Article 43

 

Monday, September 06, 2004

Who was left out of Article 43?

In July 2004, Article 43 of the 2003 AT&T/CWA contract officially unionized AT&T LNS (Local Network Services - formerly TCG, a CLEC they ACQUIRED in 1998) non-represented techs (like me), and existing CWA represented Comm techs of AT&T into a new CWA represented job classification - network specialist.

In May 2004 - some LNS techs realized their colleagues got union welcome packages, but they (we) didn’t. Claiming to be unaware of this - CWA union officers - specifically RALPH MALY of CWA NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS in Washington DC, ROY HEGENBART, Local 3250 President, and other officials - verbally blasted AT&T for hiding techs from bargaining.  Over the next few weeks the missed techs were identified by the union, signed union cards, received CWA welcome packages, and notified by the CWA of status as CWA represented techs.  We proudly wore our new red CWA shirts and hats in solidarity.

Those same CWA officials may have deliberately misled and/or used us for undisclosed or BAD FAITH bargaining, while at the same time continuing their empty assurances that AT&T won’t ever get away with hiding techs from bargaining - because on August 31, 2004 - the same techs were silently (no press release or internal memo) notified of their LAYOFF from AT&T. Many had over 20 years EXPERIENCE, were OVER 40 years old, and above average performers.

CWA officials - Mr Maly, Mr Hegenbart, and others contacted - haven’t returned phone calls, or emails, or provide any representation to us new members.

As it turns out - the CWA treated us with more disregard and disrespect than AT&T ever did.

Since when does a union turn it’s back - or deceive - like that?

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