Failure by the Company to Pay Overtime to a Sales and Service Technician II
Second formal step written answer is unsatisfactory. Appeal is being made to arbitration.
Management's Discipline of a Sales and Service Technician II Without Just Cause
Second formal step meeting was held Friday, 03/12/21. Working on clarifying the written answer.
Inappropriate Discipline of a Sales and Service Technician II Without Sufficient Cause
Follow up/additional second formal step meeting will be held on Friday, 05/28/21.
Inappropriate and Inconsistent Discipline of a Sales and Service Technician II No IRS was held.
Has been appealed to the first formal step. Meeting is still pending.
Harassment and Retaliation by Management Against a Sales and Service Technician II
Follow up/additional second formal step meeting will be held on Friday, 05/28/21.
Company's Denial of Personal Time Off for More Than One Sales and Service Technician at a Time
Top step meeting has been held - still awaiting a written answer at this time.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING MINUTES VIA ZOOM CALL FROM MAY 11, 2021, MEETING CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT STEVE KOTEL AT 6:03PM.
Members present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Mary Weber, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Tom Locke, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda.
Members absent: South Area Rep Ron Scott, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens.
--Treasurer Mary Weber presented the Financial Report and discussion was held regarding lost wages when Members are off for union business. Mary asked to be copied on the e-mails that are requesting time off to Management. Jane advised she will be sending Mary a copy of request for time off e-mails moving forward.
-MLO81 form was discussed, Jane advised she is working with Michelle from the District Office regarding the document that needs to be completed when Members retire but want to stay on as Members of the Local. Retirees do pay union dues.
--Vice President Ann McNeary discussed changes to the Local’s bylaws and the updates. The updated bylaws will be presented at two General Membership meetings. One change is the Treasurer and Secretary position will be combined into one position effective 1/1/2024. Another change will be a $100 fee for any Members that become Right to Work and then want to come back and join the Local. All changes will be noted when the updated bylaws are presented at the meetings.
-FMLA training was discussed and it was determined it would be of value for Stewards and Board Members to take the training. It may be difficult to schedule the training with the summers months coming up but Ann will check into this.
--A new Frontier seniority list had come out but there are some Members not on that list, President Steve Kotel is aware of this and will be working with Management to get resolved.
--Ann brought up doing the Local’s audits for the last two years. Mary stated she will be talking with Sherry Gehring to discuss the documents needed for the audit, Sherry has some of the Local documents needed. When Mary talks with Sherry they will get a date when the audit for both years can be completed.
--Ann presented the grievance report and discussion was held and grievances were updated.
--Ann had sent out information to the Area Reps regarding a Stewards training course from the School for Workers for the Stewards to attend. Training is for writing grievances and other tasks for the Stewards. The training is $99 a student, self paced course and should take one full day.
Ann McNeary made a motion to send any Stewards and Executive Board Members to the training for one full day and the Local would pay for the training and one full day of lost wages, the Area Reps will work with Management to schedule for time off. North Area Rep Tom Locke seconded the motion. Motion discussed and passed by Executive Board.
--Ann discussed Area Reps setting up their own Zoom Meetings, Ann is willing to continue to set up if needed and will assist Area Reps if help is needed to set up the meetings.
--Face to face meeting was discussed for the Executive Board for June, the Board Members do feel comfortable with now having a face to face meeting. Location and time is to be determined.
--Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed the Scholarship forms and previously we only accepted forms US Mail. Jane asked if we can now be receiving US Mail and Email. Board discussed and agreed forms could be received either way, US Mail or Email.
-Jane is working with the District regarding Members that had left other CWA Locals and are now joining CWA Local 4671, the District office needs to make the changes so the Members can join our Local.
--Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda stated her daughter won a $1200 scholarship from CWA National, her daughter is attending school in New York.
-There are no changes in the Assignment Center as far as Members coming back into the office, Members are still working from home.
-Members are asking about Frontier Bargaining and when will it start.
--North Area Rep Tom Locke discussed pending grievance in his area, Tom will be working with Steve on the grievance.
-Tom inquired about the Frontier Rhinelander contract, Steve will be checking into the status of the contract and get back with Tom.
--President Steve Kotel stated there are no updates for the Frontier Bargaining at this time.
-Scott from Networth Financial contacted Steve and stated they are doing webinars regarding Frontier bankruptcy and how it can effect our Members, Steve will have Cathy post on the Local’s website if any Members are interested in signing in.
--CenturyLink is offering packages to Members, they are also discussing lay offs.
--Steve discussed the Drivers Safety Management Program which is CenturyLink having a 3rd party who monitors Members driving records.
--Local 4671 will be donating 10 cents a Member to the CWA Union to Union, total donation from our Local would be $29.90. Also the CWA Pediatrics AIDS Foundation will be sent a check for $299.00 which is $1 per Local Member. Our Local has donated to these two organizations previously.
Motion was made by North Area Rep Tom Locke to adjourn meeting and 2nd by Assignment Area Rep Judy Brasda. Motion passed and meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.
Minutes submitted respectfully by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
General Membership Meeting - Done via Zoom Conferencing
Tuesday - April 27, 2021
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 6:04 p.m. Executive Board members present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Mary Weber, Assignment Center Representative Judy Brasda, and North Area Representative Tom Locke. Other members in attendance: Lori Cline, April Conrad, Becky De Vries, Ed Dinges, Rose Hernandez, Chris Loomis, Tracy Martinmaas, Courtney Ribarchek, Jennifer Shier, and Terry Woller. Absent excused: Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
Mary gave the Treasurer's report. Because of the pandemic, we have not been meeting in person so our expenses have been much less than in the past. Our current balance in the savings account is $50,568.13 and, in checking, it is $41,413.37.
The grievance report was discussed in detail and updated (and the report is always available on the Local's website. Ann reported that there is a lot of activity currently in trying to pass the federal PRO (Protecting the Right to Organize) Act. It has passed the House of Representatives and is now in the US Senate. Senator Tammy Baldwin is a co-sponsor. So we need to work on Senator Ron Johnson. To quote the National AFL-CIO, this legislation is "… the most significant worker empowerment legislation since the Great Depression". It would help workers form Unions and would increase all of our rights on the job. Ann also mentioned upcoming training sessions that we hope to schedule - stewards training and FMLA. [If interested, let your Area Representative know.] And if anyone has suggestions about items the Local can purchase for our members, please let Ann know. [A few years ago, we did t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, and hats.]
Judy noted that work has slowed down a bit in the Assignment Center and that the Company is offering surplus time. There is training coming up and the Company will require that employees use company-provided cameras. This is ONLY for the training and not an ongoing thing. Judy also reported that Frontier bargaining conference calls continue - trying to go thru the existing contract and MOUs to note where changes need to be made. Wisconsin will be well represented since Judy will be joining Steve. [Note: Also bargaining will be Aaron Carpenter, Local 4372, OH; John Cosgrove, Local 4375, OH; and Eric Baxter, Local 4385, OH.] The Center is a significant portion of the membership district-wide so having a voice at the bargaining table will be especially important.
Tom reported that they are understaffed in the North. This and the BAT requirements are making for a number of tense, not good work situations. He is working on getting his stewards training as soon as possible.
Steve reported that a date for Frontier bargaining has not been selected yet and there is an MOU in place to extend the existing contract. Frontier's pension fund is still underfunded so, as of now, lump sum payment is not an option. The bankruptcy process continues. Steve also announced that Lumen Technologies (new name for CenturyLink) is cutting back a great deal - can't order supplies, … and have laid off 20% of the workers in Ohio. Some Wisconsin Lumen employees were offered early separation packages.
There was a general discussion next - the BAT infraction system is being utilized more fully in the Assignment Center (but there has been no discipline so far). The requirements really don't help workers do the job any better, they just add stress. All who filled out bargaining surveys were thanked for sharing their thoughts and suggestions. Any additional ideas should be forwarded to someone on the Executive Board. Steve would like to have some e-mail and/or text notification system for bargaining updates. [More to come on that.] Please do let the Local know if there is a death or illness involving a member. The companies do not let us know and we do have a bereavement benefit available. Also, FMLA is an option that may help members cover time off - and not get in trouble. If you have questions, please ask Ann or an Area Representative.
M/S/C to adjourn at 7:19 p.m.
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)
CWA Local 4671 Executive Board Meeting Minutes from March 2, 2021. Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 6:05pm.
Members Present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary Treasurer Mary Weber, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Tom Locke, South Area Rep Ron Scott, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens.
--Treasurer Mary Weber presented the Treasurer Report.
-There was discussion on moving money from the Local’s checking and saving accounts to other accounts, no action taken at this time.
-Mary discussed her and Ann McNeary are in Officers Training this week, training is being done virtual.
--Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed the computer issues she was having and her computer was turned in for tech support, at this time unsure if the computer will be repairable or if a new computer will be needed.
-Any new Local Membership cards should be mailed to Jane for her to enter.
-The Local’s office is located in Pardeeville, Treasurer Mary Weber will meet Jane at the office to go over documents in the office.
-Jane received notice regarding our pocket calendars and payment was not received, Mary stated she had called the vendor and did issue the payment that was due.
--South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed issues techs are having with some Managers who are giving techs directives that can be taken as unethical.
-Area Reps discussed codes techs are using when clearing out tickets.
-Members are getting frustrated when a grievance goes to the District, the District does not pursue the grievance any further.
--North Area Rep Tom Locke reported his membership is getting frustrated with the same issue as the South Area Members regarding grievances going to the District and then not being pursed any further.
-Tom is working on board charges against Weingarten Rights regarding disrespect of a Steward during a meeting.
-Discussion on how Members are doing all work involved on tickets to complete everything on the job and provide excellent customer service.
-Tom discussed possibly doing a golf outing or some other type of outing for North Area Members.
--CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens will get together with Secretary Jane Vander Kooy and review the seniority list for CenturyLink Members.
-Members not meeting numbers, Member did get written up. There is a reoccurring pattern of techs being written up for performance issues.
-Jon was asking Members to get their Link to Success numbers at the end of the day and to have Managers provide those numbers at the end of the day, this way the Member will know their numbers everyday.
-Discussion on how drive times effect techs daily measurements, it is not a fair measurement due to some techs have increased drive times.
-Possible rotating Saturday schedules will be addressed at a meeting with the Company, President Steve Kotel will be addressing.
--Assignment Rep Judy Brasda discussed Fiber Adjusters accommodation forms to get equipment changes – HR has gotten rid of these forms since work from home started. Now with work from home there is no reason for accommodation requests. Judy will run it by Kari Karr and Cindy.
-Judy provided update on Members in the Assignment Center leaving for Management position or leaving the company.
