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    President’s Report August 2017

    Frontier Updates

    Membership Counts by Title

    Cable Splicers17
    Comm. Coordinators I22
    Comm. Coordinators II2
    Comm. Coordinators III7
    Comm. Clerks12
    Desk Techs71
    Garage Mechanics3
    Network Techs89
    Power and Bldg Techs7
    Sales and Svc Techs148


    Date of ResignationNameTitle
    3/3/17  Harold SandersDesk Tech
    4/5/17Athena BolonDesk Tech
    4/14/17James LynchSales and Service tech


    Date of Resignation NameTitle
    1/3/17Jessie JohnsonCommunications Coordinator CNOC
    2/17/17Cecil ThompsonSales and Service tech
    AprilChuck KocherSales and Service tech
    5/31/17Ron LaLoggiaNetwork/Switch
    5/31/17Anthony GaudioSales and Service tech
    5/31/17Robert GartzLineman
    5/31/17Darryl DuntonLineman
    5/31/17Henry MontagueCable Splicer
    5/31/17Richard Moon Cable Splicer

    LTD Absences

    Robert Brown Jr.Sales and Service tech
    Guy MarbleCable Splicer

    Frontier 2nd Step Grievance Meetings

    July 25th, 2017

    Gr 7-1473-17

    The Company has management and Unite members performing craftwork, which was previously performed by CWA Local 1170 Clerical Unit.

    As of this report the Company hasn’t provided an answer.

    Gr 7-1472-17

    Beginning on or about March 12th the Company hasn’t administered call outs according to the contract or past practices.

    As of this report the Company hasn’t provided an answer.

    Arbitration Update

    Transfer of bargaining unit work due to M6 Conversion.

    The Arbitration has been scheduled for October 2nd, 2017, CWA attorney Atul Atwar will be coming to Rochester on August 28th to prepare with CWA 1170 Staff and Stewards.

    Take the Lead Sales Monthly Reports

    January 1, 2017-June 30th 2017

    LeadsSalesTotal RevenueAnnual Revenue
    340178$162,701 $136,816

    Managerial Changes

    Cathy Ouellette done in July

    Ann Burr retired June 15, 2017

    Cecilia McKinney terminated June 15th, 2017

    June 1st Hired new Sr. VP of operations from Google Fiber Christopher Levendos

    July 24th Hired John Maduri Executive Vice President , Consumer Sales, Marketing and Product.

    Commercial NOC Center

    No meeting took place in August as 1170 Officers were in Pittsburgh attending convention.

    Mary Beth Clear was hired as new Desk Tech assigned to CPE. This hire fulfills the contract obligation on the 45 new hires.

    The Union has sent a request to meet and/or bargain over the rumored transfer of the Frontier Anyware product that is supposedly being moved to Allen, TX.

    Frontier Updates

    Frontier Updates July 20th-August 16th

    • Uniform Policy update: The Union advised the Company that they were in violation of the contract by not having the ability to order pants. The Company is in progress of programming the pants back into the ordering process.
    • July 7th, the parties met over the introduction of the new My Time, time reporting system. The Union has addressed with the Company the following violations of the contract.
      • Unite represented Clerk performing Bargaining unit work
      • Management performing clerical work as far as making adjustments
      • The fact that they introduced time reporting in 3-minute increments with no notice to the employees (potential unfair labor charge).
      • A grievance has been filed and is scheduled to be presented at the July meeting.
      • A grievance was presented to the Company on July 25th, we have yet to receive an answer.
    • July 14th, the parties met over the Companies desire to make changes to the call out procedure. The Company would like to change the following.
      • The practice of 15 minute call back time.
      • Change alphabetical rotation to include only volunteers.
      • Call out bypass procedure.
      • The Union mentioned that these are bargainable items and is contemplating our next move
      • The Union has presented a proposal that would change the process and secure certain work for the bargaining unit.
    • Retirees as well as active employees have called with changes to their monthly phone bills, changing discounts. Were addressing on a case by case basis.
      • The Company has acknowledge that their have been problems and were in process of resolving them.

    Safety Committee

    No report

    Affiliate Report

    AT&T Mobility

    Settled Paul Penna unjust termination settlement for a monetary payout

    Strike: The Union took 21,000 workers out on strike from May 19th-21st in a historic strike. Local not one member of 1170 crossed.

