Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile staff to unionize under the 'Wireless Workers United' umbrella

Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile staff to unionize under the 'Wireless Workers United' umbrella
Who said unions are dead? Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile employees are forming a new group, called Wireless Workers United, which will be the go-to venue for joint negotiations with carriers on everything labor related. The initiative stems from the Communication Workers of America (CWA) organization, which previously was tasked with union duties, but approached each carrier separately, while now employees who are members can act in a conjoined manner, states Dennis Trainor, a CWA VP:


Тhe Communications Workers of America had some recent successes, like with the protracted 10-month fight for better pay and conditions that saw wireless store employees going out on a strike last May. It managed to squeeze through a 10.1% pay rise, and shifting the compensation emphasis from commissions to the base pay, though salespeople are on the fence if that's a good thing. Furthermore, AT&T will start offering a more generous sick days policy, and compensations for closing stores. 

Those achievements haven't gone unnoticed at CWA, it seems, and, now, with the cross-carrier Wireless Workers United initiative, they might have even more leverage. Both AT&T and Verizon booked huge cash windfalls from the new tax law, and AT&T even dolled out cash bonuses to employees to demonstrate how good the tax cuts are for big businesses, so they can afford extending the good vibes to wireless employees in the new union force.

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