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CWA/AT&T Midwest ratification results

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CWA/AT&T Midwest ratification results

51.6% Yes, 48.4% No, with 56.8% return

With a majority of eligible voters participating, members that work for AT&T Midwest Core and Global COS voted in favor of ratifying the tentative agreements reached on May 13, 2015 with AT&T.  The vote count was conducted by 36 members from 13 different locals across the District.

"Although it was a close vote, it shows the continued appreciation our members have for the work of our bargaining committee," stated District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton.  "In these tough times, our committee was able to get a contract that enhanced both our employment security and our standard of living."

The contractual wage increases are retroactive to April 12, 2015, and the benefit changes do not take effect until January 1, 2016.  We don't know yet the exact date when the raises will be reflected in paychecks, but expect it within weeks, and the retroactive pay a few weeks following that.  As soon as we have a certain date, we will advise Local Presidents.

In Solidarity, 

Linda L. Hinton

Vice President

CWA District 4

 

AT&T MIDWEST CONTRACT EXPLANATION

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CWA, AT&T Midwest contract explination meetings with be held,

* Wednesday May 20th @ 6:30pm

* Thursday May 21st @ 9:00 am

Where:   CWA Union Hall

2650 S. Arlington Rd.

Akron Ohio 44319

 

 

 

AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #36

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The Bargaining team is currently working on materials for the contract explanation meeting for Local Presidents which will be held on Tuesday, May 19th at 10:00 AM CST.

The following is a short summary of highlights from the tentative agreement.

  • General Wage Increase of 8.25% for all titles covered in the Midwest agreement over the life of the agreement.
  • 1% increase in each year of the agreement to Pension Bands, maintained BCB2 Pension plan for existing employees and new hires.
  • SSP Payments will now be cash payouts.
  • Maintained Traditional Health Care Plan with only 1% cost share shifting each year of the agreement. A new, low premium, health care option is available to all employees beginning in 2016. The new plan with higher deductibles but significantly lower monthly premiums may be a good option for individuals or families that have low usage. The plan has the same benefits and networks with a different cost structure. The original plan and pricing structure remains available as well.
  • Introduction of a new Vision Plan with higher benefit levels than the previous standard plan. The significantly higher benefit levels in this plan will provide better value than the former AT&T Vision Plus Plan at much lower premiums.
  • Article 26 and all associated MOA’s were protected and includes further improvements.
  • No changes to AT&T Midwest Disability Benefits Program for current employees.
  • Appendix F adds nine (9) core contract provisions including full access to the AT&T Non-management Staffing Process and National Transfer Plan, a reduction in overtime cap down to 14 hours and new language for crediting time not worked towards overtime calculation.
  • Additional wage increases for Dispatchers and Premises Technicians preceding the GWI.
  • Appendix G will now have full access to the AT&T Non-management Staffing Process and National Transfer Plan.
 

AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #36

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The District 4 Midwest bargaining team was able to reach a tentative agreement covering both Core wireline and COS with AT&T Midwest today. The bargaining team is currently working to finalize terms that will be presented to Midwest CWA members for formal approval and ratification.


The team was able to negotiate a three year agreement which includes general wage increases, new healthcare options, and increases to our pensions. Additionally, the bargaining team protected and improved our job security language and made improvements to provisions within the appendixes including wage adjustments.

The bargaining team would like to thank the leaders of every local and each member for the amazing amount of support they provided during this round of negotiations which started on March 4th.

A detailed report will follow at a later date, as the team prepares for a soon to be scheduled contract explanation meeting with Local presidents.

 
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