The job-action that hundreds of Prem Techs participated in earlier this month caused the Company to eventually sue for peace by calling the International and asking for negotiations on this matter. But, not before dozens of our own and Holland Local 4035 Prem Techs who were united enough to stand together and take a day of suspension for this cause. We believe this disciplinary action on the part of the Company was unjust and even illegal under Federal labor law. We are engaged with the Company and the National Labor Relations Board in an attempt to get them made whole. This will be a lengthy process, but I think I can safely say that we are good at fighting!
TO: AT&T LOCALS 10-17-12
RE: PREM TECH SCHEDULES
On October 15 and 16, District representatives, the premises tech committee, and premises techs representing each state met with AT&T management to work on addressing issues relating to scheduling and the implementation of our negotiated seniority scheduling provision for members represented in Appendix F.
Our goals for the meeting were as follows:
- To insure that seniority was respected in all applicable preferential schedule selections.
- To work with the company to create simplified and stable schedules that would improve the quality of life for technicians fostering consistency by limiting rotations and addressing length of tours.
- To address the issues above while meeting the company’s desired daily personnel parameters.
After reviewing many examples of schedule templates provided by locals across the district, the union provided an example template to the company we feel addressed the concerns of our premises techs, adhered to the terms of our agreement (guaranteed weekends), and simplified administration for both the union and the company.
By the close of the meeting, management agreed to take the example we provided and run it through their system to look for any issues that may arise. During that process, it was agreed that daily communication between management and the union would take place if/when issues crop up so they can be addressed in “real time”. It was agreed that two (2) weeks would be ample time to address our mutual issues.
I will inform locals of any developments during this time period.