Showing posts with label CWA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CWA. Show all posts

Monday, July 23, 2012

AT&T Workers to Get 2-3% Annual Sales Increase Under New Contract


AT&T outlined some of the provision in the tentative labor agreements with the Communications Workers of America in core wireline operations for the AT&T Midwest region and AT&T Corp.  Key points of the tentative agreements:

  • General wage increases in each year of the contract – 2.25 percent the first year, 2.75 percent the second year, and 3 percent the third year.
  • A 1 percent pension band increase in each year of the contract to the banded pension plan enjoyed by most current employees. New hires will continue to receive the Bargained Cash Balance 2 Pension Plan, with a one-time, 1 percent pay credit increase and a generous 80 percent match in the AT&T Retirement Savings 401(k) Plan.
  • Continues to provide a guaranteed job offer provision that promises qualified surplused employees a guaranteed job opportunity with AT&T .
  • Maintains one of the most robust health care plans in the nation, continuing to cover 100 percent of network preventive care, maintaining previously company funded health reimbursement accounts, with increases to employee costs. For example, employees with individual coverage will pay monthly contributions of $38 in the first year of the contract, $58 the second year and $79 the third year of the contract. Employees with family coverage will pay monthly contributions of $81, $121, and $163 over the three years of the agreement. New hires will pay higher contributions during their first two years of service, then will go into the same plan as current employees. Deductibles for network care will be $500 for individual coverage and $1,000 for family coverage in each year of the contract.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

CWA Negotiator Dies in Tragic Drowning


The Communications Workers of America is mourning the loss of Seth Rosen, vice president of Communications Workers of America District 4, who drowned in a tragic accident in North Carolina on Friday, July 20, 2012. He was 55.


Last week, Mr, Rosen was working to finalize a tentative agreement for CWA members at AT&T Midwest. He was elected CWA vice president in 2005, and was a leader in organizing, bargaining and many areas of the union.

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AT&T and Unions Reach Tentative Deals in Two Regions


The Communications Workers of America District 4 and CWA’s Telecommunications and Technologies Sector announced tentative deals with AT&T Midwest and AT&T Legacy. The tentative settlement provides for wage increases, improvements in employment security and improvements in work and job issues limits on forced overtime and changes to unfair attendance policies.


District 4 covers about 15,000 CWA members at AT&T operations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. AT&T Legacy covers about 5,500 workers at locations nationwide.



Separate negotiations are continuing with AT&T West, which has 18,000 CWA members throughout California and Nevada, and with AT&T East, which has 4,000 CWA members in Connecticut.  CWA said its 24,000 District 3 members throughout the Southeast are keeping up their mobilization efforts as the clock ticks down to the Aug. 4 contract expiration.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

AT&T and Union Continue Negotiations as Contract Expires

The contract covering 40,000 workers represented by the Communications Workers of America at AT&T East, Legacy T, Midwest (Ameritech) and West (Pacbell) expired at midnight PDT on April 8. Negotiations continued on Sunday between the Communications Workers of America and all four AT&T wireline. The union said its key issues are wages, pensions, health care, employment security, and successorship language. Work will continue on Monday while negotiations proceed.


The contracts are East, Legacy T, Midwest and West. The East contract covers more than 3,000 employees in Connecticut. The Legacy T contract covers nearly 6,000 employees spread across the country. The Midwest contract covers nearly 13,000 employees in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin. The West contract covers more than 17,000 employees in California and Nevada.
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Monday, April 2, 2012

Union Members Call for Strike at AT&T Midwest

With their current contract set to expire on April 7th and negotiations at an impasse, unionized members of the Communications Workers of America at AT&T Midwest have voted to authorize CWA leaders to call a strike if a fair contract cannot be reached. Ninety-two (92) percent of voting AT&T Midwest members approved the strike authorization.


About 15,000 CWA-represented workers are at AT&T Midwest in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.


"These negotiations are all about good jobs. A successful company like AT&T Midwest should invest in rebuilding the American economy and not follow the low road of outsourcing and layoffs,�? said CWA District 4 Vice President Seth Rosen.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

AT&T and Union Reach Tentative Southwest Contract

AT&T announced the highlights of a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America in Mobility that was reached earlier this month. The contract covers approximately 8,800 employees in CWA District 6 (AT&T's Southwest region). Among provisions of the tentative agreement:

  • A $1,000 one-time lump sum cash payment to eligible employees upon ratification


  • General wage increases in each year of the contract – 2 percent the first year, 2.5 percent the second year, 2.25 percent the third year, and 2.5 percent the fourth year.


  • Pension plans for current employees remain unchanged.


  • New hires continue to be eligible for a cash-balance pension.


  • Continued 401(k) savings plan with generous 80 percent company match on up to 6 percent of employee's contribution.