    Contract negotiations have been going no where since January. The Union and the Company have met over 40 times with little progress. Future mobilization activities coming.

    Mobilization activities will be forth coming as the National representative have urged us to get every member mobilized to improve contract. A new contract will only happen if all the members effectively mobilize and participate.

    Key issues

    • Job security: AT&T continues to move call center jobs overseas and to third party vendors.
    • Retail work continues to be shifted to authorized dealers with lower wages and benefits.
    • Technician work: The Union wants to make sure that bargained for techs get a share of the new small cell work.
    • Commission Plans: AT&T is constantly shifting commissions, leading to less pay each time.
    • Several ULP charges have been filed on various infractions.

    Town of Greece

    Gold Badge Club: The Current CBA terminates December 31, 2017

    The Union has sent a request to bargain requesting dates.

    Greece Part Time Unit

    The Town reneged on the Tentative agreement reached on April 13th. The parties went back to the State Mediator on June 26th with no progress.

    The state mediator suggested fact finding as the parties next option. The current CBA expired on December 31, 2013. The Union is in the process of requesting fact finding from the head of state Mediation board.

    Town of Greece Crossing Guards

    Arbitration hearing concerning the unjust dismissal of Sharon Delucia concluded on Monday of April 25th, 2016. The Union received a decision sustaining the grievance ordering the grievant back to work and full back pay. The Town has refused to comply with the arbitrator’s decision.

    Update: The Town appealed the Arbitrators decision to State Supreme court where the Judge has issued a ruling that is somewhat unclear. The Judge overturned the Arbitrators decision based on the grievant not having arbitration rights under the CBA but directed the case back to Arbitration. The Union plans on appealing the decision.

    Contract Negotiations: Contract negotiations started on a successor agreement which expired on December 31st. The Town has demanded major concessions as part of this negotiations.

    The Parties went back to mediation for a second time at the end of June and were still unsuccessful in reaching an agreement.

    Greece Lighthouse Association

    The 2017-2019 CBA has been fully executed and signed

    City of Canandaigua DPW

    The Union and the City reached a new 5 year agreement on May 4th 2017. The Union preserved the current health insurance plan and agreed to modest increases in the monthly premiums by 1% per year.

    The City is contemplating contracting out work associated with street lighting. The Union is consulting with attorneys on whether to file a PERB charge.

    Democrat and Chronicle Mailers: The contract is now one year past expiration. The Company gave us its last and final offer with no movement.
    As of August 16th no updates to report.

    Dan Maloney President of Rochester Labor Council sent a letter to the head of operations stating that they were watching negotiations closely.

    City of Canandaigua PBA

    In February the members reached a 5year agreement with the following highlights

    Wages: 2,2, 2,1.75, 1.75

    Health care: Maintained plan with change to cost sharing: 11%,12%,13%,14%, and 15%.

    The Contract has been fully executed.

    Town of Henrietta

    The Union received the arbitrators award following the hearing that took place on May 5th. The Arbitrator ruled in the Towns favor. As a result it has been determined that the Long Term Disability benefit is 165 Calendar days and not work days.

    The contract has been completed and signed.

    Town of Canandaigua employees Highway association

    The Town and the Union reached a tentative agreement on June 28th. The agreement is for 2 years with wage increases in the first year of 1.75%, and 2% in the second year. The agreement has been ratified by the members and is waiting approval from the Town board. Update, the agreement is to go before the Town board on August 21st.

    Village of Waterloo PBA

    We’ve had one meeting and the tone of negotiations wasn’t good as they want to shift health insurance costs and do away with retiree health insurance for new hires.

    Political Action Committee

    Work continues in New York on many issues important to our members.. Bills have been introduced concerning Maintenance of the Copper Telephone network, Fios and the fiber buildout of broadband, A call center Bill, A universal health care bill, and other issues.
    Wisconsin, Kentucky, and West Virginia are the latest three states to introduce right to work legislation.

    Negotiations will begin shortly for our represented workers in the following places.

    • Town of Conesus
    • Town of Bristol
    • Town of Groveland


    The Trustees of the retirement plan have voted to replace the existing stable Value fund. Notices we’re mailed out on July 26th and the black out period will be September 12th-14th.

    As of July 1st the Lifetime orthodontic benefit was increased from $1,000.00 to $1,500.00.

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