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Important Updates & Information
Workers of America
8085 E. Prentice Avenue
Greenwood Village, CO 80111-2745
P: 303-770-2822 F: 303-793-7927
September 18, 2019
TO: All CWA Locals Representing Legacy Qwest Members
FROM: Susie McAllister, Administrative Director
Lisa Avila, CWA Representative
SUBJECT: Ratification Vote
We are pleased to announce that the new Collective Bargaining Agreement between CWA & CenturyLink
has been ratified by a vote of 64% in favor and 36% opposed.
New contracts will be printed in the future.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
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August 19, 2019
TO: All CWA Local Presidents Representing Legacy Qwest Members
FROM: CWA Bargaining Committee
SUBJECT: Tentative Agreement
Your CWA Bargaining Committee met July 13-16, 2019 with CenturyLink. We spent many hours reviewing healthcare data and wages. When we entered into early limited negotiations, we knew we had a limited amount of time together to address issues. Both sides brought multiple issues to the table. The Company came to the table with regressive proposals in regards to tuition assistance, pension, and healthcare. We reached a point where only healthcare and wages were on the table.
Based on the many conversations we had during the week; we feel that bringing this offer to the members is the right thing to do. If we go to full blown bargaining in 2020 the entire contract is open, what we would gain and loose is unknown. Our vacation, sick time and all other economic options would be open for negotiations and where we would land is unknown.
We kept our job security language. We still have layoffs by seniority, successorship, no layoffs if contractors on the payroll, the 20% cap on contracting, the call sharing language. These are protections not found in most contracts. We proposed neutrality but the Company would not agree to our proposal. The good news is we already have an organizing campaign focused on the non-represented and engineers at CenturyLink. We are slowly making progress there.
We had negotiated health care rates in the 2017 limited bargaining. We had set rates through 2020. Our healthcare was due to increase January 1, 2020. When we negotiated the rates in 2017 the trend in health care rates was rising at 10.8% for our pool of participants, and that was reflected in our rates.
In reviewing data for the future, we realized we are in a pool of employees of about 8,400. Our rates are determined on the total claims paid in our pool. The Standard Plan for CenturyLink has a pool of about 26,000 employees. Their rates have not gone up in 2 years. It became clear to us that we would be in a better place if we were part of a larger pool to share claims with. The only way to join that population was to join the plan design and premium payments of the Standard plans offered to other CenturyLink employees. By doing this, our previously negotiated rates for 2020 would change, and for the majority would be less. (Attached are the previously negotiated rates and the new tentatively agreed to rates, as well as plan design.)
By joining their plan our plan design changes, we will have the option of the Premium CDHP, the Standard CDHP, and the High Deductible HDHP. (From our understanding another option will be rolled out in the future, which gives our members another choice) Attached are the plan design details.
In the years of 2021, 2022 & 2023 claims will be reviewed and then the rates will be set. It is a big change to move out of our negotiated set rates, but it was clear to the bargaining committee that to keeps rates low we needed to join the larger populations’ pool. We reviewed the rates of remaining separate and the increases were more than we could justify paying.
We will be receiving the following wage increases:
June 14, 2020 3%
June 13, 2021 2.5%
June 12, 2022 2.5%
In Arizona, the Company and Union will meet to implement the provisions of the Arizona Fair Wages & Healthy Families Act by January 1, 2020.
If the tentative agreement is ratified the new expiration of the contract will be April 1, 2023.
Considering the amount of issues that could be open in full negations we feel that protecting what we have is the best for our members and we present this tentative agreement to the members for a vote, the committee recommends a yes vote.
Susie McAllister, CWA Chair Jeremiah Clever, Local 7603
Lisa Avila, CWA Co-Chair Jake Williams, Local 7804
Valerie Packer, Local 7621 Gregg Sherwood, Local 7777
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
***TA Vote Schedule****
Aug 30, 2019
— Voting will take place at the locations and times below.–
This vote will still be done by secret ballot. You will get your ballot and be able to ask questions prior to voting if you wish. You may then go to an area where you are by yourself to vote. You will then place your ballot in a secret ballot envelope. The secret ballot envelope will then be placed in another envelope where you will write your name on the outside. You will hand your ballot to Glenda or David Bass (Election Committee Members) and they will place your secret ballot in the voting box once they verify your name on their list. You may not take your ballot home, in order to count and get the best result we are asking you vote while we are at your location.
We will have limited paper copies of the attachments on hand. We ask if you need to view them to please leave them with us so we can reuse them for other yard visits/voting locations.
For the tentative agreement ratification vote, we will not be doing a mail out. We will be visiting each yard instead in the morning to do the vote in person. We will also have dates available to vote at our September General Membership meeting on 9/12 and in person voting at our office on 9/11 and 9/13. Friday, September 13th will be the last day for you to vote. If you miss your yard location, you may go to another day and location; they are not location specific to your work place. We wanted to make sure we were able to get around to all yards in the time period we had. If you can not make it to a yard tour or to our office to vote, we will have limited mail out ballots to those Members. Please contact Shad, Cecilia, or Fernando if you can not make it to any of the below scheduled dates:
9/3/19 – 7am-8am Cortaro Yard
9/4/19 – 7am-8am Glenn Yard
9/5/19 – 7am-8am Palo Verde Yard
9/5/19 – Casa Grande and Maricopa Yards time to be determined by Frank and Fernando
9/6/19 – 7am-8am South Yard
9/6/19 – Globe and Safford Yards time to be determined by Frank and Fernando
9/9/19 – 7am-8am Rincon Yard
9/10/19 – 7am-8am Nogales Yard
9/10/19 – 11am-1pm Sierra Vista Yard
9/11/19 – 11am-2pm CWA Local 7026 office (1665 E 18th St, Suite 215, Tucson, AZ 85719)
9/12/19 – 600pm-800pm CWA Local 7026 Membership meeting (750 S Tucson Blvd)
9/13/19 – 11am-2pm CWA Local 7026 office (1665 E 18th St, Suite 215, Tucson, AZ 85719)
CWA LOCAL 7026 Membership meeting
When: Thursday, September 12, 2019
Where: 750 S Tucson Blvd
Who: All Members and their families
What time: 630pm
We will be discussing the tentative agreement reached with the Legacy Q/CenturyLink bargaining unit. If you have not voted yet, you may vote in person at the meeting on 9/12/19
PRESIDENT – SHAD ERCANBRACK
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT – FERNANDO ROMAN
SECRETARY/TREASURER – CECILIA VALDEZ
AREA VICE PRESIDENT – SECTOR 1 – DONNIE ARCHULETA
AREA VICE PRESIDENT – SECTOR 2 – Danielle Cassel
AREA VICE PRESIDENT – SECTOR 3 – FRANK COTA
AREA VICE PRESIDENT – SECTOR 4 – VACANT
Do you have questions?
Contact CWA Local 7026