CWA-AT$T Legacy T Bargaining Report #18The Union rejected the Company?s last absence proposal, which would not pay anyone for illness absence until AFTER the Third consecutive day (and limits paid days to a maximum of three a year.) We also rejected their proposal to eliminate the ?tie back? rule, which could negatively affect certain members during layoffs. We also agreed to several Company proposals that did not change existing language, and a small improvement in some safety language.
We also rejected the Company?s proposals to drastically cut Alliance Funds. AT&T recently announced an increase in their ASPIRE program, which helps give educational opportunities to high school students, from $100 million to $250 million. While we applaud that program, we think they should have the same consideration to the Alliance program, which helps their own employees. We are not looking for close to $250 million, just to maintain what we have. As VP Maly pointed out: