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Friday - July 28, 2017


The Union and the Company met this week. The Union Bargaining Committee continues to wait on the complete healthcare data. The additional data will help us to review and analyze healthcare spending. We are tentatively scheduled to meet with the Healthcare Consultant the week of August 14, 2017. The Consultant's task, in part, is to help identify unnecessary expenses in our healthcare that do not relate directly to our coverage. 

Bargaining will continue next week. The Union Bargaining Committee wants everyone to stay focused. This is a process that is going to have its highs and lows. The end goal for everyone is to maintain our standard of living. Members impact the negotiations by staying in touch with their mobilizers and participating in every activity. 


CWA / AT&T 2017 "Orange" Contract Bargaining

Friday - July 28, 2017

CWA / AT&T 2017 "Orange" Contract Bargaining July 28, 2017 - Bargaining Report #52

The CWA and AT&T bargainers met this week via phone conference. Among the many issues we discussed was the new Leave Link process which has caused chaos with our members who need to access FMLA, Short Term Disability, and ADA accommodations to name a few. CWA has added failure to bargain the effects of this change to our long list of labor law violations and we have filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

This week we all saw AT&T's latest earnings report which shows the company has billions of cash on hand. If AT&T cared about its employees and customers, they would get serious about a new contract instead of moving our work to vendor call centers and Authorized Retailers which is a recipe for disaster for employees, customers, and ultimately the shareholders as AT&T leads the race to the bottom.

This bargaining will be recessed as of today and will pick up again on August 14th, in order for CWA to conduct the business of the Union at the National Convention of CWA delegates, beginning next week.

Remember, the terms of our contract remain in place as we bargain for a new Agreement. Keep up the mobilization. When we fight, we WIN!

In Solidarity,

Mike Baxter, Local 1101 Frank Oliva, Local 1298 Deb Casey, Local 2204 Jeff Reamer, Local 13000 Julie Daloisio, Local 13500 Holly Sorey, Local 4202 Tonya Moore, District 1 Glen Skeen, Local 4320 Debbie Goulet, Local 7803 Hector Capote, Local 7250 Brandon Beck, Local 9511 Joe Sison, Local 9412 Pat Telesco, District 1, Chair


Thursday - July 20, 2017


CWA and Frontier Communications have agreed to a three-month extension of the current contract. All provisions of the current contract, which was originally set to expire on August 5, 2017, have been extended until November 4, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The Union Bargaining Committee, with input from Local Presidents, believes this extension will provide time needed to address our key issues. Healthcare was one of the top three issues that members identified. The Union Bargaining Committee and
Company Bargaining Committee will utilize an experienced consultant to provide a neutral third-party perspective on healthcare.

The Bargaining Committee urges everyone to stay focused. Member participation directly impacts these negotiations. Contact your Local Mobilizer and stay in touch and involved with every mobilization activity.



Settlement Agreement Executive Level Grievance

Tuesday - August 16, 2016

ELG-2012-001 CWA District 2-13 and all affected WV CBA 142 Locals and Frontier

The purpose of this is to notify you a settlement was reached between CWA and Frontier for ELG -2012-001 regarding payment of differentials on excused workdays, and as amended in December 2014 will include payment for differentials on holidays as well. Both were in violation of Article 19 and 38, Section 2 of the CBA. The ELG was scheduled for arbitration hearing on September 29, 2015, but the parties reached a settlement and postponed the arbitration hearing pending the final execution of this Settlement Agreement.

Therefore, as per the attached Settlement Agreement Exhibit A, it has been agreed Frontier will pay the differentials due to employees as contained in Article 19 and 38, Section 2, for excused work days and holidays on a prospective and retroactive basis. Both patties have agreed to the following method of payment:

• Going forward on a prospective basis all differentials will be paid for the term of the CBA General Agreement on the employee's pay check.

• For all retroactive back payments, Frontier has agreed to make these payments dating back to, November 21, 2012, which is a period of 30 days prior to the filing of the original ELG on December 21, 2012. The retroactive payments will be made to employees in one lump sum basis in the gross amount on August 12, 2016. Reminder - All payments are subject to applicable withholding and/or deductions, and will be reported on the employee's annual W-2 Form.

Therefore, any bargaining unit employee who does not receive a differential payment yet they feel they are due should notify their Union Local President. The employee will be required to provide their Local President a copy of both the check stubs and schedule/s to validate and substantiate their claim for lack of payment. Once received from the Local, the District Office will then present this information to Frontier, who will in turn validate the fact that payment is due to the employee.

UPDATED INFORMATION: Change of Date Retro Payments Will Be Made The retroactive differential payments will be made to employees on August 19, 2016 instead of August 12, 2016 and the 45 calendar day period will begin on August 19, 2016 and will run through October 3, 2016. Per Mike Linkous, supervisors have been made aware that the diiferential payments are to be paid on a prospective basis for EWDs and Holidays.


Sunday - August 23, 2015

Meetings were held between the Union and the Company on August 20-21, 2015.

The Union again addressed our number 1 Proposal of having “all” CWA members in West Virginia under one contract. The Union also raised concerns over the amount of contracting work that is being performed in the “Original” Frontier exchanges. We presented the Company with several comprehensive data requests that will be thoroughly reviewed.

The Proposals that the Bargaining Committee has submitted to the Company all coincide with our number 1 Proposal of “all” one Bargaining Unit. The Company presented the Union with its initial Healthcare Proposal that the Bargaining Committee found to be unacceptable. We will continue to work on this issue. High level meetings are scheduled between the Union and the Company, and the atmosphere is still good at the table.

Please do what you can to help with this fight. 

Stay strong!

President, Ken “Mister” Williams


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