, 2014 ATT notified CWA Vice President Bill Bates of the current VTP offer and surplus declaration.

The full offer is provided at the above link. Local 1153 is not impacted by either the surplus or the vtp offer.

In Unity,

Andrea Lupo

President, 1153

September 10, 2014 Announcement
As mandated by the CWA Constitution and Local 1153 By-Laws, 2014 is an election year for local officers. The Constitution and the By-Laws can be accessed using the "buttons" at left. Announcement letters with nominating petitions for anyone interested in running for President, Vice-President or Secretary-Treasurer have been mailed to all members. If you do not get this mailing please call the office at 914 761 1157 and leave your name and address and contact number, or for faster service, email your name and address to cwalocal1153@optonline.net. Anyone interested in running must return the original nominating petition to be received at the address indicated not later than noon on October 15th, 2014. Laraine Aliperti and John Clark have graciously volunteered to serve as our Election Committee. We thank them for their union service. Andrea Lupo, President, CWA1153

Attached is a presentation developed by CWA Research Department to help provide information on the Medicare Retiree Health Exchange that will be covering Medicare-eligible retirees as of 1/1/15 This change will apply only to retirees who retired after 3/1/90. Medicare-eligible retirees who retired before 3/1/90 will not be affected by this change. They will continue to be covered by the AT&T-sponsored Traditional Indemnity Plan. (Click the above link) Read more >>>

Tape August 13, 2014
The District 1 Conference held a tribute to Gerry Horgan, the Local 1103 steward who was killed, struck by a car driven by a scab while he was on the picket line at the Valhalla Verizon location during the 1989 strike. That was August 15, 1989, 25 years ago. We continue to wear Red on Thursdays to show our unity, and in remembrance of Gerry Horgan's sacrifice. The closing remarks at the conference were given by the Reverend Dr. William Barber whose strength and conviction to oppose inequality of income and justice has sparked a strong movement known as Moral Mondays in North Carolina and spreading to many other states. Check him out on google. Andrea Lupo, President CWA Local 1153

TAPE-JULY 23, 2014
I will be in Atlantic City on July 28, 29, and 30th for the District 1 Conference called by Vice-President Chris Shelton. Our VP Vinnie Perretta will be in charge. Contact him if necessary, using the number posted on the 1153 website or through your steward. In Unity, Andrea Lupo, President, CWA 1153

TAPE JUNE 18, 2014
Bargaining in 2015 is not that far away. It's not too soon to think about bargaining demands. We know we need to hold the line on health care costs passed on to us. But we need to be thinking about the rules in the contract that we live with every day as well. Write it down, send an email to the local so it's not forgotten when we send out forms for bargaining demand proposals. On another note, I would like to take a moment to remember our brother Declan O'Neil who passed away on June 11. He was a selfless steward at 811 10th Ave and he took it upon himself, back in the early '90's, to help anyone who asked, with problems with the health insurance company and all the new rules. He was an old fashioned union guy with a big heart and he will be missed. May he rest in peace. Andrea Lupo, President CWA1153

MAY 21, 2014
WISHING OUR MEMBERS AND FAMILIES A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND...FROM THE CWA LOCAL 1153 EXECUTIVE BOARD. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.cwa1153.org. Andrea Lupo, President

Tomorrow, May 1st, is our Membership Meeting in White Plains. The Church opens at 8:30AM, so we’ll be there from 8:30AM until 4PM. See you there! Next week on May 8th, I’ll be in Washington DC for the President’s Meeting. On May 7th, Mike Kane will represent us in Washington DC for Lobby Day. The main topic will be the Trans Pacific Partnership, which, as you know from reading CWA News in print or in the on-line email bulletins, the CWA strongly opposes. There will also be a rally at the Capitol Grounds for FAIR TRADE not Fast Track. On April 16th, over 700 retiree activists rallied outside ATT headquarters in Dallas to stand up for retiree healthcare and oppose the cost shifting that is causing hardship for our retirees. There’s no Golden CEO Umbrella in our Retiree Pensions and Benefits. A petition with over 12,600 signatures was delivered by Local 4250 Retired President Steve Tisza to AT$T’s Vice President of Labor Relations, Mark Royce. I read that AT&T plans to offer retirees a 30% discount for wireless. AT$T can do better in Healthcare for retirees, as well. In Unity, ANDREA LUPO PRESIDENT, CWA1153

