Saturday, September 19, 2020

CWA Union and AT&T Announce Employee Bonus

This week, the CWA Union and AT&T announced a groundbreaking initiative to support CWA frontline workers. Under these unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances facing the country, the union and AT&T negotiated a bonus pay that recognizes employees incredible work.

After the announcement was made, Latino organizations and Latino leaders at the nation’s capital showed their support and praised AT&T for its leadership. “Great to see @ATT showing excellent corporate citizenship once again by working with the #CWA union to provide bonus pay, enhanced safety procedures, and sick and family leave protection for their workers during this time of crisis” tweeted Brent Wilkes, Senior Vice President, Institutional Development for the Hispanic Federation.

“We applaud AT&T’s leadership in prioritizing the dedicated work and service of CWA members in such uncertain times. We hope other industry leaders follow their example and take similar steps in stabilizing our workforce and economy,” said Alejandro Roark, Executive Director of the Hispanic Technology & Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP).  “As we see the swell of online, digital learning and teleworking in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, greater value should be put on our frontline telecom workers. Thanks to them many of us are staying connected while social distancing” he said.

The sentiments were echoed by other prominent Latino organizations such as the Latino Coalition and MANA , a National Latina Organization, which helped promote the historic announcement. Another big supporter of the initiative, who urged other companies to follow AT&T’s lead was Democratic Strategist and CNN Political Commentator, Maria Cardona. “Thank u to CWA’s frontline workers who keep us going! And thank you @ATT for being a model for all corps to follow! CWA members at AT&T are doing incredible work under extraordinary circumstances. The bonus pay CWA negotiated with AT&T recognizes that work” she tweeted on Tuesday.

An additional part of the negotiation included reaching agreements for enhanced safety procedures as well as sick and family leave protection for all CWA-represented AT&T workers.

CWA Union’s priority is to ensure worker and customer safety, to problem solve and to provide reliable essential service to customers. The union and AT&T have agreed to work collaboratively to address issues as they arise.

AT&T’s response to this crisis is a model for other corporations. Concrete actions like this bonus, enhanced safety procedures, sick and family leave protection, and suspension of stock buybacks prove that AT&T is committed to the well-being and safety of its employees and their customers.

CWA Union