  • Health care benefits are bargained separately and are not included in this agreement.
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

German Union Workers Visit T-Mobile USA

Thirteen Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile workers, all members of the German union ver.di, and a member of Germany’s Bundestag will visit T-Mobile USA workers in Tennessee and Texas this week to see first hand how T-Mobile USA workers who want union representation are treated.


The group is concerned about workers' rights at T-Mobile USA and how they differ from employment conditions in Germany. http://www.cwa-union.org
  • In April 2010, ver.di, the union representing workers at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile operations in Germany, the Communications Workers of America and UNI Global Union held a press conference to denounce a double standard they see in the way the Deutsche Telekom treats its Germany and American workers. Specifically, the unions accuse T-Mobile USA of engaging in an anti-union behavior.


  • During 2011, CWA and ver.di voiced their support of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Verizon Workers Back on Job, Negotiations Continue

The Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers reached an agreement in principle with Verizon ending the nearly two week strike. Workers will be back on the job on Tuesday, August 23.


The agreement does not cover any of the substantive issues, but does set a framework on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured.
http://www.cwa-union.orghttp://www.verizon.com

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Verizon to Cut Benefits to Striking Workers on Aug 31

With the labor strike entering its eleventh day, Verizon reported has informed striking workers that their benefits will be cut off at the end of the month. Both sides have accused the other of not negotiating in good faith to end the dispute. http://www.verizon.com http://www.cwa-union.org/

Thursday, June 9, 2011

AT&T Summarizes T-Mobile Acquisition Benefits in FCC Filing

AT&T formally filed papers with the FCC supporting its proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA and responding to critics.



AT&T's top argument is that the merger will give it the scale, spectrum and other resources to deploy LTE to more than 97 percent of the U.S. population. The company says consumers will benefit because the expanded capacity will provide "a more robust platform for the next generation of bandwidth-intensive mobile applications while improving consumers' overall service quality through faster data speeds and fewer dropped and blocked calls."



If the merger is approved, the company promises to make an additional investment of more than $8 billion to expand LTE deployment and to integrate the AT&T and T-Mobile USA networks.



AT&T also argues that the merger will create jobs and investment, help bridge the digital divide, and help achieve the Administration's rural broadband objectives, all without the expenditure of government funds.



The FCC filing includes endorsements of the merger from ADTRAN, Avaya, Brocade, Corning, CWA, Facebook, KPCB, Microsoft, Oracle, Qualcomm, RIM, Yahoo!, many state governors and politicians, and others.http://www.mobilizeeverything.com/fcc.php

Monday, March 14, 2011

Telecom Union Supports AT&T + T-Mobile USA Deal

CWA and ver.di, which are unions representing telecom workers in the U.S. and Germany, announced their support of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA.



In a statement, CWA President Larry Cohen said:



"Today's announcement of the acquisition of T-Mobile USA by AT&T is a victory for broadband proponents in both the U.S. and Germany. For the U.S., it means that T-Mobile customers will get quick access to the AT&T network, soon to include LTE or data speeds of at least 10 megabits down stream. More important, as part of the deal, AT&T is committing to build out to nearly every part of the U.S. within six years. Both AT&T and T-Mobile use GSM technology so there will be the immediate benefit of shared spectrum. Other reported deals involving T-Mobile would have joined incompatible networks; not only would that have forced a rebuild but would have required new phones for T- Mobile customers."



The unions believe that T-Mobile USA workers will gain better employment security and that AT&T has a good track record in working with unions. Some 42,000 ATT mobility employees are union represented.



From the German perspective, the unions expect that the cash deal will enable Deutsche Telekom to increase investment in its own fiber network.http://www.cwa-union.orghttp://www.t-mobileunion.org/
  • In April 2010, ver.di, the union representing workers at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile operations in Germany, the Communications Workers of America and UNI Global Union held a press conference to denounce a double standard they see in the way the Deutsche Telekom treats its Germany and American workers. Specifically, the unions accuse T-Mobile USA of engaging in an anti-union behavior.



    Lothar Schröder, an executive board member of ver.di, pointed out that "in Germany and many countries, DT complies with its Social Charter which directs the company to adhere to internationally recognized norms, directives and standards. DT also respects the human rights standards of the International Labor Organization and upholds the labor principles of the United Nations Global Compact regarding freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.



    "But when it comes to U.S. operations, which employs about 40,000 workers and produces about 25 percent of DT's revenue, DT's Social Charter is no where to be found," Schroeder said.


  • The Communications Workers of America and ver.di, Germany's largest union, established a separate organization to unite and represent workers in the U.S. and Europe. The new T-Union, which is a joint affiliate of both organizations, will support T-Mobile workers who want a union voice and collective bargaining rights in the United States and other countries, and German union members who work for T-Mobile in the U.S.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

CenturyLink and Qwest Reach Deal with Unions on Merger

CenturyLink and Qwest Communications reached a deal with the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) regarding their proposed merger. The unions have agreed that the merger between CenturyLink and Qwest is in the public interest and will withdraw all opposition in any remaining state and federal regulatory proceedings.