PRESIDENT'S TAPE-APRIL 2, 2014
There is a meeting today at Cristo’s in CT at 5:30pm. The T & T conference and CWA Legacy T Local Presidents’ meeting in Phoenix was informative and inspirational. We discussed upcoming bargaining and the role of the bargaining councils, as well as the changing technology scene and what it means for our members. We participated in a spirited demonstration for the SuperShuttle drivers who, having formed a union are standing firm in their demands for SuperShuttle to settle a fair contract. We also agreed to pass on to our members the petition to AT&T to roll back the ridiculous increases the company has introduced on retiree healthcare. The petition has been sent to all in our local via email. Hope most of our members have signed. ATT Retired Members Council has called a protest for April 16th, 2014 in Dallas. If you want to be part of the demonstration, there’s more info at: www.cwalocal4250.org Andrea Lupo President, CWA Local 1153

NEW YORK MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

MAY 1ST, 2014

8:30AM - 4PM

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AT BARKER AND N BROADWAY, WHITE PLAINS

AGENDA: T & T CONFERENCE , ALLIANCE, 2015 CONTRACT, MEMBERS CONCERNS

CONNECTICUTE MEMBERSHIP MEETING:

APRIL 2ND, 2014

5:30PM to 8:00PM
CRISTO'S PIZZA
970 N Colony Rd

WALLINGFORD, CT

AGENDA: T & T CONFERENCE , ALLIANCE, 2015 CONTRACT, MEMBERS CONCERNS

 

 

VTP/SURPLUS- MARCH 14, 2014

TAPE: FEB 12,2014

Tape Feb 12, 2014
I will be traveling to Phoenix for the Telecommunications and Technology Conference Feb 28th to March 5th and then on vacation until March 10th. Mike Kane will attend as alternate delegate. This conference is led by National Union VP Bill Bates. In my absence, EVP Vinnie Perretta is in charge of the local’s business.


I would like to bring to your attention an update on the NLRB. If you recall, there was a campaign last year to get the Senate to approve the President's appointments to the NLRB so that the board could do its work. Since the appointments were finally approved, the NLRB has been able to update some rules governing representation procedures when a group of employees wishes to form a union.
The rules that would allow modern technology (like email) to play a role in filings, contacts, appeals, etc. were originally proposed in 2011 but were not allowed to be implemented because the board did not have enough members to constitute a quorum. This held up many applications for union affiliation—to the employers’ advantage. Now that there is a functioning NLRB, we can look forward to a streamlining of the process and hopefully morefavorable outcomes for workers who organize to form a union or seek redress from employer violations.


In Unity,
Andrea Lupo, President Local 1153
 

2014 Scheduled Legacy T - AT&T Occupational Represented VTP/Surplus Declaration Windows

ATT Retiree Health Plan Offer for 2014

CWA Local 1153 is not affected by either the Surplus or VTP offer. Click the link above to view the VTP And Surplus notifications.

PRESIDENT'S REPORT FROM CONVENTION

May 1, 2013—Tape


The 74th CWA Convention brought delegates, alternates and retirees from all over the country to Pittsburgh. All sections were represented: CWA Telecommunications Locals and Districts and the Telecom and Technologies Sector; TNG –the Newspaper Guild; NABET – the Broadcast employees and technicians; IUE – electrical workers; AFA – the flight attendants; PPMW – Printing, publishing and media employees; and Public Workers.


As with all organizations, the financial report was primary. Streamlining the use of our funds to best support our goals was of highest importance. It was approved to increase the member relief fund payment to $400 on the 57th day of a strike. Week 2 is $200 and weeks 3 through 7 is $300.


President Cohen outlined the Unions overall goals as represented by a triangle of Representing of our members, Organizing new members, and Movement building.
A constitutional amendment was approved to establish a Telecom Bargaining Council which will formulate the bargaining agenda, designate national issues and authorize an agreement. It is hoped that this will strengthen our bargaining position particularly with employers like ATT.


Many successful organizing campaigns were reported. The major stand out is the 300 Cablevision workers in Brooklyn’s 1109. And the highlight of the convention for me was their group performing the song they wrote for their organizing effort.


Right Now: Of immediate concern for everyone who works for a living –represented or not—is to protect the NLRB. Right now, there are members in Congress, specifically the Senate, representing Corporate interests like ATT and Verizon but also Walmart and dozens of other large anti-union corporations, who are preventing the President from making the appointments necessary for the NLRB to function. A non-functioning NLRB means no elections for union representation and labor board charges going unresolved. Strong anti-union forces will stop at nothing to prevent working people from seeking economic justice, further deteriorating the middle class.


JOIN THE FIGHT: Join the CWA rapid response team to protect the NLRB and the labor law it upholds. Text NLRB to 69866.
JOIN THE FIGHT!


You can read all of President Cohen’s speech, and get much more in depth information on the convention, the issues discussed, resolutions passed, etc, by going to www.cwa-union.org or pressing the CWA National button on the left on this website.


