The School saga continues

Corporate America does not give a flying wet noodle about their employees trying to better themselves.
I am trying to get into the classes that I need and i have a bit of a dilemna.

3 days a week for the semester, i need to leave 30 minutes early in order to make it to my 430 start classes. I have spoken to a few people and they say that they will not be able to work with me on that because i work in an office full of people who would want the same thing if they gave it to me.
what i would want to see if them present their supervisors with the same quest i have . it is my senior year, i have 7 more classes to take and i am ready, signed up and even have a scholarship for help.
in just one day, i went from asking for very little to asking for an unpaid leave of absence to wanting to turn in my resignation. i want to finish school THAT BAD!!!!!

i supposed i needed to speak for myself. my manager asked a question of a peer and she did not translate it properly and now it looks like i might be able to work it out. now is not the time to be unemployed i agree, but this dream i am chasing will not slip from my hands.

i am still working on my plan as if they are not going to give me time and i am going to speak to the department chair to try and work it out to get into an evening program to finish my coursework.

it is time. my time. milo’s time.


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A reason why we CANNOT agree to any offer right now.

My staff and I plan to use these messages as a way to directly communicate about important issues and opportunities, and today I have some encouraging updates about health care reform.

The Vice President and I just met with leaders from the House of Representatives and received their commitment to pass a comprehensive health care reform bill by July 31.

We also have an unprecedented commitment from health care industry leaders, many of whom opposed health reform in the past. Monday, I met with some of these health care stakeholders, and they pledged to do their part to reduce the health care spending growth rate, saving more than two trillion dollars over the next ten years — around $2,500 for each American family. Then on Tuesday, leaders from some of America’s top companies came to the White House to showcase innovative ways to reduce health care costs by improving the health of their workers.

Now the House and Senate are beginning a critical debate that will determine the health of our nation’s economy and its families. This process should be transparent and inclusive and its product must drive down costs, assure quality and affordable health care for everyone, and guarantee all of us a choice of doctors and plans.

Reforming health care should also involve you. Think of other people who may want to stay up to date on health care reform and other national issues and tell them to join us here:

Health care reform can’t come soon enough. We spend more on health care than any country, but families continue to struggle with skyrocketing premiums and nearly 46 million are without insurance entirely. It is a priority for the American people and a pillar of the new foundation we are seeking to build for our economy.

We’ll continue to keep you posted about this and other important issues.

Thank you,
Barack Obama

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update to Censorship at a ATT

a big heated conversation has been going on for a couple of days at a website with regard to our fiancial results and the bargaining for the new union contract.

only management is allowed to post on this site. fine and dandy.
a manager asked
“Since this article deals with health care issues as it relates to the current labor dispute between management and workers, would someone on the non-management side please clarify something I heard the other day. That is, I have heard that non-management employees are not permitted to post comments to these type articles. Is this true?”

and apparently got a great deal of responses from many craft folks making it clear to him that we could not.

his response
“From the emails and Qs I have received this morning in response to my previous post, it is quite evident that non-management employees are not permitted to post comments on this web site. To that I would say this. Not very American, not very democratic, and certainly, not very inclusive.”


Technical snag but i still support my union.

WOW! I have to try not to be pissed when I sit here unable to sign on to the union meeting that is being held online. grrrrrr

something tells me that I am just going to have to wait and watch a recorded version of the biggest union meeting in the history of the CWA union.

I registered, I waited for the instructions and I went to the site and logged on around the designated time and I am still hour glassing after 45 minutes.

hmmmmm. Did they do a test run? nah.

Today at work must have been the last straw for the management staff. They are on call and ready for anything and the company starts to refer to them as lesser employees by trying to get the union members to get their drift by telling us that what they are asking from us is far better than the shitty plan they stuck their managers with. Usually, you see comments on the company sites about union bargaining littered with messages from managers saying good things about the company. After they dogged out the managers two days in a row by mentioning that the health plan they have sucks rocks, they finally lashed out.

I was waiting for Big Brother to swoop down and wipe out the messages, but not today…I think the company computer guy must have gone on a vacation… or has stopped following the company rule of wipe-it-out-if-it’s-not-towing-the-company-line.

Some of the comments really got me thinking about how management gets screwed and how we cannot be mean to them because part of their job requirement is to follow company policy and work during strike.

Does it make you anti-company if you don’t subscribe to all of the company’s policies?

Maybe it is time for the managers to consider walking out with us. Now that would stick it to the corporation. From what I understand, managers have a 2500 deductible which means that they have to see the doctor a total of 65 visits per year in order to have the company pick up the tab at that point. Some of the comments from the managers stated that the only cost savings they had from their medical plan was the small discount they got on each doctor visit price.
If there were to be any type of catastrophic illness a family would be wiped out by having to pay medical bills up front before the company would take over and pay their share.

I am very disappointed by ATT for the way they have put down their management staff as well as the core wire line persons who keep this business running even if we aren’t making as much money for them as we used to.
What the union and the company need to do is come to an agreement that is fair for ALL employees.

Why not have the employees, managers and executives share the medical cost. I think that if they worked it out, it would balance out quite well.

