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This is the first time management has attempted to cancel Christmas break for the workers who are organizing to build power and join their AT&T IHX colleagues in other areas in forming a union with CWA.
The CWA Broadband Brigade and local activists have been mobilizing to ensure states eligible to receive federal funding Build Broadband Better by creating good union jobs and closing the digital divide.
“The team at Tower Safety is setting an example for workers across the industry who deserve dignity, respect, and safety,” said CWA President Chris Shelton. “For far too long, cell phone tower climbers have been taken advantage of by the big telecom companies who avoid responsibility by subcontracting the work.”
“The company would prefer to work with all contractors,” said Frontier technician Tom Gardella to the LA Times. “[But] the contractors aren’t as invested as the employees. We’re in it for the quality because we’re in this for the long term. They’re in it for the piece-work.”
A petition calls on Google to “immediately pay back all Temps, Vendors and Contractors (TVCs) who have been knowingly underpaid by Google” and to “create an immediate path to permanent employment for temporary workers and end its two-tiered perma-temp system.”
The strike authorization vote gives the union the ability to strike at any moment, if needed.
CWA entered into effects bargaining with AT&T as a result of the announced spin-off of its US video services into a stand-alone company co-owned by AT&T and TPG Capital, a private equity firm.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 to proceed with an inquiry into Frontier’s investment plans in Minnesota and its impact on service quality.
The four-year agreement, covering 1,000 workers in Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, includes wage increases, limitations on movement of work, and work from home provisions.
AT&T refused to voluntarily recognize the union and used a series of tactics to delay the election, including an appeal to the full NLRB that resulted in the ballots being impounded.