The agreement covers employment levels, call center stability, investments in broadband and employee healthcare benefits. The companies also agreed to honor all existing collective bargaining agreements.


"We are very pleased the CWA and IBEW acknowledge the public interest benefits of the proposed merger," said Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink. "CenturyLink values our positive relationships with our employees and unions. We rely on each and every employee to deliver an exceptional communications experience to our customers, and we will continue to work toward meeting their evolving communications needs."

Some key points on the merger:


As of June 30, 2010, CenturyLink served approximately 2.3 million broadband customers, 6.8 million access lines and 594,000 video subscribers.


As of June 30, 2010, Qwest served approximately 2.9 million broadband customers, 9.4 million access lines, 950,000 video subscribers and more than 980,000 wireless customers.


The combined company will have a national 180,000 route mile fiber network.http://centurylinkqwestmerger.com

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Union Ratifies Contract for AT&T Mobility Southeast

AT&T Mobility announced that wireless employees in its Southeast Region (CWA District 3) have voted to ratify a four-year agreement with the Communications Workers of America.


The agreement covers about 11,200 CWA members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. http://www.att.com

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Unions Seeks Employment Assurances in Qwest-CenturyLink Deal

The Communications Workers of America voiced its concern over the merger "cost synergies" that were described as a driving factor for the recently announced Qwest Communications + CenturyLink deal.

In a press statement, the CWA said "Our nation is plagued by job cuts and Wall Street terms like 'merger synergies' that are often just shorthand for job cuts or pay cuts. President Obama's job summit and recent legislation put jobs front and center, not just at a conference but in all governmental decision-making.


Just weeks ago, the Federal Communications Commission published its broadband plan. Central to the plan is a one gigabit build-out to anchor institutions in every community, and by 2015, a build-out of 50 megabits down and 20 megabits up to 80 percent of households.


We will work with management, and with the FCC and state regulators, to make sure that this merger offers specific commitments to meet these goals."http://www.cwa-union.orghttp://

Thursday, April 15, 2010

AT&T Mobility Reaches Union Deal in the Southeast

AT&T Mobility announced a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America on a collective bargaining agreement for about 11,200 wireless employees covered by the Mobility Southeast labor contract.


The employees are in CWA District 3, which includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


During the coming days and weeks, the CWA will submit the agreement to its members for a ratification vote. http://www.att.comhttp://

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Unions See Double Standard with T-Mobile USA

ver.di, the union representing workers at Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile operations in Germany, the Communications Workers of America and UNI Global Union held a press conference to denounce a double standard they see in the way the Deutsche Telekom treats its Germany and American workers. Specifically, the unions accuse T-Mobile USA of engaging in an anti-union behavior.


Lothar Schröder, an executive board member of ver.di, pointed out that "in Germany and many countries, DT complies with its Social Charter which directs the company to adhere to internationally recognized norms, directives and standards. DT also respects the human rights standards of the International Labor Organization and upholds the labor principles of the United Nations Global Compact regarding freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.


"But when it comes to U.S. operations, which employs about 40,000 workers and produces about 25 percent of DT's revenue, DT's Social Charter is no where to be found," Schroeder said.


UNI, CWA and ver.di are pressing DT for a global agreement that would protect the fundamental labour rights of the company's workers worldwide. CWA and ver.di formed TU last November.


Marcus Courtney, head of UNI Telecom, noted that "France Telecom and Telefonica have signed global agreements with UNI respecting workers' rights to organize and bargain collectively. Deutsche Telekom is failing to meet standards set by its competition."http://cwa-union.orghttp://www.t-mobileunion.org/

Thursday, March 4, 2010

AT&T & CWA Reach Accord on 3-Year Contract

Members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) ratified a new three-year agreement with AT&T covering 35,000 CWA-represented workers at AT&T Southeast. The previous contract expired on August 8, 2009 and employees have worked under the terms of the expired contract while negotiations continued. The settlement was ratified by a 65 percent vote.


In a press statement, the CWA said the agreement provides for a compounded 9 percent wage increase over the contract term, plus additional increases for workers covered by progression scales. Pension bands will increase by 2 percent in June of each contract year, and the lump sum payout option was retained.

AT&T noted that six of the seven bargaining units, representing nearly 97 percent of the approximately 120,000 employees covered under AT&T's core wireline contracts, now have ratified agreements. In addition to the Southeast Region agreement, agreements between AT&T and the CWA have been ratified in AT&T's Midwest, West and Southwest regions, as well as with AT&T Corp., which covers employees across the country. An agreement between AT&T and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) has also been ratified.
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