-Ann will be hosting the meeting for Judy on March 18, 2021 at 6pm.
--Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report and discussion was held.
-The Officer Training at this point is disappointing, not much new information provided.
-Locals Facebook and Website postings for the Local needs to be the same postings on both sites.
-There are Members interested in joining the meeting site for the Executive Board Meetings.
-There are no dates for Frontier Bargaining at this time per President Steve Kotel.
-Discussion on getting Members items from the Local for Frontier Bargaining.
--President Steve Kotel discussed the bargaining for Frontier being on hold.
-Districts are having monthly calls and less Members are showing up for these calls.
-In District 6 the Company wants to lay off Members and hire with Contractors.
-Steve stated how Judy being on the bargaining calls really helps with clarification of what is happening in the Assignment Center.
Motion made by Tom Locke to adjourn the meeting and 2nd by Ann McNeary. Meeting ended at 8:20pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
Executive Board Meeting held on February 2, 2021 at 6pm via Zoom Call.
Members Present were President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Mary Weber, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, South Area Rep Ron Scott, North Area Rep Tom Locke, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda
Excused: CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report, discussion was held on the grievances.
Ann discussed zoom meeting for the next General Membership meeting. At this time meetings will still be held virtual due to COVID.
Additional trainings be held for 2021 was discussed with the Board, at this time meeting will not be held in person but virtual.
Ann will be reviewing and updating the Local’s operating practices.
-Treasurer Mary Weber presented the Treasurers Report, discussion was held.
Mary discussed she has had a few issues with not receiving mail at her residence. Mary asked if anyone mailing her a voucher can send her an email advising the voucher has been sent US Mail.
Blank vouchers and where they are located was brought up, Jane advised she does have vouchers and there are also vouchers located at the Union Office in Pardeeville.
Mary had sent out all the W2’s last week.
Officer Training was discussed for new officers, Mary would like to attend the training. Training was discussed with the Board and other Board Members who attended the training all said it was a good training to attend. Training will be held March 1, 2021 through March 5, 2021, this training will be held via Zoom, training is from 9am to 4pm each day. A motion was made by Ann McNeary that her and Mary Weber will be attending the officer training on March 1, 2021 to March 5, 2021 and Mary will be paid 40 hours for her lost wage, there will be no lost wages for Ann McNeary. Ron Scott 2nd the motion. Board voted and motion was passed.
-Assignment Center Judy Brasda advised there are 3 members that are no longer in the Assignment Center.
Judy will be working with the Bargaining Committee to ask questions regarding the Assignment Center. Steve and Judy will be presenting Assignment Center concerns and issues.
Discussion on Sunday coverage for the Assignment Centers, Sun Prairie and Sherburne NY share a Supervisor, there was an issue with the Supervisor allowing personal time for the same day. Judy did get this issue resolved.
Judy will be off work for 4 – 6 weeks starting on February 17, 2021, she will be available by phone or e-mail if needed.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed an issue in the Eastern Area of the state. One issue is overtime was not being offered by seniority. 2nd issue is Ron appealing final chance letter due to notes a Member had on a ticket.
Ron then discussed a tech who had gotten a one day suspension due to no mask on when he was alone in the CO, someone walked in and saw the tech had no mask. The Board discussed where the work stations are for employees that work outside and in central offices. There are Managers who have been seen in their offices with no masks on, but said they were 6 feet apart so no masks needed. Ron will be continuing to check into the clarification of mask wearing.
-North Area Rep Tom Locke had brought up holding Local Meetings in the North Area. Ann said she will assist him via Zoom with setting up the North Area Meetings.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed the 2021 Local 4671 Scholarship, the Board agreed we will continue with the scholarships and have 6 as we have in the previous years.
Jane has additional wall calendars and Ron stated he would take the additional calendars, Jane will send to Ron.
There are processing issues with Jane’s Actify system, Jane is working with CWA Data Specialist to get it corrected.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the Bargaining Surveys and how to get more surveys out to the Members. Surveys does keep the Membership aware of the bargaining and keeps the Members updated.
There are 3 Members that have quit CenturyLink recently.
In Ohio there are 39 exchanges that are offering packages to CenturyLink Members.
There is a Sales and Service Tech job posting in Lodi WI.
CenturyLink Members will have dues being taken out of the checks starting in February.
Motion was made by Ron Scott to adjourn the meeting and 2nd by Tom Locke. Meeting was adjourned at 7:40pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA LOCAL 4671 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING MINUTES FROM JANUARY 5,2021
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 6pm.
Member Present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Mary Weber, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Tom Locke, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda
Member Excused: South Area Rep Ron Scott
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report to the Board and grievances were discussed.
Frontier Bargaining surveys are on the Local website, at this time 23 Members have responded to the survey.
Ann updated the Executive Board Members list and the Local’s Steward List.
-Treasurer Mary Weber presented the Financial Report to the Board.
At this time Mary is working on W2’s and the Local’s taxes.
Mary had completed the 2 day training for Quick Books that was done on line.
Members need to send in vouchers timely so payments can be made monthly. If there is a reason a voucher can not be sent in monthly the Member can talk with Mary about the delay in sending in the voucher.
-Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda discussed changes in the Assignment Centers. In West Virginia the Complex Assigner/Cutter positions will no longer be in the Assignment Center, these jobs are going to the Engineering Dept. Sun Prairie did not have any of these positions in the Assignment Center.
Overtime is being offered to everyone in the Assignment Center for 1 hour a day, during the day the overtime is then being canceled. Overtime should be offered by seniority. Judy had addressed with Cindy and her and Cindy will be meeting to discuss overtime issues.
There were Assignment Techs that had an issue with the holiday pay over New Years, Judy had addressed and it has been resolved.
-North Area Rep Tom Locke attended his first Board Meeting, Tom has replaced North Area Rep Chris Loomis.
Tom addressed updating the Local Union Bulletin Boards in some of the offices. Tom will present to President Kotel what he plans on posting.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens advised the CenturyLink ballots went out and will be counted on January 11, 2021.
Link to Success was discussed, there are some Members who were being coached and at this time there are Members that may now be disciplined.
The Company is having non union members and members picking schedules against each other.
The CO Techs coverage areas have now increased and the Techs have much larger areas to cover.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed the Pardeeville union office and having some filing cabinets moved back to the Labor Temple in Wausau.
Board Members when submitting union cards need to verify all information on the card and it is clear and able to be read. Board Members need to keep Jane updated on the status of the Members if there are any changes.
There were a couple Members status in question, Board Members will check and follow back up with Jane.
President Steve Kotel stated Frontier bargaining will start in one month, there has been no update from the District at this time. Steve will be contacting the District to discuss the Bargaining.
Motion made by Steve Kotel to adjourn the meeting and 2nd by Jon Stevens.
Meeting adjourned at 7:30pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA Local 4671 Executive Board Meeting - Done via Zoom Conferencing
Wednesday - December 02, 2020
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 6:04 p.m. Those present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Mary Weber, (outgoing) Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Assignment Center Representative Judy Brasda, CenturyLink Representative Jonathan Stevens (who was a bit tardy due to work), North Area Representative Tom Locke, (outgoing) North Area Representative Chris Loomis, and South Area Representative Ron Scott. Absent excused: Secretary Jane Vander Kooy. [Our condolences to Jane on the recent loss of her Mother.]
As a first order of business, at the direction of Chris Loomis, Chair of the Elections Committee, Steve administered the oath of office to Ron (recently re-elected) and Tom (newly elected).
The grievance report was discussed in detail and a number of grievances that had been pending for some time were closed - mainly due to lack of support from the District/National. The current contract language contains too many ambiguities or allows too much leeway for managers. Several of these issues, especially compensated availability, will need to be addressed in upcoming Frontier bargaining. The updated report will be sent to the Board and posted on the Local's website.
Steve reported that the Frontier Local Presidents have elected the CWA Frontier bargaining team - Aaron Carpenter, Local 4372, OH; John Cosgrove, Local 4375, OH; Eric Baxter, Local 4385, OH; and Steve Kotel, Local 4671, WI. CWA Staff Representative Shannon Kirkland will be representing the National. Steve did commit that in some way the Assignment Center will be represented at bargaining - perhaps serving in the notetaker role - since the Center is a significant portion of the membership district-wide.
We need to start preparing for Frontier bargaining. There hopefully will be additional mobilization training. Ann will develop and share a draft survey with the Board. Once it is finalized, it will be posted on the website and mailed as necessary. Ann will compile results as they come in. We will be working to collect contact information from all members - personal e-mails, cell phone numbers, home addresses - so we can provide updates during bargaining and plan mobilization activities.
Sherry reported that the finances are looking pretty good - balance of $40,372.75 in the checking account. We still are not getting any dues from CenturyLink (because of the ongoing negotiations and expired/lapsed contract). Mary has purchased a new computer and printer. They will be working on getting the Local's financial information transferred. M/S/C to allow Mary up to three days lost time in December to train with Sherry. The Officers will need to go to Summit Credit Union together to change the signatories on the Local's account.
Sherry asked Steve about the audit of the Assignment Center's fellowship fund. After a lot of back and forth, Steve feels that funds were not misused but the necessary documentation - including detailed receipts - were not kept or have been misplaced. The Local will need to tighten up the process surrounding the fellowship funds and decide if it's an appropriate use of the members' dues. Also we need to have an inventory of equipment owned by the Local (and who is currently using it and where it is located).
Chris noted that there still is not a printed copy of the Frontier Rhinelander agreement. This must be addressed. Steve will again contact the District. Chris also talked about a very serious work situation where, in a very retaliatory way for reporting a workplace situation, a member has been subjected to multiple investigatory interviews and is being "over" supervised. Several ideas to assist the member were discussed.
Jon reported that the tentative agreement at Lumen/CenturyLink was rejected by the membership. While the voting was going on, the company announced that all non -Union employees would be getting a paid holiday on Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. [This proposal by the Union during bargaining was rejected by the Company!] Jon and Steve are trying to set up a next bargaining session with the company - to see if there is any possibility for modifications or new proposals. Jon noted that they are stretched very thin - not enough employees and lots of "drive time". COVID-19 has further depleted the workforce in the past few weeks. The nomination meeting for CenturyLink Representative will be held via Zoom Conferencing on Monday, December 21st.
Ron reported that he was part of an investigatory interview recently for a member and notations that were made on a pending job ticket. Many of the same issues happening in the North Area are happening in the South. Everything that a technician does can be measured and/or watched.
Judy noted that the nomination meeting for the Assignment Center Representative is scheduled for Tuesday, December 8th, at 7:00 p.m.
