AT&T Midwest, AT&T Legacy T and AT&T Southeast
As many Americans with stagnant paychecks found that they were receiving smaller refunds on Tax Day and wondered if they would even have a job a year from now, massive corporations like AT&T ran away with billions of dollars in tax cuts, cut jobs, failed to provide promised wage increases, and continued to send jobs overseas.
Over the weekend, AT&T Midwest and Legacy T workers reached the one-year anniversary of their contract expiring and the company continues to stonewall workers at the bargaining table, while CWA members at AT&T Southeast are gearing up for the start of their own negotiations with the company this year. To put pressure on AT&T, CWAers across the country rallied to draw attention to our contract fight and to push Congress to hold corporations accountable for their broken tax cut promises.
CWA President Chris Shelton, District 4 Vice President Linda L. Hinton, and Telecommunications & Technologies Vice President Lisa Bolton recorded videos noting that CWA members have had 25 million working hours of uncertainty since the Midwest and Legacy T contracts expired.
Thousands of AT&T workers have already sent handwritten letters to their members of Congress demanding an investigation into what happened to the billions of dollars in tax breaks they gave away to AT&T and other corporations that keep cutting jobs. Send your letter now to demand an investigation: InvestigateATT.org
To put pressure on AT&T, CWAers across the country rallied to draw attention to our contract fight and to push Congress to hold corporations accountable for their broken tax cut promises.
To mark the first day of renewed bargaining on Wednesday, Envoy passenger service agents protested outside of DFW against poverty level wages. Envoy agents are calling on management to negotiate a fair contract, including wages that reflect the critical work they do supporting passengers and safe flights for Envoy’s parent company, American Airlines.
Last month, Envoy agents rejected a tentative proposed contract. While the tentative agreement included a pay increase, it fell short of providing family-supporting wages for all agents and did not allow agents to reach top pay until after their 14th year with the company. Starting pay at Envoy is $9.48 an hour, and more than half of the agents make less than $11 an hour. Many qualify for food stamps and other forms of public assistance.
“A fair wage is not the reality for thousands of Envoy-American Eagle workers struggling to make ends meet,” said Toby Lane, an Envoy agent at Springfield–Branson National Airport. “Enough is enough. Envoy must provide a living wage to the workers who have contributed greatly to the company’s success.”
To mark the first day of renewed bargaining, Envoy passenger service agents protested outside of DFW against poverty level wages.
CWA Local 1298 members kicked off their negotiations with Frontier Communications on Wednesday with a huge rally in New Haven to show support for the CWA bargaining committee.