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CWA Snubs AT&T’s Final Contract Offer For 14,000 Workers

Reject, talk to the hand

The Communications Workers of America (CWA) has slammed AT&T’s final offer for 14,000 workers covered by Midwest and Legacy T contracts, and who already have been given the go-ahead to strike.

Earlier this month, the CWA’s executive board voted to approve a strike. The decision allowed CWA President Chris Shelton to set a strike date if negotiators can’t reach an agreement. The workers’ contracts expired last month.

In their joint statement, Linda Hinton, CWA District 4 vice president, and Lisa Bolton, CWA telecommunications and technologies vice president, said the final proposal is a “desperate attempt by AT&T to avoid reaching an agreement that would keep good, family-supporting jobs in our communities.”

“Instead of continuing our agreed-upon negotiation process, they have violated the National Labor Relations Act by sending their misleading summary directly to CWA members and by failing to bargain in good faith,” they said. “AT&T should make no mistake — CWA members will not be fooled by this outrageous attempt to divide us. ‘No Jobs, No Deal’ isn’t just a slogan. It is a commitment that we have made to one another to stand together and fight against AT&T’s relentless outsourcing of our jobs in pursuit of more and more astronomical profits.”

AT&T's Marty Richter

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter

Marty Richter, AT&T spokesman, said after more than 10 weeks of negotiations, “we’ve made comprehensive and very fair final offers to the CWA in Midwest and Legacy T wireline bargaining.”

“The contracts currently cover good-paying U.S. jobs averaging over $120,000 a year in pay and benefits, with some making over $200,000,” he said. “We’re offering generous packages including annual wage increases, continuation of job security provisions that are virtually unheard of in the U.S., and comprehensive health-care and retirement benefits. All employees covered by the offers would be better off. In addition, the Midwest offer includes a commitment to hire 1,000 people in the region.”

The CWA’s claim that AT&T violated the National Labor Relations Act is false, Richter said. AT&T took this step with a goal of “being transparent with our employees, in hopes of bringing the process to a close and reaching agreements that will allow us to continue to provide solid union careers with excellent wages and benefits,” he said.

“We presented the offers to the union’s negotiating teams at the bargaining tables, and we’ll continue to discuss the final offers with the union, and to communicate the terms of the offers with our employees, as permitted by law,” he said. “We hope employees covered by the offers will carefully review them and ask union leadership for an opportunity to vote on them.”

Progress was made during the past few weeks on many issues, and “our bargaining teams are committed to negotiating fair contracts at AT&T Midwest and Legacy T,” Hinton and Bolton said.

The AT&T Midwest contract covers workers in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, while the Legacy T contract covers workers nationwide.

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10 comments

  1. Chuck May 24, 2018 @ 10:56 am

    Interesting ATT doesn’t even use an employee to make a statement but uses a 3rd party. Edward please email me if you need any non propaganda info

  2. Jackie Jones May 25, 2018 @ 6:10 am

    Where are the 100 and 200 thousand dollar jobs? Not union jobs. We want real job security, not some alternative facts security

  3. g May 25, 2018 @ 1:08 pm

    I say replace the schills. The days of job protection are gone with a global economy. Go invest in yourself and make yourself more marketable.

  4. John May 25, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

    #Nojobsnodeal

  5. Danielle May 26, 2018 @ 12:21 am

    #nojobsnodeal #cwastrong

  6. Tony Boles May 26, 2018 @ 12:56 pm

    G can’t even provide his own given name. Global economy will destroy America. Corporate America must invest in the middle class! Your statement is a position taken by corporate greed. “Build America again”!

  7. Michael DeWalt May 31, 2018 @ 3:26 pm

    #bargainatthetable #fyfo

  8. Rachel June 1, 2018 @ 5:16 am

    Making $120000-$200000 a year with paid health care and no college education and Obviously by the way they are dressed relaxed working conditions. Seems the entire bunch is replaceable. In this day and age they should be thrilled they are working for such a great company.

    • Duane June 1, 2018 @ 7:21 pm

      Rachel,

      They are absolutely lying. I worked as an installer for just shy of 10 years. The most i ever made (working hundreds of hours of overtime mind you) was just over 72k. Factor in the $1,400 at&t claims is their average monthly benefits contribution comes to a grand total of 86.8k. While not bad at all, which i will not argue, it is also not what they are reporting. Before slamming a group of employees, you should do research into the matter first.

  9. Roger November 13, 2018 @ 7:42 am

    I have worked for AT&T for over 20 years. I have made over $130000 a year working outside as a repair and instalation tech. I just want the contract voted on so can quit worrying about what will happen. I like my pay and benefits. Let’s move on. If union is sure noone will like the contract, put it out for a vote and let’s see. Or is the union not getting what THEY want?

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