Ann noted that Chris Loomis deserves a BIG thank you for the time and energy he has put in as Chair of the Elections Committee. He has put a great deal of effort into creating a membership list that can be easily divided by Area. Also, as a result of the various mailings, there have been many address updates. We will need to make sure the election process is well documented and, for any upcoming elections (such as for the CWA National Convention), a timeline needs to be established well in advance. Thank you, Chris!
Looking ahead, the Local will need to figure out what changes need to be made to the bylaws and how that will be done - since ours call for in person meetings. Also the Operating Practices need to be updated to better reflect what is currently happening, especially as pertains to "virtual" meetings. And, finally, Ann did mention that the WI State AFL-CIO is looking for volunteers to either send postcards or make phone calls to fellow Union members in Georgia to encourage them to vote in their upcoming run-off election for the US Senate. Those two seats could have a huge impact on national legislation that is enacted over the next four years.
M/S/C to adjourn at 8:15 p.m.
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD ON OCTOBER 28. 2020 AT 6PM VIA ZOOM CALL, MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT STEVE KOTEL.
Executive Board Members present were President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Mary Weber, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, South Area Rep Ron Scott, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens. Former Treasurer Sherry Gehring was also present on call.
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report. Grievance report was discussed and updated.
-Ann discussed the National Election coming up on November 3, 2020 and encouraged all members to vote.
-Discussion was brought up about the Local’s Budget and the monthly wage for the Vice President. The VP pay is $800 a month and since Ann was the Vice President of the Local she has only taken $400 a month. Ann stated the duties of the Vice President are to keep the grievance report updated and to present the report at the Local and Membership Meetings, also to support the Local President and to assist in any duties assigned to her by the President. Ann believes the duties of the Vice President she has done for the last 3 years should be paid at $400 a month and not $800 a month. Ann McNeary made a motion that the Local 4671 Operating Practices show a change in the wage for the Vice President to $400 a month from $800. Judy Brasda 2nd the motion. Discussion was held by the Board and President Steve Kotel called for the vote, there was 7 yeah votes and 1 nay vote, motion was passed.
-Former Treasurer Sherry Gehring along with Treasurer Mary Weber discussed the transfer of the Treasurer duties to the new Treasurer. Discussion was held on getting a new computer, printer and 2021 Quick Books. Sherry had stated the printer and computer need to be replaced. Mary had checked into the cost of the new printer and computer and what is needed for the Local. Ann McNeary made a motion that the Treasurer purchase a new computer and printer and spend up to $1200, and to purchase the 2021 Quick Books and spend no more than $700, motion was 2nd by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy. Discussion was held and President Steve Kotel called for the vote, all Board Members were in favor of the purchase of the new computer, printer and 2021 Quick Books, motion was passed.
-Sherry stated the Wisconsin Labor History Society requested a donation from CWA Local 4671, Ann McNeary made a motion to donate $100 to the Wisconsin Labor History Society and motion was 2nd by Ron Scott, discussion held and motion passed.
-Sherry stated she and Mary Weber have been working together weekly to get Mary trained on the Treasurer position. Sherry and Mary will be working on the new 2020/2021 Budget. Sherry stated she will be handling the December vouchers and to have the vouchers sent to her. Sherry is working with Summit Credit Union to get the Financials for the Local to be transferred out of her name and into Mary Weber’s name.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed Area Reps need to get new union cards to her so Local records can be updated.
-CWA Local 4671 wall calendars should be received the week of November 2nd and Jane will mail out the wall and pocket calendars to the Area Reps as they requested.
-Discussion on the audit of the Fellowship Fund was held, President Steve Kotel stated on any Local events all receipts need to be kept and turned in to the Area Rep, Treasurer and Secretary.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott stated is has been quiet in the South Area. In the East Area management is asking members in that area about a first line Supervisor and asking members if they are having any problems or issues with this Supervisor.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed ballots going out for the CenturyLink contract. Election Committee Chairperson Chris Loomis advised he hopes to have the ballots mailed out by October 30, 2020 and the count will be held on November 18, 2020.
-CenturyLink sent out a statement on Monday that all non represented employees will be getting Martin Luther King Day off as a holiday along with Good Friday. Good Friday can also be used as a floating holiday if the employees did not want to take off on Good Friday.
-Jon held a conference call for CenturyLink members to discuss the contract, there were about 21 members on the call.
-Jon discussed how CenturyLink is handling COVID for members. Members need to do a mandatory sign in to an app to have their temperature taken, the app will let the members know if they can sign in before they have any face to face contact with employees. Discussion regarding the questionnaire the Company is requiring Members to complete, the questions are yes and no questions and they do not violate HIPAA. The National union has sent questions to the company regarding their COVID policy but there has been no response back. Members have been getting 80 hours off paid if they or a family member has COVID or has been in contact and needs to be quarantined. At this time the maximum amount of time to be given out is 80 hours, then the members need to use personal time.
President Kotel stated time will tell how CenturyLink will continue to handle the COVID issues, this is all new and the National Union will be getting involved.
-Jon stated there are no new issues with the Link to Success.
-Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda discussed the issuing of overtime not being done by seniority in the Center. Judy did address with Management and it was agreed that overtime will be given by seniority.
-With Members working at home from the Assignment Center, Management is doing screen shots to check on techs work product. Management is finding that some employees are clearing out tickets but never working the ticket. There are also members calling customers and then hanging up before the customer answers. Judy is concerned Members could be terminated if this continues.
-Judy did offer to close out the Entertainment account if needed, she would go to Summit Credit Union to close out.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed the mailing for the ballots and how to keep the Local’s addresses updated. The Board all agreed that a yearly mailing would assist in keeping address changes updated in the Local’s records.
-Chris stated ballots for the Local election for President and Vice President were mailed out today, ballots will be counted at the Labor Temple on November 17, 2020 at 4:30pm.
-There are a couple disciplines in the North Area, one is a COVID issue and another is daily completing of tickets.
-Chris will need an updated spread sheet from Secretary Jane Vander Kooy of all the Local’s Members for the election.
-There will be nominations coming up for Area Reps for the North Area, South Area, Assignment Center and CenturyLink. These nominations will take place after the ballots have been counted for the Officers positions of President and Vice President.
-President Steve Kotel stating the addressing of the wages of the Board Members will be held at another time, there will be future discussion with the Board.
Motion was made by Jane Vander Kooy to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by Sherry Gehring, meeting adjourned at 8:05am
Meeting minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA Local 4671 Membership Meeting held via Zoom call on October 15, 2020 at 6:40pm.
Executive Board Members present were President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda, Century Link Area Rep Jon Stevens. Excused was North Area Rep Ron Scott.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring presented the Treasurer Report.
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the Grievance Report and updates were presented.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed sending an e-mail with all the proposals from CenturyLink Bargaining. Jon will have a Zoom meeting with the CenturyLink Members regarding the Tentative Agreement.
-President Steve Kotel turned the meeting over to Election Committee Chairperson Chris Loomis.
--Nominations were held for CWA Local 4671 President;
-- Jane Vander Kooy nominated Steve Kotel. Jon Stevens 2nd the nomination for President. Steve accepted the nomination.
--Joe Herbst nominated Ron Scott, Ron declined the nomination.
--Dionne Ratliffe nominated Desari Ratliffe, Desari accepted the nomination.
--Nominations were held for CWA Local 4671 Vice President;
--Dionne Ratliffe nominated Scott Walker. Scott was not present to accept or did not send in an acceptance letter, nomination was not valid.
--Sherry Gehring nominated Ann McNeary, nomination was 2nd by Judy Brasda. Ann did accept the nomination.
--Desari Ratliffe nominated Dionne Ratliffe. Dionne did accept the nomination.
--Myron Holley nominated Derek Wishowski, Derek declined the nomination.
--Nominations were held for CWA Local 4671 Secretary;
Steve Kotel nominated Jane Vander Kooy, Jane accepted the nomination.
Des Ratliffe nominated Scott Walker, Scott was not present to accept or did not send in an acceptance letter, nomination was not valid.
Des Ratliffe mailed in her nomination for Secretary, a Member is unable to run for more than one position and she was nominated for President.
--Nominations were held for CWA Local 4671 Treasurer;
Sherry Gehring nominated Mary Weber, Mary accepted the nomination. (Mary also sent in her nomination by US Mail)
Dionne Ratliffe nominated Abby Inman, Abby was not present to accept or did not send in an acceptance letter, nomination was not valid.
Des Ratliffe nominated Abby Inman, Abby was not present to accept or did not send in an acceptance letter, nomination was not valid.
Chris Loomis discussed the next steps for the President and Vice President election. The 4 Members will have a conference call with the Election Committee on Saturday to discuss the next steps for this election.
President Steve Kotel sworn in Treasurer Mary Weber and Secretary Jane Vander Kooy at the meeting.
Discussion was held on the newly elected Treasurer Mary Weber and pay for her due to her now being the Local’s new Treasurer. Mary will be paid for ½ the month of October and then continue for her term. Sherry Gehring the former Treasurer will stay on training Mary Weber through December and will be getting a salary for the rest of the year. Sherry stated Mary will need time off for union business so she can train her and take her to the bank to get her name on the Locals account.
Ann McNeary did state that Sherry Gehring can leave prior to the end of December if Mary has gotten the training needed.
Discussion was also held on mailing to the Members, the Members running for position can send letters or post cards to the Election Committee and they will put on mailing labels and mail to the Members. The Members running must pay for the postage of the mailing.
Sherry Gehring made a motion to adjourn and Jon Stevens 2nd the motion. Meeting adjourned at 7:53pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
SEPTEMBER EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD VIA ZOOM CALL. Meeting was held on September 28, 2020 at 6pm.
Members present President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, South Area Rep Ron Scott, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report and discussion was held by the Board on the pending grievances.
-Discuss was held on the upcoming elections for the Local’s officers and Area Reps.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy advised both pocket and wall calendars have been ordered and will be sent to her.
Aptify the system the Secretary uses for the Membership will be down October 16, 2020 through October 22, 2020. There is be no access to this system to make Membership updates or changes.
Area Reps need to continue to keep the Secretary informed on any new Members or Member changes.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring reviewed the Treasurer Report. Sherry is attempting to report cash dues to the National.
There are a couple Members that retired and would like to join the Local as a retired dues paying Members. Discussion by the Board is if a Member does want to stay a member of the Local there is a calculation provided by the National on what amount the retired member would pay yearly for their union dues.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed the Company using the Accountability Tool – Points per day, this tool is what the Company is using to go after behaviors of the Membership. The Local has concern of disciplinary action towards our Members.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed going back to the bargaining table with the Company on September 30, 2020.
