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IBEW - AT&T Tentative Agreement Details Update
Updated On: May 03, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 - Earlier this week the IBEW SCT-3 announced a new tentative agreement was reached with AT&T. This update contains more information on changes made to articles, appendixes, memorandums and letters.

More information and a contract overview will be provided at the May IBEW Local 21 Union meetings and specially called meetings which can be found here.

Agreement

  • Date Change.

Article 1 Recognition

  • 1.02 TRA1 removed.
  • 1.03 Date Change.

Article 2 Definitions

  • Sunday and Holiday Shifts changed to hours which begin on a Sunday or observed holiday.
  • Calendar Week begins at midnight on Sunday and continues to Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

Article 3 Non-Discrimination

  • Section 3.05 added to state Article is not subject to arbitration.

Article 4 Company Union Relationship

  • No Changes.

Article 5 No Strike

  • No Changes.

Article 6 Union Security

  • No Changes.

Article 7 Union Dues Deductions

  • No Changes.

Article 8 Committee on Political Education (COPE)

  • Change in 8.13 to account for five (5) year agreement.

Article 9 Collective Bargaining Procedures

  • No intent change.
  • Number of contracts printed is now 6,500 and company will put contract on intranet.

Article 10 Bulletin Boards

  • No Changes.

Article 11 Union Officers and Representatives

  • No intent change.
  • 11.15 change in period of leave for union business.

Article 12 Problem Resolution Procedures

  • No Changes.

Article 13 Wage Administration

  • Effective June 25, 2017 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 3.00%.
  • Effective June 24, 2018 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 2.50%.
  • Effective June 23, 2019 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 3.00%.
  • Effective June 21, 2020 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 2.25%.
  • Effective June 20, 2021 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 2.50%.
  • $1,000 signing bonus if ratified by June 1, 2017.
  • 13.07 Disability Program names have been deleted. Disability absences still covered.
  • The new wages scales reflecting the proposed wage increases are still being created at this time.

Article 14 Net Credited Service & Seniority

  • No Changes.

Article 15 Job Classifications and Promotions

  • No Changes.

Article 16 Benefits

A detailed benefits explanation will be given at the May Union Meetings and specially called meetings.

The IBEW System Council T-3 Benefit Outline Summary can be found  clicking here.

401K Improvement

  • Basic contributions are no longer capped at $65 per week. 
  • An employee will now be matched at 80% of up to 6% of their pay per week.
  • For example: In the first 12 months (starting Jan. 2018) alone a wage group one employee can see a matched increase of over an additional $1,200. 

Pension Band Increases:

  • 1% effective January 1, 2018.
  • 1% effective January 1, 2019.
  • 1% effective January 1, 2020.
  • 1% effective January 1, 2021.
  • 1% effective January 1, 2022.

Medical Benefits:

  • No Changes to current plan coverage.
  • Additional option now available with different cost structure.

For employees on the payroll prior to the expiration of the current contract monthly contributions will be:

Option 1

Monthly Contributions:

  • 2018 - $105 individual, $264 family.
  • 2019 - $113 individual, $296 family.
  • 2020 - $126 individual, $330 family.
  • 2021 - $149 individual, $390 family.
  • 2022 - $165 individual, $433 family.

Annual deductibles for network providers will be:

  • 2018 - $650 individual, $1,300 family.
  • 2019 - $700 individual, $1,400 family.
  • 2020 - $750 individual, $1,500 family.
  • 2021 - $800 individual, $1,600 family.
  • 2022 - $850 individual, $1,700 family.
  • Annual deductibles will now be included in the Out-Of-Pocket Maximums.
  • Out of network coinsurance is now 50%.

Out-of-pocket maximums for network providers will be:

  • 2018 - $3,250 individual, $6,500 family.
  • 2019 - $3,500 individual, $7,000 family.
  • 2020 - $3,750 individual, $7,500 family.
  • 2021 - $4,000 individual, $8,000 family.
  • 2022 - $4,250 individual, $8,500 family.
  • In previous contracts annual deductibles were not included in out-of-pocket maximums. In 2018 your annual deductibles are included in out-of-pocket maximums.

