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AT$T CLOSING CIS-CCO Harvey, Illinois On December 28, 2009! AND 10 S Canal Street D/A, Chicago On April 5, 2010!
CWA Local 4250 represents 24 union members working for AT$T Midwest (Legacy S)Customer Information Services Call Center Operations (CIS-CCO) Midwest located in the Cook County Illinois suburb of Harvey, Illinois. Our jurisdiction includes, but is not limited to, Directory Assistance (411) and IWS Operators, which are commonly called "0" operators. Job titles include: Operators, Operator Services Assistant, Operator Services Clerk, Service Assistant and Technical Associate. On September 16, 2009 AT$T Management notified these dedicated members, all with over 30 years of service, that on December 28, 2009 AT$T will Close the Harvey, Illinois call center solely because of Corporate GREED! Twenty-Four (24) Local 4250 members were affected by AT$T's announcement that Harvey OA was closing. Twenty (20) members chose to follow their work and were to be gradually reassigned to 10 S Canal Street, Chicago DA by January 4, 2010. Four (4) members opted to take SIPP. Yesterday, December 16, 2009, AT$T announced that 10 S Canal Street DA, Chicago, Illinois would be closing with a Force Disposition Date of April 5, 2010. One Hundred and Seven (107) CWA AT$T Midwest members and their families are affected by this devious and contrived announcement by AT$T. Twenty-One (21) are currently Local 4250 members and eighty-six (86) are members of Local 4216. Does anyone think AT$T CEO Randall "The Rat" Stephenson cares if these one hundred and seven (107) CWA members and their families have a Merry Christmas? As I receive further information, it will be posted on the Local 4250 website. in Unity-Strength & Solidarity: Steve Tisza, President
 

12/14/11- CWA District 4/AT$T Midwest Members: 2012 GATT Rate =3.02%
Officially announced today; the 2012 Gatt rate is 3.02% (a decrease from the current 2011 rate of 4.19%). A decrease in the Gatt rate will actually “increase” the lump sump payout. The Best of All Worlds (if possible): Retire with your last day on payroll after 1/1/12 (and before 3/31/12) to get the better GATT Rate, the Pension Band Increase and your 2012 Vacation. Even if you do not take a lump sum and want an annuity; wait to get the Pension Band Increase and your 2012 vacation.

10/07/11- SPECIAL PENSION WINDOW 2012 - URGENT NOTICE
Recently it came to my attention that some employees “may not be eligible” for the special pension window. I am enclosing the Special Pension Window Rules below:

01/07/11- AT$T Midwest Cutting 1, 500 UNION REPRESENTED JOBS
AT$T Midwest Managers Notified CWA District 4 and IBEW 21 Union Represented Members in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio that as many as 1.500 Union Represented JOBS will be eliminated in the five (5) States on April 20, 2011. AT$T's greedy action comes at a time when America needs job creation, not job cuts. Corporate decisions like these, by highly profitable companies like AT$T, is unpatriotic. Download a partial list of CWA District 4 work locations and jobs being cut by an uncaring AT$T. This website will be updated as more information is available from CWA District 4.

11/17/10- National Transfer Plan (NTP)Legacy SBC Bargaining Unit Members
The NTP was rolled out and operational on November 1, 2010.Only those jobs that apply to NTP will be posted (i.e.: no AT&T Mobility) and posting will be limited to 7 calendar days. Both the “posting date” and the “unposting date” will be noted with the job listed. The site is available to employees at work through HROneStop. Their ATT USERID is required and members will be assigned a password when entering the site for the first time. After accessing the site; members can change their password to whatever they like based on the password parameters. Initially there were log in problems (various reasons) and I have attached new guidelines that hopefully help members understand how to reset their password, if needed. Members can also access the system from att.jobs.com where there is a link to NTP. When an employee leaves the payroll their ATT USERID and password will not be deactivated allowing them access until any contractual limits expire.

10/05/10- Legacy SBC Core Annual Enrollment For Active Members
10/15/10 Annual Enrollment ENDS for Actives (7 am - 7 pm central time) 1-877-722-0020 10/15/10 - 10/29/10 Correction Period for Actives Download below for more information

06/23/10- Legacy SBC Telephone Concession Service Policy
Download Current Legacy SBC (AT$T Midwest) Telephone Concession Service Policy for Active and Retired Members in PDF format.

12/31/09- -ATTENTION Canal DA EMPLOYEES!
Received the following from AT$T today! "Effective December 16, 2009 the Company is declaring a force surplus condition for the Canal DA Center in Chicago, Illinois. This surplus declaration will result in the reduction of 83 Operator positions, 1 Service Assistant and 1 Technical Associate. Please note: These headcount numbers include Harvey OA employees that report to Canal DA effective 1/4/10. This surplus is being declared due to declining call volumes in the Midwest DA system. The Canal DA Center will be closed once the surplus condition has been satisfied. Labor Relations personnel will be here to cover, in detail, the options available to you under the 2009 CWA/ATT Labor Agreement - Force Adjustment Article. All employees will be scheduled to attend Surplus Orientation Meetings beginning Monday, January 4th, 2010 or later. Please be thinking about any questions you may have and make a note of them so you can get your questions answered when the Labor Relations personnel meet with you. CWA District 4 has been notified about this surplus." Download NOTICE from AT$T in PDF format

12/21/09- Updated CCIA Test Effective January 15, 2010
IMPORTANT: Attached is the TIP sheet and test exemptions/Granfathering for the CC Audition test the Co will be rolling out January 15, 2010. This test will replace the Customer Contact Interactive Assessment (CCIA) which is currently applicable for the following positions.(Download PDF File Below) Any newly hired external candidates and Internal candidates nominating for an open position on or after January 15th will be required to take the CC Audition test. CWA District 4 Core Midwest employee's declared surplus December 15, 2009 will first take the CCIA and if they do not qualify, they will be eligible to then take the CC Audition. Regular surplus retest rules will continue to apply. The ability to take two different tests will be in place for this group of surplus employees only. If there is a new surplus declared on March 15, 2010 impacting CWA District 4 only the new CC Audition will be required to be taken. Employee's currently qualified for Employment Security Commitment/Extended Employment Opportunity Plan/Job Offer Guarantee (Datacom) using the CCIA test will not have to retest under the new CC Audition. Download letter from CWA D4 Rep Kristie Darling, TIP SHEET and Exemptions/Grandfathering for the CC Audition test in PDF format

12/15/09- 2010 Preventative Care/Traditional Medical Plans (NOT HMOs)
Attached is information provided by UHC and BCBS on preventive care. These documents were produced by the claims administrators for the AT&T medical plans for distribution across all populations they provide claims processing services for and not just for AT&T or the MW CHCP. The list is not all inclusive and services identified in these documents would be covered only when billed as routine preventive care and not in conjunction with a disease diagnosis. The services considered preventive are subject to change; participants should always call the claims administrator first to verify that the coverage would be considered preventive.

11/24/09- CWA D4/AT$T Midwest "Active' Members Annual Enrollment Update!
Annual Enrollment is up and running for our active members and is On-line or Telephone Only. 1-877-722-0020 or www.resources.hewitt.com/att Enrollment ends Dec 3, 2009. Download notice in PDF format for more Important information.

11/23/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Pension Plan Comparison
Enclosed please find a comparison chart that I hope you will find helpful. The side-by-side comparison is between the current pension plan that we have today compared to the NEW Pension Plan for Prem Techs, New Hires and those converted RLTs. While we are still learning the new pension plan and know that it needs work over the next bargaining years; this document was formatted and supplied by the Company in an effort to help all of us begin to understand the new pension benefit. Download PDF chart from Kristie Darling CWA D4 Representative

11/23/09- CWA D4/AT$T Midwest Supplemental Life Rates
Download PDF copy of CWA District 4 AT$T Midwest Core Members and Retiree Supplemental Life Insurance rates

10/06/09- AT$T Midwest Active Employee Annual Benefit Enrollment
Annual Enrollment Begins For Active Employees On November 19, 2009. You will NOT RECEIVE AN ENROLLMENT PACKAGE AT ALL Enrollment is Paperless - CALL A REP or go ONLINE TO ENROLL. Download below for more informat.

09/15/09- - News Flash: AT$T Midwest Announces Closing of Harvey, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio Operator Services OA Offices!
The ink isn't even dry on the newly ratified CWA District 4 AT$T Midwest contract and AT$T has notified the local that AT$T is closing the last two CWA District 4 OA offices located in Harvey, Illinois and Cleveland, Ohio. Once again, AT$T "the Company That Cares" doesn't care about their own. I would like to think that any CWA Midwest union member who has "volunteered" to help AT$T by soliciting fellow union members to participate in the "AT$T United Way Drive" rethink their position and recommend members give to the United Way via the on-line United Way website that is posted on this website. In Unity-Strength & Solidarity: Steve Tisza, President, CWA Local 4250. Download company notification to the union in PDF format.

08/17/09- *CORRECTION* AT$T MIDWEST Retiree Benefits Effective January 1, 2010!
8/17/09; Please read cover letter from Kristie Darling, CWA D4 Representative. The following documents pertain to AT$T MIDWEST RETIREE BENEFITS effective January 1, 2010. I hope you find them helpful in determining the best choices for you. In the event you need assistance you may contact the current CWA Local 4250 Vice President, Liz VanDerWoude. You may leave a message for her at the union office (708) 757-4065 and she will get back to you as soon as possible. There are NO CHANGES in retiree benefits if you retired BEFORE 01/01/1993. In Unity-Strength & Solidarity: Steve Tisza, President CWA Local 4250

08/08/09-District 4 Members Ratify AT$T Midwest Contract
I requested, and received, the following D4 vote totals from VP Seth Rosen: "We will release, to any Local President that requests it, THEIR local's results and it is up to each local whether they wish to do so and/or publicize their own results, as you chose to publicize yours." Local 4250 members REJECTED the agreement by a 93%NO margin. Download entire notice from CWA D4 in PDF format.

08/03/09- - 93 % of CWA Local 4250 AT$T Midwest Dues Paying Members, In Good Standing, Voted To "REJECT" The "CWA District 4/AT$T Midwest Tentative Contract Agreement Of July 15, 2009."
A CWA Local 4250 "Special Membership Meeting" was held on Saturday, August 1, 2009. The sole purpose of the meeting was to provide comprehensive details of the "CWA District 4/AT$T Midwest Tentative Contract Agreement of July 15, 2009" and conduct a "Ratification Vote" by all CWA Local 4250 AT$T Midwest dues paying members, in good standing. A "Ratification Vote" was conducted after the meeting by Paul Bolbat CWA Local 4250 Election Committee Chair. The results of the CWA Local 4250 vote, were reported to CWA District 4 in Cleveland, Ohio. Download notice of results from Local 4250 President Steve Tisza in PDF format.

07/15/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Final Bargaining Report #91 Tentative Agreement Reached
This was a very difficult set of negotiations and we are pleased to have reached such a positive conclusion. There will be a contract explanation meeting for Local officers this Friday, July 17th, who will then hold local explanation meetings over the next few weeks. A detailed summary will also be mailed to every member along with their ratification ballot early next week. This is a tentative agreement until ratified by majority vote of members voting in a secret ballot election. Those ballots must be received back by August 6th and will be counted on August 7th. Our elected Bargaining Committee unanimously recommends ratification of this agreement.Download Press Release and District 4 highlights in PDF format

07/14/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #90
Our committee continues to work hard to assure that all of the details of the written proposals are correct. When it comes to contract language, details are extremely important and our committee has always worked diligently to make sure the language reflects precisely what was agreed to verbally. The formal documents continue to be consistent with the informal progress that was made. The next report will be Wednesday, July 15, or sooner should developments warrant. DOWNLOAD*COPY*POST*DISTRIBUTE

07/13/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #89
Our committee spent the weekend reviewing a large quantity of documents and formal proposals. While there are always some mistakes and typographical errors, so far, the documents are consistent with the agreements and intent that characterized the final informal discussions that we had reported as significant progress. However, we expect to be reviewing documents for at least a few more days. The next report will be Tuesday, July 14, or sooner should developments warrant. DOWNLOAD***COPY***POST**DISTRIBUTE in PDF format.

07/10/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #88
Talks continued in the Midwest as management began the process of putting conceptual proposals in writing. The Committee plans to spend most of the weekend reviewing proposals as they get them. The next report will be on Monday, July 13, 2009. Download report in PDF format.

07/09/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #87
Following marathon bargaining sessions throughout this week, our committee has made significant progress towards resolving the key issues in these negotiations. All of the progress that has been made in the last two months has been in informal or "conceptual" discussions. Over the days ahead, we hope to see that informal progress turn into formal written proposals that are presented across the table. Until we have seen written formal proposals, we cannot know for certain or report the progress that we have made. Our committee continues to work around the clock, caucusing very late into the evening Wednesday night. We expect to begin to see written proposals today, but since it has been April 27 since we have had a formal written proposal, it will likely take a number of days to get through the proposals that we expect to see. The next report will be Friday, July 10, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

07/08/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #86
Tuesday was another long day for our committee, as we continue to make progress a little at a time. We appreciate the support and patience of our members as we fight for the best possible contract. Bargaining will continue throughout the day on Wednesday. The next report will be Thursday, July 9, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

07/07/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #85
Monday was a long day of bargaining with only a little progress. Our bargaining committee is focused on achieving a contract that maintains our standard of living, protects our jobs, and assures that both active employees and retirees are treated fairly. AT&T, so far, has not been willing to do all of those things but wants us to choose between them. We continue to explain to AT&T that we have helped them achieve some of their goals; they need to help us meet ours in return. That is the path to a fair contract that works for both sides. Bargaining will continue today. The next report will be Wednesday, July 8, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

07/06/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #84
Our committee returns to the table today after taking a few days off for the holiday. We hope to pick up where we left off and continue to make progress towards a fair contract. The next report will be Tuesday, July 7, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

07/02/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #83
Bargaining continued yesterday with a meeting of the full committee, as well as some informal discussions. Over the past week, we have made meaningful progress at narrowing the gap between the two sides. However, we advised AT&T that we believed it would be in the best interest of the bargaining process to give the committees a short break over the holiday weekend to spend a few days with their families. Negotiations will resume on Monday and it is our hope that we will pick up where we left off. We understand that members are frustrated with the length of time that this has taken. Rest assured that our bargaining committee shares that frustration too and appreciates all the support that they have gotten through this difficult fight. We remain confident that if we stay strong and united, we will win a fair contract for our members. Contact your Local's mobilization coordinator or officers to find out about your Local's activities. If you haven't already gotten everyone you know to sign on to the petition to support AT&T workers, here is the website: www.standupforworkers.com The next report will be Monday, July 6, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/30/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #81
Talks continued yesterday late into the night. We continue to make progress on a number of unresolved issues and narrow the gap between both sides. However, a number of important issues remain unresolved. Talks will continue today. Mobilization News: CWA members converged on our nation's capitol calling on AT&T to stop the attack on middle class jobs. CWA activists lobbied their Senators and Congressional representatives to send letters to CEO Randall Stephenson to stop the attack on our standard of living. So far, in District 4, we have 31 letters. Locals will continue to meet with their representatives to gain more support. Contact your Local's mobilization coordinator or officers to find out about your Local's activities. If you haven't already gotten everyone you know to sign on to the petition to support AT&T workers, here is the website: www.standupforworkers.com The next report will be Wednesday, July 1, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/29/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #80
Negotiations continued throughout the weekend with progress on a number of issues further narrowing the gap between CWA and AT&T. While we understand that our members would like to hear many more details about this progress, it is especially true, at this stage of negotiations, that many issues are interconnected; and it is not helpful to have a public discussion on the progress made or unresolved issues left. It is also particularly important, at this point, that we maintain our solidarity and show unity. Sticking together is what has helped moved us forward and sticking together is how we will win. The next report will be Tuesday, June 30, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/27/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #79
Informal talks continued in the Midwest on Thursday with a comprehensive review of unresolved issues. While we made some progress, there are still critically important issues that remain unresolved. Talks will continue today and throughout the weekend. Meanwhile, local leaders and activists from District 4 converged on Capitol Hill this week and met with Senators and Congressmen throughout the Midwest. We got a growing number of Members of Congress and the Senate to commit to send letters to Randall Stephenson encouraging AT&T to get a fair contract with CWA. Out of approximately one hundred members of Congress and the Senate from across the country, nearly three dozen from our District have already sent letters to AT&T. Our elected leaders got an earful from CWA activists about how a profitable company like AT&T, that should be leading the way out of this recession was, instead, not willing to commit to preserve middle class jobs. The intense lobbying over the last few days will continue when these politicians arrive home for the Congressional recess next week. Our elected officials of both parties understand that we need to preserve good jobs in the Midwest. The next report will be Monday, June 29, or sooner should developments warrant. PS: Just a Reminder: CWA members DO NOT cross picket lines, nor do we use "Contractor Doors" as access to perform "struck work." Although we are not at the same bargaining table with the IBEW in the ongoing at$t negotiations, we know that all CWA members will give full support to our brothers and sister IBEW members. TOGETHER we are: "Proud of Our Past * Poised For The Future * United In Solidarity." If you can, JOIN us at the IBEW Rally Tonight at 225 W. Randolph, Chicago for the IBEW Local 21 "Contract Countdown" beginning at 9PM till Midnight In Unity-Strength & Solidarity: Steve Tisza, President, CWA Local 4250 DOWNLOAD*COPY*POST*DISTRIBUTE BELOW:

06/22/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #75
Informal talks continued throughout the weekend and our committee continued to work to narrow the gap on the remaining unresolved issues. Issues that were discussed included: employment security, Prem Tech, leveraged Service Rep, Datacomm and more. Talks will continue today and the committee remains available to work 24/7 if that's what it takes to get a contract. Meanwhile, on Sunday, as delegates gathered in Washington DC for the CWA Convention, Vice President Seth Rosen told the District 4 delegates: "I could not be prouder of the courage and commitment of our bargaining committee. In spite of incredible frustrations and obstacles, they keep hanging in there fighting for a fair contract. On Easter Sunday, on Mother's Day and today, Father's Day, they have been hard at work. We will get a fair contract at AT&T, and when we do, we will all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our District 4 committee for their tenacity and personal sacrifice." The next report will be on Tuesday, June 23, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/19/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #74
Our bargaining committee continues to meet and make slow progress on a number of issues. However, some major issues remain unresolved. We will continue to be available to work around the clock, willing to work hard to reach agreement on a fair contract. Negotiations will continue throughout the weekend. We will update if there is a major development. The next report will be on Monday June 22nd, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/18/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #73
Our bargaining committee spent much of Wednesday meeting with AT&T reviewing the unresolved issues. We are continuing to make some progress. In order to keep bargaining moving in a positive direction, our committee has decided not to take a recess to attend the CWA Convention, but instead stay at the bargaining table and keep working towards a fair contract. The next report will be Friday, June 19, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/17/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #72
Our committee spent much of Tuesday in caucus, both reviewing issues and developing bargaining strategy that will move us forward. Meetings of the full committee will take place today to discuss the entire range of unresolved issues. We have reached a critical stage in this bargaining and hope the company will be willing to engage with us on the important unresolved issues. We remain ready and willing to work round the clock, if necessary, in order to reach an agreement that is fair to our members. The next report will be Thursday, June 18, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/16/09 -CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #71
The Midwest committee continued to review the informal proposals from AT&T late into the night Monday. We expect to meet with management today to address the questions and concerns we have, and hope to narrow the list of unresolved items. The next report will be Wednesday, June 17, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/15/09 - CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #70
Our bargaining committee spent the entire weekend, through midnight Sunday night, discussing the details of all the informal proposals given to us by AT&T in all areas of the contract. In almost all cases, the details accurately reflected the positions that AT&T had taken in conceptual discussions. While there are still areas of disagreement, for the most part, these are the same areas of disagreement we had at the end of the informal discussions. We did make a little progress on some issues, but also identified an important issue around our Employment Security Commitment that is still unresolved. While our committee is still reviewing the details of what AT&T shared on Sunday night, we hope that by the end of the day we will have a clear and definitive sense of what issues are still unresolved. We can then start to work hard on those issues. We understand that it is frustrating we cannot share the details of these negotiations. However, rest assured, at some point, we will get a tentative agreement and be able to share all of the details with you in advance of casting your vote. Until then, please continue to support the bargaining committee who is working and fighting hard to get the best possible contract. The next bargaining report will be Tuesday, June 16, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

06/12/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #69
No progress was made on Thursday. As on Wednesday, the discussions we had hoped for, in a wide variety of areas other than benefits, did not take place. While we have made a lot of progress in recent weeks, AT&T seems unwilling, or perhaps even afraid, to take the next logical steps forward. We remain ready and willing to bargain round the clock on any and all issues. Of course, we can't bargain with ourselves. If discussions get back on track today, we are willing to keep working day and night through the weekend. If there are developments this weekend, we will send out out bargaining reports. Download report in PDF format.

06/11/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #67 & #68
Bargaining took place in sub-committees on Tuesday. We have made some progress on the issues of: benefit plan design and contract language, Prem Tech and employment security (Article 26). We will continue to meet in subcommittees today and topics will likely include Datacomm and the "leveraged Service Rep title", in addition to further discussion on Prem Tech and benefit issues. Informal talks continued throughout the day on Wednesday with some progress to report from the benefits subcommittee. The comprehensive discussions that were planned for yesterday, at all sub-committees, will take place today instead. The union bargaining committee continues to be willing and available to meet round the clock in order to get to a fair contract for our members. The next bargaining report will be Friday, June 12, or sooner should developments warrant. Download reports in PDF format.

06/06/09- AT$T: Keep Operator Services Jobs In Harvey, Illinois!
Harvey Deserves Better! Cutting jobs and benefits isn't the way out of this recession. There is nothing our economy needs more than good jobs. If AT$T operator services jobs in Harvey are cut or moved overseas, it's not just AT$T workers and their families who will suffer. It would be a blow to our entire community. Healthy companies like AT$T can help lead Harvey, Illinois and the country to better times by maintaining good jobs in our communities and bringing work back from overseas. DOWNLOAD**COPY**POST**DISTRIBUTE

06/05/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #64
Informal talks continued on Thursday around benefit issues, evolving technology, and several other national Memorandums of Agreement. We made some progress on some of those issues and will continue these discussions today. Our bargaining committee continues to be ready to work 24/7 if that is what it takes to get an agreement. Download report in PDF format.

06/03/09- Have You Received a SIPP Offer?
FREE Financial Planning Workshop presented by Albertino Financial of the Hanson McClain Retirement Network at the CWA Local 4250 Office 3055 Glenwood-Dyer Road, Lynwood, Illinois. Pick a time convienent to you: Wednesday, June 11 at 11AM and 3PM and Thursday, June 12, 2009 at 6:30PM. PLEASE CALL 630-368-1190 to reserve your date and time or to schedule an immediate review of your financial situation. DOWNLOAD**COPY**POST**DISTRIBUTE

06/03/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #62
Informal talks continued on Tuesday without much progress to report. Talks will continue today. We understand that many members continue to wonder: why is it taking so long to get a contract? The answer is that it is not just about "getting a contract," but getting a fair contract! If we were willing to agree to something like the "last, best, final offer" that AT&T put on the table in the southwest, we'd have a contract. Of course, that wouldn't be a fair contract. So what would a fair contract look like? Without getting into a lot of details, here is an overview of what we are fighting for: Download entire report in PDF format.

06/01/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #60
Our midwest committee spent the weekend in caucus reviewing benefit issues. When it comes to protecting the health care of active employees and retirees, the details matter, and our committee takes great care to get those details right. Informal discussions will resume today. The next bargaining report will be Tuesday, June 2, or sooner should conditions call for it. Download report in PDF format.

06/01/09- at$t Midwest OS General SIPP Offer
You are eligible to participate in the Supplemental Income Protection Program (SIPP) being offered in accordance with Article 26 of the CWA Collective Bargaining Agreement effective April 3, 2004. The material in this package has been especially prepared to assist you in considering the benefits of this offer so that you can make an informed decision based on your personal best interests. After 5:00 p.m. CT/6:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2009 your decision to elect or not elect SIPP is irrevocable. However, if you initially accept or decline this SIPP offer but change your mind BEFORE the end of the election period, you may submit a revised SIPP Acknowledgment Form to the Human Resources office indicated on the form, and share a copy with your manager. If you are interested in accepting the SIPP offer, you must complete and return (via fax) the "Supplemental Income Protection Program (SIPP) - Employee Acknowledgment Form". The SIPP Employee Acknowledgement Form is the only form that will need to be faxed in. The fax number is listed on the form. Once you have faxed the form, please forward the original (via company mail) to the address on the form. Download package received by all eligible employees in PDF format.

05/28/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #58
Negotiations continued in informal discussions on Wednesday. While we have made progress over the past few weeks, there are still important issues unresolved, including health care (for both actives and retirees), wages, pensions, Prem Tech, datacomm, leveraged Service Rep and more. There will need to be progress on these issues to reach agreement on a contract. Our committee has clearly explained to AT&T what it will take to get this done and we are prepared to negotiate round the clock to get there. Download report in PDF format.

05/26/09- Congressman Peter J Visclosky (D-Ind 1st Dist.) Letter To at$t Corp. CEO Randall Stephenson
A special thank you to Gina Gabe, former Local 4250 Secretary/Treasurer, for providing this letter from Congressman Visclosky to at$t Corp CEO Randall Stephenson. DOWNLOAD***POST***DISTRIBUTE to all CWA and IBEW Local 21 at$t members and retirees

05/22/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #55
Informal talks continued on Thursday and will continue through today. While we have made progress on some issues, there are major issues which are critical to our members that remain unresolved or that we have important questions about. The committee will be taking the holiday weekend off, only their third weekend off in three months. When bargaining reconvenes on Tuesday, we hope that AT&T will be willing to address the major concerns that are important to our members. Mobilization News: Yesterday the bargaining committee and Local Presidents met in Chicago. They put the finishing touches on Mobilization Phase 3 to implement when necessary. A hundred members converged on the AT&T Warehouse in South Bend, Indiana, for a rally and informational picket. Next week locals will be meeting with their members of congress to get their support in our fight for a fair contract at AT&T. Contact your Local's mobilization coordinator or officers to find about your Local's activities. DOWNLOAD**POST**DISTRIBUTE in PDF format.

05/18/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #51
Informal talks continued all day Friday and throughout the weekend. We continue to make some progress at narrowing the gap between the union and the company positions, but major issues are still not resolved. Discussions this weekend covered many issues including Prem Tech, employment security, various retirement issues, benefits language and "leveraged" Service Rep. We continue to believe that, while progress has been slow, it is only through serious bargaining that we can arrive at a contract that is fair to both sides. We've requested to meet in sub committees today. Talks also begin this week for the IBEW, who represent employees in Illinois and at Legacy-T. Their contract expires on June 27, 2009. While these are separate contracts that cannot be coordinated, we have been in communications with the IBEW and have kept each other informed as these negotiations have unfolded. Download report in PDF format.

05/13/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #48
By now, you may have heard that AT&T put a "last, best, and final" offer on the table in District 6, AT&T Southwest. A "last, best, and final" offer is usually made by a company to try and signal that they have reached a "bottom line." However, there are some things that all members should understand about what this means for us in the Midwest: **We are continuing to bargain in the Midwest, and there has not been any such "last, best, and final" proposal made at our table, nor do we expect one anytime soon. Informal discussion went on Tuesday in the Midwest, and we expect to have discussion of the full range of issues on Wednesday as well. Our committee continues to work hard to get members in the Midwest the contract that they deserve. We believe that negotiations are the best way to get there. **These are all separate contracts, and the proposal in District 6/AT&T Southwest does not have any direct impact on any of the other tables, all of whom are continuing to bargain. **The "summary" of the Southwest offer is a "highlights" document that doesn't reveal all of the retrogressive details included in that proposal. Our committee will analyze those details as soon as we get a copy of the full proposal. Meanwhile, our bargaining committee in the Midwest will keep working hard to get the best possible contract for our members. Download entire report in PDF format.

05/12/09- CWA District 4 Local Presidents - AT&T Midwest Bargaining Unit
"We are continuing to bargain in the Midwest, and there has not been any such "last best and final" proposal made at our table, nor do we expect one. Informal discussion went on Tuesday in the Midwest and we expect to have discussion of the full range of issues on Wednesday as well. Our committee continues to work hard to get members in the Midwest the contract that they deserve. We believe that negotiations are the best way to get there. These are all separate contracts, and the proposal in District 6 does not have any direct impact on any of the other tables, all of whom are continuing to bargain. The "summary" of the Southwest offer is a "highlights" document that doesn't reveal all of the retrogressive details included in that proposal. Our committee will analyze those details as soon as we get a copy of the full proposal. Please make sure that our members understand that we bargain a separate contract and that this offer did not happen at our table." Download e-mail to CWA District 4 Local Presidents from Seth Rosen, District 4 Vice President in PDF format.

05/09/09- Ma Bell Is A Cheap Mother!
at$t Inc.(Ma Bell Reincarnated) is Still A Cheap Mother, A Healthy Company With Sick Ideas! Download Mother's Day Flyer with a link to tell at$t that corporate GREED will not be tolerated and taking away retiree healthcare is sick.

05/08/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #45
No formal bargaining sessions were scheduled on Thursday, but our committee continued to spend some productive time in caucus. We continue to stand by, ready to bargain round the clock whenever AT$T gets serious about reaching a fair agreement. The next bargaining report will be on Monday, May 11, or sooner should developments warrant. Download entire report for mobilization news in PDF format.

05/07/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #44
There were no formal talks scheduled on Wednesday. The committee spent the day in caucus and met late into the night discussing strategies about how to get talks moving to a positive conclusion. We remain ready and willing to meet, round the clock if necessary, in order to reach a fair settlement for our members. Download entire report in PDF format.

05/06/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #43
Our committee spent most of the day in caucus on Tuesday reviewing the unresolved issues. While we had made some progress last week getting to a better understanding of our differences, all of the major issues remain unresolved. We hope that, in discussions this week, AT&T will address the entire range of unresolved issues. Download entire report in PDF format.

05/05/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #42
Negotiations are set to resume today. We are now a month past the expiration of our contract and a resolution is long overdue! Our bargaining committee has worked extremely hard to find solutions to all of the problems that face us. We still have many key issues unresolved and have reviewed the company's retrogressive demands many times since bargaining began. Perhaps, we should review some of what we told them back on February 24th when we opened negotiations in the Midwest. Download complete report in PDF format.

05/05/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #41
Bargainers took a short break this weekend and negotiations will resume on Tuesday. It is our hope that when talks resume, AT&T will be willing to address the broad range of issues that remain unresolved. The next report will be on Tuesday, May 5, or sooner should developments warrant. Download entire report in PDF format.

05/01/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #40
Informal talks continued throughout the day yesterday and we have started to make a little progress on a range of issues. While we are still far from resolving all of the key issues, there is a better understanding of the positions of both sides which is the first step to figuring out solutions. There is no question that this small progress was the result of our militant AND disciplined mobilization efforts. We still have a long way to go, but our mobilization efforts are making a difference. The committee plans to work in caucus through the weekend and resume talks next week. Download entire report in PDF format.

04/30/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #39
Our bargaining committee spent most of Wednesday in caucus reviewing the status of all the unresolved items. There are still many areas of the contract where AT&T is seeking negative changes other than health care. These areas include employment security, pensions, overtime, Appendix F (PremTechs), 'leveraged' Service Reps and much more. Informal talks are expected to continue today in order for both sides to continue to gain a more complete understanding of each other's positions. Yesterday, we responded to some questions that were submitted for the e-Unity meeting last week. While Local leaders will continue to reach out to people who submitted questions individually, we figured we'd continue to answer some of the more frequently asked questions here: Download entire report in PDF format.

04/29/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #38
Informal talks continued yesterday on a range of issues, including health care and employment security. While we are still far from resolving all of the major issues, we are having dialogue that leads to a better understanding of each other's positions. Talks will continue today. Literally, thousands of members sent in email questions to CWA HQ when we had the national e-meeting last week. Of course, the leadership couldn't answer all of them 'on the air', so the remaining questions were sent out to each District to handle. In District 4, our staff will work with Local leaders, over the next week, to assure that members get answers to their questions. However, there were two questions that came up very frequently, so we thought we'd answer them in today's report: Download entire report in PDF format.

04/28/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #37
Negotiations continued yesterday at the table as well as informal discussions. The talks at the table focused on the health care issue. While the two sides remain far apart, negotiating is how we will bridge that gap. Negotiations continue today. The next report will be on Wednesday, April 29, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in pdf format.

04/27/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #36
Negotiations continued throughout the weekend in the form of informal discussions. We used those discussions to express our views on all of the unresolved issues. We have communicated to AT&T that we are willing to work together with them to find solutions to the issue of health care, however, those solutions cannot mean that our members' standard of living declines under this contract. This is an extremely profitable company and we expect our members to be better off at the end of the contract, not worse off! Further, we remain quite concerned about the retrogression that is still on the table. All of it---including eliminating our employment security commitment, unlimited mandatory overtime in all states, eliminating protections for retirees, elimination of COLA and end of card check neutrality language, "leveraged" Service Reps, and much more---are an obstacle to reaching an agreement. We also expect to make real improvement in areas like Prem Techs, Datacomm and Article 26 (employment security), that, so far, AT&T has not been willing to adequately address. It is our hope, that as we resume talks today, AT&T is ready to start to work with us to solve these problems. Although we remain far apart on all of the key issues, we have made a little progress in the past few days. As Vice President Seth Rosen told Local Presidents on a conference call last night, "This movement was likely the result of the outstanding mobilization efforts we have seen in some places that have really ramped things up...we need everyone to step up in order to keep things moving at the table." Download entire report in PDF format. COPY**POST**DISTRIBUTE

04/24/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #35
Talks continued on Thursday with no progress on key issues. Our bargaining committee has been working long and hard to send a clear message to AT&T that we are willing to work together to solve problems, but massive retrogression in all areas including health care, employment security, retirement and more is not the way we solve problems. A corporation that made over three billion dollars last quarter needs to be a leader, not a follower of failed companies who are slashing the standard of living of middle class workers! When AT&T is willing to work together with us to solve problems rather than trying to dump all their costs off their books and onto our backs, is when we will start to make progress. As we heard from all of our leaders on the Unity E-Meeting last night, we need to take our mobilization to another level in order to move these negotiations forward. Negotiations are continuing today and likely through the weekend. Vice President Rosen has scheduled a very important conference call with all AT&T Local Presidents for Sunday, April 26 at 8 PM (EDT). The next report will be on Monday, April 27, or sooner should developments warrant. Download entire report that also has information regarding last night's CWA on-line membership meeting.

04/22/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #33
Negotiations continued yesterday without progress on any of our key issues. We discussed retiree issues and employment security in yesterday's talks. Today, AT&T announced that they earned $3.1 Billion in the 1st quarter. Across America, people are wondering why a company that continues to make billions during a recession is so determined to reduce the living standard of their middle class employees. We know the answer to that: corporate greed. The question for CWA members is what exactly will we have to do in order to let management understand that their massive cost shifting proposals are not acceptable to us? We have done a lot of mobilization, but evidently what we are doing is not enough and each and every one of us needs to find a way to ramp it up! Download entire report in PDF format.

04/21/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #32
Negotiations resumed today with no progress on our key issues. While there are a number of critically important issues unresolved including employment security, pensions, retiree health care, Prem Techs and Datacomm, health care for active employees remains a major sticking point. Why? Because the company is seeking massive retrogression that would more than triple our health care costs. AT&T is telling the public that this is somehow justified by the "decline of the wireline business." We need to let the public know the part that they fail to mention--what is the backbone of wireless, data and U-Verse? It is the wireline network. WE ARE THAT NETWORK! As we continue to tell them, we are willing to discuss reasonable concepts on the issue of health care costs, but to expect us to simply accept massive cost shifting that more than triples our members' average costs is a sick idea! Download entire report to read at$t spokesman, Walt Sharp's delusionary logic, in PDF format.

04/20/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #31
Bargaining was recessed for the weekend by mutual agreement after many weeks without a break. We worked hard to clarify the facts around both sides' positions, but remain far apart on the key issues. We remain willing to find practical solutions to important issues, but it takes two sides to be willing to find reasonable solutions. Hopefully, when bargaining resumes, AT&T will be willing to bargain on all the issues that are unresolved. Download entire report in PDF format.

04/17/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #30
Discussions continued in the health care discussion group on Thursday. The good news is that we have a much more complete understanding of the company's proposal and our differences. The bad news is that those differences are substantial. CWA has always been willing to find practical solutions that solve problems in a way that is mutually beneficial. What we are not willing to do is accept massive cost shifting of AT&T's health care costs to us in ways that not only reduce everyone's standard of living, but also victimize those with the misfortune to have specific medical problems. AT&T needs to get real about SOLVING this problem, instead of trying to dump it on us. Talks will continue in the health care discussion group today and possibly through the weekend. The next bargaining report will be Monday, April 20, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

04/15/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #28
Talks continued Tuesday in the health care discussion group. While we are still far apart, a complete understanding of all the benefit issues is necessary if we are to be able to resolve this dispute. This is true whether the resolution is before or after a strike. As you can imagine, there are a lot of complex details on the issue of benefits, including medical, prescription drugs, disability, dental, vision, insurance and much more for both active employees and those that will retire under this contract. Your bargaining committee wants to have a full and complete understanding of any changes that AT&T is proposing. We understand that the time this is taking is frustrating both to members and to our bargaining committee. We also understand that 20,000 families in the midwest are counting on us! Discussions are continuing today around benefit details. Download full report in PDF format.

04/13/09- at$t Midwest Management Thumbs Their Noses at Core Employees
I hope everyone had a safe and Happy Easter/Passover Holiday week. With the exception of the CWA District 4/at$t Midwest bargaining committees, all CWA and at$t Corp. bargaining committees agreed to a recess this past weekend and will resume bargaining today or tomorrow. at$t Midwest management reluctantly met this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday with our D4 elected bargaining team. However, the at$t Midwest management committee REFUSED TO MEET with our CWA D4 elected bargaining team yesterday, Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009. Your elected D4 team was ready, willing and eager to meet in good faith. The at$t Midwest management committee said NO! and thumbed their noses at our elected committee members. I suggest the following mobilization activity. ASK Randall Stephenson, at$t CEO, to explain the bad faith actions by his at$t Midwest management bargainers on Easter Sunday. He can be emailed at: rs2982@att.com DOWNLOAD**COPY**POST**DISTRIBUTE, in PDF format.

04/11/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report # 25
Talks continued throughout the day Friday and Saturday with much of the discussions taking place in subcommittees or discussion groups. There was a short session at the main table on Friday evening. While we can report slight progress as a result of these discussions, both sides are still very far apart on the key issues. Our bargaining committee has demonstrated their commitment to this process and to a problem solving approach to addressing important issues that affect our lives and the lives of our families. Unfortunately, AT&T still has not demonstrated the same spirit of partnership and problem solving. On behalf of the bargaining committee, we'd like to wish everyone a happy Easter/Passover or whatever it is that you and your family celebrate. In every world religion, there is a spring celebration that is about hope when the earth returns to life after a long winter. It is that same kind of hope that has our bargaining committee working diligently this holiday weekend. However, they can't do it alone. While our mobilization efforts have been good, they evidently have not been good enough. We need to take it to another level Please tell all your friends and family to go to http://www.standupforworkers.com and sign the online support statement for our fight to win a fair contract. The next report will be on Monday, April 13, or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

04/10/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #24
Negotiations continued on Thursday with discussions in the healthcare discussion group. There is no progress to report, but discussions will resume today, Friday, April 10th. Download complete report in PDF format. In Addition, the report contains a live link to send AT$T a message.

04/09/09- Unions Make A Difference At AT$T!
Download excellent 2 page PDF flyer that lists ALL the Historic milestones accomplished by our union bargaining teams over the past 50 years. Print in LANDSCAPE MODE. Distribite to all Legacy S members in your work locations.

04/09/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #23
The healthcare discussion group met all day yesterday and into the evening. While we are still very far apart, we have a better understanding of each other's positions through these discussions. Our committee has informed the company that we are ready, willing, and able to meet around the clock through this holiday weekend. Download complete report in PDF format.

04/08/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #22
Bargaining continued yesterday with discussions on healthcare in our healthcare "discussion group." Evidently, there was some confusion on management's part on what CWA believes about this important issue. To help clear up that confusion, here is a public statement of our key principles on the issue of healthcare: Download entire report in PDF format. PRINT**COPY**POST**DISTRIBUTE

04/06/09- CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #20
Bargaining continued throughout the day and evening Sunday in the Healthcare discussion group, Appendix F sub committee, and Article 26 sub committee. The proposal AT&T posted in their April 5 bargaining report is old news. It is the same offer we talked about in our 11:00am report on Saturday, April 4. What we said on Saturday was: " **Major retrogression in benefits including massive cost shifting in the form of premiums and out of pocket contributions, changes to our Midwest plan to be "uniform" with their national plan, new hires would be forced into national plan, destruction of our Joint Benefit Forum and much, much more. Download complete report in PDF format

04/05/09- STILL AT WORK, FOR NOW! -- Mobilization Phase 2
The leadership of CWA has decided to work without a contract -(for now). We are very far apart at the bargaining table. Critical issues like wages, pensions, health care, employment security, and working conditions are still at stake. Working without a contract is the best tactic right now -but the strike is next. Download**COPY***DISTRIBUTE to all at$t members

04/05/09- 2:00p.m. - CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #19
Bargaining continues at the Midwest regional table, there is still no progress to report on any of our key issues. After a break to get some rest, our committee will be getting back together this afternoon for subcommittee meetings. Download entire report in PDF format.

04/05/09- 12:00 a.m. CDT-CWA D4 AT&T Midwest Bargaining Report #18
While conversations are continuing at the Midwest regional table, we are nowhere near an agreement. CWA has decided that we will stay on the job at the present time, however, the contract has expired which gives CWA the ability to call a strike at any moment of our choosing. This begins Mobilization Phase 2--Strike Standby. Detailed information will be shared with Local Presidents on Sunday afternoon and with all members on Sunday evening about our Mobilization Phase 2--Strike Standby Activities. We will also be able to share more detailed information about the unresolved issues at that time. Meanwhile, our bargaining committees will continue to bargain and our members will stay on the job. The next report will be Sunday, April 5, in the afternoon or sooner should developments warrant. Download report in PDF format.

04/04/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #17 6:00 p.m.CDT
Negotiations continue at the Midwest regional table; there is still no progress to report on any of our key issues at this late hour. In fact, we are miles apart. However, the committee is currently in the midst of a long negotiating session that is expected to continue late into the night. If they break, and there is an opportunity for them to report, well share that information. If not, there will be another report shortly before midnight central time. Download report in PDF format.

04/03/09- CWA D4 AT$T/Midwest Bargaining Report #15 5:15PM
Download latest bargaining report in PDF format.

03/30/09- CWA Local 4250 READY TO WALK! Harvey, Illinois AT$T/Midwest Operator Services!
Download pictures CWA Local 4250 Harvey, Illinois AT$T/Midwest Operators, in PDF format.

03/28/09- Open Letter To Our Members In District 4 From Your CWA Elected Bargaining Team!
"Your District 4 Bargaining Committee would like to thank you for your support including the strong YES vote authorizing a strike. With less than seven days till contract expiration, we thought it imperative for you to know what is taking place at the bargaining table. From the beginning of this process AT&T's position has been that to seek "Fundamental Change." Here are some examples of what the Company has proposed as "fundamental change"." Download letter from your CWA District 4 Elected Bargaining Team, in PDF format. DOWNLOAD***COPY***POST***DISTRIBUTE to All CWA District 4 at$t Midwest members and retirees.

03/27/09- A Message To AT$T SCABS Being Trained As Operators In Harvey, Illinois!
Download a message for all Strikebreakers (SCABS) being trained at the AT$T Harvey, Illinois Operator Services Center from Steve Tisza, President, CWA Local 4250. DOWNLOAD***PRINT***COPY and DISTRIBUTE to the SCABS being trained.

03/26/09- PICKET SCHEDULE - Harvey, Illinois
Any questions regarding Picket schedules, please contact Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Belinda Ramos. If, for any reason, a member can not fufill an assignment it is the members responsibility to get a replacement picket to fill your assignment(s). Download schedule in PDF format.

03/25/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #7
Talks continue at the Midwest regional table with no progress to report. We are now eleven days away from the expiration of our contract and management has done nothing but demand givebacks. They have failed to address any of our key issues: Benefits and Pension Improvements, Employment Security, Improved Standard of Living and Justice on the Job. "AT&T employees in the Midwest ," stated D4 Vice President Seth Rosen, "have played a large role in helping AT&T be a successful company, even in these tough times. AT&T can afford to do the right thing and work with their employees to solve problems like healthcare, rather than try to shift the problem from them to us. AT&T can do the right thing for America too, by assuring that middle class jobs are maintained in communities throughout the Midwest ." Perhaps AT&T is not getting the message that, at a profitable company, we expect to move forward, not backward. Perhaps they are not getting the message because they cannot hear us. Perhaps it is time to start MAKING A LITTLE MORE NOISE! Download entire report in PDF format.

03/24/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #6
Negotiations continue at the Midwest Regional Table with no significant progress to report. Our Bargaining committee rejected a series of retrogressive management proposals. The details of some of these proposals will give members a sense of AT&T's attitude at the table. The company's healthcare proposal included huge monthly premiums for family coverage and out of pocket expenses of thousands of dollars a year for both active members and future retirees. They proposed the following changes to the pension plan: Effective January 1, 2010, Lump Sum Pension accrual would cease and any Pension Benefits accrued after January 1, 2010, could be taken only in a monthly annuity. Lump Sum Pensions taken after January 1, 2010, and accrued prior to January 1, 2010, would be calculated using the Pension Protection Act which would reduce Lump Sum Pension amounts. Download CWA D4 Bargaining Report #6, in PDF format

03/17/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #5
Spring must be on the way because the temperature is starting to rise at the Midwest Regional table! The District 4 CWA Bargaining team let management know in no uncertain terms that we were not interested in any of their retrogressive proposals. "You need to understand", stated Bargaining Committee Chair Jerry Schaeff, "our members did not send us here to destroy everything they have worked hard for through the years. They sent us here to protect what we have gained through the years, and to share in the continued profits and growth our members have helped to achieve for AT&T. The most important message I want to get across is simple. Let's turn the corner and get serious about negotiating a real contract for real employees who have dedicated their lives and their familys' lives to making this Company what it is today. Let's be honest with each other at this table and try and work through issues to reach a settlement and stop participating in what appears to be a goal to systematically coordinate the destruction of our contract." This is the time to get serious, with only 19 days left until our contract expires. Download complete report in PDF format.

03/13/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #4
Negotiations continue at the Midwest Regional Table. In the past week, we have received proposals from the Company on leveraged titles (Service Reps on commission for sales), destroying employment security, gutting the grievance procedure, and eliminating all protections for surplus employees who accepted positions under Appendix (F). Virtually all of the proposals the Company has made have been retrogressive. The Company is systematically trying to destroy our contract. AT&T continues to follow a national script rather than actually bargaining based on our Midwest issues and contract. Download complete CWA D4 at$t Midwest bargaining report #4, in PDF format.

02/24/09-CWA D 4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #2
CWA District 4 Vice President Seth Rosen opened negotiations today with AT&T Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. Also present District 4's Bargaining Chair and Administrative Director Jerry Schaeff along with the committee made of up of: Jay Egan, Local 4034, Jack Huber, Local 4320, Greg Streby, Local 4009, Liz VanDerWoude, Local 4250, George Walls, Local 4603 and Pam Wynn, Local 4309. Fortunately, we have an outstanding Bargaining Committee that, under Jerry's leadership and the assistance of Kristie Darling, is experienced, dedicated, and smart. We pride ourselves at being problem solvers here in the Midwest, and this is the best group of problem solvers that we have anywhere. They have my complete confidence and support. We also have a strong and united membership that is prepared to stand behind this bargaining committee through thick and thin. Our members will be well informed and mobilized throughout these negotiations. Download entire report in PDF format.

02/17/09- CWA D4 AT$T Midwest Bargaining Report #1
CWA District 4 Vice President Seth Rosen will open negotiations with AT&T Midwest in Chicago, Illinois. District 4's Bargaining Chair and Administrative Director Jerry Schaeff will also be present along with the committee made up of: Jay Egan, Local 4034, Jack Huber, Local 4320, Greg Streby, Local 4009, Liz VanDerWoude, Local 4250, George Walls, Local 4603 and Pam Wynn, Local 4309. Download entire Bargaining Report #1 in PDF format.

02/06/09- Legacy "S" AT$T 2008 Team Performance Award!
I have just been advised by AT&T that the results were not met, therefore, we get the minimum payout. We will share any further details as they become available. However, I wanted to let you know that the amount will be $425.00 and should be received by CWA Legacy S members no later than the first pay period in March 2009. Download notice from Seth Rosen, CWA district 4 Vice President.

01/14/09- AT$T Midwest "OS General SIPP Offer"!
CWA District 4 Representative Monica Hogan forwarded the following e-mail (red) to me. It is self-explanatory. Apparently, at$t Corp. feels this money isn't necessary to hold onto skilled, experienced workers. This money isn't necessary to train us for new technologies. Or, this money isn't necessary to build up at$t's infrastructure to make it more competitive for the future. Obviously, at$t Corp. feels it's more lucrative to offer you a pittance upfront, let you retire and then attempt to CUT benefits for retirees at the bargaining table. Be prepared for April 4, 2009. Download copy of AT$T's required notification to the union in PDF format.

12/08/08- AT$T Legacy S 2009 GATT Rate Announced!
It's official: The 2009 Midwest GATT rate is 4.0%. [The 2008 GATT rate is 4.52%]Download notification to all locals from Kristie Darling, CWA District 4 Staff Representative, in PDF format.

10/09/08- CWA District 4 AT$T/Midwest Bargaining Resolution (Legacy S)
CWA District 4 locals met in Detroit, Michigan on October 8 and 9, 2008. At today's AT$T/Midwest Bargaining Unit meeting, delegates unanimously adopted a CWA District 4 AT$T/Midwest Bargaining Resolution recommended by the CWA District 4 AT$T/Midwest Bargaining Team. Local 4250 Secretary-Treasurer Liz VanDerWoude is an elected member of the District 4 Bargaining Team representing Operator Services. All CWA Local 4250 Officers and AT$T Chief Steward/Executive Board Members attended this important meeting. Download the attached PDF file for more information and a copy of the CWA District 4 AT$T/Midwest Bargaining Resolution.

09/26/08- ANNUAL BENEFIT ENROLLMENT IS COMING!
Download information on dates for active and retired at$t Legacy S members in PDF format.

09/12/08- AT$T Legacy S Pension Reminder!
Effective 1/1/09 Pension Bands will increase 2.25% + any applicable COLA adjustment. To get the pension band increase; a member must retire on or after 1/1. Download memo from Kristie Darling, CWA Benefits Representative, in PDF format.

09/10/08- AT$T Midwest CIS (Operator Services) Surplus, Office Closings, SIPP, Force Adjustments Notification!
AT$T MW CIS plans to announce closure of three (3) OSCs and Work Force Adjustments in 2 states, Illinois and Michigan. In conjunction with this announcement, a General SIPP offer, with caps, will be announced to CIS CCO MW employees in groups not affected buy the surplus. Download PDF file for more information and timelines.

05/09/08- Peoria, Illinois Directory Assistance Closing!
I just received the following surplus announcement from at$t. "The purpose of this communication is to announce the Customer Information Services Call Center Operations (CIS CCO) Midwest (MW) force initiatives for second quarter 2008. The continued decline in call volume is a reflection of how CIS CCO is impacted by competitive access line loss as well as wireless and internet replacement and substitution. To balance the workforce with customer call volume a non-management employee surplus will be declared." "CIS MW will close (1) Directory Assistance (DA) call center in Peoria, Illinois. The closing of this center requires CIS CCO to declare 60 non-management employees surplus and the center will close in August 2008." Download entire announcement in PDF format.

11/16/07- Legacy S Benefits Forum Meeting Minutes
See highlights from the 11-15-07 Joint Benefit Forum meeting by clicking More below:

11/13/07-Legacy S CIS CCO MW General SIPP
Download formal notice of General SIPP offer received from Kimberly Svec, at$t CIS CCO MW Labor Relations, in PDF format

10/05/07- Legacy S- ANNUAL BENEFIT ENROLLMENT ENDS!
FINAL reminder that Annual Enrollment Period ENDS!. Check critical dates in this PDF document.

10/01/07- Legacy SBC- ANNUAL BENEFIT ENROLLMENT SOON ENDS!
Download Annual Benefits Enrollment time frames, in PDF format.

09/26/07- Renewed VSIPP Upgrade Opt-Out Agreement!
The Company has agreed to extend the VSIPP upgrade Opt-out Through 12-31-08. The previous trial agreement expires on Sept. 30, 2007. This could be a good thing for surplus members who are not interested in a job that requires pole climbing. Download signed copy of the agreement, in PDF format.

09/15/07- at$t Closing Two Call Centers!
at$t/CIS MW will be closing two (2) DA call centers located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio. The total surplus for the two call centers is 104 non-management employees. Both of the call centers are scheduled to close in late December 2007. Download PDF for more information.

09/14/07- LEGACY SBC - ALL BARGAINED FOR MEMBERS & RETIREES ANNUAL BENEFIT ENROLLMENT BEGINS
For LEGACY SBC Members & Retirees only! Download notice of upcoming Annual Enrollment in PDF format

05/11/07- "New" CWA District 4 Legacy S Incentive-Based Service Rep Title
The following is an e-mail notification to CWA District 4 Local Presidents, from Vice President Seth Rosen, regarding CWA negotiating an incentive-based Service Representative title for Legacy S District 4. It also includes a series of my e-mails to CWA Rep Teri Pluta requesting a copy of the agreement and the incentive plan.

03/23/07-COLA Increase Effective April 1, 2007
Per Appendix E in the SBC/Midwest 2004 Labor Agreement, employees will receive an additional .13% to the 2.25% 2007 scheduled wage increase, or 2.38%. This applies to each wage schedule and all wage steps. Download AT$T Services, Inc. VP Labor Relations letter to CWA District 4 VP Seth Rosen, in PDF format for more information. (NOTE) When I receive a copy of the "revised" wage schedules, it will be posted on the Local 4250 website under the Chief Steward/Executive Board Members Page

03/14/07- Impact of Pension Protection Act on Lump Sum Pension Calculation!
Download March 14, 2007 e-mail from Seth Rosen, CWA District 4 VP, to all CWA District 4 Local Presidents representing at$t "Legacy S" members. Also a letter from Ron Wells, Vice President Labor Relations at$t/SBC/Midwest, that verifies that the higher lump sum calculation MUST be used.

01/27/07- 2006 Team Payout Award - at$t/Midwest Members!
We received notice from at&t on Friday night that their financial results for 2006 exceeded 100%. Thus, the award will be $1,500 and should be received by our members no later than the first pay period in March 2007. In addition, due to the CWA contract language regarding COLA for 2007, the wage increase will go from 2.25% to 2.38%. Download notification from at$t Midwest in PDF format.

12/05/06- Important: Dependent Certification Audit - Non-Respondents
Failure to contact Budco and provide proof of dependent status by January 3, 2007, will result in loss of dependent coverage on January 31, 2007. Budco can be contacted at 800-699-1139 [Monday thru Friday - 7 am to 7 pm central time]. Download letter from CWA Representative Kristie Darling in PDF format.

10/26/06- EMPLOYMENT SECURITY COMMITMENT!
"Any regular employee (except those excluded by the note in paragraph 1, above)who, after the effective date of this Agreement, is declared surplus pursuant to Article 26, Training and Employment Security, Section: Force Adjustment, shall prior to involuntary layoff, be offered a job in their Market Area by the Company for which they are qualified, provided the employee has first fulfilled the following conditions:" Download copy of 2004-2009 Employment Security Commitment in PDF format.

10/05/06- Annual Enrollment 2007 Begins Today
Annual enrollment starts today! Now is the time to review your benefits coverage and decide whether you want to enroll in or make changes to your benefits for 2007. For employees of pre-merger SBC East and pre-merger SBC Midwest companies. Please share this information with all employees who do not have access to email. Download PDF flyer for more information.

09/15/06- Mr. Ed's "GREED" At The New at$t Inc.!
at$t Inc. SBC/Midwest Chicago Metro Operator Services CWA Local 4202, 4216 and 4250 members continue to work (6) six days a week and detailed to work at the Lombard Cingular office on temporary assignment while the “New at$t Inc.” management decision makers have decided to fire (21) twenty-one of our members today! After several extensions of their force disposition date, the “New at$t Inc. management team has decided to fire these (21) dedicated union members rather than eliminate all (6) day scheduling and temporary assignments and assign all (21) twenty-one at risk members to these locations on a permanent basis. Download notice to members, in PDF format.

07/26/06- UPDATE RE: Fidelity Investment Issues!
Download an update from Kristie Darling, CWA District 4 Benefits Rep., regarding issues/resolutions with Fidelity Investments and at&t/SBC/Midwest members, in PDF format.

06/02/06- BellSouth Launches 411 Sweepstakes
After registering for the sweepstakes, BellSouth customers receive additional automatic entries each time they dial 411 from their registered number. Download Bell South Press Release in PDF format.

05/24/06- SBC/Midwest NetBenefits Transition To Fidelity Q&A
A workshop that provides an overview of the personalized retirement/distribution process at Fidelity is available online at http://netbenefits.fidelity.com Download the enclosed PDF flyer for other questions and answers regarding the at$t SBC/Midwest transition to Fidelity.

05/20/06- All Active And Retired at$t/SBC/Midwest Employees Advance Notice Of Dependent Certification Audit!
This document and dates are approximate and is intended only to help give advance notification to CWA members about current Company plans to audit dependents. It is not intended to be an official notice or threatening in nature. SBC documents and communication will be and remain the Official Notice to employees of dates, how, when and what needs to take place to ensure benefit continuation for dependents. Download entire notification letter in PDF format.