CenturyLink has a new program called “Length of Success”, this is the 1st step meeting with Management and Members. Jon will be reaching out to the Members to have a Union Rep with them at these meeting, Jon is concerned with discipline towards the Members.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed the Election Committee and updated the Board on where the committee is at for the mailings getting ready for the elections coming up. The Election Committee will be mailing out a letter to all Members to explain the nomination and election process coming up.
The Board had several questions regarding the mailing and upcoming elections that were discussed.
-Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda had nothing to be addressed at this time.
-President Steve Kotel advised that Frontier should be out of bankruptcy by the end of this year. Frontier does plan on hiring more employees.
There was more discussion on the election coming up for our Local.
Nomination meeting will be held on October 15, 2020 at 6:30pm via zoom call.
Motion was made by Ron Scott to adjourn the meeting and second by Sherry Gehring. Meeting adjourned at 7:40pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA LOCAL 4671 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD ZOOM CALL at 6pm
Members present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens, Assignment Center Area Rep Judy Brasda
Excused: South Area Rep Ron Scott
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report and it was reviewed, report was updated.
Discussion was held on the elections for the Local’s Officers and Area Reps, elections will be held the 4th quarter of 2020. Nominations could be held via zoom calls or US Mailings. The election committee will have a post office box where the ballots will be sent. There will be notice to the members on how the nomination procedure will be handled. There will be at least 3 members on the Election Committee. Chris Loomis volunteered to be on the committee.
The bylaws for the Local will not be able to be changed prior to the election due the limited amount of time prior to the elections. Bylaw changes are on hold at this time.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring discussed the Local’s savings and checking account balances.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy advised of there were 3 scholarship forms received, all 3 applications were approved. There are 2 Frontier members and one CenturyLink member who will be receiving the $500 scholarship from the Local for their children’s ongoing education.
Discussion on the amount of calendars to order this year, with members working from home there will be a limited amount of calendars ordered this year.
-Assignment Area Rep Judy Brasda discussed mobilization training being held on September 10, 2020 in the afternoon. Judy and other Board members will get a list of members attending the meeting.
There are some members in the Assignment Center working from home that have received verbal warnings, Management has been keeping Judy updated.
Hours will be changing in the Assignment Center, Copper Reps will be done at 7pm and Fiber Reps will be done at 9pm.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis asked about the printing of the Rhinelander contract, Steve Kotel will be checking into the printing.
Discussion was held regarding the staffing for out of the area tickets.
CO techs at this time are working 10 hours a day, 6 days a week at this time.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed back to the bargaining table on September 24th – 26th for the CenturyLink contract.
District 7 took a pension freeze with their CenturyLink contract.
There may be federal mediation at the end of the month if bargaining does not move forward with CenturyLink bargaining for Wisconsin.
CenturyLink is pushing employees to complete an Employee Engagement Survey.
There is concern with the Membership about losing their jobs with the Link to Success Service Measure.
-President Steve Kotel discussed e-mail scams that Board Members are receiving that are stating they are from Steve, they are not from Steve but an e-mail scam.
More discussion was held on the elections coming up.
Motions was made by Judy Brasda to end meeting and 2nd by Sherry Gehring, meeting was adjourned at 7:55pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
LOCAL 4671 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING MINUTES FOR JULY 30,2020
Present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, South Area Rep Ron Scott, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens.
Excused: Assignment Center Area Rep Judy Brasda
Meeting was called to order at 6:02pm and roll call taken by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring presented the Treasurer Report and discussion held on report.
Sherry did ask about the mobilization meetings and Steve Kotel provided the information.
-Vice President Ann McNeary addressed the grievance report and grievance updates were given.
Discussion was held on the bylaw changes and how we can proceed with the changes without any face to face meeting due to COVID19. President Steve Kotel will be contacting the District for suggestions on how our Local can proceed with bylaw changes without any Membership Meetings.
Members need to be chosen for the Election Committee, each Area Rep will get a Member in their area willing to be on the Election Committee. The Assignment Center will have 2 members on the committee.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy brought up the scholarship drawing and asked the Board to let their Members know to apply for the scholarship if it applies. Steve will be putting on the Locals face book page. The Local will put another notice on the Locals website.
Discussion was held on 2021 calendars and the count each Area Rep will need for their members. Area Reps will get back with Jane on the number of calendars needed.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed the Company and Union are back to bargaining. There is still no contract, if there is no movement with bargaining there may need to be a Mediator called in to assist. There are conference calls being held with the membership on bargaining and Jon stated there is a good turn out on the call.
CenturyLink non-represented are asking about the bargaining and about the treatment towards the bargaining unit.
Manager John King from CenturyLink has resigned.
CenturyLink has another re-organization coming soon.
-President Steve Kotel discussed mobilization meetings for the Frontier Bargaining, there will be 2 classes, one held on August 6th and one on August 11th. This will be held as a Zoom Meeting.
There will also be Election Committee training with the Dept of Labor.
Steve made a motion as follows, Local 4671 subscribes to Zoom to hold the Local’s Meetings, Ron Scott 2nd the motion. Motion was passed by the Board.
There will be a test zoom call held on Tuesday 8/4/2020 at 6pm with the Board.
Steve discussed the CenturyLink bargaining, at this time the wages presented would be non union members at 2% and 1% for the union members.
The T & T office was reached out to by Steve for mobilization items but none were received. Steve does have a local printer that will provide items for mobilization.
Motion was made by Jon Stevens for the Local to purchase materials for CenturyLink bargaining up to $500 in cost, the motion was 2nd by Sherry Gehring. Motion was passed by the Board.
At this time no CenturyLink Members are paying union dues because CenturyLink bargaining is still taking place and there has been no agreement reached. The CenturyLink members are still in good standing even though they are not paying union dues.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed Behavior Accountability Tool (BAT) being used by Management. Techs are getting low key threats at this time due to BAT.
There are some techs now working 10 hours a day and 6 days a week.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed CO Techs in the South area now have combining the Dodgeville and Portage areas. These techs have 150 central offices and MUX sites to cover.
Techs are being called out in the evening and the driving to get to the call out could be a safety issue, due to the calls being at night and the distance to get to the location.
There was an e-mail from WI Management that Frontier needs to get back to business as usual and the tech needs to go back into the customers houses.
BAT was discussed with Chris and the Board, BAT is measuring work performance and measurements.
Motion was made by Ron Scott to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by Sherry Gehring. Motion passed by the Board and meeting ended at 8:10pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA Local 4671 Executive Board Meeting - Conference Call
Wednesday - June 17, 2020
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 6:02 p.m. Those present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Assignment Center Representative Judy Brasda, CenturyLink Representative Jonathan Stevens, North Area Representative Chris Loomis, and South Area Representative Ron Scott. Absent excused: Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
Sherry went over the ledger for May, which was sent out yesterday. We are not getting any dues from CenturyLink (because of the ongoing negotiations and expired/lapsed contract). And there really hasn't been any decrease in the amount of dues received from Frontier, which doesn't make sense - since so many members left in the first quarter of the year.
We then covered the grievance report. There were no updates or changes from last month. Steve will check to see if there are any updates on the grievances pending in Ohio (that are very similar to ours).
Ron reported that Joe Moua is now the Acting State Director (after the last person abruptly left). There is a technician who had two on the job injuries over the past couple years who was going to try to take a job in the Assignment Center but it didn't work out. Ron is going to follow-up, to see if he wants to challenge his separation or pursue any workers' compensation claim. CO Technicians are being asked to cover huge geographic areas while on compensated availability - which doesn't make sense and isn't practical or safe. And two CO Techs are being forced to work in Portage on the 3rd of July (which is the observed holiday). A technician received a five day suspension for an inappropriate interaction with a customer. There are three new members in the South area.
Chris reported that in Rhinelander overtime is being scheduled again. Same situation as in the past. And noted that essentially everyone being required to work the holiday is very expensive, especially for a company that is in bankruptcy proceedings. Chris asked Steve about the Rhinelander contract. Staff Representative Shannon Kirkland is looking at it now (but he was not the one who bargained it).
Judy noted that the work from home MOA expires on 06/29/20 but that Cindy wants people to stay at home longer as the CDC is RECOMMENDING (but not requiring). There was a recent incident where Frontier internet was down and people were not able to work. The MOA only "allows" one hour of paid down time - no matter the circumstances. Judy is going to look into that further. There are eight new hires in the Assignment Center and seven joined the Local. Judy reported that everyone is being scheduled to work on Friday, July 3rd. Again, this seems odd - during a bankruptcy - and it will be discussed further. This was just announced so many people have already made plans.
Jonathan reported that there has been a "shake up" on the non-represented side of CenturyLink for both hourly and management workers. The company offered separation packages but only actually "awarded" a few of them. They are understaffed and the contractors are gone. They could not handle the work, which is now bid by the job and not by the hour. There are a few seasonals but not enough to cover the workload. Steve and Jon will be going back to the bargaining table with CenturyLink. The contract extension was overwhelmingly voted down but there was some confusion as to what certain things meant. [Jon spent a lot of time explaining the specifics to members.]
Ann asked when people thought we could have an in person Board Meeting and Membership Meeting. The COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions vary greatly across the state and, for sure, we want people to be safe. Ron said that in his area, it probably would be hard to find a meeting please that could/would accommodate us since many of the hotels have not fully opened. Jon said that he may be able to find something in here area so he will start checking. The plan is a weekday meeting - with the Board meeting during the day and then a Membership Meeting in the (early) evening. All of this will have to happen around CenturyLink bargaining so more to come …
Steve reported on the CWA Presidents Meeting, held "virtually" on the 5th of June. Voting was done online. He will be bargaining with CenturyLink in July and then the Local will have to start getting ready for bargaining with Frontier. The hope is to have some sort of online survey available. And we need to redouble efforts to collect personal contact information from our members - so we can provide updates during bargaining and plan mobilization activities.
M/S/C to adjourn at 7:26 p.m.
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)
CWA LOCAL 4671 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD AT 6PM ON MAY 20, 2020 VIA CONFERENCE CALL.
Members present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, Assignment Area Rep Judy Brasda, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens.
Not present excused: Ron Scott
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report, report was discussed and updated.
There was discussion on bylaw changes, Ann will be e-mailing out the bylaws to the Board Members to review if there should be any changes, if so, changes need to be submitted by 5/29/20.
Discussion on having a timeline and rules for the membership regarding elections. Chris Loomis made a motion and 2nd by Judy Brasda that the Local will present a timeline and rules for the membership regarding elections.
The Local will set up an Election Committee and it will have 5 members on the Committee, the Election Committee must have at 3 least members present to move forward on any election business. Each Area will have a member on the Election Committee.
There will be a virtual legislative meeting on June 4th at 4pm, this information will be provided to the Political Chair.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring presented the Treasurer Report to the Board.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy advised the Local has received 2 scholarship forms, Board Members to remind the Membership of the Local's scholarship.
There were 5 new members in the South Area, one member did leave the Company.
CenturyLink Ballots are being sent out for the vote to extend the CenturyLink Contract, the ballots will be returned to Jane Vander Kooy and the count will take place on June 9th.
Discussion on Membership Application cards being received, Jane asked that these cards be sent to her asap so she can get these cards can be sent to the Local for dues to be taken from checks.
Melissa Arndt is running for District 42 Assembly position and she reached out to Jane Vander Kooy, Jane did give her information to Ann McNeary.
-North Area Chris Loomis reported overtime issues in the North Area continue.
There is a new hire in the North Area and Chris will get their information to Jane to enter in the Local's records.
Discussion on face to face meeting were discussed, at this time we will continue the conference calls due to COVID19.
-Assignment Center Area Rep Judy Brasda advised there is a new training class for 9 new members. The Company will have social distancing, masks and they will follow COVID19 guidelines. Judy will have the members fill out membership cards.
There are 13 people working in the office for the Assignment Center. The Company is looking into working from home possible to be discussed in the next contract. The benefits being seen at this time for work from home are less tardies, better productivity and others.
Assignment Center has made changes to vacation schedule, if you cancel a full week you can take day at a time now.
Judy is holding Zoom meetings for membership, her last meeting had 12 members present.
MOA for work from home has been extended to June 26.2020 at this time, it may be extended again if legal requirements.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens was called out for work and had to leave the meeting, President Steve Kotel presented his report.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the bargaining and ballots are being mailed out to the Membership. Pension is froze and there is no wage increase for 2 years. If the contract is voted down the Company can sign an extension.
CenturyLink District 6 extended their contract.
Membership are receiving PPE for COVID19, but there is no hazard pay being paid.
There are Contractors in the CenturyLink areas, the Company is attempting to hire seasonal employees but there are no takers.
Motion made by Sherry Gehring to adjourn and 2nd by Jane Vander Kooy, meeting was adjourned at 7:20pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
APRIL EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD MONDAY, 4/21/2020 VIA CONFERENCE CALL AT 6PM.
Members present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, South Area Rep Ron Scott, Assignment Center Rep Judy Brasda
Not present: Treasurer Sherry Gehring, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens
Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report, report was discussed and updated.
-Discussion on the bylaw changes was held, the Local’s website will have the bylaw changes.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy advised the CWA Local 4671 Scholarship drawing will be held in August. The forms will be on the Local’s website. Area Reps should let their members know the scholarship form is on the website.
-CWA National sent booklets named Fighting for our Future at Frontier. President Steve Kotel stated to send to Judy Brasda.
-Discussion on the file cabinets located in the union office, Chris Loomis will check if the Labor Temple wants their file cabinets that were brought down to the Pardeeville Union Office from the Labor Temple in Wausau.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed Frontier has Field Tech Contractors, President Kotel will get a list of contractors in the State of Wisconsin for the Area Reps.
-Field techs are now scheduled to work 6 days a week and 10 hour days.
-There is a Local Manager that is threatening techs due to their concerns of working with the COVID19 pandemic.
-Assignment Area Rep Judy Brasda discussed the members in the Assignment Center who are working from home. Judy and Manager in the Center put together a program for the WFH Members. A Member checked if they moved out of state to Florida could that member work from home, out of state location was not in the MOA so it was determined that member could not. There are still 18 members working in the Sun Prairie center due to internet issues or other issues.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed that techs are concerned about their performance plans, the Company is not producing data for performance plans. Techs do not feel the data would be accurate, Ron may file a NLRB charge.
-2 CO Tech positions has been filled internally in the South Area.
-Discussion on Contractors in the State were discussed, Ron advised they are keeping track of repeats by the Contractors.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the communications between the Local membership and the District.
CenturyLink Members are now working without a new contract. Bargaining has been halted at this time, members are not paying in dues in the month of March and will continue to not pay dues until there is an agreement on a new contract. CenturyLink has 51 bargaining members at this time. Steve will work with Treasurer Sherry Gehring to collect these dues. CenturyLink is wanting to freeze wages and pension, at this time there is no date to go back to the table.
-CenturyLink is not getting PPE for COVID19 to their employees.
-Frontier Communications bankruptcy discussed, the CWA National Union is trying to get a committee together to keep updated on the bankruptcy. Frontier retirees are concerned about losing their health insurance, at this time the Local has not heard of any changes.
-Fall elections for the CWA Local 4671 Officers and Boards Members are still plan on being held.
Motion was made by Judy Brasda to adjourn, 2nd by Ron Scott, meeting ended at 7:30pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy
EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING HELD MARCH 21, 2020 AT 10AM VIA CONFERENCE CALL.
Board Members Present were: Steve Kotel, Ann McNeary, Sherry Gehring, Jane Vander Kooy, Jon Stevens, Ron Scott. Chris Loomis, Judy Brasda
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring presented the Treasurer report, report was reviewed and discussed.
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the Grievance report, grievances were updated and discussion held on the grievances.
Ann been working on changes to the by-laws and will be sending to the Board Members to review. The Board will be presenting the new by-laws to the Membership when updates are completed. The Local will be sending out a letter to the Membership advising the by-law will be changing and where the changes will be located for review. President Kotel will be checking with CWA District Legal to verify how nominations can presented via e-mail. All procedures need to be approved by September 1, 2020.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed the CenturyLink bargaining and the Company and Union are at a standstill at this time. Jon will try to have meetings will all Members face to face to present the contract when there is a contract to present. At this time there is no talk of he new date for bargaining to start again.
Missouri is done with their bargaining but there is no vote yet.
Discussion was held on our members being concerned about going into customers home due to the Coronavirus.
Interviewing on new jobs have been put to a halt.
Jay Graf has retired.
-Frontier North Area Rep Chris Loomis had questions regarding the Rhinelander contact and changes, President Steve Kotel and Chris will discuss after the call.
Scott Piltz is from Marshfield has retired.
There was discussion on grieving forced overtime.
Chris did bring up concerns of the Coronavirus.
-Frontier North Area Rep Ron Scott discussed mandatory 10’s on a crew.
Coronavirus was discussed along with the Members getting permits for driving and gas if there is a shut down. E-mails were sent to the Members on how to handle in person visits to customers residence. Techs were instructed to order hand sanitizer, ½ face respirators and gloves along with verifying no was is ill at the residence they would be entering.
-Assignment Area Rep Judy Brasda discussed how Frontier is sending Members from the Assignment Center to work from home. The deployment will be done by seniority and Judy was the first Member to work from home. Frontier did provide a check list that needs to be followed when working from home. President Kotel did see the agreement between the Company and the District, Judy is meeting with Management to stay updated on any changes and will keep President Kotel updated.
Work from Home is only a temporary assignment. All assignment reps either upstairs or downstairs can WFH as long as they meet the requirements.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the techs are essential employees and if stopped by law enforcement they would not be detained if there is a shut down during the Coronavirus outbreak. CenturyLink did advise there is 2 weeks of sick pay for childcare, caring for a family member or themselves.
All District, State and National CWA Offices are shut down and employees are working from home.
Slow broadband issues were discussed with both Frontier and CenturyLink during this outbreak and so many people working from home. This may bring more attention to rural customers poor internet speeds.
State convention and other conventions may be canceled due to the virus. There may be an issued with the DNC in Milwaukee, no decision have been made at this time.
There is home dispatch for the CenturyLink employees and if someone does not feel comfortable they do not have to enter a customer residence.
People can request a mail in ballot by going to myvote.wi.gov, this will be on the Local’s website.
Discussion on giving to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation which would be one dollars per member a year, a motion was made by Ann McNeary and 2nd by Ron Scott, discussion was held and motion was passed.
Discussion on giving to the Eduardo Diaz Union to Union International Scholarship Fund for 10 cents per member a year, a motion was by Ann McNeary and 2nd by Jane Vander Kooy, discussion was held and motion was passed.
Discussion on giving to the District 4 Registration Fund in the amount of $100.50 for hospitality, a motion was made by Ann McNeary and 2nd by Sherry Gehring, discussion was held and motion was passed.
-April Meeting was discussed and the Board would like a face to face meeting, with the virus at this time the Board will wait until a later date to decide if the meeting will be in person or a conference call.
Motion was made by Chris Loomis and 2nd by Ann McNeary to adjourn the meeting. Meeting was adjourned at 2pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA LOCAL 4671 EXECUTIVE BOARD MEETING FEBRUARY 12, 2020. Meeting was held by conference call.
Meeting was called to order and roll call of members was held, all Board Members were present during the call.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring reviewed the Financial Report and discussion was held.
Sherry did advise that she will be retiring from Frontier effective 2/28/20 but will continue her position as Local Treasurer until the end of her term that ends December 2020, Sherry also provided 7 other Members from the Local that will be leaving in February and March of 2020.
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the Grievance Report and discussion was held with the Board Members and updates were provided.
Ann asked President Steve Kotel for bylaw updates and Steve will be checking with the Local’s Attorney on any questions and Steve will then advise the Board.
Committees were discussed and that we will need to get an Election Committee due to this Fall there will be elections for Board Members of Local 4671.
A mobilization call regarding Frontier will be held on February 13. 2020.
On March 5, 2020 Senator Tammy Baldwin is sending a representative of her office to Marathon County regarding Frontier Communications.
Ann will be sending a thank you card to Mark Pocan in congress to thank him for his support as a cosponsor on a recent bill.
Mondovi WI tech that was formally Frontier is not a represented by Local 4671, that tech is a non represented member.
A motion was made by Sherry Gehring that Judy Brasda attends the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Community Service Conference in Madison WI at the Concourse Hotel on March 12, 2020 through March 14, 2020. The motion was 2nd by Ann McNeary. Board members voted and the motion was passed.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed the amount of Members that are leaving Frontier and CenturyLink due to retiring, quitting or termination. Jane told all Board Members to keep her updated on Members leaving, new members being hired and address changes.
Local 4671 will have scholarship forms on line in late Spring.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed the CenturyLink bargaining. The company presented 27 proposals which were all negative for the Membership. Both Steve and Jon discussed that bargaining this time is not going well between the Company and Union, Steve is in communication with the National regarding the bargaining. The contract has been extended to March 7, 2020.
Jon provided 2 members that will be leaving CenturyLink’s union membership. Jon did state there are 5 new CenturyLink members and he will be submitting me their union cards.
-Frontier South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed the T & T Conference he attended. There was discussion on a national seniority transfer ability.
Discussion on the Frontier Communications bankruptcy, members are extremely concerned and are leaving Frontier due to the uncertainty of the Company,
There are Central Offices that have no techs, applicates for these positions have to take a test which is like a personality test, testing is not regarding the job but personality.
Ron stated there are 3 members and he will provide Jane the union cards.
Next meeting will be held in the South on March 21, 2020, Ron will provide where the meeting will be held. This will be an Executive Board and Area Meeting.
-Frontier Assignment Center Area Rep Judy Brasda discussed a member that was walked out while under a security investigation regarding computer access.
Discussion on how in charge should be handled in the Assignment Center along with the pay for the Member when in charge. Hourly members doing in charge for 2 hours should be paid in charge of 75 cents per hour and not $1 per hour.
Judy is working with Manager Cindy to discuss the Fiber Members and how to have structure for those Members.
Upper Management came to the Assignment Center and held meeting with Members. Judy met with Jason Field. There were 9 Managers and 15 Members that were in the meeting. Several topics were discussed regarding the Assignment Center.
There will be 20 new hires in the Assignment Center. Judy will get union cards to Jane.
-Frontier North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed in charge pay for a day, example as a member in charge for a line crew.
Chris was looking for an update on Board Charges and Steve Kotel will look into this and contact Chris regarding the Board charges.
Discussion on a grievance Chris is working on was held.
There is a job posting in Rhinelander, the job is being reposted.
Management is harassing Members about 10 hour days and reporting locations.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the Printers Union Scholarship will be posted on the Locals website.
The Frontier Conference call will be held on 2-13-20 and for Board Members to let Steve know who will be on the call.
Motion was made by Ann McNeary to adjourn the meeting and 2nd by Jane Vander Kooy at 8:30pm. Meeting adjourned.
Minutes respective submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
CWA Local 4671 Executive Board Meeting on January 2, 2020 at 6pm, Meeting was held via conference call.
Members present: Steve Kotel, Ann McNeary, Sherry Gehring, Jane Vander Kooy, Ron Scott, Chris Loomis, Jon Stevens, Judy Brasda
-President Steve Kotel discussed that CenturyLink bargaining will be starting next week, Steve along with Jon Stevens will be bargaining in LaCrosse WI. Steve and Jon are working on proposals to present to the Company.
Discussion on how our Local can cut expenses due to our Local losing Members with retirements and members leaving the Company. The Board Members brought up different ideas on how to cut expenses and will all be presenting their ideas at a future meetings.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens talked about rescheduling his monthly meetings due to him being in CenturyLink bargaining, Jon also discussed the bargaining him and Steve will be doing starting next week.
-Assignment Center Area Rep Judy Brasda stated there were 9 retirements in the Assignment Center today, she will be sending the list of names to the Secretary so the Members can be verified and their retirement gift can be sent to them.
Judy is working on getting one schedule for both groups in the Assignment Center, at this time there are 2 schedules. Judy can contact Steve Kotel for assistance with this.
Vacation weeks opened up when several members have retired, offering the opened vacation weeks and days was not done correctly. Judy will be grieving this to have it addressed.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy advised the calendars for 2020 have been sent to all the Area Reps to pass out to their Members.
When the Area Reps are requesting their Fellowship Funds they will need to send Jane their Members list so we can verify the Members are in good standing so payment can be issued for all the Members in good standing.
Area Reps that need time off letters need to send Jane their request via e-mail so she can send the letters to Management.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring stated she had no monthly statement for December due to it being to early in the month and she did not yet get the bank statement
Sherry discussed that 9 members retired and they are requesting their retirement gift from the Local. Judy will be sending Jane the members names and then the checks will be issued.
Sherry will be doing taxes this month and will be needing 2 days off of work to do the taxes, Ann McNeary made a motion that Sherry gets two days off paid from the Local for Sherry to do the taxes, Chris Loomis 2nd the motion. Motion was passed.
The Assignment Center Members that worked on Christmas Eve were forced to work till 9pm when the other Centers closed early. Area Rep Judy Brasda will be addressing this with Management.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed the vacation schedules and issues with picking vacations. Steve Kotel will be contacting Chris to discuss and then contacting the Company.
-Vice President Ann McNeary went over the grievance report, report was reviewed and there was discussion with the Board.
Ann discussed that Mark Frye is working on legislation for Centers, Judy will be in contact with Mark to provide information.
Bylaw changes were discussed and how it is critical to have the bylaws updated prior to our next election. All Board Members are willing to assist with the bylaw changes and felt there does not need to be a committee to handle the bylaw changes.
Discussion of having the Secretary and Treasurer position combined in 2021 was discussed, previously it was one position and the Vice President took on some of the tasks for both of these positions. Further discussion will be held on this.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed the grievance he had with the new Director on mandatory overtime, the Director told Ron he understood his argument regarding the overtime.
Ron stated he was advised there was approval for 14 Contractors for the State even though Frontier is not understaffed.
The grievance regarding compensated availability will be met on next week.
There are 5 retirements in the South Area and Ron will be getting Secretary Jane Vander Kooy those names so their retirement gift can be sent out to those members.
Next meeting will be conference call on February 12, 2020 at 6pm. March Meeting will be hosted by the South Area.
Motion was made by Judy Brasda to adjourn the meeting and 2nd by Ann McNeary. Meeting was adjourned at 7:35pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday - November 13, 2019
Prairie Lanes | 430 Clarmar Drive | Sun Prairie
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 9:30 a.m. Those present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Assignment Center Representative Judy Brasda, CenturyLink Representative Jonathan Stevens, North Area Representative Chris Loomis, and South Area Representative Ron Scott. Absent excused: Secretary Jane Vander Kooy and Treasurer Sherry Gehring. [Our condolences to Sherry on the death of her father and our thoughts are with Jane whose mother is very ill.]
We covered the grievance report first. There were very few updates since most of the grievances are at the arbitration level. There was a meeting yesterday on three grievances for the same member who was (unjustly) terminated. Additional information requests will be made. And Chris was able to successfully settle a situation at the Issue Resolution Step. Also there is work being done to combat Frontier's implementation of a major change in the vacation scheduling.
There was no financial update due to Sherry's absence. The stewards' list was updated and new copies will be distributed.
Jon reported on upcoming bargaining at CenturyLink. He and Steve, along with Staff Representative Shannon Kirkland, will make up the Union side. He will be holding pre-bargaining meetings. M/S/C to authorize the necessary expenses - mileage, lodging, meals, … - for Jon to hold these meetings throughout the CenturyLink footprint in Wisconsin. Surveys are being returned and the members have many suggestions for improvements. Ken Bragee is retiring with thirty years. [Congrats, Ken!] And several others are considering retirement.
Judy reported that at least seven members will be retiring from the Assignment Center early in 2020. Steve and Judy will work on getting a session set up with NettWorth in the Sun Prairie area for anyone interested. Note to everyone in the Center, to receive the $400 bonus in the contract, you have to be an ACTIVE employee on February 9th. [Can't be off on leave or FMLA or …] The bonus will be paid on the 21st of February. Also, there is a contractual pay raise on the 9th as well and back pay for that will show up on the March 6th paycheck. They are working on getting all technicians to be located on the first floor. This has been talked about for some time but could be happening in the near future. Also Yvonne Lovicott has said the cell phone policy WILL be enforced uniformly across the Center. And, finally, there was an issue with progressive discipline not being followed but that is being resolved.
Ron noted that there are three new employees in his area and he will work on getting them all signed up. He also asked what happens to retiree health insurance if the Company goes bankrupt. [This question and other similar ones have been asked given the dire financial situation/stock price at Frontier.] Steve will ask for additional information from Shannon.
Chris asked for clarification on the Crandon/Rib Lake Memorandum of Agreement. After some discussion and debate, the Board agreed that based on the language in the MOA and the contract, the company seniority date for employees from Crandon/Rib Lake became their net credited service and should be recognized as such. This impacts a total of nine people - three who were part of the MOA and six who were already with Rhinelander/Frontier.
Provided it works for Jane and Sherry, the next Executive Board Meeting will be held via conference call at 6 p.m. on Monday, December 9th. Discussion was held on scheduling meetings in 2020. We want to hold five in-person meetings and we want to avoid the worst weather months of December, January, and February. So it was decided to hold in-person Board Meetings (with an associated late afternoon/evening Membership Meeting) in March, May, July, September, and November. The rotation geographically will be South, North, west (CenturyLink), Sun Prairie (Assignment Center), and east (hosted by the South Area).
We did discuss the upcoming meetings/conferences shown on the lists provided by Ann. And we added some other meetings or trainings that will have a financial impact on our bottom line. Volunteers from the Board were solicited but nothing is guaranteed until we know where we are budget-wise. The CWA Telecommunications and Technologies Conference is in January so we will need to make a decision about that soon. The T&T conference starts on Friday, January 24th and goes thru Tuesday, January 28th but not all parts of the conference apply to our Local so there will be an attempt to mix and match, with some attending only parts of the conference.
Next we talked in general about our budget and finances and the fact that we are losing membership. Where can we save money or make cuts without impacting our representation of the membership? One idea proposed was to, on 01 January 2021, to combine the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. This has been done in the Local before but they were split again when the four Locals merged. Nothing was decided but it was one possible idea. [And this would be done in conjunction with the elections next year so no one currently on the Board would be impacted.]
We started a philosophical discussion about the upcoming elections for Officers and Area Representatives. How do we make it the most fair and open for everyone - to have a chance to be nominated and to make sure everyone has a chance to vote? [We have continual problems with ballots not being received by the members.] The bylaws will need to be amended and there is a process that needs to be followed - explained and discussed at one membership meeting and then voted on at the next. This really needs to be addressed.
And the Operating Practices must be updated to better reflect what is currently happening and what perhaps needs to be modified, to save money. Again, no decisions were made.
M/S/C to adjourn at 5:08 p.m. (as people were starting to show up for the 5:30 p.m. meeting).
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)
Host Area: Assignment Center
Wednesday - November 13, 2019
Prairie Lanes | 430 Clarmar Drive | Sun Prairie
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 5:42 p.m. Executive Board Members in attendance were: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Assignment Center Representative Judy Brasda, CenturyLink Representative Jonathan Stevens, North Area Representative Chris Loomis, and South Area Representative Ron Scott. In addition, eight members from the area were there. Secretary Jane Vander Kooy and Treasurer Sherry Gehring were excused.
We did not have a financial report available (since the Treasurer was absent). We covered the grievance report, which was printed and distributed. Most of the grievances have to do with scheduling (for outside technicians) and they have been appealed to arbitration. The updated version will be sent to the Board and placed on the website shortly after this meeting.
