CWA 4008

The Company started our Health Care Mobilization Day just the way we expected. They passed another proposal todrastically change the way our medical plans look, and the costs paidby our members.   It’s not enough that they win tax breaks of astronomical proportions…they want more from us with lesser benefits!

With two contracts covering nearly 14,000 workers at AT&T Midwest AT&T Legacy T set to expire on Saturday, April 14, members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) voted overwhelmingly yesterday to authorize a strike, if necessary. The AT&T Midwest contract covers workers in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, while the Legacy T contract covers workers nationwide.

The committee continued to work throughout the day on proposals for Benefits, Article 26, Appendices F and G, and a multitude of other contract articles that are still not agreed upon. In today’s sub-committee meeting, the company STILL had not responded to the Union’s proposals around employment enhancement and ways to increase jobs in District 4.

CWA’s committee has spent today preparing responses to many of the Company’s negative proposals on what should be non-controversial contract terms.

Today’s bargaining session resulted in the Company rejecting CWA’s proposals on Article 3 (Non-Discrimination), Article 12 (Problem Resolution Procedures), Appendix G, and the Union’s first proposal on Upgrades. The Company then passed proposals on Articles 12 and 20 (Part Time Employees) and a second Company proposal on Appendix G.

The Union committee spent most of the day working on proposals onMedicalDentalVisionPensionsDisability and the Customer Operations Specialists Agreement.

The Appendix F Subcommittee met with the Company to continue discussions on outstanding proposals and workplace issues.

The Union Committee passed several proposals to the company across the main table today, including; the MOA regarding Guaranteed Personal Time Off, Attachments 1, 2 and 3 in Appendix F, and a letter regarding Appendix G employees.

The Union committee passed proposals this morning rejecting retrogressive company proposals on Article 8 (Collective Bargaining Procedures), Appendices A2 (Training Opportunity Plan), A4 (Regional Joint Benefits Forum) and A25 (Regarding Required Overtime) and proposed retaining current language.