September 11, 2018 Union Meeting

 Executive level grievance B18-ALL-003

The company is violating article 4.07A of the collective bargaining agreement by assigning wage scale 31 work “fiber splicing“, to wage scale 5 employees.

Due to recent confirmation that field services technicians are not placing connectors on fiber network terminating wires, I have withdrawn the above reference grievance without president or prejudice. In Unity, Billy O’Dell.

 An executive level grievance has been filed on the overtime cap for wire technicians. The union is asking all wire technicians to notify their managers in writing that effective immediately they will not volunteer to work any overtime at all, and that any and all overtime hours worked will therefore be considered mandated. This request is necessary because the company believes that your overtime cap of 14 hours only comes into play when they force you overtime not when you come in on your off day. The union completely disagrees with this. If you have any questions I have the full letter and package sent by the district that I can make available to you please call me.

For the technicians that drive vehicles requiring hydraulic fluid it has come to the attention of the union and the company that when repairs are being made to the vehicles, hydraulic oil spills are being left in the beds and on the decks of the truck. Going forward we are requesting that you send photos of any hydraulic fluid that is left in the bed of the truck to Mike Callahan at or 404-702-4385. The company is working on fixing this problem but has asked for our help.

As always please make sure you have the proper foot ware for the job. Make sure your boots have a good sole and are laced up past your ankles for your own safety.

January 2017 Report

Happy New Year!! The Metro Atlanta Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) is having a winter membership drive: Jan 17th to Feb 18th. To join contact:  AT&T SE Labor has notified the union of the following items:

For the network operations 10-hour overtime months in 2017 the company has designated February, March, April and November in the organizations under Walsh, Maus, Regan and Wood.

“Based on positive results in the Fleet Mode trial and resulting in 29% fewer accidents, TFS will begin using Fleet Mode for technicians. Approximately 200 TFS techs and all Business Services techs will be in the rollout (those that have smartphones). The program will expand as techs get smartphones. The app will be paired via Bluetooth to a device in the vehicle that will activate at >15 MPH, it disables incoming messaging, so the technician will not receive calls or texts. It also disables outgoing calls except emergency calls”.

The company will be moving work from C&E to TFS. On a call with the company trying to get more info, we were told: 1. The reason for the move is due to the volume of work in C&E; 2. This move involves less than 200 full time employees worth of work; 3. This move will not result in a surplus.


Susan Moss


VP CWA 3204