If a strike is called on Friday, you should leave work and report to your picket location immediately. To find your picket location, call your Local.
This greedy company makes billions off our backs but continues to try and take from us - demanding more work for less and trying to replace us with low-wage workers at third party dealers and overseas. It’s time to show them we’re not going to sit back and take it.
Keep in touch with your Local for updates and information - they will provide you with picket locations, signs, and times.
Going on strike is a decision that is not made lightly. Your bargaining team has worked countless hours to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement, but this company is refusing to budge on the issues that matter the most to us. The Union has also filed unfair labor practice charges at the National Labor Relations Board over AT&T's refusal to furnish information related to bargaining. We need to make it clear to AT&T that this information is crucial to reaching a fair contract.
We are counting on every single member to be out on that picket line and demonstrate the commitment and solidarity that have been the values we’ve lived by throughout CWA’s proud history.
WHAT WE ARE FIGHTING FOR:
- A fair wage increase that is enough to cover increased healthcare costs. AT&T offered a 2% increase per year – not enough to pay for the healthcare increases coming.
- For RSCs: a higher base and/or a commission plan that AT&T can’t change every month. Commissions for Retail Sales Consultants have gone down steadily over the past 2 years. Commissions are wages and a mandatory subject of bargaining.
- No increase to healthcare contributions in 2021. Ending the 2-tier plan so new employees can afford healthcare. AT&T wants us to pay even more!
- Job security language. Company-owned retail stores are being replaced with authorized dealers in record numbers. Call centers are shrinking here and AT&T is outsourcing more of our work. Network contracting continues and we are being left out of the new technology.
- We need AT&T to commit to keeping a ratio of COR stores to Authorized Retail. So far, they say NO!
- Outsourced calls must be returned to our call centers.
- Absence and attendance policy. AT&T wants to add “wait days” before we can be paid when we call in sick. They also want to drastically reduce sick days for new employees.
If something changes at the bargaining table, we will let you know. Until then, expect to strike on Friday.
Dennis G. Trainor
CWA District 1 Vice President