Bargaining

In late October, Frontier notified CWA that they determined it was necessary to apply its Covid-19 vaccine mandate to all of its employees, including the unionized workforce, to assure they would be in full compliance with the federal mandate applicable to federal contractors. 

CWA requested to bargain over the effects that a mandate may have on our members. Negotiations began on November 3, 2021. The parties had several bargaining meetings and continued to exchange proposals over the terms of the proposed policy, its implementation and its effect on our members.

CWA met with the Company December 9, 2021, for members of all bargaining units at Windstream, regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine mandate. The Company reiterated that their position is to mandate the vaccine only in an effort to comply with law as it relates to the Executive Order. 

Due to a recent nationwide injunction against a vaccine mandate issued by a federal judge in Georgia, the requirement for Windstream employees to be vaccinated against COVID is being paused. Both the Company and CWA do encourage being vaccinated but at this time it is not mandatory. 

CWA has continued to meet with Frontier to bargain over the effects the Company’s   planned   COVID-19   vaccine   mandate   will   have   on   our members. 

We are continuing our review of information provided by Frontier to determine if their proposed mandate is fully required under the law. 

• Employees that refuse to get vaccinated by January 4, 2022, will be placed on an unpaid leave of absence for up to 60 calendar days. Employees on this leave will not be permitted to use any of their paid time off benefits during this period. The Company will allow employees on this leave to continue their Health and Welfare benefits (Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance) provided employees continue to pay their active employee premiums through direct bill.

In October 2021 Lumen notified CWA of their intent to mandate the COVID-19 vaccination for the unionized workforce.  Their decision was based on Executive Order 14042 Ensuring  Adequate  COVID Safety Protocols  for Federal  Contractors. CWA demanded to bargain over the effects of this policy. 

As you are aware, during our last round of bargaining with AT&T over the issue of COVID-19 vaccination, an impasse was reached at the bargaining table.  As a result, the Company implemented a last, best, final offer.  

President Biden’s subsequent Executive Order 14042, which was released earlier this month, requires employees who work on or in connection with federal contracts, and employees who are co-located with employees who work on or in connection with federal contracts, to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022.  

The Union Bargaining Team continues to wait for DIRECTV to respond to a number of information requests submitted by the union team over the last couple of weeks.
(2.4) - The CWA Vice President or Stewards may be granted paid union leave for legitimate Union business upon the request by the Union President or his/her designee, as requested to the Chief of Employee and Labor Relations. Such leave shall not exceed one day and may be withheld if operational conditions do not permit.
Bargaining resumed today and as we were meeting with the company over their decision to sell off DTV we were informed that the deal was completed and would be announced at close of the stock market
CWA and CenturyLink/Lumen reached a tentative agreement this evening, June 6, on a three-year contract, pending member ratification.