Jon reported on upcoming bargaining at CenturyLink. He and Steve, along with Staff Representative Shannon Kirkland, will make up the Union side. He will be holding pre-bargaining meetings for the 71 members involved who are located across the state.
Judy reported that at least seven members will be retiring from the Assignment Center early in 2020. Steve contacted NettWorth, at Judy's request, and there will be an information session at the Nitty Gritty in Sun Prairie at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10th, for anyone interested. The hope is they will do another presentation at 7:00 p.m. that evening for anyone who works later, including outside technicians. Judy noted to everyone in the Center that to receive the $400 bonus in the contract, you have to be an ACTIVE employee on February 9th. [Can't be off on leave or FMLA or …] The bonus will be paid on the 21st of February. Also, there is a contractual pay raise on the 9th as well and back pay for that will show up on the March 6th paycheck.
Ron reported that many members are worried about what happens to the lump sum and to retiree health insurance, among other questions, if the Company goes bankrupt. This is of concern to many which could be why so many are retiring in the near future. A couple of technicians in his area are leaving as well as those mentioned in the Assignment Center. There are a lot of unknowns at this time.
There were many questions about issues in the Assignment Center - the tension created, by Company policies, between Assigners and the outside technicians; notification about schedules; lack of training and systems being way too slow; and building up communication channels for bargaining in early 2021.
The recent election for Assignment Center Representative was questioned. By chance many of the existing stewards were out with extended illnesses and didn't even know an election was happening in the Center. It was posted on the bulletin boards in the Center and on the website but many felt it should have been better communicated to everyone. Everyone was reminded that there will be elections again in late 2020. Ways to better connect were discussed and personal contact information, cell phones and e-mail addresses, will be critical for this. [This is a problem for the entire Local and not just the Center.]
Judy has appointed a few new stewards and, if someone is interested, they should contact her directly. An updated stewards list will be out shortly after this meeting. M/S/C to adjourn at 7:35 p.m.
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)
Host Area: South
Saturday - September 28, 2019
Dino's | 2900 New Pinery Road | Portage
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 4:10 p.m. Executive Board Members in attendance were: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, North Area Representative Chris Loomis, and South Area Representative Ron Scott. In addition, one member was there and two guests. Secretary Jane Vander Kooy and CenturyLink Representative Jonathan Stevens were excused.
The financial report was given. Our ending balance for August was $26,451.80, with an additional $50,042.25 in savings. The grievance report was discussed. Most of the grievances have to do with scheduling and they have been appealed to arbitration. The version updated earlier today will be sent to the Board and placed on the website shortly after this meeting. Efforts need to be redoubled, especially in the Assignment Center, to educate members of their Weingarten rights to have a steward present if a discussion with their supervisor could lead to discipline. Many members are being coached or disciplined and they don't realize the importance of challenging this right away.
Steve reported that the Board made a visit to the Union office/storage location in Pardeeville this afternoon to see what needs to be saved and what can be destroyed. There were a number of boxes that were full of material just was no longer applicable or was water damaged (now moldy!) ten years ago when there was a fire above the old office. The room isn't really large enough to hold meetings there so we will start looking around for cheaper storage space and maybe some better containers.
Our bylaws and operating practices need to be updated to better reflect the nature of having a statewide Local - especially when it comes to elections. Ann will prepare documents with possible changes for the next Board Meeting and any proposed bylaws changes will be presented at two membership meetings.
There was a general discussion about company policies at Frontier - they cause people to waste time and, in some cases, falsify records because a certain field (which doesn’t apply or was impossible to do) is needed to close a ticket. Systems seem to be getting slower and slower - which causes additional work time - or they just don't function - like work telephones used when on compensated availability. Company procedures are causing a division between outside and inside workers and they don't serve our customers. It was suggested that "ride alongs" or "sit besides" be reinstituted - so that everyone understands each others' jobs. Rather than make things more cost effective and efficient, the Company seems to set unreasonable work rules with unattainable standards.
The schedules in the Assignment Center are still separate - with about 64 technicians upstairs and 113 downstairs. There is training that is needed to become truly one center. Ballots for the special election in the Center were sent out on Tuesday, September 24, and they will be counted on Friday, October 11. [Anyone needed a replacement ballot should contact the Local Secretary.] There are many issues that will need to be addressed by the new Assignment Center Representative especially dealing with inconsistency in the treatment of members.
M/S/C to adjourn at 5:40 p.m.
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)
CWA LOCAL 4671 BOARD MEETING HELD VIA CONFERENCE CALL ON AUGUST 25, 2019 AT 6PM.
Present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, South Area Rep Ron Scott, CenturyLink Rep Jon Stevens
Not present: South Area Rep Chris Loomis
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report, there was discussion and updates to the report.
Ann had discussed our Local supporting the Eduardo Diaz International Solidarity Fund as we have done in previous years. Our Local gives ten cents yearly for each member we have in our Local, this Fund helps with organizing Members outside the United States. Ann also presented for our Local to give one dollar per each Member yearly for the Pediatrics Aids Fund which is the CWA National Charity. Discussion was held by the Board, Ann McNeary made a motion that we give to the above to funds, the motion was 2nd by Jane Vander Kooy. The Board Members present voted yes, with the exception of Ron Scott who voted no. Motion was passed.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring presented the Treasurers report.
Sherry did bring to the Board asking when the Assignment Center Area Rep position will be holding the nominations for the vacant Assignment Center Area Rep. Discussion was held and there will be 2 meetings held on September 11, 2019 in Sun Prairie, anyone wishing to be the Assignment Area Rep needs to attend the meeting to be nominated and accept or needs to have a written request and have someone nominate them and 2nd the nomination. Ann will be doing a flyer for the Boards in the Assignment Center.
Members in the Assignment Center don’t want to fill out the I9 form Frontier is requesting them to fill out, but if they don’t fill out the I9 the Members are feeling threatened.
The Members in the Center are on a point system now which is causing a negative impact on customer service.
Observations are being done on the Assignment Center Members and Members who are being helpful to the callers are having it held against them and they are being talked with, the Assignment Center Members are not suppose to be stepping up to help the callers.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed the scholarships for the Locals Members. She had only received one form, it was decided the Area Reps and Board Members will be contacting Members in their Area to have them send in the scholarship form if they have Members that would be eligible.
Jane also discussed with keeping her updated on any changes in their areas when new Members start or other Members leave the Local.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed there are Management changes in CenturyLink and the Management positions will be refilled.
There is a new contracting company and CenturyLink has 2 contractors in Black River Falls, 1 or 2 in Holmen, Prairie Du Chien and Rice Lake. The contractors are former Verizon and Frontier Members.
District 7 had come to their contract agreement in 4 days.
Jon will be requesting his Fellowship Fund once the new Budget year starts in October.
Jon brought up that everyone should get there vouchers in the Sherry, our Budget year ends the last day of September 2019.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed issues with Members working through their lunch and Members not finishing their jobs for the day and turning them back. Members are feeling threatened by the comments the Supervisors are stating to the Members regarding these two issues.
There are 3 new positions being posted for 3 new techs jobs with Frontier.
Ron Scott will set up the September Meeting which will be held on a Saturday in the Portage Area.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the final draft of the Rhinelander contract.
There was a NLRB charged filed against the Local, that charge was dropped when it was determined there was no violation by the Local.
District 4 will be holding an Education Conference in Rosemont IL on October 29th and 30th of 2019, discussion was held on who would want to go to the Conference.
There was a motion made by Ron Scott to send up to 5 Board Members to the conference, the motion was 2nd by Ann McNeary, vote was held and motion passed. At the September Meeting it will be discussed as to wants to attend the Conference.
Meeting was adjourned when the motion was made by Jon Stevens and 2nd by Ann McNeary, motion passed and meeting adjourned at 8:25pm.
Minutes were respectively submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
EXECUTIVE BOARD MINUTES FOR CONFERENCE CALL MEETING FOR JUNE 10, 2019 AT 7PM
Board Members in attendance: Steve Kotel, Ann McNeary, Sherry Gehring, Jane Vander Kooy, Ron Scott, Doris Wilson Townsend, Chris Loomis
Absent excused: Jon Stevens
--Treasurer Sherry Gehring reviewed and discussed the Financial Report.
Sherry advised the Audit for the Local will be done on June 21, 2019 and Andrea Wills and Ron Chase Rosenberry from the Assignment Center will be doing the audit.
--Vice President Ann McNeary discussed the grievance report, updates were provided by Area Reps and President Steve Kotel.
Ann brought up FMLA Training and scheduling a day for training to be available. The Board agreed summer months would not be a good time for the training. Ann will check with other CWA Local Presidents if they would want to do FMLA Training along with our Local. Ann will report back to the Board.
Ann asked about buying items for the CenturyLink bargaining, discussion was held but at this time nothing was being ordered.
--Secretary Jane Vander Kooy brought up that Area Reps need to provide her any changes with the members when they leave the Company, or if there are any transfers. Jane needs the Area Reps to keep her updated so the Local records can be updated.
Jane discussed the retiree dues amount to be paid, Sherry will be checking the National Bylaws.
--North Area Rep Chris Loomis who was involved in the Frontier Rhinelander contract advised the contract has been ratified.
Chris stated they may be a new grievance started for Compensated Availability.
--Assignment Area Rep Doris Wilson Townsend stated there is a new point system in the Assignment Center, there are 46 points per day for Assignment Reps.
Assignment Reps are getting push back a tech calls into the Assignment Center, there was a conference on what to do for the techs.
2 Assignment Reps were given a final warning and one Rep was terminated.
Miss Dee will be taking a 3 month leave of absence from the Board Meetings but will continue to represent the Assignment Reps and will go to the National Convention representing our Local.
--South Area Rep Ron Scott the National Convention and how the nominations were set up.
Ron advised Chris Ableman will be retiring on 6/27/19, best wishes to Chris. Sad news is Muscoda outside tech Steve Bird passed away on 6/10/2019, our deepest sympathy to his family.
Overtime is not being forced any longer, the company is scheduling 10 hour days.
--President Steve Kotel discussed there will be CenturyLink Bargaining Meetings in August and September. Steve will be meeting with members to discuss the upcoming bargaining.
Rhinelander contract was discussed and a couple items brought up were the members got a 2% raise each year for 3 years. Health insurance premiums will not go up for 3 years.
Steve stated he was just notified there are Board charges filed against Local 4671, Steve is waiting for the evidence from the NLRB.
National Convention will be attended by Steve Kotel and Doris Wilson Townsend, both will be representing our Local.
Motion was made by Ron Scot to adjourn the meeting, 2nd by Doris Wilson Townsend. Meeting was adjourned at 8:20pm.
