Tentative Contract for D6 Mobility Workers
On Feb. 28, CWA's District 6 bargaining team reached a tentative four-year agreement with AT&T Mobility covering 9,400 Mobility workers in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
CWA members will be joining a telephone town hall call on Monday, March 7, to get more information about the tentative contract. Read more here.
The settlement will be presented to the membership for a ratification vote.
Across District 6, Mobility workers mobilized at retail stores and call centers, putting the company on notice: "these shoes were made for walking."
Negotiations Open with AT&T West
CWA's District 9 bargaining team. From left: Anthony Velez, Marisa Remski, District 9 VP Tom Runnion, Ellen West, Art Gonzalez, Cherie Brokaw
and Pam Suniga.
Negotiations between CWA District 9 and AT&T West got underway on Feb. 23. CWA D9 Vice President Tom Runnion made it clear to AT&T that CWAers were fighting for fairness and, "our goal in these negotiations is to improve living standards for our families. We want secure jobs, secure health care and a secure retirement." The contract covers about 16,000 workers.
So far, the company has come back with demands for givebacks – looking to cut pay schedules, holidays and vacations, freeze pensions and eliminate protections from excessive monitoring, among other retrogressive demands.
On the first day of negotiations, District 9 CWAers mobilized for a fair contract. Clockwise, from top left: Members of Local 9408, Fresno; Local 9003, Los Angeles; and Local 9509, San Diego.
Flight Attendants Keep the Pressure on United
The AFA-CWA Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), representing 25,000 Flight Attendants at United, Continental and Continental Micronesia Airlines, completed three more days of negotiations in Denver.
The JNC's goal is to continue to build on progress in previous mediation sessions and work through critical issues including scheduling, sick leave, vacations, job share/partnership and other issues, then work to resolve the economic issues to reach a joint agreement covering all United Flight Attendants. The next round of bargaining is March 7 in Phoenix.
On February 18, more than 400 Flight Attendants joined the Day of Action at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, picketing outside the United Airlines departures area. They were joined by Flight Attendants from American, Southwest, ExpressJet and Envoy and AFA-CWA's flying partners from the Air Line Pilots Association.
Verizon Members Mobilize
CWA Local 1101 members in New York protest Verizon's continued demands for concessions, chanting, "They say cut back, we say fight back!"
In informational picketing In Dover, Del., members of Local 13100 tell the public that "Verizon should build up FiOS, not executive compensation."
Pay Increase for Avaya Workers
CWA bargainers reached a two-year contract extension with Avaya that provides for a 2.5 percent wage increase, the first non-lump sum pay raise since 2012. The contract covers about 550 workers at Avaya.
CWA Telecommunications and Technologies Vice President Lisa Bolton said the contract continues to maintain current health care coverage. "There are no givebacks in this agreement," she said.