Jul 22, 2012


JULY 22, 2012

We are pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract between CWA and AT&T Midwest. In these tough economic times, in the most economically-depressed part of the country, we have reached an agreement that achieves our key goals:

1) Maintained and improved our members’ Standard of Living
2) Protected Retirees
3) Improved employment security

There are changes in our health care that will result in increased out-of-pocket costs. However, when wages and the company-funded tax-free Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) are factored in, CWA members will be better off, financially, at the end of this round of bargaining than they were at the start.

This was a very difficult set of negotiations and we are pleased to have reached such a positive conclusion. There will be a contract explanation meeting for Local officers this week, who will then hold Local explanation meetings as soon as possible. A detailed summary will also be mailed to every member, along with their ratification ballot. This is a tentative agreement until ratified by majority vote of members, voting in a secret ballot election. Those ballots must be received back by August 15th and will be counted on August 16th. Your elected Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends ratification of this agreement.

Here are some of the highlights on the key issues of the new tentative agreement.

Wages - All non-protected members in the core contract, including appendix F, G and Global COS will receive increases as follows:

2.25% Retroactive to 4/8/2012, 2.75% April 2013, 3% April 2014


Maintained Current Plan Rules and Contractual Rights for all benefits with the exception of an Improved Dental Plan
Increased cost share is covered by all new money

Success Sharing Plan (SSP)

* Two parts
a) Dividend x 150 in years 2014 and 2015
b) Appreciation in stock price, year over year x 150 in 2013, 2014, 2015

All SSP payments to HRAs or cash, depending on health care enrollment status

Accelerated Payment of 2012 Success Sharing Plan (SSP)

All eligible members will receive the accelerated payment of over $1,300 to their HRA

Traditional Pension Plan

1% - 1% - 1%

Preserved lump sum option for life of contract    

BCB2 Pension Plan

1% increase to all accrual levels

Employment Security

Maintained and Improved Employment Security language, with all associated MOAs
Protected 2009-2012 hires under regional employment security language
New Mobility retail exclusion letter for guaranteed job offer

Data Comm.

Improved Employment security with Termination pay for members laid-off
New Mobility retail exclusion letter for guaranteed job offer

Leveraged Titles

Improved Leverage title protection with RPPP and Pay Protection language for surplus members going to leverage title 

Prem Techs

Seniority scheduling
Improvements in overtime calculations
Flexible scheduling
More control over time-off
Caps on Mandatory Overtime
Improvements in out-of-town per-diem


Renewed Card Check Agreement
Renewed President's Council  
Improvements to National Transfer Plan

Other Items

Successorship Language
Common Attendance Guidelines with 80-hour Cap
New Language for third weekend home on detail assignment
Cap on mandatory overtime for core employees in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin