CWA Local 9400 is
not just a union. We are family. A new tradition was
created of our local “Adopting a CWA family for the
In 2011, a member named Jorge Diaz was in
dire need of a liver
transplant. In 2012, member Mauricio Espinoza also
needed an organ transplant. The simple items available to us
daily, became a hardship to obtain. Local 9400 delivered
food and necessities to both families at a time when the
small things meant a great deal.
are fast approaching the holidays, again, we are reaching
out to you, as CWA members, to share with us who you may
feel may be in need of some help this year.
behalf of or from CWA Local 9400 members should be received
by President Demers no later than December 18, 2013.
letters sent to:
CWA Local 9400
Attention: Executive Board
7844 Rosecrans Ave
Paramount, CA 90723
also be emailed to
President Demers will meet with the Executive
board and decide this year's recipient.
President Demers and the executive board of
CWA Local 9400, wish each and every one of you a beautiful
holiday. May good health, prosperity and love be with all of
you & yours during this special time of year and extend
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Victory in Legislature;
More Work to Do
As the Legislature nears its summer recess, Labor celebrates
a historic victory to reform the state’s broken enterprise
zone program but we’re also disappointed the Assembly failed
to approve AB 880, which would have held Walmart and other
big corporations accountable on health care costs. These
two issues were some of the first key votes for new members
of the legislature. These votes clearly show which of these
new legislators will stand with us or against us. Three new
members of the Assembly voted AGAINST LABOR on our two key
issues – Assemblymembers CHERYL BROWN, ADAM GRAY, AND RUDY
SALAS failed to support either enterprise zone reform or AB
880, the Walmart loophole bill. We’re pleased to report
that three of the more competitive members stood with us on
both issues – Assemblymembers KEN COOLEY, JOSE MEDINA, AND
SHARON QUIRK-SILVA. They deserve to be thanked for their
commitment to working families.
– Every independent research study has proven that the
state’s $750 million enterprise zone tax giveaway program
does not produce new jobs. Instead, it subsidizes the
movement of jobs throughout California and flows to huge
corporations. The program is so broken it has cost union
members good jobs by creating incentives for their employers
to fire workers in order to chase tax credits in other parts
of the state.
Federation public records act requests documented that strip
clubs, card rooms, large retailers like Walmart and fast
food chains were receiving EZ tax credits. The continued
exposure of the waste and abuse in the EZ program softened
the terrain for reform.
Building on this work, Governor Brown introduced a revenue
neutral, three prong plan for economic development. (1) a
more targeted, transparent and accountable hiring credit,
(2) a statewide sales tax exemption on manufacturing
equipment, and (3) A CA Competes fund to attract good jobs
to California. New accountability and transparency measures
will allow the public to know who is getting the money and
what jobs are being created. All three newly created funds
are set to sunset in 8 years.
Working closely with the Brown Administration, we were able
to garner the needed 2/3rds needed majorities in both
houses. In the Senate, three Republican Senators (Berryhill,
Cannella, Knight) joined all Democrats except for Rod
Wright, in passing AB 93. In the Assembly, four Republicans
voted for AB 93 (Achadjian, Gorell, Hagman, Waldron).
AB 880 (Gomez)
- MEDI-CAL PENALTY ON LARGE EMPLOYERS – WALMART LOOPHOLE.
vigorous field and earned media campaign of Walmart actions,
district office visits, coalition lobbying, press
conferences, opinion piece in local newspapers…AB 880 failed
to garner the necessary 2/3 vote on the Assembly floor by a
count of 46-27. Three Assembly Democrats voted NO – BROWN,
We will continue to have discussions on holding
Labor-supported candidates accountable for their votes.
This last round demonstrates that we can work with some
Republicans on pro-worker policies.
With ASM BLUMENFIELD joining the LA City Council, Democrats
in the Assembly drop to 53. We will develop a plan to earn
bipartisan support on AB 880 or wait until January to
continue to move the bill.