05/18/06- Please Hold: Wireless 411!
An ambitious plan to build a national cell-phone directory looks increasingly like a wrong number. While no one has officially killed the 2-year-old project to create a "wireless 411" service, the effort, originally expected to roll out last year, is not moving forward. There's still no planned launch date and apparently little public demand for the service. "It's not dead, but it's not alive," said Patrick Cox, CEO of Qsent, the company hired to manage the 411 data by a working group that includes most of the largest U.S. cell-phone carriers. "We're sort of in this holding pattern." Download complete article in PDF format.

05/15/06- MW Operator Services SIPP Timelines, Tax Information and Frequently Asked Questions!
Download timelines and other information for SIPP eligible members affected by the general SIPP offer announced on May 12, 2006, in PDF format.

05/12/06- MW Operator Services SIPP Offer and Relay Surplus!
"The purpose of this communications is to announce MW Operator Services force initiatives that are required due to customer call volume decline in Directory Assistance, Operator Assistance and Telecommunications Relay. To reduce the number of surplus employees in the MW Operator Services organization a general SIPP offer will be made to WCCO MW (Wireline) and OS Staff employees. The SIPP offer will be made in May 2006 and our goal is to allow for force reductions by end of the second quarter. Employees assigned to the following job titles and locations will receive the general SIPP offer:" Employees will have 30 days to accept the General SIPP offer. As more information is received, it will posted on the website, posted and distributed at work locations.

04/19/06- at$t SBC/Midwest Savings and Security Plan Update!
Each year our Contractual Raises occur in April [2006, 07, 08]. These raises may put you up a schedule in the savings plan; allowing you to take advantage of higher contributions and additional 80% match. Download entire notice in PDF format.

04/19/06- at&t SBC/ Midwest Changes to Benefit Plans!
Per our agreement on March 30, 2006 and our discussion on April 6th, there will be some Benefit plan changes. These changes are administrative only and do not reduce or diminish the benefits, as referenced in Appendix D, Memorandum of Agreement D7, of the 2004 Agreement. Download letter of notification to the CWA in PDF format.

04/18/06- Illinois One Day Of Rest In Seven Act!
I have been informed that SBC/Midwest Lombard Cingular management is soliciting CWA members to work seven days in a calendar week. The Illinois "One Day In Seven Act" requires the company to request a permit from the Illinois Department of Labor PRIOR to working volunteers their 7th day. I have reason to believe SBC/Midwest Cingular management did not request a permit from the Illinois DOL. WHY? When a permit is requested, the company must attest that NO qualified member has been LAID OFF before a permit is granted. The PDF attachment is a form members can use to file a complaint against the company and remain confidential. If any Local 4250, "On-Loan" to the Lombard Cingular Office, has been solicited by the company to work a 7th day, please contact the Local 4250 office immediately. Our number is: 312-988-9177!

03/14/06- Change in FDD Date for Metro Chicago Surplus!
I just received the following E-Mail from CWA District 4 Rep. Ann Crump. As more information becomes available it will be shared with all members when received. Download e-mail from CWA Rep. Crump in PDF format.

03/02/06- at$t Inc. CEO Whitacre Denies Success Sharing For SBC/Midwest Employees Serving in the Military!
As you know we have been in discussions regarding our military personnel and the Success Sharing Award. CWA would like the company to reconsider their position regarding the men and women who serve our country. Download Sal LaCause, CWA Assistant to Vice President, letter to SBC/Midwest Labor Relations Vice President, Ron Wells.

02/21/06- Bogus SBC/Midwest Chicago Metro Seniority List!
Today, I drove from the front entrance of the SBC/Midwest 10 South Canal, Chicago building (Local 4216) to the front entrance of the SBC/Midwest 117 Church Street, Libertyville building (Local 4202). Since Crump and the company refused to accompany me, I brought a witness with me. The witness is a respected, trustworthy and elected member of the CWA District 4 SBC/Midwest Bargaining Team, Liz Van Der Woude. Together, we certify the precise mileage between Canal and Libertyville is 37.9 miles, portal to portal. Therefore, I formally request immediate “effects bargaining” to address this problem, as our members will be terminated on March 16, 2006 using a phony seniority list based on unchallenged, suspect information provided unilaterally by the company. Download my letter requesting immediate "effects bargaining."

02/10/06- The Demise of the "New at$t Inc." Operator Services!
“New at$t” management informed me of the closing of the Cingular Wireless 411 office in Lombard, Illinois and Canton/Akron, Ohio which will result in the firing of 56 Service Operators in the two centers 39 in Lombard and 17 in Ohio. In addition, some operators who either volunteered or were forced to Lombard will be fired on March 16, 2006 due to SBC’s November 30, 2005 surplus announcement. Download memo to Local 4250 members from President Steve Tisza and background information on Wireless 411 in PDF format.

02/09/06- at$t Inc. Announces Closing of Wireless 411 Centers!
The impact of this decision will be the closure of the two (2) enhanced wireless DA call centers located in Canton OH and Lombard IL and the surplus of 56 non-management employees and 3 managers. The call centers will close effective 6/01/06. Download entire annoucement in PDF format

01/24/06- SBC Pension Lump Sum Calculation Error??
Enclosed is an issue of concern that is difficult to explain.I've tried to write it for easy understanding; rather than technical detail. As always, if you are not sure if your member was affected; have them appeal. Download entire letter from Kristie Darling, CWA District 4 Staff Representative regarding possible errors in 2005 SBC Lump Sum Pension calculations in PDF format.

01/22/06- Lansing, Illinois Buys New Village Hall!
Lansing will get a new Village Hall as soon as this year, under a building purchase approved by trustees this week. The building, which was built for Illinois Bell in 1975 and occupied briefly by Ameritech, contains 14,800 square feet of usable office space. Once again, SBC/Midwest Operator Services management lies! Download complete story in PDF format.

01/07/06- TMT Test Preparation Class January 28, 2006!
As a result of the recent show of interest notice, a class has been scheduled for those members who called in to reserve a seat. A limited number of reservations are still available on a first come first served basis. Interested members can call 312-988-9181 to reserve a seat. Download flyer in PDF format for more information.

01/04/06- Open House For SBC/Midwest Laid-Off Operators!
Please visit us on January 13, 2006 to tour our offices, computer labs, meet our counselors and job developers and have some refreshments. Looking forward to seeing you. If you cannot make it this day, please call us any time (708) 756-5490, or stop in Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Download PDF flyer for more information.

12/22/05- Show of Interest For TMT Test Preparation Classes!
CWA Local 4250 and Local 4216 will collaborate on providing TMT test preparation classes for any operator services member willing to make the commitment to attend the class. Each class will be limited to a maximum of 24 members. Classes are three (3) hours in duration and will be held on a Saturday morning from 9am –12pm and afternoon from 1pm-4pm. Download flyer for more information, in PDF format.

12/15/05-OS Attendance- Modification of Options Program!
"To align our current Options program with our attendance expectations the following modifications will be implemented January 1, 2006:" Download memo from the SBC/Midwest Operator Services Management Leadership Team, in PDF format.

12/06/05- SBC/Midwest Operator SIPP Versus Termination Pay!
Download file comparing SIPP Vs. Termination Pay for Operator, OSA/OSC, S/A and T/A titles at the Chicago wage rates, in PDF format.

12/05/05- at$t Will Cut 151 Operator Jobs In Illinois!
"Saltz said some of those laid off would be considered for jobs the company plans to add at a directory assistance center in Chicago." Download complete AP report, in PDF format.

12/03/05- Thirty More Harvey Operators To Lose Jobs!
Thirty telephone operators in Harvey will lose their jobs next year as part of statewide job cuts announced this week by AT&T. It's the same office where 58 directory-assistance operators are scheduled to be let go later this month. Download complete story by Mike Nolan, on PDF format.

11/30/05 - SBC/Midwest "OS" to Fire 384 CWA Members!
As part of today's announcement, SBC/Midwest Operator Services declared they will fire 151 CWA members in Illinois on March 16, 2006. Danville DA, East St. Louis DA and Libertyville DA will be closed and 30 Operators in Harvey OA have been declared Surplus. Download SBC/Midwest Operator Services employee communication issued November 30, 2005, in PDF format.

11/23/05- Eileen Hansen, SBC Turkey Of The Year!
Pre-Layoff Workshops have been scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 & 30, 2005 in the Harvey SBC Operator Services office. The 58 “Surplus At-Risk” operators from Harvey, scheduled to be fired on December 15, 2005, have been informed that they must attend these workshops on their own time, not company paid time. According to Liz Porter-Ross, Area Manager, Eileen Hansen, SBC/Midwest Operator Service Vice President, made this decision. You may send Eileen a Happy Thanksgiving message at: eh2181@sbc.com

11/16/05- National ABLE Network Winter 2005 Newsletter!
Download PDF copy of the Winter 2005 National ABLE Network Newsletter for information on various services they provide.

11/16/05- WARN ACT Termination Letter For Harvey & Canal!
Eileen Hansen, Regional Vice President SBC Operator Services Midwest, WARN Act notification letters of permanent separation of 90 Operators from Harvey and Canal work locations to Seth Rosen, CWA District 4 VP. Download PDF copy of statutory notice requirement under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act. Also, list of operators to fired by Hansen on December 15, 2005.

10/30/05- IMPORTANT: SBC Annual Benefit Enrollment Ends!
Download Notice, in PDF format, containing an on-line link to enroll now!

10/08/05- SBC Harvey Picketed By Disconnected Operators!
"While you may have never met Angela McDonald in person, it's possible you have talked to her on the phone. An operator at SBC Communications Inc.'s office in Harvey, Illinois, she will soon be looking for a new job after 15 years with the company." Download complete story by Mike Nolan, Staff Writer of the Daily Southtown, in PDF format.

09/13/05- SBC Disrespects Harvey & Canal OS Members!
I suggest all members immediately contact Eileen Hanson, RVP SBC Operator Service Midwest (eh2181@sbc.com) and Nancy Olsen, Director SBC Operator Service Midwest (no2569@sbc.com) and request the Tri-State Seniority List be used for the current SIPP/SURPLUS so all OS offices in the Tri-State Area share the sacrifice resulting from the loss of call volume which is affecting the entire Tri-State Area, not just Harvey and Canal! Tell them to get back to the “effects” bargaining table and negotiate a Tri-State Seniority List and Pay Protection per Article 26. It’s the right thing to do! Download complete memo, in PDF format.

09/12/05- Service Operator Jobs In Lombard, Illinois Cingular
I asked Area Manager Porter-Ross if our current surplus at-risk members will be able to request permanent transfers to the Service Operator Job Title in the Lombard, Illinois Cingular Call-Center. She said no, it must be negotiated between Kimberly Svec, Director of Labor Relations and Ann Crump, CWA –Staff Representative via “effects” bargaining as a result of the September 9, 2005 Surplus announcement. I informed Porter-Ross that I would consider mutually agreed upon extensions if the company would agree to allow, in order of seniority, surplus at-risk members to permanently fill the Service Operator title in the Lombard, Illinois Cingular Call-Center. Area Manager Porter-Ross said she would pass my message on to her superiors. Download complete memo, in PDF format.

09/10/05- SBC Hangs Up On 2nd Area Call Center!
Saltz pointed out more and more consumers are using other ways to get directory assistance, including the Internet, cable services and wireless.Tisza said that didn't explain why the Harvey directory assistance center is being closed when all others still operating in SBC's five-state Midwest region are staying open. The Harvey call center operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "I hate to use the race card, but Harvey is a heavily minority office," Tisza said. U.S. Census figures show Harvey's population is 80 percent African-American. The average family income in Harvey is $35,378, which is almost $15,000 less than that for the U.S. as a whole. The union is pushing to give Harvey directory assistance operators the right to use seniority to bump into jobs at SBC call centers in Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin, Tisza said. Download complete article by Keith Benham of the NWITIMES, in PDF format.

09/09/05- Financial/Retirement-Planning Workshops!
Two (2) financial/retirement-planning workshops, presented by Principal Financial Representative Mike Sullivan, are scheduled for Tuesday, September 13, 2005. Mike is very well informed with our CWA/SBC contract and benefits. With his type of expertise, you can feel confident that you will be receiving current and accurate information. If you wish, your significant other may attend. A CPA will also be there to answer your tax-related questions. Download flyer for more information.

09/09/05- SBC Wishes Harvey DA Operators Merry Christmas!
"The company said Thursday that changing technology is reducing directory-assistance call volume. SBC said it will try to find jobs elsewhere in the company for the operators, whose jobs will be phased out by Dec. 15." Download complete article in PDF format.

09/08/05- SBC To Announce Closing Of Harvey D/A Office!
Download PDF flyer for information.

08/06/05- Directory Assistance in The VoIP World!
Directory assistance provides much more than a telephone number and an address for VoIP; it serves callers as an experienced concierge. When callers dial 4-1-1 via VoIP, they can now get their hands on movie tickets, stock quotes, sports scores and even driving directions. Download complete story in PDF format.

08/04/05- SBC Audit For Dependent Certification!
SBC is going ahead with an “audit” on the dependent certification process. It should begin Aug 23, 2005 and be completed by the end of Sept. The audit will be managed by an outside firm called Chicago Consulting Actuaries and will include approximately 1,900 employees [mgt, bargained, non-bargained, actives and retirees, both CWA and IBEW]. The Consulting firm determined the sample size and will randomly select the employee/retirees to be audited of those who certified. Download PDF file for more information.

07/18/05- IMPORTANT- SBC Pension Repay Memorandum!
CWA/IBEW/SBC attempted to negotiate this document over the course of several years, but when we bargained to impasse; this was the resulting document. Download letter to all Local Presidents/SBC Bargaining Unit and copy of the memorandum, in PDF format

06/02/05- SBC Senate Bill 1700 Gets Shelved!
"CUB, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (Local 21), which represents most Illinois SBC workers, and public safety groups proposed an alternative bill--- but SBC didn't like the new bill, and the SBC-backed bill got shelved." A special thanks to IBEW Local 21, CWA Local 4250 members, retirees and other activists who supported this effort. Download complete story in PDF format.

05/20/05- Amendments to SBC CarePlus
Download copy of amendments to SBC CarePlus, in PDF format.

05/20/05- SBC/Midwest Vision Care Plan
Download updates to vision care plan in PDF format.

05/10/05- SBC Dependent Certification Is Ending!
ALL SBC employees AND retirees MUST CALL and certify that the dependents currently listed on your benefits are STILL ELIGIBLE dependents. Download PDF document for more info.

05/10/05- SBC/Midwest Leave of Absence Policy!
Download a (PDF format) copy of the SBC/Midwest Leave of Absence Policy as of April 2005.. Please keep this booklet for future reference.

04/30/05- Calls For Wireless 411 Are Fading Out!
The drive to offer wireless phone numbers through directory assistance is moving forward but with far less momentum than the mobile industry anticipated. Download complete article in PDF format.

