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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 03:15 PM
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AT&T call center workers opt for union

http://www.qctimes.com/articles/2008/04/20/news/busines...

By Jennifer DeWitt | Sunday, April 20, 2008

Employees at the new AT&T Customer Care Center in Davenport have voted to be represented by the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, the union president said Friday.

Francis Giunta, the president of CWA Local 7110, said a majority of the call center employees agreed to unionize in a card-check drive that began Monday. In the first six hours of the union drive, CWA had received the required 50 percent plus one vote necessary for the workplace to have union representation.

It was almost unprecedented, he said of the quick approval. In a card-check drive, employees vote yes or no for union representation on a union registration card.

He said the vote tells me people understand the value of a union, the value of healthcare benefits and the value of a voice at work. And it tells me the labor unions are not a thing of the past.

Giunta did not know how many of the centers employees had voted in favor, but once the union is in place all the employees will be represented by the bargaining unit whether they do or do not join the union.

The AT&T employees will become part of Local 7110 and will be covered by an existing contract, which expires Feb. 7, 2009.

FULL story at link.

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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 03:21 PM
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1. Hooray! K&R nt
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 03:25 PM
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2. Go Communications Workers
We don't lose (very often)
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 03:26 PM
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3. Ma Bell
Now, watch those jobs go to India ......
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-20-08 09:43 PM
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4. actually, they've been
bringing them back. CWA bargaining units are a good place to work.
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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-21-08 05:48 AM
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5. AT&T was to bring back 5,000 to the US this year

They are behind on that. But AT&T deserves credit for allowing card check instead of acting like Verizon.

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katherine20 Donating Member (22 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-21-08 03:54 PM
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6. Union Yes!
Davenport is a good place. Clear, easy to udnerstand midwestern speech!
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-23-08 01:30 PM
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7. My phone company is Verizon, my email is AT&T, and my cell phone is AT&T (Cingular)
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