June 9, 2022
Bargaining between the IBEW SCT-3 Council and AT&T for CORE contract members has begun. As required, on April 20, 2022, the IBEW notified AT&T management that they wanted to open negotiations to bargain changes to the current contract.
Discussions began on April 29, 2022, leading into a planned pause in bargaining due to the IBEW Constitutional Convention in early May. Unfortunately, several members of our IBEW bargaining team contracted COVID while attending the Constitutional Convention as elected delegates. The COVID outbreak did cause an additional minor delay. However, the bargaining teams were able to use some of the down time to explore and address some items despite the COVID outbreak.
On Tuesday May 31, 2022, AT&T presented their first benefits proposal, which clearly indicated they didn’t understand the modern day economic pressures their employees face. The IBEW bargaining team made it clear that our Union seeks to push past the typical bargaining table gamesmanship and looks forward to the company preparing more realistic proposals. AT&T negotiators must be ready to deal with the real life issues IBEW members have been facing since our last agreement was reached. As we have all experienced, there have been dramatic changes in the world, ones our members have never faced.
IBEW SCT-3 Chairman Paul Wright said, "IBEW members have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years; COVID, changing employee expectations related to the great resignation, and now world events that are affecting the US economy. As the self-proclaimed Big Business Roundtable leader, AT&T must be willing to step up and meet these challenges. It is our goal to address these new realities while also preserving good-paying middle class jobs for our membership.”
Despite these sadly typical AT&T bargaining antics, negotiations have continued daily. As talks carry on, we will communicate updates as necessary. We realize members may have questions and that rumors may circulate. Your managers should not try to interpret, predict or suggest how the bargaining process will play out. They are not involved and most lack the qualifications to talk about negotiations. If you have questions, contact your IBEW Union Representative.
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