04/24/05- STOP ILLINOIS SENATE BILL 1700 NOW!
Despite intense lobbying efforts by IBEW Local 21 leaders, members, and other consumer advocates and industry group and irregardless of the thousands of letters sent to Senate leaders urging them to oppose Senate Bill 1700, by a vote of 37 to 14 the Illinois Senate approved sweeping changes to the state's telephone laws sought by SBC. The bill now moves to the Illinois House for consideration. TAKE ACTION NOW!, to urge your Illinois State Representatives today and urge them to vote NO on SB1700, Amendment #3.

04/20/05- United Way of Chicago Honors IBEW local 21 and CWA Local 4250!
The United Way of Metropolitan Chicago awarded IBEW Local 21 and CWA Local 4250 with its highest tribute to labor unions this year for their active role in the 2004 SBC workplace campaign. External link to the Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) Website for more information.

04/14/05- SBC Savings Plan - One Time Contribution!
To elect this additional basic allotment, employees must call 1-800- 557-3640 on/or after April 25, 2005 and BEFORE 3pm central time on May 6, 2005. When called, the service center will handle the calls manually. Download PDF file for more information.

04/13/05- Take Action For Our Future/Illinois Senate Bill 1700!
Senate Bill 1700 was passed out of committee yesterday by a 12 to 1 vote. Again, IBEW Local 21 strongly opposes this bill. Our position is also supported by the Illinois State AFL-CIO, the Chicago Federation of Labor, the Communications Workers of America, all affiliated IBEW local unions in the state of Illinois, and numerous community and other consumer organizations. To learn more, CLICK ON : Take Action For Our Future (Below)

03/14/05- CWA Local 4250 and IBEW Local 21 Receive 2004 United Way of Metropolitan Chicago Leo Perlis Labor Participation Award!
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago announced the top 25 corporate citizens of Metropolitan Chicago. These generous organizations and their employees have chosen United Way as their means to give back to the community. Representatives of each organization were honored on March 11, 2005 at the United Way Celebration Luncheon at the Chicago Hilton International Ballroom. Liz Van Der Woude, CWA Local 4250 Executive Vice President, accepted the Leo Perlis Labor Award on behalf of the officers, executive board and members of CWA Local 4250. Download complete Press Release in PDF format.

03/13/05- Enhanced Directory Assistance By Eniro Finland!
Download a Press Release by Information Services Extended, Inc. regarding a very real threat to all SBC directory assistance workers, in PDF format.

01/13/05- Lansing D/A Job Re- Assignments
Download List Of Members Job Re-assignments Due To Closing Of Lansing D/A.

01/04/05- IMPORTANT SBC SAVINGS PLAN CHANGES!
"In order to increase savings plan allotments and get the full company match the employee/participant MUST CALL the savings plan center at 1-800-557-3640." Download IMPORTANT E-Mail message and summary of Savings Plan Changes in PDF format.

12/16/04- ADDITIONAL TMT Test Preparation Classes!
Once again, CWA Local 4250 has arranged for Jack Lemonnier, Secretary/Treasurer of CWA Local 4034, to conduct training sessions for all "At-Risk" operator services members. Each class will be limited to a maximum of 24 members. Download PDF flyer for information on how to sign-up and the date, time(s) and location of classes.

12/08/04- 2005 GATT Rate Is 4.89%
Download notification letter regarding 2005 GATT rate to be used for lump sum pension calculations, in PDF format.

12/07/04- Cell-phone Privacy's Days May Be Numbered!
"Six national wireless companies, AllTel, AT$T Wireless, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint, PCS and T-Mobile, have banded together to hire Oregon-based Qsent, Inc. to produce a Wireless 411 service. The service will give consumers the choice of including their wireless-phone numbers in VOICE 411." WHY IS THIS WORK BEING CONTRACTED OUT TO Qsent?? Download complete article in PDF format.

11/24/04- Technical Mechanical Test(TMT) Preparation Classes!
CWA Local 4250 has arranged for Jack Lemonnier, Secretary/Treasurer of CWA Local 4034, to conduct training sessions for all "at-risk" operator service union members. Each class will be limited to a maximum of 24 "at-risk" members. Download PDF Flyer for date, time of classes,location and sign-up procedures.

11/19/04- SBC To Provide Trained Workers For US Celluar?
U.S. Cellular vows to create hundreds of jobs when it opens a new Bolingbrook, Illinois call center next year in a facility vacated by Sprint. Download complete story in PDF format.

11/19/04- FREE Financial/Retirement Planning Consultation!
The financial/retirement-planning seminar held on Wednesday, November 17, 2004, presented by Principal Financial Representative Mike Sullivan, was very informative and well attended. Download letter for more information about FREE Consultations in PDF format.

11/18/04- SBC/Midwest SURPLUS & SIPP Announcement!
Today, I participated in a conference call with Ann Crump, CWA Representative SBC/Midwest Operator Services and CWA Local Presidents with SBC Operator Services members. Download a summary of that call and a company notice to employees in PDF format.

11/15/04-IMPORTANT SBC LUMP SUM PENSION ELECTION
The 60 day requirment is in effect until the end of the year(December 31, 2004). Download IMPORTANT Pension information and highlights from the November 11, 2004 JOINT BENEFIT FORUM MEETING in PDF format.

11/13/04- HANDBILL! ! We Love CWA Local 4250 Operators!
Flyer in PDF format for distribution to SBC customers and general public in Illinois and Northwest, Indiana !

11/13/04- Displaced SBC Workers Mobilize! By: Keith Benman
"Just like we did in the strike, we have to get the community behind us," Communications Workers of America Local 4250 vice president Liz VanDerWoude told her members. "Let the businesses in Lansing and Munster know they are going to miss us." Debby Jayjack, of Munster, started working at the Lansing call center in 1978. Through all the company name changes she stuck with the job. On Friday she was stuffing letters to local businesses in envelopes. Download complete story in PDF format.

11/12/04- Principal Group Financial Planning Workshop!
I have made arrangements to have representatives from the Principal Financial Group to provide a financial planning workshop in the event of a SIPP offer in the very near future. I believe past experience and the time constraints of SIPP dictates this is a sensible thing to do. Download PDF flyer showing date, time and location of the workshop.

11/11/04- CWA Operators In Lansing Seek Public Support!
"Directory-Assistance operators plan to rally support from Lansing businesses after word that SBC Communications Inc. will close a call center that has operated in that village for a quarter century." Download complete story by Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown in PDF format.

11/10/04- "SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING"
SBC management has decided to close the Lansing, Illinois Directory Assistance office and sever their lease of over 25 years. Local 4250 members affected by SBC's plan to "hang-up" on Lansing have requested a special membership meeting. Daniel Podgorski, the mayor of Lansing, has been invited to attend. Download flyer for more information in PDF format.

11/10/04- SBC HANGS UP IN LANSING, ILLINOIS!
"At one time, company officials had said the Lansing center would be the central call center for the three-state (Illinois, Wisconsin & Indiana) area. Now the question is who will handle all three states, the jobs could go to India." Download entire article from the Northwest Indiana Times by Keith Benman in PDF format.

11/04/04- SBC Announces Network Center Consolidation!
SBC has announced a series of office consolidations to take place over 2005 and 2006. SBC's notification to CWA District 4 was at the same time most CWA members were informed. As information becomes available it will be posted on this website and distributed by your Chief Stewards. Download current information available in PDF format.

11/04/04- SBC CUTTING 15,000 JOBS BY MAY 2005?
"Voluntary departures at SBC have been running at a rate of about 1,200 a month. But people familiar with the plan say SBC is stepping up the reductions and may even seek the elimination of as many as 15,000 additional workers by May 2005. Many of these jobs are union positions." Download complete article from "The Street.Com" in PDF format.

9/09/04- SBC/Midwest "OS" Consolidation/Office Closings!
Attached (PDF Format) is a memo from the company, along with the projected time-line. The CSRT committee just participated in a conference call the morning at 9:30 am Central time where they were advised of the closings. Therefore this information could not have been provided to you earlier. The company will be releasing this to OS members today.

8/04/04- Wage Tables For SBC/Midwest Operator Services !
Download contractual wage increases for all SBC/Midwest Operator Services job titles in Zone 1 from April 2004 through April 2008, in PDF format.

8/03/04- IBEW Local 21 Members OK SBC Contract!
"Eighty-one percent of members who voted approved the deal, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 21 said Monday as it released contract details for the first time." Download complete article in PDF format.

7/30/04- VERIZON's NEW 411 SYSTEM!
Is it a live operator, or is it "Darby"? A new self-service system brings latest speech recognition tools to Pennsylvania to better serve customes? Download complete Press Release in PDF format.

7/16/04- 60-Day Lump Sum Election Period Eliminated!
The 60-day lump sum election period for pensions was eliminated during 2004 bargaining. However, employees MUST elect the lump sum PRIOR to turning normal pension age or they will automatically receive an annuity. Download a sample of how lump sum values are affected in PDF format.

7/16/04- VESSA - Victims' Economic Security & Safety Act!
Please be advised that SBC has added a new leave of absense called the VESSA leave to the Ameritech leave of Absence Policy. This new leave stems from the Illinois Victims' Economic Security and Safety Act (VESSA) which requires companies to provide employees who work in Illinois an unpaid leave for personal reasons attributable to domestic violence or sexual abuse perpetrated on the employee and/or the employee's family or household members. Download a copy of the Leave of Absence guidelines in PDF format.

7/02/04- Right Wing Attack on New CWA/SBC Contract!
"The ink was hardly dry on the tentaive agreement before the contract came under attack. A right wing business group is asking congressional officials to look into the CWA-SBC settlement charging "SBC has rewarded CWA's guerilla tactics with a massive winfall just as the union ramps up its partisan efforts to undermine free market policies." Download CWA District 4 Vice President Jeff Rechenbach's July 2, 2004 letter to all CWA-SBC Bargaining Unit Members in PDF format.

7/01/04- CWA Members Ratify SBC Contract!
Members of the Communications Workers of America at SBC Communications ratified a five-year agreement, approving the contract with an 85% "Yes" vote. Download entire notice in PDF format.

6/27/04- IBEW 21 "Tentative Agreement Reached!"
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21 has reached a tentative 5-year agreement with SBC Communications. Download IBEW 21 Bargaining Update in PDF format.

6/10/04- CWA SBC/Midwest Contract Ratification Process!
CWA District 4 will mail 2004 CWA SBC/Midwest Final Bargaining Reports and a ratification ballot to all CWA SBC members, in good standing, on Friday, June 11, 2004. All ballots will be counted on June 29-30, 2004. The results will be announced by the CWA on Thursday, July 1, 2004. Download complete notice in PDF format.

6/2/04- Special Membership Meeting(s) Wednesday, June 9, 2004!
CWA Local 4250 will conduct a Special Membership Meeting (s) on Wednesday, June 9, 2004. The purpose of the meeting(s) is to review the 2004 CWA SBC/Midwest Final Bargaining Report, answer questions with regard to the "Tentative Agreement" and inform members on the contract ratification process and timelines. Download complete notice in PDF format.

6/02/04- 2004 SBC/Midwest Final Bargaining Report!
Download a copy of the 2004 CWA SBC/Midwest Final Bargaining Report in PDF format. Please take the time to read this document before the Local 4250 Special Membership Meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 9, 2004. Details about the meeting will be posted on this website soon.

5/30/04- CWA SBC/Midwest Contract Update!
As soon as arrangements are made, the date, time and location of the Local 4250 Special Membership Meeting will be distributed to members. Download complete CWA Local 4250 notice in PDF format.

5/29/04- 100,000 CWA Strikers Force SBC To Pickup Phone!
"In a remarkable display of union solidarity, hundreds of members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 21 in Illinois honored the CWA picket lines," according to the local's communications director, Tom Hopper. Download complete article in PDF format.

5/25/04- CWA Dist.4 SBC Midwest Bargaining Report!
"The progress that we made over the last four days in negotiations is a DIRECT RESULT OF THE FOUR-DAY STRIKE BY CWA DISTRICT 4 AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY," stated District 4 VP Jeff Rechenbach. Download complete SBC Midwest Bargaining Report in PDF format.

5/25/04- CWA Has Reached Tentative Agreement With SBC!
The CWA reached a tentative 5-year agreement with SBC Communications that achieves the union's major objectives of strengthening employment security, including new access to jobs in the growth areas, protecting health security for both active employees and retirees, and improving wages and pensions. Download CWA Press Release containing highlights in PDF format.

5/24/04- SBC Bargaining Update 10:45p.m. (CDT)
CWA members will return to work beginning at midnight local time. Download complete report in PDF format

5/24/04- Unity@SBC UPDATE, Monday, May 24, 2004 9:30a.m.
The regional bargaining committees worked well past midnight and into the early morning today. We don't yet have a breakthrough, but are continuing to work through the issues. Download report in PDF format.

5/23/04- HONORING CWA/SBC PICKET LINES!
"You have the legal right not to cross any picket line if you feel that your personal safety is in jeopardy. It is YOU who decides if you feel unsafe by crossing a picket line, nobody else, including AT$T management can make that call." Download complete memo in PDF format.

5/22/04- SBC Bargaining Update, May 22, 2004 @ 6:30p.m.EDT
While there has been considerable progress on "Jobs of the Future" in Washington, as of now, talks on the issue of hometown jobs have literally gone nowhere. Our strikers are doing their job. Our regional bargaining committees are doing their job. SBC MUST DO ITS JOB AT THE REGIONAL TABLES! Download complete update in PDF format.

5/22/04- Nationwide SBC Strike Has Growing Public Support
Midwest talks continue as does effective strike and growing public support. Download District 4 Bargaining Report in PDF format.

5/21/04- SBC Bargaining Underway at Regional Tables!
Unity @ SBC Update at 8PM. "We've received very positive media cobverage across the 13 states, and public support is strong too, with the issues of keeping quality, hometown jobs and ending the offshoring of our work resonating with the public. Download complete update in PDF format.

5/21/04- "SORRY, WE CAN'T COMPLETE YOUR CALL!
A Hammond Indiana Times reporter calling SBC directory assistance three times on Friday morning only got thru to an operator once. The other two times a recorded message said: "Due to heavy calling,we can not complete your call at this time. Try your call again later." Download complete Hammond Times article and pictures of Local 4250 members in PDF format.

5/21/04- SBC is Hanging Up on It's U.S. Employees!
SBC is trying to confine union workers to the core telephone business, with no access to jobs in new growth areas like business data services, Wi-Fi wireless internet access and digital broadband communications. Download CWA ad from Chicago Tribume and other major newspapers in PDF format.