Option 2 – NEW MEDICAL OPTION

Monthly Contributions:

  • 2018 - $46 individual, $121 family.
  • 2019 - $59 individual, $154 family.
  • 2020 - $72 individual, $189 family.
  • 2021 - $95 individual, $250 family.
  • 2022 - $112 individual, $293 family.

Annual deductibles for network providers will be:

  • 2018 - $1,450 individual, $2,900 family.
  • 2019 - $1,500 individual, $3,000 family.
  • 2020 - $1,550 individual, $3,100 family.
  • 2021 - $1,600 individual, $3,200 family.
  • 2022 - $1,650 individual, $3,300 family.
  • Annual deductibles are included in the Out-Of-Pocket Maximums.
  • For Option 2 prescription drug and CarePlus are integrated with the deductible.

Coinsurance will be 10% for network providers.

Out-of-pocket maximums for network providers:

  • 2018 - 2022 - $6,500 individual, $13,100 family.
  • Your annual deductibles are included in out-of-pocket maximums.
  • For Option 2 the out-of-pocket maximum is integrated with prescription drug and CarePlus.

Dental Benefits

Monthly Contribution Amounts:

  • Individual = $8.
  • Individual+1 = $17.
  • Family = $27.

Vision Benefits

Monthly Contribution Amounts:

  • Individual = $2.50.
  • Individual+1 = $5.50.
  • Family = $9.00.

Post-Retirement Benefits

  • Will continue.

Article 17 Scheduling and Payment for Time Worked For AT&T Midwest Employees in Job Titles Formerly in Exhibits 1, 2 & 3 and AT&T National Employees in Job Titles Covered by Appendix T, Articles CS1, CTT1 & NSI1

  • No Changes.

Article 18 Scheduling and Payment for Time Worked For Employees Formerly in Exhibits 4 and 5 and AT&T National Employees in Job Titles Covered by Appendix T, Articles OS1 and TRA1

  • AT&T National Employees in Job Titles in Appendix T, article TRA1 deleted from title.
  • 18.07 & 18.10 – note in both regarding AT&T National deleted.

Article 19 Work Done by Supervisors

  • No Changes.

Article 20 Treatment of Time Not Worked

  • 20.04 (E) Date Change, No Intent Change.
  • 20.04 (F) New Language employees hired after 6/25/17 get 40 hours of illness time.

Article 21 Differentials

  • No Changes.

Article 22 Classification & Treatment of Regular Part-Time Employees

  • 22.03 added AT&T Disability Income Program.
  • 22.05 Name Changes, No Intent Changes – changed Vision and Dental Plan names also deleted Ameritech Comprehensive Health Care Plan and AT&T Medical Expense Plan for Occupational Employees.
  • Changed to read AT&T Vision Program, AT&T Dental Program, AT&T Midwest Medical Program and AT&T Corp. Medical Program.

Article 23 Recognized Holidays

  • No Changes.

Article 24 Excused Work Days

  • Change in 24.01 to account for new five (5) year agreement.

Article 25 Vacations

  • No Changes.

Article 26 Automobile Mileage Expense

  • No Changes.

Article 27 Temporary Assignments

  • In Zone 5 East Chicago Heights was eliminated Ford Heights was added.
  • 27.09 (A) Daily Meal Allowance increased to $42. Breakfast goes up to $9, lunch $11.
  • Question 15 changed to reflect increase to $42, breakfast $9 and lunch $11.

Article 28 Safety

  • No Changes.

Article 29 Commercial Driver’s License & Special Operating Permit or License

  • No Changes.

Article 30 Training and Employment Security

  • In the title groups Field Support Administrator moved from title group 3 to group 10.
  • RCA changes in South Suburban - East Chicago Heights eliminated. In RCA #4 Green Rock changed to Colona.

