CWA-Represented Workers at AT&T to Get $1,000 Bonus

Dec. 21, 2017 – Following discussions with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, CWA President Chris Shelton reported that CWA-represented workers at AT&T will receive a $1,000 bonus. The announcement follows a union campaign to demand that CEOs increase workers’ pay in response to claims by GOP leaders that their corporate tax cut would result in pay increases of $4,000 per year. 

In November, Shelton contacted the CEOs of some of the largest corporations where CWA members work, including Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, American Airlines, General Electric, NBC Universal, and ABC Entertainment, asking them to guarantee the $4,000 wage increase promised by the Republican corporate tax cut.“Just like tax cuts in the bill, the AT&T bonus is temporary and falls short of promises the Republican leadership has made to support working and middle-income families,” the CWA wrote on its website. “Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, President Shelton said that while CWA was pleased to have negotiated additional money for members, ‘We won’t rest until we get at least what they promised,’ from AT&T and other employers.”

The CWA Press Release announcing the bonus appears below.

Press Release

CWA-Represented Workers at AT&T to Get $1,000 Bonus, ‘If You Don’t Ask for Your Fair Share, You’ll Never Get It’

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Following discussions with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, CWA President Chris Shelton reported that CWA represented workers at AT&T will receive a $1,000 bonus.

Last month, CWA said employers should guarantee the $4,000 wage increase promised by the Republican corporate tax cut, and contacted the CEOs of some of the largest corporations where CWA members work including Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, American Airlines, General Electric, NBC Universal and ABC Entertainment. “Together, through collective bargaining, we can ensure that promises about wages and jobs are kept,” Shelton wrote.

Republican leaders have promised that households would receive on average, a yearly $4,000 wage increase. They also claimed that the corporate tax plan would produce new jobs in the U.S. as companies return work from offshore.

“By pushing employers for this raise, CWA proves that working people have power when we join together to negotiate for a fair return for the work we do. Unions remain the most effective means for working people to stand together and achieve wage growth and keep good jobs in the U.S. If you don’t ask for your fair share you’ll never get it so join a union and start asking,” Shelton said.

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