5/21/04- Members of Congress Write Letter To SBC CEO Whitacre!
Members of Congress, 53 in all, including some Republicans, have signed on to the letter to Whitacre as requested by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. Download letter in PDF format.

5/21/04- Kerry Stands For CWA Members At SBC!
Sen. John Kerry sent a strongly worded letter to SBC CEO Ed Whitacre expressing "my deep concern about the status of current negotiations with the Communications Workers of America." Download full letter in PDF format.

5/21/04- CWA District 4 SBC Midwest Strike Update!
Download bargaining update for Friday, May 21, 2004 in PDF format.

5/21/04- Pictures From Lansing, Ill. Local 4250 Picket Line!
Download pictures from the Local 4250 Lansing, Illiois picket line on Friday, May 21, 2004 in PDF format.

5/21/04- Pictures From Harvey, Ill. Local 4250 Picket Line
"The rain didn't dampen the spirit and show of support for our District 4 bargaining Team EARLY Friday morning. Download pictures of Harvey OA and D/A members in PDF format.

5/20/04- KEEP AMERICAN JOBS IN AMERICA!
"We ask YOUR SUPPORT TODAY by asking you not to cross our picket line. YOUR JOB could be next for export to a low-wage country such as India, China or the Philippines. ANY job that relies on the use of a telephone and/or computer can be done from ANYWHERE!" Download entire flyer in PDF format.

5/20/04- Nice Try SBC, But We're Strong & United!
We have a plan, its clearly working, and we won't let SBC management dictate to us or force us to change our strategy. Download National bargaining update in PDF format.

5/20/04- Why CWA Is On Strike At SBC!
"What does leadership mean for one of America's largest companies? Does it mean working to keep American jobs or contracting out customer service to India? Download flyer for distribution to the PUBLIC in PDF format.

5/20/04- Expect Long Delays at SBC 411 & "0" Call Centers!
"We want the kind of guarantees that will keep our jobs here in Illinois, so they can't ship them overseas to india or anywhere else for that matter," said Steve Tisza, President of CWA Local 4250, which represents unionized employees at the Lansing and Harvey, Illinois call centers. "People will have problems getting their calls answered, " Tisza predicted. "...Those management people won't know what they are doing." Download complete article in PDF format.

5/19/04- IBEW Local Union 21 - United With CWA!
"IBEW Local Union 21's bargaining team is currently negotiating a separate contract with SBC for the 11,300 IBEW members in Illinois and NW Indiana, the CWA fight has in fact turned into our fight as well. We must stand strong and stand united." Download IBEW Local Union 21 May 19, 2004 Bargaining Report in PDF format

5/19/04- "SPECIAL" FOUR(4) DAY STRIKE ASSIGNMENTS!
CWA's Nationwide Four(4) Day Strike against SBC officially begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday morning, May 21, 2004! CWA's job actions this four (4) day weekend is unparalled in the history of the USA Telecommunications Industry. Download complete notice in PDF format.

5/19/04- CWA To Strike SBC at Midnight Tomorrow!
"The Communications Workers of America announced that a 4-day strike involving 100,000 union employees of SBC in 13 states will begin at 12:01 a.m. local time in each time zone on Friday, May 21, 2001. Workers will return to their jobs at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004." Download Press Release in PDF format.

5/18/04- SBC PROPOSALS FALL FAR SHORT!
"Today SBC reneged on significant portions of the earlier tentative agreement on retiree health care, in what can only be termed as acting in bad faith." Download National Bargaining Update Issued at 9PM (CDT) in PDF format.

5/18/04- CWA TERMINATES SBC CONTRACT AT NOON WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2004!
Download District 4 Bargaining Report in PDF format.

5/17/04- SBC TO GET 24 HOURS' NOTICE ON MAY 18, 2004!
In a conference call this afternoon with CWA Local Presidents, President Bahr and Vice Presidents Rechenbach, Milburn, Mancino and Bixler said that CWA give SBC 24 hours' notice of termination of our contracts on Tuesday, May 18, 2004. At the end of that period, CWA WILL BE FREE TO ENGAGE IN JOB ACTIONS WITHOUT ANY FURTHER NOTICE TO THE COMPANY. Download complete report in PDF format.

5/15/04- TAKING A WALK FOR JOBS & HEALTH CARE?
CWA President Morty Bahr and Vice Presidents Rechenbach, Mancino, Milburn and Bixler will hold a conference call with all SBC Local Presidents on Monday, May 17, 2004 at 4PM (EST) to discuss the extremely serious situation that SBC has caused by its HEAD-IN-THE-SAND posture. Download National bargaining report issued late today in PDF format.

REMINDER! - Picket Duty For SBC Lansing, Illinois D/A!
In the event of a CWA STRIKE against SBC, the attached picket assignments are for the Lansing, Illinois SBC Operator Services Directory Assistance office members. ANY changes to this schedule MUST be authorized by CWA Local 4250 Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Kathy Garza. Download copy of week #1 picket assignments in PDF format.

REMINDER! - Picket Duty For SBC Harvey, Illinois D/A!
In the event of a CWA STRIKE against SBC, the attached picket assignments are for the Harvey, Illinois SBC Operator Services Directory Assistance office members. ANY changes to this schedule MUST be authorized by CWA Local 4250 Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Cathy Marshall. Download week #1 picket assignments in PDF format.

REMINDER! - Picket Duty For SBC Harvey, Illinois Toll!
In the event of a CWA STRIKE against SBC, the attached picket assignments are for the Harvey, Illinois SBC Operator Services Toll office members. ANY changes to this schedule MUST be authorized by CWA Local 4250 Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Opal Williams. Download copy of week #1 picket assignments in PDF format.

5/14/04- Don't BUCK with CWA Mr. ED!
Download Flyer in PDF format. STOP horsing around and move the SBC bargaining team off their A--! to give CWA a fair contract.

5/13/04- Members Questions About SBC Bargaining?
Some of our members have questioned why CWA agreed to a 30-day notice with SBC, or why our union, which voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, isn't now on strike. Download CWA's answers to this question and others our members have raised in PDF format.

5/12/04- PICTURES FROM LANSING, ILLINOIS D/A!
Pictures taken by Maureen Ehlert, CWA Local 4250 Job Steward, on Monday, May 10, 2004 at 2PM (CST. They show Local 4250 Operator Services Members Taking A Stand For JOBS & HEALTH CARE while CWA President Morty Bahr was meeting in Washington, DC with FMCS Director Peter Hurtgen and SBC CEO Ed Whitacre.

5/10/04- SBC Management Attending Strike Training?
RIGHT CLICK and SAVE TO DESKTOP to view video of SBC/Ameritech manager attending power tool training.

5/08/04- CWA & SBC LEADERS To Meet Monday!
CWA President Morton Bahr and SBC Chief Executive Officer Ed Whitacre agreed to meet with the country's top federal mediator for high-level discussions Monday afternoon, making it unlikely that the union will call a strike until Tuesday, at the earliest. Download complete article from the San Francisco Chronicle By, Todd Wallack in PDF format.

5/07-04- CWA-SBC Negotiations Continue at FMCS Request!
U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Peter J. Hurtgen, who is personally mediating national negotiations between the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and SBC Communications Inc., announced both parties have agreed to extend the contracts between them beyond a May 7th strike notice deadline, subject to a 24-hour notice, and that CWA President Morty Bahr and SBC Communications Inc. CEO Ed Whitacre will meet with him for a special, high-level discussion of the issues on Monday, May 10, 2004 at 3PM (EST). Download FMCS Press Release in PDF format.

5/07/04- CWA STRIKE AGAINST SBC ON HOLD!
National Update, May 7, 2004 at 2:45PM. CWA and SBC agreed to EXTEND the contract on a day-to-day basis subject to 24 hours notice. Download entire National report in PDF format

5/07/04- IBEW Local 21/SBC Contract Negotiations Begin!
Download message from IBEW Local 21 President/Business Manager Ron Kastner in PDF format

5/06/04- Disciplinary Action Against Members!
CWA Local 4250 members, who chose not to honor their sisters and brothers strike against SBC, should carefully review Articles XIX and XX of the CWA Constitution. The CWA Constitution provides that members may be fined, suspended and/or expelled by Locals in the manner provided in the Constitution. Download copy of Articles XIX and XX in PDF format.

5/05/04- CWA UNION JOBS ARE THE #1 ISSUE AT SBC!
"SBC hires lots of H-1B contractors. Not surprisingly they deny that they use H-1B to replace more expensive American workers." Download "Cinco de Mayo" Job Destruction Newsletter by Rob Sanchez in PDF format.

5/05/04- FRIDAY, May 7, 2004 Is MAY DAY at SBC!
CWA ACTION ALERT FLYER in PDF Format. Take your personal items home with you. CHECK YOUR PICKET ASSIGNMENT! BE PREPARED! FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2004 is MAY DAY!

5/05/04- UNION, SBC TALKS RESUME! By: David Lazarus
Download May 5, 2004 article by David Lazarus of the San Francisco Chronicle in PDF format.

5/03-04- ACTION ! - CALL WAYPORT On May 4 & 5, 2004!
Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi)is a new and rapidly expanding service offered by SBC under the name of "FreedomLink." This technology allows customers that set up accounts with FreedomLink to access the Internet from their mobile computing devices (laptops, PDA's, phones, etc.) without having to be connected to a landline. Download CALL TO ACTION FLYER with instructions on making a phone call to "Wayport" and joining CWA's fight for JOBS OF THE FUTURE in PDF format.

5/02/04- CWA Members' Relief Fund (MRF) Eligibility Rules!
CWA SBC/Ameritech negotiations reconvene on Tuesday, May 4, 2004 in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. In order to achieve our bargaining goals, it is imperative that every CWA Local 4250 member gets involved. Download MRF rules and copy of DFR-1 Form in PDF format.

4/30/04- SPECIAL REPORT From Columbus, Ohio!
CWA has reached a tentative agreement with SBC on RETIREE HEALTH CARE, pending final agreement on all contracts. Download complete report from SBC Shareholder Meeting in Columbus, Ohio in PDF format.

4/21/04- Democracy and Your Right to VOTE!
"SBC management will be watching the results of the CWA strike authorization vote very closely. In my opinion, there is absolutely no excuse for not voting. To those who may find excuses for not exercising their democratic right to vote, you will get exactly what you deserve! A return to the 1925 Illinois Bell days of low wages and no benefits, and more than likely, NO JOB! In America, democracy is the process by which we get exactly what we deserve!" Download entire letter from Local 4250 President Steve Tisza in PDF format.

4/21/04- CWA Standing Up For Employment Security At SBC!
The best way to protect against future job losses is to make sure that we have access to the thousands of telecommunications jobs that we are currently unable to transfer into when work slackens in the traditional telephone business. We need to make sure that the growth jobs such as DSL,WIFI and VOIP are our jobs. That we have the training to install and maintain business data networks. That we can protect the employment security of our members with access to the good union jobs of the future. Download flyer with more information and facts about job security in PDF format.

4/21/04- CWA Standing Up For Health Care At SBC!
CWA members at SBC have fought over many years to build a package of comprehensive health care benefits. The plans we have negotiated do not require premium contributions by members and for the most part have dollar caps on out of pocket costs(deductibles plus co-pays). Preserving these hard won gains is a key bargaining goal in a year when escalating health care costs have created a major battleground in labor-management negotiations nationwide. Download flyer with much information and facts about health care negotiations in PDF format.

4/20/04- CWA Taking a Stand for Jobs and Health Care
STAND UP or HONK on April 30th for a contract that maintains both active and retiree health care benefits and jobs. Download flyer for mobilization activities on April 30, 2004 in PDF format.

4/20/04- SBC Annual Meeting of Stockholders!
We have been unsucessful in attempts to charter a Union Charter Bus Company for the SBC Stockholders meeting. Therefore, anyone who would like to attend the meeting will need to make his or her own arrangements for transportation. Download memo for details on rally and meeting in PDF format.

4/19/04- CWA Local 4250 SBC Strike Authorization Vote!
The CWA Local 4250 Election Committee will conduct a strike authorization vote of all SBC dues paying members, in good standing, on Monday, April 26, 2004. Download copy of flyer containing information on the time and location of the vote in PDF format.

4/16/04- SBC DISRESPECTS THEIR RETIREES!
"We will stand together and win this battle over one of the worst examples of corporate callousness toward and disrespect for those who built the company." Download complete letter to All Local Officers from CWA President Morty Bahr in PDF format.

4/16/04- News From IBEW Local 21 President Ron Kastner!
Download a recent news posting from the IBEW Local 21 website, by President/Business Manager Ron Kastner, regarding ongoing contract negotiations in PDF format. Ron Wells, SBC Vice President of Labor Relations, may have excluded Local 21 from Washington, DC negotiations, however, CWA and IBEW Local 21 are UNITED in our determination to get contract negotiations moving in the right direction to achieve fair contracts for ALL MEMBERS of BOTH UNIONS!

4/08/04- SBC STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE Q & A!
The attached PDF file contains questions and answers that should address members concerns regarding the CWA Strike Authorization Vote to be taken against SBC. Details about the CWA Local 4250 Strike Authorization Vote will be posted on this webpage and distributed to all CWA Local 4250 members next week.

4/07/04- CWA Gives SBC 30 Day Notice of Possible Strike
CWA President Morton Bahr announced that CWA has given SBC Communications its 30-day notice that union members may go on strike at the company. Download CWA Press Release in PDF format.

4/07/04- National SBC Bargaining Update @ 2PM
CWA President Morton Bahr held a national union leadership conference call on April 7th at 2PM to discuss the status of SBC negotiations. Download a summary of the call in PDF format.

4/04/04- PHASE 1 CWA-SBC/Midwest Contract Negotiations!
By prior agreement, the existing contract remains in full force and effect. 30 day notice of our intent to strike has not been invoked as yet. Perhaps management will reconsider their position. If not, we will announce Phase 2 of our Mobilization Plan this Wednesday, April 7, 2004. Download complete update in PDF format.

4/02/04- KEEP "OS" in The US!
Please CALL Mike Zyck, SBC/Ameritech Executive Director of Labor Relations in Hoffman Estates, Illinois at 847-248-8824! Tell him that SBC/Ameritech customers demand CWA Illinois Operator Services (OS) JOBS STAY IN THE USA! Download flyer in PDF format.

4/01/04- Keep SBC Operator Services in The USA Rally!
Outsourcing call-center type jobs to India is at the top of corporate America's agenda. CWA Local 4250 will conduct an informational picket at the SBC/Midwest Lansing, Illinois Directory Assistance office on Friday, April 2, 2004. Download flyer in PDF format.

3/25/04- SBC CEO Whitacre's Pay UP 93%...!
If SBC can pay top executives millions of dollars a year, they can afford to pay our health care. Download flyer for posting and distribution in PDF format.

