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CenturyLink TA Highlights

by CWA LOCAL 6171 on 02/20/19

CWA DISTRICT 6  CENTURYTEL OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, LLC  CENTURYTEL OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, LLC AND CWA LOCAL 6171
 
FINAL SETTLEMENT PACKAGE HIGHLIGHTS
 
The Bargaining Committee chaired by CWA District 6 Assistant to the Vice President Sylvia J. Ramos, and members CWA Representative Tony Shaffer, CWA Local 6171 President Travis Pirotte and Executive Vice President Ken Conner, and CenturyLink elected Bargaining Committee Member Jeff Cole reached a Tentative Agreement on February 14, 2019.  
 
Below are the highlights of the changes that we gained in the newly negotiated Tentative Agreement: 
 
Wages
 
Year 1 - 1.5% increase in base wage effective retroactively to 12/30/18 *  Year 2 - 1.5% increase in base wage effective 8/16/19 * Year 3 - 1.5% increase in base wage effective 8/16/20 *
 
* Employees in Wage Schedule 3A will receive a 1% increase to base wage and a .5% lump sum.  
 
All employees in Wage Schedule 3 will receive a $.15 increase to base wage in Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 in addition to the 1.5% increase. 
 
Retro Pay
 
Retroactivity includes the improvement to wages and any other contractual improvements that were agreed upon. 
 
Overtime, Call Out, Sunday Pay Treatment
 
All hours worked on a non-scheduled workday will be paid at the overtime rate (1.5) times the basic hourly rate of pay.  Double time payments will remain payable at 55 hours.
 
The following hours will be considered as work hours and will count towards the daily and weekly overtime calculation:
 
• Jury Duty • Military Leave • Non-Paid Union Time
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Holidays
 
Clarified personal holiday and employees working on designated holidays contractual language.
 
Vacation Changes 
 
Improved vacation eligibility for employees with more than 10 years but less than 15 years will gain an additional 2.5 days as highlighted in the schedule below.                 5 Years but < 10 Years - 120 Hours 10 Years but < 15 Years - 140 Hours 15 Years but < 20 Years - 160 Hours 20 Years but < 25 Years - 180 Hours
 
Employees will be allowed the following vacation options:
 
• Day and/or days at time vacation increments • Half-day increments • Carry-over vacation into the next calendar year • Vacation banking
 
Subcontracting of Work 
 
Article 28 - Negotiated improved modified language regarding subcontracting and transfer of work along with a Letter of Understanding that the Company and Union agreed is enforceable through the grievance and arbitration procedures.
 
401(k)
 
Previously negotiated 401(k) plan language to be extended with a start date of January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021.
 
We are hopeful that we captured our members’ demands based on the concerns presented to the members of the Bargaining Committee.  
 
We look forward to the Contract Explanation call scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 7 p.m.: (888) 636-3807 code: 3404263#.  The contract ratification process will follow.

CenturyLink TA Explanation Conference Call

by CWA LOCAL 6171 on 02/18/19

Wednesday February 20th
7:00pm Central Time
Conference Bridge 1-888-636-3807
PIN  3404263#

CWA & Centurylink Reach Tentative Agreement

by CWA LOCAL 6171 on 02/14/19

CENTURYTEL OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS, LLC CENTURYTEL OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, LLC AND CWA LOCAL 6171

Final Settlement Package

Wages
Year 1 - 1.5% increase in base wage effective retroactively to 12/30/18 *
Year 2 - 1.5% increase in base wage effective 8/16/19 * 
Year 3 - 1.5% increase in base wage effective 8/16/20 *

* Employees in wage schedule 3A will receive a 1% increase to base wage and a .5% lump sum. + All employees in wage schedule 3 will receive $.15 increase to base wage in year 1, year 2 and year 3 in addition to the 1.5% increase described above. 

Retroactivity including wages will go back to December 30, 2018. 

We addressed all issues brought to our attention by our members with the previous Tentative Agreement. 

Listed below are the items that we gained with the New Tentative Agreement on February 14, 2019. 

All hours worked on a non-scheduled workday will be paid at the overtime rate (1.5) times the basic hourly rate of pay.

Vacation change: 
5 yrs. but < 10 yrs. 120 hrs. 
10 yrs. but < 15 yrs. 140 hrs. 
15 yrs. but < 20 yrs. 160 hrs. 
20 yrs. but < 25 yrs. 180 hrs. 

401 k changes to contribution starting in year 2021 will be explained on call.

Double Time to remain at 55 hrs.

Subcontracting of work: 
We kept Article 28 with changes and a new letter of understanding to be explained on the call.

** There will be an explanation call and the time and date are still being determined. 

CWA and CenturyLink Agree to Bargaining Dates

by CWA LOCAL 6171 on 01/24/19

CWA and CenturyLink have agreed to return to the table to attempt to resolve outstanding issues on Feb 12 - 13, 2019.

CenturyLink Bargaining Report 1/10/19

by CWA LOCAL 6171 on 01/10/19

The Local has reached out to the District to get an update on bargaining for CenturyLink.  As of now we are still trying to get dates from CenturyLink on when we can get back to the table.  The sticking points are still dealing with the language for contract labor and the 401K plan.  As soon as we get the dates we will update everyone.

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