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Misleading Reports on Employer-Sponsored Benefits

Recent reports in the business press about AT&T and Verizon considering dropping employer-sponsored benefits are misleading. A recent article in Fortune (attached) suggests that AT&T and Verizon, among other employers thought about dropping benefits and instead paying a penalty that would be required under the new health care reform law. The first thing to keep in mind is that our negotiated benefits are protected by the collective bargaining agreement and the company cannot unilaterally change the benefits. CWA has not and will not agree to the company dismantling the employee health benefits package we have built over decades. Download entire Notice from Annie Hill, CWA Executive Vice President, in PDF format

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