Shame on ATT

Censorship at ATT

AT&T announces 1Q earnings

“AT&T Inc. today reported first-quarter results highlighted by improved postpaid wireless growth with a substantial step up in integrated device penetration, double-digit increases in revenues from IP-based and strategic business services, and further AT&T U-verse TV subscriber gains. Advances in these areas and solid cost management largely offset continuing economic pressures on consumers and businesses.”

People at ATT can leave comments on news items but it is limited to managers. i get you cold hard cash that this comment will be pulled down by end of day

“2009 raises – Zero dollars Loss of 401k investment from voided 2009 raise over next 20 years- don’ t ask Cost of ads on Tiger Woods golf bag- wow 30.6 Billion in 1st qrt 2009 – Priceless”


I’ll have a side of curry with my internet service

they want to screw us on eerything and this is what we get…
a new office in Dubai. what is up with ATT?

they know that they stand to make a lot more money by squeezing us out of existence.

“We opened our first office in Dubai in 2006 to meet the needs of our customers and since then have continued to build and consolidate our position in the region. In October 2007, John B. Gibson was appointed President, AT&T Middle East and Africa, leading our efforts in the region. This was followed in November 2008 by the appointment of Kevin Maher as regional vice president to focus on sales and support for our global enterprise customers in the region. The new office space is the next step in our progression in the Middle East region.”

grrrrr r i say

what would I give up to have a contract RIGHT NOW!

what would i give up RIGHT NOW for a contract.

I would give up that paid FLMAwithout a doubt. They do need to back down on some stuff because some of them are still thinking like it is 1980. You can’t always get what you want. The worst part is that they are ripping us off on the health care. There is no way to get them to hear what we are thinking. That is the problem.
If we speak out against the union, they point us out to be union crashers. So be it I say. I have no shame in telling them that they are asking for to much and fighting a fight that I don’t think we can win on the backs of the employees.
The employees are stuck in the middle between the union and the corporation and the only folks who will suffer will be us.
I would love to get the jobs back to CA and the people who got screwed out of jobs a good deal too. We can handle not having more money. We just need to be able to take care of our health without having to file for bankruptcy.

Sometimes I feel like the union did not take enough time to hear how we felt and what we really wanted to fight about.
We got a survey out that gave us an opportunity to vote on what we were willing to strike for but we never got a return on that survey when it came time to authorize a strike. I would have felt more comfortable making a decision on something that might send me into bankruptcy court.

Was my decision to vote “no” appropriate? yes. Did it make a difference? Not to the union or the members who voted yes but doing the best and voting your conscience is the best that you can do.

I have enjoyed a wonderful Easter and hope that we don’t have to go through the whole crucifiction thing again during negotiations.


Unity @ ATT newsletter

Here is the latest Unity@ATT newsletter.

Below is a link to download the PDF. Due to some technical difficulties, it’s a large file (3.8 M). We’ll try to post a smaller file later in the day. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

Also, watch AT&T’s video, Invest in America’s Future, on YouTube and add your comment! Let ’em know that laying off thousands, raising shareholder dividends, cutting health care for employees, increasing executive bonuses, and trying to end retiree benefits for future employees IS NOT investing in America!

(You have to be a member of YouTube or sign up before you can comment.)

PASS IT ON! Let’s foil AT&T’s anti-union PR campaign!

Tell ATT to do what is right

It’s happening again. Another big corporation is looking out for its executives and big investors at the expense of workers.

This time, it’s AT&T. In contract negotiations with CWA, the company keeps pushing for cuts in quality jobs, health care benefits, and standard of living increases.

The contract has expired, and CWA’s bargaining committees are working nonstop to try to reach an agreement with AT&T. But the company won’t budge. We need 10,000 signatures on our petition of support in the next week to show AT&T that the whole union is mobilized behind our bargaining teams.

Will you sign?

AT&T claims that these cuts are necessary because of the poor economy. They’ve even had the nerve to compare telecom to the auto industry, even though telecom continues to expand and remain profitable. Just last year, AT&T made $12.9 billion in profits — almost a billion more than the previous year.

AT&T can and should be a leader in supporting quality middle class jobs and benefits. That makes communities and our economy stronger. Instead, AT&T wants to increase profits by taking money out of the pockets of its workforce and even its retirees.

We’ve shown the company how to save money without massive cost-shifting; yet their only objective is to make workers pay more. Clearly, AT&T is looking for scapegoats, not solutions.

Tell AT&T to do the right thing — sign our petition urging the company stop trying to cut jobs and benefits:

Fortune Magazine recently named AT&T the world’s Most Admired Telecom Company. In response, the company’s chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said, “This honor is a real tribute to the competitive drive, the passion to serve and the innovative spirit that defines the people of AT&T.”

But the company’s actions speak louder than its words. If it really cares about its employees, AT&T will stop trying to squeeze the wage increases and benefits they’ve earned out of them, and start supporting more quality jobs, a better standard of living, and real health care reform.

The current contract negotiations with AT&T are a critical moment for our union, for workers across the country, and for the U.S. economy. In these tough times, the best thing we can do is strengthen American workers and the middle class — and that means ensuring there are more quality jobs with good wages and health care for all.

Show AT&T that CWA is standing strong — sign our petition right now:

In solidarity,

Annie Hill
Executive Vice President