Aug 042015

invasion-of-privacyThe Problem

AT&T has recently begun asking its employees to “Review” a new policy which requires reporting on- and off-duty misconduct. We feel this policy vastly intrudes into the personal, private lives of our members and their families. Because AT&T has made their policy “AT&T Proprietary (Restricted),” we are not allowed to reproduce it here, but we can tell you that, depending on where you live and what your job-title is, you may be required to report any involvement with law-enforcement, even jaywalking(!) whether or not you are even guilty. Even if it happens off the clock, on your own time and even if you are innocent! In this policy, AT&T warns that, even before it is determined that you are guilty of the offense, regardless of what the offense is or whether it took place on or off the clock, AT&T may still terminate you.

Imagine a scenario where you are in a dispute with a neighbor or with your ex; as can sometimes happen, police are called and charges are filed against you, right or wrong. Often, cooler heads will later prevail and charges are dropped. However, if you work at AT&T, you are required to report all misconduct, upon pain of termination! So, now AT&T management knows all about the incident, which may involve your family, you, your neighbors, etc. If AT&T decides that the situation could affect the Company, or your work, AT&T may fire you even though the charges were dropped/dismissed!

Your Local is attempting to get more information from AT&T on why it needs so much sensitive personal information about its employees’ personal lives, and potentially the lives of their families. We believe that AT&T should have submitted such a draconian policy to the CWA leadership during the just-completed bargaining so that the Union would have a chance to bargain this important issue on behalf of its members. Instead, AT&T just completed bargaining with CWA District 4 without ever mentioning that it wanted so much access into the personal lives of CWA families, and that our jobs would be on the line subject to the whim of HR.

Help us fight this..

We strongly urge our members to decline to review this policy. If your supervisor orders you to do so, politely refuse and ask your supervisor if it is mandatory. If your supervisor says that it is mandatory, then comply with your supervisor’s direction and immediately file a grievance through your union steward.

Aug 042015

large_tomlincry-300x298We have received many calls from employees and retirees about AT&T’s recent changes to its billing practices. CWA District 4 has received the below information from AT&T. Please understand that employee/retiree discounts are not bargained by the CWA; thus, they are not grievable! (..and if you are thinking, “Why doesn’t CWA bargain this?” then next ask yourself what AT&T might demand in return!)

To: Select U.S.-based employees

Subject: TAKE ACTION: Enforcement of eBill/paperless billing and credit/debit cards payment restrictions starts 8/15!

As of Aug. 15, paperless billing and credit/debit cards payment restrictions for employee discounted Wireless, U-verse and Digital Life accounts take effect. The restrictions do not apply to your wireline (landline voice) account. Your employee discounts will NOT be removed,BUT you need to take action.

Here’s what’s happening:

Going Paperless – after Aug. 15, you will no longer receive a paper bill. Make sure you receive your bill, enroll in eBill today.

No credit or debit card payments – you must select a checking or savings account based payment option or other acceptable payment options listed below.

If you don’t take action your account could become delinquent and subject to service disruption.

Here’s what you need to do:

You can manage your account through myAT& Making the change is easy and takes only a few minutes.

To enroll in eBill/Paperless billing:

First, log in at

If you haven’t already registered, click on “Register Today.”

Hover over Billing section at the top of the page.

Select Paperless Billing.

Click the button to enroll in Paperless Billing.

Select Enroll.

Confirmation is automatically sent.

If you have multiple accounts, you must enroll each account separately.

To enroll in AutoPay or change payment method :

First, log in at

Click Enroll or Edit in AutoPay.

Select the Payment Method (via a checking or savings account).

Complete required information and click Submit.

Confirmation is automatically sent.

Other acceptable payment options in place of your credit/debit card payments:

  • Making one-time payments on our website or by phone using your checking or savings account.
  • Using online banking/bill pay from your bank’s website.
  • Sending a payment check via U.S. mail.
  • Making payments with cash or using your checking or savings account at payment machines within company-owned retail stores.
Jul 222015

danger-low_wage_construction350x127pxNo doubt most of us have heard that prevailing wage is under attack in Michigan. There are folks out collecting signatures across Michigan as we speak. It is our understanding they are telling potential signers that the petition is to raise minimum wage, fix the roads, as well as many other things to encourage people to sign. They are showing up at schools, libraries, outside Secretary of State offices, main streets, and various other locations where there will be a lot of foot traffic. Governor Snyder has told the Republican leadership he will veto any bill that comes across his desk that will eliminate prevailing wage. Because of this, those who favoring doing away with prevailing wage laws in Michigan have crafted this sneaky petition drive; if enough signatures are gathered and the law goes into effect, the Republican legislature will have a veto-proof way to lower the wages of thousands of skilled-tradesmen and -women. This will then become one more reason for our most skilled workers to leave Michigan, and that’s no good for anyone except a few greedy fat-cats. Please share this with your co-workers, friends and family. Encouraging them to not sign this petition, and if they are unclear, ask them to actually read the petition or ask a question for clarification.

Hear from one of Michigan’s largest builder of public education buildings:

Jul 162015
att-dtvLast week CWA International President Chris Shelton hosted a conference call with all Districts and CWA General Counsel Jody Calemine to discuss the announcement by AT&T of our Premises Technicians installing DirecTV services. After a lengthy discussion, it was decided that CWA Headquarters will prepare a detailed information request pertaining to the announcement. Attorney Calemine will review all AT&T labor agreements to see what type of leverage we have to enter into bargaining over working outside the job description and a potential wage increase. During this discussion, it was learned that CWA District 9 (California, Nevada and Hawaii) did negotiate additional pay for their Premises Technicians that included installation of DirecTV.
We will keep you updated on this important issue as we obtain more information. Please share with your fellow members; we may need to mobilize as in bargaining to get AT&T to move on this issue.
Jul 022015
sat-tvWe have been notified that the Company plans to roll out a training schedule for the DirecTV product.  This is a nationwide roll-out and all districts are being notified. We understand that, in all areas except the Midwest, training will begin next week and in the Midwest probably a week later.  Locals in the other districts are being covered today and we believe Locals in the Midwest will be covered next Monday.  As you know, the deal with AT&T and DirecTV is not complete yet so we are still limited on information.
The issue has been referred to CWA National President Shelton since this is nationwide. The Company informed CWA that it plans a pretty aggressive training schedule, with 750 being trained per week around the country. We have no information on numbers and locations in District 4 but the Company most likely will share those details with Locals as they cover them. We have told the Company they should offer training by volunteers and seniority but, so far, have no agreements on anything yet. We are asking all members to let the Company know that any training offered on DirecTV should be by seniority and by volunteer. If this is not the case, or your manager seems to be acting otherwise, please involve a steward immediately.
Jun 302015
hra-imageAT&T Midwest Bargaining Unit Members,
The paychecks that the 2015 wage increases & retro payment back to 4/12/2015 will be on the following dates:

A1 = Ohio Bell, AT&T Services, Illinois Bell = 7/17/2015
B1 = Michigan Bell, Indiana Bell, Wisconsin Bell, Global Services, Inc. (includes Appendix G & COS) = 7/24/2015

Jun 262015
vote-ballot-boxCWA/AT&T Midwest ratification results
51.6% Yes, 48.4% No, with 56.8% return
With a majority of eligible voters participating, members that work for AT&T Midwest Core and Global COS voted in favor of ratifying the tentative agreements reached on May 13, 2015 with AT&T.  The vote count was conducted by 36 members from 13 different locals across the District.
“Although it was a close vote, it shows the continued appreciation our members have for the work of our bargaining committee,” stated District 4 Vice President Linda Hinton.  “In these tough times, our committee was able to get a contract that enhanced both our employment security and our standard of living.”
The contractual wage increases are retroactive to April 12, 2015, and the benefit changes do not take effect until January 1, 2016.  We don’t know yet the exact date when the raises will be reflected in paychecks, but expect it within weeks, and the retroactive pay a few weeks following that.  As soon as we have a certain date, we will advise Local Presidents.
In Solidarity,
Linda L. Hinton
Vice President
CWA District 4
Jun 242015

yesnoDear Local 4034 Members,

The following results are Local 4034 results only. We will publish the final District-wide results as soon as they are available to us.

With 75.3% of eligible Local 4034 Members casting ballots:

69% – NO

30% – Yes

1% – Void

The figures above are true and accurate to the best of my ability.

Shelly Lubbinge, Local 4034 Election Committee Chair

Jun 162015


As of today we are at a 68% return on ballots.  Remind your co-workers that they have one week left to vote their ballot and get it in the mail.

It needs to be in the Local mailbox on or before June 23rd to be tallied. Local 4034 conducts its own ballots and reports the results to CWA District 4.

Ballots must be returned by United States Mail no later than Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — They may not be hand-delivered! Ballots will be counted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.  Only those ballots in the mailbox on/or before June 23rd will be tallied. If you have not yet received your ballot, or need a new ballot due to loss or damage, please call the Hall at (616) 241-4459 to ensure that we have your correct address. Please share this message and encourage your fellow members to vote on this very important issue!

Jun 102015

vote-ballot-boxAs of today we have 60.8 % of our Locals ballots back (346).

WOW!  That is great.

This message is to serve as a reminder to the other 223 of you that have not mailed them back yet.

Ballots must be returned by United States Mail no later than Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — They may not be hand-delivered! Ballots will be counted on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.  Only those ballots in the mailbox on/or before June 23rd will be tallied. If you have not yet received your ballot, or need a new ballot due to loss or damage, please call the Hall at (616) 241-4459 to ensure that we have your correct address. Please share this message and encourage your fellow members to vote on this very important issue!

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