Our author, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez, did a terrific job
championing Labor’s priority measure.
AT & T Mobility
Thank you to everyone who voted on the ratification of
the Mobility “Orange” contract.
After tabulating the votes cast over the past two
weeks, we are pleased to report that the contract has been
ratified by the membership.
Thank you again for your participation.
CWA District 6 / AT&T
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Supplemental Strike Prep
AT&T retirees may have been surprised, or even shocked,
recently when the company sent information
related to open enrollment for the retiree medical benefits.
Retirees under the age of 65, who are not
eligible for Medicare, saw premium increases of
hundreds of dollars a month for coverage under
the standard PPO plan.
Retiree health benefits are a permissive
subject of bargaining, and for the past two
rounds of bargaining, the company has refused to
negotiate with the union over the terms of
the retiree health benefit package.
The reason for the cost shift is a result of
the employer contribution cap kicking in.
• The fixed cap has the effect of limiting the
employer’s contribution and any health
cost increases above that level are
shifted to retirees.
• Retirees are required to pick up the amount
of costs that exceed the cap.
• In 2012 average per retiree costs exceeded
the cap by 1.3%.
• Costs grew by over 14% between 2012 and
2013, exceeding the cap by 14.4%.
There is an alternative plan
which does not have a premium, but it does have a higher
deductible and higher out of pocket requirements
than the PPO plan.
The company refused to bargain with the union
over the impact of the cost increases on
retirees. Nevertheless, the union was able to persuade the
company to make some adjustments to the
plan it had originally planned to impose on retirees. As a
result of union input, the company reduced
premiums for retiree only coverage by about $37 per
month; reduced deductibles in the alternative
plan from $1000 individual/$2000 family to
$500 individual/$1000 family; reduced the prescription drug
deductible in the alternative plan and the
plan for Medicare retirees by $135.
While the union was able to get the company to
make some adjustments to the massive cost
shifting it had planned, we all agreed it was not what we
would have negotiated. Some in the company
have told retirees that the reason for the extraordinary
increases is the Affordable Care Act.
Nothing could be further than the truth. In fact, there are
only two provisions of the Affordable Care Act
that would impact AT&T’s retiree health
• First, improvements to Medicare, including
full coverage of preventive care and
recapturing overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans.
• Second, the Early Retiree Reinsurance
Program, which set aside funds for
employers who offer retiree health
benefits, rebated $213.8 million to AT&T
between 2011 and 2012 to offset the cost
of claims from early retirees.
Both these provisions will have the effect of
easing the company’s cost burden. The
company has chosen not to share that cost relief with
CWA believes the company should have done more
for retirees. That after a banner year,
with healthy profits, and significant dividends for
shareholders, the corporation could have
done much more to assure that the former employees who built
the company would have a quality,
affordable health plan.
We encourage retirees to express their views
on the status of their health plans directly
to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson at the address
208 South Akard Street
Dallas, Texas 75202-4206
AT & T 2013 Retiree Health Care
There have been several questions on
ATT retiree medical benefits. As you know, we have no
standing to bargain for existing retirees and the subject is
permissive under the law. As previously reported to you, ATT
has indeed invoked their right to not "bargain" on this
subject; they did, however, take our input on this subject
and as a result several positive changes were made to the
company's original plan. These changes are:
1. Pre Medicare regional plans with the
DDB cap had premiums changed from the original plan of
$112/201/246 to $75/221/271
2. "Alternative Plan" (no premiums,
available to both pre and post medicare) had
deductibles lowered from $1000/2000 with 10% coinsurance to
$500/$1000 with 20% coinsurance.
3.RX annual deductible for the
alternative and all post 65 plans lowered from $350 to $225
In addition we retained no premium
dental benefits and increased the availability of Care Plus,
Vision and other voluntary plans to ALL non-grandfathered
Lastly the parties agreed to defer
discussion of 2014 and 2015 changes until June of 2013 when
the full implementation of the Affordable Health Care Act
plans will increase in cost as has been the trend for many
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