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October 10, 2017

Mesa Airlines

Mesa Airlines Flight Attendants, represented by AFA-CWA, announced a tentative agreement with Mesa Airlines management. The four year agreement would cover over 1,100 Flight Attendants and includes economic and quality of life gains. The deal was reached with the assistance of the National Mediation Board.

"Mesa Flight Attendants stood together in our efforts to be recognized for the work we do every day as aviation's first responders," said Heather Stevenson, AFA President at Mesa Airlines. "The company ultimately heard our concerns and worked with us to resolve these difficult negotiations. This agreement will finally make a difference for Mesa Flight Attendants and their families. AFA Mesa Leaders stand behind the Tentative Agreement and approved submitting it to AFA members for ratification."

The tentative agreement addresses concerns about Mesa Flight Attendant wages in comparison to other regional carriers and includes significant work rule improvements and other economic improvements. Flight Attendants are voting on the tentative agreement.

Point Park University

Full-time faculty members at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pa., ratified a first-ever union contract. The 140 professors are members of the Newspaper Guild-CWA Local 38061.

Faculty had voted overwhelmingly for TNG-CWA Local 38061 representation back in June 2004, and faced years of university challenges and appeals through the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Bargaining began in 2015.

Frontier Communications

CWA members in West Virginia put Frontier on notice: "We're fighting for WVA jobs and WVA customers." The contract covering 1,600 CWA workers in WVA and Virginia was extended until Nov. 4 as negotiations continue.

AT&T Mobility

AT&T Mobility workers, members of CWA from California, D.C., Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, and Virginia, traveled to Washington, D.C., to meet with Members of Congress to talk about how AT&T’s offshoring and third party dealer structure are harming workers and communities. AT&T Mobility workers are currently fighting for a fair contract at AT&T.

The AT&T Mobility workers met with Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and with Reps. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Donald Norcross (D-NJ), Mark Pocan (D-WI), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), as well as staff from other congressional offices.

As part of the lobby day, CWA President Chris Shelton spoke at a congressional briefing on workers' rights hosted by Reps. Pocan, DeSaulnier, Dingell (D-MI), and Norcross.

"AT&T recently claimed that for every $1 billion in earnings it would recover from proposed reductions in the corporate tax rate, the company could create 7,000 new jobs," said Shelton. "What they failed to mention is that those jobs will most likely be located in Mexico or the Philippines, or pay $8 an hour in a U.S. authorized dealer retail store. For the record, AT&T's effective federal tax rate was a mere 8% between 2008 and 2015, and during that time it actually reduced its workforce by 80,000."

"Our members are the human reality behind those numbers. And let's be clear: it's not the forces of innovation and automation that are devastating good AT&T jobs in America. AT&T Mobility is deliberately outsourcing and offshoring a huge percentage of its customer service, retail sales, and network operations," he said.