Momentive Workers Stand One Day Longer, One Day Stronger
Workers at Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, N.Y., ratified a new contract, ending almost 15 weeks on the picket line. The 700 members of IUE-CWA Locals 81359 and 81380 spent a long 100 days on the picket line, and never stopped fighting for good jobs, their families and their community.
Momentive workers and supporters took the fight to Wall Street and demonstrated outside the offices of Apollo Global, the private equity firm that owns Momentive and tried to force drastic cutbacks on workers and retirees.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was directly involved in the negotiations and helped bring about the tentative settlement. Many New York State elected officials supported the Momentive workers and joined them on the picket line. The strikers were bolstered by support from union members in New York State and throughout the labor movement, religious and community leaders and elected officials.
First Contracts at DIRECTV!
CWA members at DIRECTV customer call and commercial retention call centers have ratified first contracts. The contracts cover 2,000 workers in Huntsville, Ala.; Tulsa, Okla.; Huntington, WVa.; Eden Prairie, Minn., and Denver.
CWAers at DIRECTV Technical Service Centers in Alabama, California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, and Tennessee ratified their first contract. The 500 technical support workers will join 1,500 CWA-represented colleagues covered by the AT&T National Internet Contract.
A unit of 300 DIRECTV technicians, warehouse and administrative workers in Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico and Oregon reached a tentative first contract; the ratification vote is set for early March.
CWA’s AT&T Mobility bargaining team is pushing hard for a fair contract, with great support from AT&T Mobility and landline workers nationwide. CWAers are holding rallies and informational pickets outside call centers and AT&T stores, standing together for good jobs, fair wages and real job security.
As the CWA News went to press, the 21,000 Mobility members in 21 states were working under the terms of the expired contract; the contract can be terminated with a 72-hour notice. Members voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike at AT&T Mobility – by a 93 percent vote – if a fair contract isn’t reached. CWAers in Districts 1, 2-13, 4, 7, and 9 are covered by these negotiations.
AT&T has been closing retail stores, cutting jobs and shifting work to “authorized dealers.” The company also is offshoring good customer service jobs, and has sent more than 7,000 jobs company-wide to India, Mexico, Jamaica, the Philippines and other countries. In bargaining, AT&T also has been demanding givebacks on health care, retirement security, sick time and other areas.
CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor said that AT&T needed to get serious about “protecting good, middle-class jobs for workers. We won’t let them take more and more from the employees who built this company.”
In California and Nevada, CWA members are fighting back as AT&T closes call centers and forces workers to put in long, unscheduled overtime hours. Activists have picketed AT&T events in Las Vegas, held protests on highway overpasses, and joined Mobility workers in actions at wireless stores, to make sure the public knows how AT&T’s greed hurts workers and communities. CWAers also are collecting letters of support from elected officials throughout the states and have pointed out that AT&T’s failure to fully repair and upgrade its telecommunications systems is a serious issue especially for customers especially in rural areas.
AT&T had an incredibly successful 2016, posting profits of $13.3 billion, with revenue up 11.6 percent over 2015.
CWA members, working at wireline, Mobility, DIRECTV and Internet Services, make this company successful. We’re putting AT&T on notice: "We service the customers. We sell the plans. We maintain the network. We deserve our fair share."