Presidents Report June 2020

Who would have thought the 2020 would go like this? Although the incidents of the past week have overshadowed the Corona virus outbreak, please remember to be safe, wear your mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands whenever you can, and sanitize when you cannot.  In light of the murder of George Floyd, we find ourselves at a crossroad in time. We have two different but very serious issues to deal with.  The first is systematic racism and the second being police brutality and abuse of power. Both of these effect every one of our members, our families, and our communities. We need to stand up and we need to encourage others to stand up as well. We cannot as a functioning society continue down these paths. I ask everyone that reads this to not only do the right thing and hold yourself accountable but to demand others to do the same. We cannot sit back and say police brutality isn’t affecting me, so I am going to look the other way. Anyone that has been watching the news can clearly see the police are brutalizing everyone. I cannot say the brutality is equal but at this point the police are abusing their power against everyone. I know there are good cops and bad cops out there but lets be honest about this, does a good cop sit by and let another cop abuse his or her power? If you or I were with someone and they committed a crime and we sat by and did nothing, then we would be charged as an accessory to that crime. It is time that police be held to that standard too.

AT&T> All is well and AT&T continues to hire new employees in the Seattle area.

Avaya> I have been told work is slow, but all are still employed and staying safe.

CenturyLink> The inside people continue to work from home and the company is finally providing adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). As far as I am aware the company has yet to put out any direction around protesters or rioters. If you are working in the field and are anywhere near protesters or rioters, please leave. Your safety is way more important than the service you are putting in or repairing.

DGM> Everyone has been provided Personal protective equipment by CWA and DGM. As far as I know all is well.

Evoque> All is well in the data centers and nothing to report at this time.

IATSE> All of our full-time members have been laid off and there is not a return to work date scheduled at this time. IATSE continues to provide medical for those three employees.

MV> The Microsoft group is still home and being paid. The Blue Origin group has been laid off and I am trying to get more information about their contract and if there is a plan to bring them back to work. The CWA-MV contract expires at the end of June 2020 and we hope to start negotiations soon.

Remember to stay safe out there and pay attention to your surroundings. If you know anyone that needs a CWA mask or other personal protective Equipment please let a steward know and we will attempt get them what they need.   

In Solidarity,

Art Clemens