AT&T LEGACY T BARGAINING REPORT #90, 91, 92, 93, 94

AT&T LEGACY T BARGAINING REPORT #90

Almost a year ago your Union Bargaining Team created a Healthcare proposal that was wage based. Our proposal was cost neutral to the Company but we believed it gave relief to the lower paid titles. The Company wouldn’t accept these changes, as much as we tried, they couldn’t understand this plan. Yesterday we moved away from this approach in an effort to get to an agreement; we developed a new comprehensive Healthcare proposal that was presented to the Company.  Our proposal protects people from the potential, huge, out of pocket costs while still providing quality coverage. We also compiled a new Employment Security proposal from the limited amount of data the Company supplied to the Union and presented to the Company. The Company responded that they have to deeper dive on our healthcare proposal. Regarding our Employment Security proposal, they feel they need the ability to layoff at will. We maintain that it is the Union's desire to maintain and grow this bargaining unit. This is and has always been about jobs!

We are meeting as a team again early this morning to answer any questions the Company may have on our proposals.

They have not responded to any of the proposals we passed this week, nor have they agreed to T/A the items we agree on.

Make no mistake:  your Bargaining Team is committed to negotiate a fair and just contract no matter how long it takes. ONE DAY LONGER AND A WHOLE LOT STRONGER!

Mobilize!  Mobilize!  Mobilize!

 

Your Bargaining Committee,

Lisa Bolton

Ken Saether

Mary Ellen Mazzeo

Roy Hegenbart

LaNell Piercy

Cindy Neumeyer

Mike Lewis

 Bargaining Report No.#91

The Bargaining team met with the Company all day Thursday. We spent the entire day on Healthcare scenarios, which included the percent of cost share, Prescription Drug plans, surcharges to premiums, out of pocket maximums, deductibles and overall plan design. Both parties had numerous questions and discussed openly the effects on the members. Although we were not able to agree on each element, we did have a productive day of negotiations.

We are scheduled to meet with the company again this morning and continue our conversations on healthcare, which you know is a very complex process.

Your Bargaining Committee,

Lisa Bolton
Ken Saether
Mary Ellen Mazzeo
Roy Hegenbart
LaNell Piercy
Cindy Neumeyer
Mike Lewis

MOBILIZE MOBILIZE MOBILIZE

The latest Bargaining Report No.#92

The Bargaining team had full intentions of meeting with the company today, however as we continued our healthcare research, we came up with more questions and concerns with the methodology the company was calculating the premiums with. The Union committee spent the day in consultation with research and our actuaries discussing the impacts of each component change. We will not rush this process, it’s is very complex and has a lot of moving parts. Once we have all our questions answered and we run a new model we will bring the company into continue our healthcare conversations.

This report is going out to keep you apprised however we will continue to work into the evening to prepare for tomorrows session.

We are scheduled to meet with the company Saturday morning.

Your Bargaining Committee,

Lisa Bolton
Ken Seather
Mary Ellen Mazzeo
Roy Hegenbart
LaNell Piercy
Cindy Neumeyer
Mike Lewis

 Bargaining Report No.#93

We have often reported that we are reviewing data and looking for the true impacts of the Company proposals.  We think it’s a good opportunity to give a deeper view into what this means.

The Company brags about the generous pay increase in their final offer.  What they don’t talk about it how it gets eaten up in the details; “The devil is in the details”.

So were are going to walk you through one item that they always choose not to discuss is in their final offer and illustrate how the 3% raise they are proposing is a negative gain to some of our members.

*This is an illustration using both surcharges in the company final offer with a 3% GWI

Title

Rate of pay

Spousal  Surcharge

Smoking surcharge

Total

3% pay increase

Net Increase

Office Support

$22.00

$0.58

$0.38

$0.96

$0.66

-$0.30

Spousal Surcharge $100.00 per month times 12 months = $1200 per year divided by 2080 hours = $.5769 per hour

**This is before taxes on the pay increase

Smoking Surcharge $65.00 times 12 months = $780 per year divided by 2080 = $.375 per hour

Now you might say that not everyone will be affected by this; that could be a true statement.  However, in Bargaining when a party offers the need for a change it's supported with data.  The data can be historical or market trends etc. There all different assumptions out there.

The Company is having difficulty answering our questions and producing supporting data.