Minutes submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER ON APRIL 3,2019 AT 6PM BY PRESIDENT STEVE KOTEL.
Members present were President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Secretary Jane Vander Kooy, Assignment Center Rep Doris Wilson Townsend, North Area Rep Chris Loomis, South Area Rep Ron Scott, CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens.
-Vice President Ann McNeary presented the grievance report and the grievances were discussed and updated.
Discussion for the Stewards list that Ann is updating and will be putting on the Local’s website.
Bridging of service from IBEW and CWA members was brought up, President Steve Kotel will be discussing with the District to get clarification.
FMLA 4 hour training was brought up to the Board and if we would have Stewards that would want to attend, the training would be held in Baraboo on a Saturday. Ann will check with the FMLA Trainer if she has any Saturdays open in June for training.
Discussion on the vote for the CWA National Convention was brought up and how the vote should be handled, Steve Kotel will be checking with the District and then get back with the Board.
Ann talked about an AFL-CIO Conference that will be coming up and the Board may want to look into it.
Ann brought up doing an audit for the 2018 and Treasurer Sherry Gehring will look into dates for the audit.
-Treasurer Sherry Gehring reported the Local the balances in the Local’s checking and savings accounts. Sherry will be finishing up the taxes and will be issuing payments for the bills and vouchers she received.
-Assignment Center Rep Doris Wilson Townsend discussed the Assignment Center will have their party in April with the Fellowship Funds.
Yvonne and Doris are working on schedules and training for the Assignment Center.
-CenturyLink Area Rep Jon Stevens discussed an Engineer Donna Smothers retired and there is no replacement for her position.
There are a lot of seasonal jobs with CenturyLink but at this time there is only one application. Jon stated if anyone knows anyone who is looking for seasonal work CenturyLink is hiring.
-Secretary Jane Vander Kooy discussed Board members need to keep her updated when members quit, retire or new members are hired. Employees that want to be union members need to fill out a union card. Cards needs to be turned into Jane so she can update in the system.
-North Area Rep Chris Loomis discussed GPS and how the company may use it for scoring techs.
A Customer Engineer employee retired and his job is being replaced with a Sales and Service Tech I.
Chris had discussed along with Ron Scott the forced overtime for the techs.
The point system discipline was brought up, Chris is wanting a copy of the companies rule book.
-South Area Rep Ron Scott discussed a new scheduling tool, unsure at this time what it will look like.
Simple Training started on 4/2/19 which the techs would have no need to call into the Assignment Center.
Ron was asking for arbitration updates, Steve will check with the District on the updates
Ron was asking for Steve to check into why Indiana techs can start at 7:30am and WI techs have to start at 8am.
There are 2 termination grievances going to top step that were discussed.
Ron Scott made a motion to send one person to the Leadership Training the end of April in Ohio, Sherry Gehring made a 2nd to the motion. The Board Members held discussion on sending a Board Member to the Training. Vote was 3 yes, 4 no and one Board Member abstained from voting. Motion did not carry.
-President Steve Kotel discussed the Local’s Budget and that we need to watch our expenses. We have been to several meetings and have had trainings which were costly to the Budget. Steve along with Jon Stevens discussed the Treasurer to set up a Budget Meeting were the Board Members can set up a budget for the 2019 – 2020 Local’s budget. This meeting should be held before the start of the new budget which is October 2019. Also brought up was the Audit Committee should meet at the same time as the Budget Committee if there are questions the Audit Committee may have.
Motion was made by Jane Vander Kooy to adjourn and 2nd by Doris Wilson-Townsend. Meeting was adjourned at 8:25pm.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Secretary Jane Vander Kooy,
CWA Local 4671 Executive Board Meeting
Host Area: CenturyLink Area
Wednesday - February 06, 2019
Susters Arcade | 117 North Wall Street | Denmark, WI
Meeting was called to order by President Steve Kotel at 10:59 a.m. Those present: President Steve Kotel, Vice President Ann McNeary, Treasurer Sherry Gehring, Assignment Center Representative Dee Townsend (arrived at 11:07 a.m.), CenturyLink Representative Jonathan Stevens, North Area Representative Chris Loomis, and South Area Representative Ron Scott. Absent excused: Secretary Jane Vander Kooy.
Discussion held on scheduling upcoming meetings with a thought to trying to avoid the worst of the winter weather in Wisconsin (like today!). M/S/C to hold five General Membership Meetings per year geographically throughout the state, including one in Sun Prairie for the Assignment Center, with the dates/times/locations to be determined by the Executive Board. [In person Executive Board Meetings will be held in conjunction with these.] Next GMM is planned for Tomahawk in May with the North Area Representative serving as host.
This meeting will include nominations for the CWA National Convention to be held in Las Vegas at the end of July. The President is an automatic Delegate and M/S/C to send one additional Delegate. The Elections Committee will be notified and necessary arrangements will begin - need to get a Post Office Box, … There will be an election for Vice President of CWA District 4 as part of the Convention. The Board reiterated that when representing the Local at any meeting, conference, training, or convention, the attendee has a duty to be there and to give a report afterwards informing the membership of what was learned and/or what took place.
Also, to clarify the mileage policy, M/S/C that members attending Area and/or General Membership Meetings will be paid round trip mileage for all miles in excess of thirty. We did talk about the importance of documentation and vouchers being filled out completely (and on a timely basis). With the pay raise in the Frontier/CWA contract effective on 02/10/2019, the lost wage amount will be $32.58 per hour which is an increase from the current $31.95 per hour. [Found in Schedule Q.] The IRS also raised the mileage amount, effective 01/01/2019, to 58 cents per mile which is up from 54.5 cents per mile.
In addition, concerning lost time, it was reaffirmed that if someone is off work representing the Local, they will only be paid (1) if they are actually scheduled to work that day and (2) the number of hours paid are "capped" at eight since that would have been the number of hours scheduled. It needs to be understood that there are times when the meeting or assignment takes more than eight hours in one day or falls on a scheduled day off. It is hoped that members would not manipulate their schedules to cause more hours to be paid than necessary.
Both the North and the South areas are dealing with the "work expectations" document that has been circulating. Steve was on a conference call earlier today about this and will be going to Ohio in two weeks to discuss this with the other Locals affected. Work schedules and/or vacation schedules continue to be combined although not completely consistently. The Union is fighting this with the goal to be to return to a more logical and practical workgroup size based on location. Also scheduling, especially vacation days at a time and personal days, is really causing problems. In at least one area, NO Saturdays are available for nearly all of the year - which is not fair (and unworkable) for those routinely scheduled on Saturday. Essentially the only way to get a Saturday off is if you can get the entire week off for vacation - which is unlikely and not the best used of vacation time.
There also is the continuing problem of not being paid overtime for hours in excess of eighty per paycheck because of Frontier's interpretation of vacation days vs holidays. Anyone with pay stubs showing eighty plus hours, with no overtime paid, should get a copy to their Area Representative for further action. This issue needs to be addressed in our next bargaining with the Company.
Ron asked about the bridging of time when coming from or going to an area represented by IBEW - is there reciprocity? It doesn't seem to be consistently handled. Steve will contact IBEW Local 51 - which seems to send members our way - to further investigate. The feeling was that if it truly is reciprocal, then it is fine but possibly not all IBEW Locals will do the same thing with this issue. Also is the Local getting contractor reports? COE-I has just one employee left so most of their work is being done by contractors. Will any/all of those jobs be filled? Steve will check into this further.
Jon said that they still haven't been able to get a current CenturyLink seniority list and are not being notified about new hires and/or separations. The HR functions now go thru a centralized "pool", with no one directly being responsible for Wisconsin so requests seem to be ignored. A couple of people left and hopefully jobs will be backfilled. And possibly voluntary separation packages were offered but there seems to be some confusion on this - Company says yes they did make offers but members say no (there was no offer received by anyone). Organizing within CenturyLink was discussed and will be brought up at the General Membership Meeting this evening.
Dee reported that there has been quite an uproar in the Assignment Center which is being addressed. The extreme weather has caused a number of problems - no time off being approved even though the local, county, and state government operations in Dane County shut down for a number of days. There has to be a remedy to this besides "flex time" - which really isn't always practical and isn't contractual. There will be a grievance filed about upgrades not being approved for those in the Center performing Facilities Assigner/Cutter work (Schedule L in the contract). Also, since this upgrade involves more pay, the work should be offered by seniority. And scheduling, between those upstairs and downstairs, continues to be an issue. Those with less seniority (upstairs) are getting better schedules than those downstairs - earlier starts, fewer Saturdays, … In addition, the day at a time vacation/personal holidays scheduling is way behind so people are not able to make plans.
Sherry handed out the financial reports for December and January and changed the format just a bit to indicate the money that was shifting into savings from the checking account. The audit for 2016/2017 was finally done in January. Those auditing the records were concerned that a number of receipts were missing or vouchers didn't include sufficient information to understand why an expense was paid. So, in addition to the other clarifications talked about earlier in the meeting, it was reinforced that ALL expenses need to have a receipt and that vouchers need to clearly indicate the date and reason for the expense. And they need to be submitted on a timely basis - for the Executive Board, that should be once a month. Anyone else should NOT wait for months to request payment. Sixty days was suggested as a limit. Chris and Sherry will be meeting at the office on Saturday so Chris can look over the Rhinelander materials stored there.
The grievance report was thoroughly discussed and the updated version will be posted as per usual. Ann asked about ordering clothing/items for members this year. The plan is to do something thru the website - with an e-mail being sent - rather than getting the handwritten or scanned order forms and the Assignment Center will have a revised sign up form. Please think about possible designs or things to purchase for the members. She was on the nationwide conference call about Frontier and its many service problems. Unfortunately, based on legislation that was passed some time ago (which AT&T really pushed), Wisconsin does NOT have good consumer protections anymore on service standards. We do have someone from the School for Workers to do a four-hour FMLA training for the Local so now need to schedule a date. It will most likely be a Saturday and will possibly be held in the Dells again, which seemed to work alright for getting people in from across the state. We also want to provide localized information for the various companies on how the application process actually works internally - where do I get the form to fill out, who handles it, …
Steve discussed the conference call he was on this morning about the new work expectations being rolled out. He will be going to Ohio to discuss this further and the Presidents will plan a strategy to address this. The Rhinelander contract is up soon and proofing/printing of the contract will be discussed during bargaining. What was finally recently received seems to have some discrepancies and there are no signatures on the document. On the call, they also discussed "buzz" service - calling the customer, changes to "Take the Lead", and new dispatch systems for scheduling among other things.
M/S/C to adjourn at 5:41 p.m.
Ann M. McNeary (temporary notetaker)