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RECENT RETIREE BENEFIT INFORMATION

INFORMATION FROM OUR CWA HEALTHCARE REP:

HEALTHCARE:

Currently when anyone retires that is under the age of 65 they will have the option to pay a premium ($13.00 per month for single) and go into the Point of Service plan we used to have prior to our change in April, where there is no deductible and co-pays for in-network coverage. Aetna will be the carrier for retirees, but I urge everyone t pen and read any correspondence that comes from AT&T, as I have no idea what the future holds. We had plenty of retirees get benefits cancelled for non-payment of the premiums when they didn't look at enrollment or open the bills.

NEXT AT&T SURPLUS/VTP DECLARATION

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 with an off payroll date of November 19, 2010.  Our local has been effected.  All Communications Technicians and Senior Operations Clerks in Hamilton Square, NJ are surplused and one Communications Technician in Dix Hills, NY

Friday, July 30, 2010

This is Vinny Whitley, President CWA Local 1150.  It’s Friday, July 30th at 3 PM.  Vice President, Bill Naveira and myself are back from the 72nd Annual Convention in Washington, DC.  At the convention, the delegates heard 10 appeals.  Seven of the appeals were denied by the delegates.  Two appeals were sustained and will be arbitrated.  One was withdrawn when the National Union agreed to arbitrate the grievance.  We also heard 7 Constitutional Amendments and 12 Resolutions.  Constitutional Amendment number 3 has combined the Communications and Technologies Office with the Telcom office creating the new Telcom and Technologies Office.  Amendment number 4 was approved to have a bi-annual convention starting after the 2011 convention.  Amendment 6, was a proposal to create a Telcom Sector Vice President.  This proposal was submitted over 20 CWA Local Presidents from the Adhoc Committee, including myself.  This proposal was denied.  Of the 12 resolutions, number 3 was okayed to combine District 2 and District 13.  NJ Chief Steward has informed me that he is resigning from his office.  Steward George Zagatta will take his place until we have an election.  We will set the dates at the next executive board meeting.  Thank you for calling.

Important information regarding savings bonds

 

August 26, 2010

To: All Non-Management Employees who have an Active Payroll Deduction for Savings Bonds

Subject: Payroll Update: Possible Action Required – Savings Bonds

Note: Please do not forward. This communication impacts non-management employees with an active payroll deduction in eLink (eCORP) for savings bonds with National Bond and Trust (NBT). The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced it will stop issuing paper savings bonds through payroll savings plans as of January 1, 2011. Therefore, AT&T payroll deductions for savings bonds must be stopped before the end of the year.

Local 1298 Reaches Tentative Agreement for AT&T Workers

CWA members' solidarity during 18 long months of bargaining paid off Wednesday night in Connecticut when Local 1298 reached a tentative agreement with AT&T that includes job protection language the company had refused to include earlier.

Friday, August 20, 2010

This is Vinny Whitley, President CWA Local 1150.  It’s Friday, August 20th 2010 at 3:30PM.  At the executive board meeting, on this past Wednesday, I swore in our new Secretary-Treasurer, Yvonne Pacheco.  We are all looking forward to work with her and wish her the best of luck in her new job.  At the same meeting, we said good bye to Bob Swanson.  Bob has been the Secretary-Treasurer since 1987.  His 23 years of service to the union and this local will be truly missed.  We wish him luck and good healthin his retirement.  Also, NJ Chief Steward, Frank Giordani, has resigned.  We will have an election to fill out the remainder of his term.  The nominating period begins today and will close on Friday, September the 9th.  Nominating petitions are available online on our website.  Until then, the NJ Chief Steward office will be filled by George Zagatta.  George has been a past NJ Chief Steward and needs no training.  We welcome him back.  Thank you for calling.

AT&T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CAMPAIGN

CWA has filed charges with the NLRB regarding thiis program.  For more information, click here

SIGNING COMPANY DOCUMENTS

Everyone always asks, "Should I sign this?"  The Union recommends you sign nothing but your paycheck.  If you are in doubts about signing a documtent, ask your manager, "Is this a condition of employment?"  If you are told it is, then sign the required document and inform your Shop Steward at one to determine if the Company is engaging in an unjust and arbitray practice.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

This is Vinny Whitley, President CWA Local 1150.  It’s Wednesday, June 16th at 10:30 AM.  AT&T announced a surplus/vtp yesterday.  Nationwide the surplus number is 131 with an off payroll date of August 20th.  In this Local, no VTP was offered.  On the surplus 1 service order administrator, 4 assemblers, and 19 Communications Technician.  They are shutting down the INCS center. there will be no comm techs in the city. The election committee met on Monday, June 14th.  There will be a new election held for secretary-treasurer .  Ballots will be mailed out on Friday, June 18th. Thank you for calling.

Friday, May 15, 2010

This is Vinny Whitely, President, CWA Local 1150.  It’s Friday, May the15th, 2010 at 4 pm.  The ballots have been counted for the position of Secretary-Treasurer and Yvonne Pacheco received 100 votes and Nancy Brett received 74.   There is a challenge to the election and our Election Chairperson, Mable Gadsden, is in touch with our CWA Lawyer on this issue.  Until this is resolved, Bob Swanson will continue as Secretary-Treasurer.  I will update the tape as soon as I get more information.  Thank you for calling.

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