3/24/04- CWA SBC/Midwest Bargaining At Standoff!
SBC/Midwest management is telling our CWA elected bargaining team that active and retired union members must pay 15-20% of their health care premiums, lump sum pensions are too costly and may need to go and NO to ALL UNION EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEMANDS! YOUR CWA ELECTED BARGAINING TEAM SAID NO GIVEBACKS, WE SAY FIGHT BACK! Download/print and give your SBC manager a copy of this flyer.

3/13/04- UPDATE on SBC National Bargaining!
National bargaining under the auspices of the FMCS is scheduled to begin March 17th. The national bargaining team will include bargaining chairs Dennis Trainor, District 1; Kristie Darling, District 4; Bill Davis, District 6; Jim Weitkamp, District 9; and Dina Beaumont, executive assistant to President Bahr. Download national bulletin in PDF format

3/08/04- SBC Negotiations Move To Washington, D.C. Under Auspices of FMCS!
Take this external link to view a letter from CWA President Morton Bahr to SBC members and officers regarding SBC negotiations. A News Release from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) follows President Bahr's letter.

3/08/04- CWA Members' Relief Fund Striker Certification Form (DFR-1)
A Striker Certification Form (DFR-1) MUST BE COMPLETED FULLY for each CWA Local 4250 SBC striker BEFORE DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS OCCUR (i.e. Striker ID, address information, stike duty, etc.) Download/Print a copy of Striker Certification Form (DFR-1)and return to your Chief Steward/ExEcutive Board Member BEFORE Friday, April 2, 2004!

2/17/04- CWA TAKING A STAND - "Keep OS in The US!"
Although bargaining begins on a positive note since SBC agreed that it would continue providing health care benefits to members in the event of a strike, JOBS & Health Care is our TOP PRIORITY! Download flyer in PDF format.

2/04/04- CWA and SBC Begin Bargaining on a Positive Note!
Building on a historically good relationship, SBC Communications and the Communications Workers of America today announced an agreement intended to set a constructive tone for upcoming contract negotiations covering 100,000 workers. Download Press Release in PDF format.

January 16, 2004: Unity@SBC, No. 2
Bargaining hasn't even begun and already SBC is trying to intimidate us by threatening our retiree health care benefits. SBC is claiming that it has no choice but to place caps on medical coverage, shifting costs to retirees, and raising out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs. Download complete report in PDF format.

1/05/04- SBC Rings Up $902,423 Indiana Lobbying Tab!
SBC spent a RECORD $902,423 lobbying the Indiana General Assembly in 2003. It's the MOST ever spent by a single company and nearly four times what SBC, formerly Ameritech, spent in 2002. Download complete news article from the Indianapolis Star in PDF format.

12/31/03- CWA Bargaining Goals for Health Benefits at SBC!
SBC, has become one of the most powerful communications companies in the world, ranking second in terms of revenue and market capitalization. Yet the company claims that its leading position is challenged on several fronts: by the ongoing economic slump in the U.S.; by the associated slow-down in the telecommunications industry; by increasing competition in SBC’s wireline and wireless divisions; and by rising health costs. The company will use these developments and trends to justify its demands for cuts in our benefits package. CWA can point to other realities: that regardless of the difficult economic times, SBC is the most profitable telecommunications company in the U.S., making over $7 billion in profits; that while health costs may be rising in double digits, our wages have averaged less than 4 percent per year for the past five years; that the factors driving rising health costs cannot be solved at our bargaining table. In our negotiations with SBC, we must demand fairness and equity. To achieve that end, CWA will strive to preserve access to comprehensive medical care, press for changes that improve the quality of care delivery while containing costs, and protect retiree health benefits and funding. CWA members at SBC have fought hard over many years to build a package of comprehensive health care benefits. Preserving those hard-won gains is a key bargaining goal in a year when escalating health costs have created a major battle ground in labor-management negotiations nationwide. Download CWA Health Care Benefits briefing paper in PDF format.

12/30/03- SBC TO NOTIFY UNION RETIREES MEDICAL CAPS TAKE EFFECT ON JANUARY 1, 2005!
SBC management has notified CWA District 4 Vice President Jeff Rechenbach that SBC will mail letters to all retirees on December 31, 2003, informing them that significant changes in their health care coverage will commence on January 1, 2005. Download copies of letter(s) to be mailed to retirees. The first letter will be mailed to all members who retired after the caps were negotiated. The second letter will be mailed to all members who retired prior to negotiation of Health Care Caps. ALL Members and retirees must be prepared to FIGHT BACK!

12/23/03- Cingular Weighs IPO, Acquisition!
"At Cingular, there is strong momentum building for both an acquisition or an IPO," one of the people said. "This is more than just running scenarios." By Almar Latour and Jesse Drucker, Staff reporters of the Wall Street Journal-OnLine. Download complete article in PDF format.

12/17/03- CWA Will Fight for Jobs, Health Care in 2004 SBC Bargaining!
CWA's SBC bargaining council met December 2-3, 2003 in Palm Springs, Calif. to plan for 2004 negotiations. President Bahr said this round of bargaining "is about creating union jobs for the future" and stressed that "bringing back work into the company for our members MUST BE OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY." Download Unity@SBC Newsletter in PDF format.

12/12/03- WHY DID SBC EXCLUDE OS in ENHANCED SIPP?
CWA Executive Vice President Liz VanDerWoude, an elected member of the CWA/SBC Midwest Bargaining Committee, voiced her strong objections to the exclusion of Operator Services in the SBC Enhanced SIPP Offer. Download complete memo in PDF format.

12/12/03- CWA Enhanced SIPP For SBC Network Department!
Last week, SBC informed the CWA that additional surpluses in the Network Department were imminent. In an effort to avoid more layoffs, CWA negotiated an agreement for a one-time enhanced pension offer. Pension eligible Network employees will receive an additional $30,000,if they volunteer for SIPP. Volunteers who are not pension eligible will receive an additional $25,000. Download PDF file for details of the offer.

12/11/03- 2004 SBC Pension Interest Rate = 5.12%
Download this PDF file which shows examples at age 50 with 30 years of service. NOTE: SBC members should check their own calculations by calling the Pension Center at 1-800-557-3640.

12/08/03- SBC Bargaining Resolution - Fighting for the Future at SBC!
Unanimously approved by the delegates to the SBC Bargaining Council, December 3, 2003 in Palm Springs, California. Download entire resolution in PDF format.

12/08/03- Job Security at Top of Agenda at SBC Bargaining Council Meeting! - "Keep O.S. in the U.S.!"
CWA President Morty Bahr told the SBC Bargaining Council, "This round of bargaining is about creating union jobs for the future. We are living in a time when outsourcing, layoffs and union jobs shifting to management have become all too common. Bringing work back into the company for our members must be our highest priority." CWA/SBC Contracts expire on April 3, 2004 and bargaining is expected to begin in mid-February 2004. Delegates were unanimous in support of a pledge of solidarity, unity and committment by CWA Distict Vice Presidents Rechenbach, Milburn, Bixler and Mancino during our negotiations with SBC. Download a summary of the CWA SBC-Bargaining Council Meeting in PDF format.

10/31/03-SBC/Ameritech To Use Non-Union Long Distance Provider!
Curt Pawlisch, an attorney for Wisconsin CALLS, said SBC's filing with state commissions in the Midwest shows it intends to resell service from WilTel Communications of Tulsa, Oklahoma, to provide long distance in its five-state Midwest region. Download complete article in PDF format.

10/30/03- 125th Anniversary of Operator Services!
Remarks by Jeff Rechenbach, Vice-President CWA District 4 at the 2003 Operators' Conference. " I salute all operators, past and present, on their 125 years of service to the customers. You are simply the best and I am proud to acknowledge your dedication, professionalism and good works. We are honored to represent you in this Union and proud you are continuing the tradition as only Operators can do." Download entire text of Jeff's remarks in PDF format.

10/10/03- SIPP OFFERED To SBC Midwest Operator Services - Retirement Planning and Pension Seminar, October 15, 2003
The Principal Financial Group and CWA Local 4250 are committed to helping you make informed decisions regarding your investment choices for you and your family. Whether you are preparing for retirement, or need help with asset allocation and understanding your union-negotiated benefits our SBC/Ameritech Retirement Planning and Pension Seminar is for you. Download flyer in PDF format for more information on times and location of seminars.

10/10/03- SBC Operator Services Midwest SIPP Announcement!
SBC Operator Services Midwest(Ameritech) announced a voluntary SIPP Offer today. At this time, Operator Services is not declaring a surplus and the SIPP offer is considered a voluntary force reduction. Download a memo containing timeline in Microsoft Word format

9/18/03- SBC Wins Michigan Long-Distance!
Federal regulators on Wednesday approved SBC Communications Inc.'s bid to offer long-distance in Michigan, a victory some experts say paves the way for SBC to offer the service in Illinois. Download entire article in PDF format.

8/04/03- Verizon East: Their Fight is Our Fight!
The outcome of these negotiations will have a significant impact on negotiations with SBC next year. That is why we are saying that their fight is our fight. Download Microsoft Word doc. with external link to email Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, online at the CWA website.

8/01/03- SBC Hiring Sales & Service Reps. in Preparation For Long Distance Launch!
Download this Microsoft Word document containing a letter to all CWA members from SBC. While the news is good, there are still several unresolved issues CWA District 4 staff is discussing with SBC. Specific details will be posted at the conclusion of their discussions and received by the local.

4/23/03 - New Illinois DA System Design/Hours of Operation
SBC Illinois DA will undergo a change to the current system design. The new system design reflects the closure of the Springfield office, effective May 31, 2003. Download RTF file for tables reflecting the new 6-week rotation pattern effective June 2, 2003

4/16/03 - Norma Martinez-Lozano is Recruiting Judas Goats!
If you ever have occasion to meet Martinez-Lozano, DO NOT TURN YOUR BACK ON HER! Download Word document for notice to Local 4250 SBC Operator Services Members.

4/11/03 - Temporary Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Harvey D/A
Theresa Petrozza has accepted the duties & responsibilities of Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Harvey D/A for the period of Cathy Marshall's absence. Download Word Document for posting and distribution.

4/8/03 - Temporary Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Lansing D/A
Debbie Slimko has accepted the duties & responsibilities of Chief Steward/Executive Board Member Lansing D/A for the period of Kathy Garza's absence. Download Word Document for posting and distribution.

4/2/03 - Job Opportunities Via Interoffice Transfers to Lombard Enhanced Wireless Directory Assistance
SBC projects a need for 72 Service Operators to staff the "New Lombard Enhanced Wireless DA Office" scheduled to officially open Monday, May 12, 2003. Our 26 SURPLUS Illinois Operators have PRIORITY placement for these jobs. Download Word Document for rules governing Interoffice Transfers for regular full-time employees.

4/2/03 - Temporary Transfers to Lombard Enhanced Wireless DA
Temporary transfers will be needed to assist in the initial staffing of the Lombard Enhanced Wireless DA office. The attached Word Document explains the process to be used if you wish to volunteer by end of business day, April 18, 2003.

3/13/03 - Letter From Kimberley Svec SBC Director of L/R
Download pdf file containing a faxed copy of a letter to CWA District 4 Representatives regarding private negotiations concerning the Illinois Operator Services Surplus and office consolidations.

3/7/03 - Unprecedented LAYOFF of SBC Illinois Operators
Download this pdf file for instructions on where/how to get answers to your questions and information regarding the ongoing negotiations between CWA & SBC.

3/6/03 - SBC Starts Charging Retirees!
"Charging for phone service on top of everything else, it's like a triple whammy," said a retiree who spent 30 years with the company. "It's a slap in the face." Download pdf file for entire article.

2/25/03 - SBC, Why Won't You Keep Your Commitment?
CWA Local 4250 members keep commitments to customers everyday to provide quality service! Please download this flyer in pdf format. Print copies to post and distribute to all your family, friends and neighbors!

2/24/03 - SBC to Retain All 111 Jobs in East St. Louis, Illinois!
This pdf file is a press release from the Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business News on Saturday, February 22, 2003.

2/19/03 - Operators Who Volunteer For Lombard, Illinois Will Change Job Titles to "Service Operators" and Will Perform Wholesale Operator Services Work For Cingular as Per the December 14, 2001 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
Please READ this "MOA" BEFORE you volunteer. In addition to less pay, Service Operators scheduling and other working conditions will be governed by Contract Article 17, NOT Article 27, except for 15 minute breaks. All other provisions of the Contract will apply. You may download the "MOA" in pdf format.

2/19/03 - "Unofficial" SBC State of Illinois Seniority List For Operators!
This is a large pdf file (950kb) that contains a seniority list of all SBC Operators in the State of Illinois. You may need to rotate the view of the first page and then the others should follow ok.

2/6/03 - Consolidation & Closing of Illinois SBC Operator Services Offices!
Lombard and Stewart DA offices to close on March 1, 2003 followed by East St. Louis and Springfield on May 31, 2003. This is a Microsoft Word format file and is 27kb.

2/4/03 - ONCE AGAIN, SBC RESCINDS the EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGREEMENT!
This email was received late Monday Evening February 3, 2003. It is in Microsoft Word format as is 25 kb.

11/13/02 - Fight Back to Save Jobs - CWA Mobilization for Fair Telecom Policies!
The file is in Word Document format and is 57kb.

10/30/02 - Sipp Approvals For SBC/Ameritech Operator Services!
The file is in Word Document format and is 20kb.

10/13/02 - Sunday, October 13, 2002 @ 2:30 AM- SBC/Ameritech Illinois Operator Services to Announce SIPP/SURPLUS on Monday, October 14, 2002!
The file is in Word Document format and is 22kb.

10/2/02 - SBC/Ameritech Surplus Announcements of September 26, 2002!
"CWA is quite disappointed that SBC has taken this action, which has the potential of having a devastating impact on CWA members, their families and customers. We will continue to work closely with your Local officers and communicate quickly whenever we have hard and fast information. I encourage you to support your union and local leadership in this difficult time." This is a link to an external file.

7/10/02 - SBC/Ameritech Operator Services Wage Increase Effective July 14, 2002!
The file is in Word Document format and is 21kb.

7/2/02 - Financial Planning Seminar for SBC/Ameritech Operator Services!
Operator services SIPP offer - "Making the most of your retirement plan distribution." - Financial planning seminar for SBC/Ameritech Operator services members whom may be considering today's SIPP offer. The file is in Word Document format and is 26kb.

4/30/02 - Special SBC/AIT Operator Services On-Site Q&A Sessions - Harvey OA and Chicago Heights!
The file is in Word Document format and is 20kb.

4/23/02 - SBC/AIT Operator Services Workforce Reorganization Special Membership Meeting on April 25, 2002
The file is in Word Document format and is 25kb.