Article 31 Termination and Validity of Agreement

  • Change to reflect the new contract dates.

Memoranda

  • Many only contained date or name changes.

Success Sharing

  • Date Changes.
  • Amounts in the examples have gone up.

Sales Consultants

  • Date Change.
  • #4. (Bullet points 1 and 2) – That for the first four months has been deleted, now reads 50% except during initial training, including ramp up time. Meaning sales consultants are eligible for 100% of their incentive payout when they achieve 50% of their target during initial training and ramp-up time.
  • #5. Second sentence was eliminated about an employee requesting a retreat to their former job title.

Bilingual Differential

  • Service Representatives and Sales Consultants assigned to communicate in a foreign language be paid $6 for any shift where more than four hours of such work is performed or $3 for any shift under four hours.

Global Services

  • Name and Date Changes.
  • Effective October 29, 2017 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 3.00%.
  • Effective October 28, 2018 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 2.50%.
  • Effective October 27, 2019 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 3.00%.
  • Effective October 25, 2020 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 2.25%.
  • Effective October 24, 2021 Basic Weekly Wage Rates will be increased by 2.50%.
  • $1,000 signing bonus if ratified by June 1, 2017.
  • 6.03 b) Overtime #1 – Change in overtime treatment for future transfers into Appendix C.
  • Within 30 days after contract ratification the parties have committed to open discussions regarding Project Emerald.

Appendix C - Premise Technicians

  • 1.04 Memo on National Transfer Plan added and date change.
  • 5.01 Minor change they can modify the BAP program or appearance standards.
  • 5.06 Mandatory overtime reduced from 17 to 14 hours per week.
  • Personal Days and Floating Holidays are now considered time worked for the purposes of overtime.
  • 5.14 Board and Lodging Meal Allowance increased to $37.
  • 7.03 Layoff notice increased to three (3) weeks change also made in Surplus Memo.
  • 7.04 Layoff allowance increased up to six (6) weeks of pay based on length of service.
  • One additional guaranteed day off added with 24 hour notice in Time Off memo.

Appendix S

National Transfer Plan Memorandum

  • The Intersubsidiary Movement process (IM) and Contract Surplus Exchange (CSE) will allow IBEW members to voluntarily move into participating IBEW Labor Agreements.

Technical Field and Construction & Engineering Organizations Surplus Employees Memorandum

  • Cable Splicing Technicians have been added and may become Premise Technicians if surplused as long as the caps put in place are not exceeded.

Engineering Assistants

  • Training Opportunity Plan language that stated that the Core Training Opportunity Plan didn’t apply is eliminated.

Letters

Nanodegree Programs

  • Effective 1/1/18 these programs will be covered via participation in the AT&T Non-Management Tuition Assistance Program.

Company Wellness

  • As soon as feasible after 1/1/18 employees will be able to participate in the AT&T Your Heath Matters Program which includes Wellness Programs, Disease Management and a Healthcare Price Transparency Tool.

DIRECTV Video Work

  • Addresses DIRECTV contracted video work. The company may assign some stand-alone work to Premise Technicians and also agree that should the Company contemplate the layoff of Premise Technicians they will discuss the work assigned to Appendix C.

CVS Pharmacies

  • Employees can continue to pick up 90 day prescriptions at CVS pharmacies and receive the lower mail order rates.

Surplus Moratorium

  • The company commits that no employee will be involuntarily removed from payroll prior to March 1, 2018 as the result of a surplus condition.

Paid Parental Leave Policy

  • Effective 1/1/18 allows two weeks of paid time off to bond with your newborn or newly-adopted child.

IBEW Job Creation

  • Additional IBEW positions to be created. AT&T has committed to hire 1,000 people into IBEW-represented jobs over the next five years, including a new call center in Chicago.

To print this release click here.

A copy of the 2013 Agreement can be found be found here.


 
 
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