It’s generally only a problem with small companies or new companies, unlike AT&T, which is neither new nor small, so the data should be readily available and in fact should have been used by their folks when preparing proposals.

The Company has two surcharges in their final offer with no data for us to understand how much of the population would be effected, for how long and/or if it would increase or decrease the overall claim costs going forward.  When the Company offers no data we must use the worst case scenario because we can’t simply guess

“We are trying to understand the true impact” of the Company proposal on the membership.

This is only one example.

We are working apart from the Company today, scheduled to be back at the table Monday morning.

Your committee remains committed to finding the details and understanding the true impacts of the Company proposals.

Your Bargaining Committee,

Lisa Bolton
Ken Seather
Mary Ellen Mazzeo
Roy Hegenbart
LaNell Piercy
Cindy Neumeyer
Mike Lewis

MOBILIZE MOBILIZE MOBILIZE

Prior to the March meeting an executive committee meeting was conducted and a brief summary follows. The EC meeting was attended by President Michael Martin, Immediate Past President Dan Chrisman, Treasurer Larry Hill, Member at Large Ray Bradley, Member Rand Bowden and Secretary Mike Hutkin. We discussed the upcoming astronomy day preparations, 2019 club nominations and elections, discussion opportunities for future monthly meetings, a financial report, and considered a donation to the Science Museum of southwest Virginia planetarium renovation project. This matter is being discussed and will be reported to the membership. There was no other business.

 

The latest Bargaining Report No.#94

ATT–019A

March 29, 2019

To: Local Presidents Representing AT&T Legacy T Members

Re: AT&T Hearing Follow Up

Sisters and Brothers:

Attached is a message that was distributed from Vice President Lisa Bolton and Vice President Linda Hinton after CWA President, Chris Shelton, testified at the Ways and Means Committee. He called on Congress to investigate CEOs like Randall Stephenson of AT&T, to find out where the tax money went after the huge tax cut that AT&T received. He promised jobs and yet we have seen thousands of layoffs. Thank you for all of the mobilization you have performed and continue to do! The letters you have written demanding an investigation by Congress, regarding the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, are making a difference! Use the following link to view President Shelton’s testimony: https://youtu.be/GgcIMjLKc-0?t=1384

We need the mobilization to continue to follow up on President Shelton's request to
Congress. They need to know we are demanding the jobs that were promised. With your help we will let the Company know that we are serious and will continue to fight for a fair and equitable contract. Turn up the pressure by contacting your member of Congress (links in the attachment). Before we return to the bargaining table we need to join together "full steam ahead" with this mobilization.

In Unity,

Your Bargaining Team

Ken Saether
Mary Ellen Mazzeo 
Roy Hegenbart
LaNell Piercy 
Mike Lewis 
Cindy Neumeyer

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ACTIVIST ALERT

Something went very wrong with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Republican congressional leaders promised that it would result in more jobs and higher wages. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that AT&T would invest at least $1 billion and create 7,000 new jobs.

Instead AT&T ran away with a $21 billion tax break, cut nearly 12,000 jobs, and keeps sending jobs overseas and to low-paid contractors. AT&T is increasing executive pay and rewarding large shareholders instead of investing in our communities.

During bargaining, we have asked AT&T for information about what they are doing with the tax cut and what jobs they have offshored and outsourced. The company has refused to provide this information.

That’s why we’re demanding a Congressional investigation to find out what AT&T and other corporations are actually doing with their tax cut windfall.

Click here to let Congress know that it’s time to investigate AT&T.

CWA members like you have been making a big impact by delivering handwritten letters to members of Congress demanding an investigation and sharing your personal stories. Today, CWA President Chris Shelton testified at a Congressional committee hearing on the tax bill. He read from some of those letters and described the impact of AT&T’s job cuts on you and your families.

That’s a start, but it’s not enough. Congress needs to ask Randall Stephenson and other CEOs to testify so that we can understand exactly what these corporations did with their tax windfall and find out the truth behind these job cuts.

Send your message today: CWA-Union.org/InvestigateATT

We all know that CWA members are the ones who keep this company running. We deserve fair contracts and family-supporting jobs and will keep up the fight until we get them.

In Unity,

Linda L. Hinton
District 4 Vice President

Lisa Bolton
Telecommunications and Technologies Vice President

P.S. Make sure your friends and family members also send letters to Congress demanding an investigation. Send them this link: CWA-Union.org/InvestigateATT 

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