On the healthcare front, the company offered a presentation about their “Your Health Matters” wellness program. The committee was quick to point out during negotiations; with the company’s healthcare plan the savings “wellness” plans yield (which have never been tracked) would not be shared with the employees. In other words, they like us to share in the cost…just not the savings.
As far as pensions go…the bargaining team again heard the familiar sound bite;” The Company has no intent or desire to bargain for current retirees”. Bargaining chair Jerry Schaeff challenged the Company’s committee by saying “So basically, AT&T does not care about the employees that built this company!” As would be expected, there was little response…that is until later in the day. The Company went as far as to call the entire bargaining team back to the main table only to pass the union’s Retiree Pension proposal back to us…refusing to bargain any issues related to current retirees. NO RESPECT IN PEOPLE! R.I.P.
The team wrapped up the afternoon by meeting with the Leveraged Title sub-committee and the Healthcare sub-committee.