In Unity,
Andrea Lupo
President, Local 1153
 

SECRETARY-TREASURER REPORT FROM CONVENTION

April 28, 2013


Hello Members and Friends,


I wanted to share a little insight into where your money goes when you are kind enough to donate to one of the many charities that always seem to be in need.
As part of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Awards presentation at the 74th Annual CWA Convention this year there was a speaker named, Martha. She was born in Africa, contracted HIV and believed she would never fulfill her dream of becoming a mother. Due to the efforts of many of our CWA brothers and sisters for the past 22 years, they have helped to raise over 7 million dollars. Martha was one of the very fortunate people who benefited from these generous donations. Twelve years ago a pill was developed that reduced the risk of transmission from mother to child. Current medication not only reduces the risk but allows the mother to care for her HIV negative children. Martha did find someone who as she put it, “swept her off her feet” and they have 2 beautiful HIV negative sons. And now, she is determined to help other women in her village to also be able to know the joys of motherhood, which is a very long standing custom as part of her culture.
So, to those of you who participated in the local’s bake sale to benefit EGPAF, please know that you are indeed helping to make the elimination of pediatric aids a very real goal. As stated at the convention, it is a question of when not if. I am proud to be a member of one of the 459 locals (out of 960) who participated in the annual fundraising campaign for 2012 and look forward to helping again this year.


In Unity,
Rosaria Porpora
 

LOCAL 1153 Holiday Selection

Local 1153 has selected the following holidays for 2013 - 2015:
 
For Connecticut:                        Day after Thanksgiving
 
For New York:                           President's Day
                                                  Good Friday
                                                  Day after Thanksgiving

One additional Holiday can be chosen during vacation pick and is NOT part of the bogey and can be any holiday of your choice, including your birthday. If you do not wish to pick the holiday with vacation, it can be chosen at any time, subject to service and coverage in the same manner as day-at-a-time vacation days.

THANK A UNION

36 Reasons Why You Should Thank a Union
Weekends
All Breaks at Work, including your Lunch Breaks
Paid Vacation
FMLA
Sick Leave
Social Security
Minimum Wage
Civil Rights Act/Title VII (Prohibits Employer Discrimination)
8-Hour Work Day
Overtime Pay
Child Labor Laws
Occupational Safety & Health Act (OSHA)
40 Hour Work Week
Worker's Compensation (Worker's Comp)
Unemployment Insurance
Pensions
Workplace Safety Standards and Regulations
Employer Health Care Insurance
Collective Bargaining Rights for Employees
Wrongful Termination Laws
Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
Whistleblower Protection Laws
Employee Polygraph Protect Act (Prohibits Employer from using a lie detector test on an employee)
Veteran's Employment and Training Services (VETS)
Compensation increases and Evaluations (Raises)
Sexual Harassment Laws
Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
Holiday Pay
Employer Dental, Life, and Vision Insurance
Privacy Rights
Pregnancy and Parental Leave
Military Leave
The Right to Strike
Public Education for Children
Equal Pay Acts of 1963 & 2011 (Requires employers pay men and women equally for the same amount of work)
Laws Ending Sweatshops in the United States

 

MARCH 21ST RALLY FOR WTF

where's the fairness?

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MOBILIZATION NEWS: Today as AT&T holds it’s shareholder meeting in Salt Lake City, the following ad was in newspapers around the country:

cwa1153.org/index.cfm

Why Wear RED

    WHY WEAR RED

                  BARGAINING REPORTS 1 - 6

Company propose eliminating shifted tour differential
Company propose eliminating double time after 8 hours OT
Company propose eliminating Sunday differential
Company propose eliminating day after Thanksgiving as a fixed holiday and replacing it with company designated HF day
Company propose NO PAID INCIDENTAL SICK DAYS
Company propose to shorten the length of time our members have to file grievances
Company propose to reduce the number of paid Union reps at grievance meetings
Company propose eliminating the “tie backs” provision, which protects our members against Company abuse of Article 16 to save particular groups of workers from layoff.
Company propose to eliminate a process (the “Barnes” Agreement) we have in the current agreement that address management doing bargaining unit work
Company propose to eliminate the Termination Pay schedule currently in Article 25 that tops out at 104 weeks to a mere maximum termination pay of 45 weeks

AT&T claims operating segment income of $7.3 Billion on revenues of $59.8 Billion      


       WHY NOT WEAR RED



 

Jan 2012

We’ve made the difference
at AT&T.
We will make the difference
in 2012

This month we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday. At the time that Dr. King was assassinated in 1968, he was in Memphis to support the striking sanitation workers there. He believed that we all need to stand together to fight for justice. He knew that workers and their Unions are an important part of that fight. 
 

 

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