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Local Update

Today is the last day of work for our members in Bedminster and Middletown, NJ.

We have 11 members moving to Atlanta following the Switch and Private Line work, and one moving to Maryland for a NTS position. A few who were being surplused have already found NTS positions in NJ and NY.

For those of you moving out of the region you will be missed and we wish you all the best in your future. 

 

If any of you need to contact us please fell free to do so.

Passing of Charlie Murphy Local 1058

We are saddened to inform you that our brother from Local 1058 President Charlie Murphy has passed away on 1/9/20.

Charlie was once a member of Local 1150 and in the 80's he petitioned the national to start Local 1058 to represent the clerical workers in NJ. This was approved and 1058 started with around 3000 members and he remained very active every day since. He has fought and won many grievances at the local and national levels for all union members.

He organized many rallies during bargaining and once he even had over 50 cars of employees to start a parade of members that got a police escort and drove though many of the companies properties and blowing car horns.

There was another time he organized a rally to CEO (at the time) Bob Allen's home in NJ and the members marched down his street carrying a coffin to deliver to his home because our healthcare was a big issue, and let's just say his neighbors were not very happy about it. 

 

Charlie you did great things for a lot of CWA members and you will be truly missed but never forgotten. Rest easy now brother and we will continue the fight down here.

 

 

Retiree Benefit Changes

AT&T bargained employees

Planning for retirement requires careful consideration, and we want to point out an important update to the retirement benefits currently enjoyed by retired AT&T bargained employees.

Once eligible for Medicare, generally at age 65, your primary health insurance coverage transfers to Medicare. The company currently offers a subsidy to eligible retirees to help cover out-of-pocket costs or to purchase incremental coverages, like Medicare Advantage or supplemental coverage.

Here is what’s changing:

VTP/Surplus Info

In true AT&T fashion they have kept with the legend of Friday the 13th. 
 
Today AT&T has announced a major hit to Local 1150 members. Specifically to our LNS maintenance center in Bedminster NJ. This office has been impacted at this time last year by the layoff of 21 employees then, and today the remaining 26 were notified of the surplus. The office is closing and the work is moving to Atlanta. They were offered to follow the work to Atlanta, but with a title change to Comm Tech. Which we all know AT&T has been getting rid of all the people with that title as well. The reason for the title change is so our members can go down there and be on the low end of the seniority list and also to train the people there how to do th work, because they don't have a clue.
 
We also have a member in Middletown NJ that is surplussed as well, 1 Production Specialist.
 
We are truly sorry to inform you of this news and that it has affected our members and their families.
 
 
VTP only 3 Comm techs in Greenwood Village, CO
 
Surplus:
Computer Network Clerk:    1  Bridgeton, MO
Customer Maintenance Technician:  6  Bedminster, NJ
Customer Switch Technician:  20  Bedminster, NJ
Production Specialist:  1  Middletown, NJ
Special Billing Clerk:  1  Lisle, IL
 
 
 

AT&T VTP/Surplus dates

please see the attached document for VTP/Surplus announcement dates (click on this title)

CWA Joe Bernie Scholarship now open

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation will award 16 partial college scholarships of $4,000 each for two years for the 2020-2021 academic year. CWA members, their spouses, children, and grandchildren are eligible for the scholarships, including the dependents of retired, laid-off, or deceased members.

 

Smoker Fee
Smoker Fee

AT&T Healthcare enrollment 2020

Annual enrollment for your 2020 healthcare started yesterday and you will need to complete it by November 15. There is a change for next year for a $50 a month surcharge if you are a smoke, The real ass kicker here is AT&T is automatically adding this to your accounts. So if you are not a smoker pay attention. After you choose which plan you want there will be a summary at the end where you will see the smoker option and you can edit this at this point. 

I have attached a copy of mine so you san see what it will look like. 

Some people have asked how will anyone know? Honestly we have no idea, we guess if you go to the Dr. for a medical condition and they relate it to you being a current smoker, you most likely wont be covered. 

If you have any questions feel free to call Area Director Jay Laughlin 

VTP offer 9/13

We apologize for the delay as we have had some technical difficulties we are dealing with.

There was a VTP offer made for 31 members in the Legacy T contract. 15 of them are in Local 1150. 

Most are Construction Workers and another to a Reports Clerk.

Retro Pay

Please see the attached letter for info on the retro pay.

Contract vote

Dear members,

The contract was voted upon by the members of all the locals and has passed.  We would like to thank all of the members in Local 1150 who returned a ballot as well. The numbers for the local were 40 YES and 90 NO. Which is just over 1/2 of our members voting, so again thank you!!

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