Ryan Letts

Apr 132015

4034-logoDear Local 4034 Member,

As you are aware our contract with AT&T was extended until 12 noon, EST on Tuesday, April 14th.
In the event that a strike is called, the company will use that specific time to consider every bargained for employee as involved in the strike.
This means that many of us will have to leave our currents calls and jobs unfinished.  If you are in a garage location or work-center, please immediately cease working and join the picket line at your location. If you are in a truck, you should inform the customer that AT&T has undertaken actions that do not allow you to continue working, and depart the premises. At that time, you may return to the nearest Company location, such as a central office or garage, or simply park the Company truck SAFELY, with cones out, and lock the keys in the truck. Call the Union Hall and we will arrange for transportation back to your vehicle, if needed. The Company will code all employees as unpaid, “On Strike” time from the moment the strike is called. (This code, while unpaid, is non-disciplinary.)
Although, this is different from the type of customer service we commit ourselves to on a daily basis, we realize that it is AT&T that is making this decision by not negotiating over the issues that we have identified as important.
All personal items should be removed from the work site, desks, lockers and vehicles today, as there may be limited to no access to these items as we walk off the job from what ever location we happen to be at.
We hope that progress will be made at the table over the next 24 hours, but are prepared to do what it takes to get a fair contract!
In Solidarity,

Ryan R Letts – President
CWA Local 4034
Mar 032015
Call to action!

This will take all of us!!

Brothers & Sisters:

By now, the Bargaining Committee is in the process of packing and moving to Hoffman Estates for who knows how long. Bargaining will kick off Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at 10:00 am CST, with opening remarks from our District Vice President, Linda L. Hinton. As always, we would love to be able to bring the contract in on time.  However, we have reason to believe, and fully expect, the Company to start in the “basement again”.  If that’s the case, it will take some time to get them back to the ground floor to start real bargaining.

We all need to remember that this is our contract, and if we are not “all in” then, unfortunately, we get what we get – it’s a pretty simple concept.

I don’t know yet what the Company has on their wish list, but it is undoubtedly the usual long list of retrogressive demands. Since some of the other contracts, in other districts, have already agreed to higher health care cost shifting and expanded duties in some titles that will undoubtedly create additional headaches for your committee.  As always, we will focus on our Midwest contract and our members’ requests.

I will stress again how important it is we get involved in mobilizing for this contract, and stay involved. It is important to remember that every mobilization activity, even the “silly” ones such as standing at our work-station; or, giving management the “CWA-clap”; or, turning our backs on management when they speak, are important. They are noticed by management, reported up the chain by management and they are effective. They are also safe from retaliation because they are permitted protected concerted activities under Federal labor law. There will also be times when mobilization activities (job-actions) need to happen “instantly”. In other words, if you hear of an activity, you should assume it is needed to further our position at the bargaining table and be prepared to join in. There is safety in numbers!

One last thing for now is bargaining reports.  We learned a long time ago that we will never be able to satisfy everyone — either too many reports that say nothing, or not enough.  What we are going to attempt to do is put out meaningful reports as there are things to report. No set schedule. You already know that, with AT&T, the first couple weeks are the dance steps and positioning. We will make every effort to get bargaining reports out through your lead stewards; much good information is passed at membership meetings as well!  (Hint)

In summary, the Bargaining Committee needs all of our support and all of our continued efforts to present a unified front to AT&T management. Often, mobilization activities seem pointless, or even cause personal hardship. But, please know that our bargaining committee only asks our help in order to either move the Company off of a harmful position, or to encourage the Company to bargain toward a fair contract. Bargaining is the time we all put our personal issues aside and be united around our common goal of improving the lives of all of our members and families.


Ryan Letts, President
CWA Local 4034

Dec 202013
Christmas-RaffleWe have always been proud of our members’ and retirees’ generous natures, and they (you!) have come through again to help those less fortunate. Whether it be our United Way campaigns, our Special Olympics Bowl-a-thon, or our Christmas 50/50 raffle.
Thanks to all who helped in selling tickets, especially our Lead Stewards; we were able to collect $1040.The winning ticket drawn was that of Michele Kenway of Alpine Construction, so a big congratulations goes out to her.
These proceeds, along with an additional $180 of generous donations from some of our brothers and sisters, mean that a total of $700 will be split between Mid Michigan Food Bank in Lansing, and Feeding America West Michigan in Grand Rapids.
Thanks also to our Retired Members Council for also donating $150 to each of these organizations.  They have never failed to step up.
Please have a very Merry Christmas, and a safe one, too!
Thanks again for all the hard work this year on everything you do, and hopefully you and your family have a safe and joyful holiday season.
Dec 062013
AT&T Plan For Landlines

AT&T Plan For Landlines

Brothers and Sisters, 

I am reaching out to you about the recent Senate Bill (SB636) that was just passed by the Michigan Senate late today.  
As was discussed at the Executive Board Meeting we had on Tuesday, all concerned parties were in a state of playing cat and mouse with the Michigan Senate on this bill.  This item was not placed on the Senate Committee Agenda until the end of business Monday, just one day prior to the meeting of the Energy and Technology Committee that is chaired by Sen. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek).
Tuesday, that next day, SB636 was voted to be moved out of committee to the Senate Floor for overall approval, by an 8 to 1 vote.  Sen. Howard Walker (R-Traverse City) was Continue reading »
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