CWA/AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Bargaining

CWA Reaches New Tentative Agreement over AT&T Mobility Benefits

New 2016 Mobility Benefit Plan is More Affordable for Many

And paves the way for bargaining health care beneftis in regional collective bargaining agreements.

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We had two main goals for our 2016 negotiations over the National Bargained Benefits Plan at AT&T Mobility – we wanted to make health care more affordable and we wanted to put health benefits into the regional collective bargaining agreements. We met these goals with this new tentative agreement.

  • We heard from many members that contribution rates were too high and that some of us are opting out of the Mobility coverage, so we wanted to make sure there were affordable options. We addressed this concern in a number of ways:
     
    • 20,000 employees who were hired after 2014 will no longer be required to pay a higher premium contribution than their more senior co-workers.
    • Employees with dependent children and no covered spouse will pay lower rates under a new 4-tier contribution structure.
    • Employees in Puerto Rico will be able to take advantage of popular HMO plans with much lower contribution rates, reflecting the lower cost of health care there.
    • A new “Option 2” plan will be introduced that has much lower premiums than the traditional PPO plan, though it has higher out-of-pocket costs.
    • As a result of renegotiating the agreement when the first tentative agreement was not ratified, we pushed the effective date of the spousal surcharge to 2019.
       
  • We wanted to end the separation of a key part of our economic package – our benefits plans -- from our collective bargaining over wages and working conditions. In this tentative agreement we have negotiated an “unwind” agreement that will put health benefits back into the regional contracts when this NBBP agreement expires in 2020.

One Agreement in Four Parts

Four documents make up the new Agreement covering about 43,000 employees of Mobility that AT&T Mobility CWA members will soon be voting on.

  1. National Bargained Benefit Plan for Employees of AT&T Mobility Services LLC Benefit Outline Summary
    This is the main document that spells out all the terms of the medical, prescription drug, dental and vision benefits that were negotiated. Some highlights include:
    • The “new hire” date will be moved to January 1, 2017. All employees who were hired or transferred into Mobility after January 1, 2014, who currently are considered “new hires” for benefits purposes, will become “current employees” for benefits.
       
    • Eligibility for the Company subsidy for the individual employee will begin in the month in which the employee has 90 days of service.
       
    • New Option 2 coverage will be available with higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs than the traditional PPO, but also with much lower monthly contributions.
       
    • Four coverage tiers are now available in order to reduce monthly contributions for employees covering dependents on their own: Individual; Individual + Child(ren); Individual + Spouse; Family
       
    • For members who live in Puerto Rico, new healthcare options will be available:
       
      • Negotiated caps on the HMO costs
      • Medical incentives available with new plans
      • Lower costs to align with the healthcare market costs in Puerto Rico
         
    • Tobacco Surcharge: A surcharge of $50 per month will be charged to smokers. Smokers will self-identify in open enrollment, and the surcharge will be waived if the employee enrolls in a smoking cessation program, the cost of which is covered.
       
    • Spousal Surcharge: Effective in 2019, a surcharge of $100 per month will be charged unless the employee attests that his or her spouse/legally recognized partner does not have access to medical coverage; in which case it will be waived. 
       
  2. Excise Tax Memorandum of Agreement to the National Bargained Benefit Plan for Employees of AT&T Mobility Services, LLC:
     
    • This is language for plan year 2020, when the healthcare tax is scheduled to begin.
       
  3. Conditional Unwind Memorandum of Agreement to the National Bargained Benefit Plan for Employees of AT&T Mobility Services, LLC:
    • This is the document that “unwinds” the National Bargained Benefits Plan Agreement and puts the benefits back together with the Regional Agreements beginning with the next rounds of bargaining. The terms of this current NBBP agreement will remain in place through 2020, but each regional bargaining unit will incorporate those terms within their overall collective bargaining agreement, and will negotiate new terms to be effective 2021.

Related Documents

National Bargained Benefit Plan Signed Agreement

Unwind Memorandum of Agreement

Excise Tax Memorandum of Agreement

Puerto Rico HMO Contribution Language and Illustrations

 

Town Hall Call on AT&T Mobility National Bargained Benefit Plan Tentative Agreement (June 9, 2016)