I love it when people cry about what the exec's make. You wouldn't last a day doing their job (most people, not you specifically) so don't complain about how much they make.
If land line profits are shrinking they have to cut expenses on that side of the business, simple math people.
You are full of shit! Just because the company is big you deserve a pay increase? Did you miss the part about land line business shrinking?
Just to be clear (two of you are contradicting) are they cutting pay or not giving increases?
I don't get it... the company is doing what it takes to stay profitable, that is why they are in business, they sure as hell aren't in business so you can be gainfully employed. I think there should be a trade of a fair day's work for a fair day's pay. If they want to pay you less then leave and go find a better paying job, or work harder to prove you have earned your pay and will continue to.
Land lines are shrinking for every company, because VOIP is not considered a land line. What they didn't tell you is that the Uverse system is taking off at a pace we can not keep up with, the number of cell phones sales and Uverse installs more than cover all the land line lost and then some. They are using this as way to look like the company is in trouble, when in fact since I have been there we have been in the black, and not by just a small margin but enough so that the buy out of Bell South was done in cash, and the Direct TV merger was also in cash.
Now as for what was offered to the employees.
60% of your current pay is promised(no matter what) but to get your full pay you would have to meet 100%+ of your goal depending on your dept, 100% of your adherence(means you take your break at the exact time and come back at the exact time and no visit to the RR during any other time[ we are working mandatory OT working 10hrs knowing you will have to use the RR more than 3 times in a day] if you are stuck with a customer you can't put them off to somebody else or tell them to call back or have the manger correct your time due to you doing your job), and if you are on the phone you have average time to be off the phone with customers you have to meet 100%+. All of that just to get what I am getting now. there isn't a single person in the company that would be able to get 100% of their pay with that set up. that is the cut he was talking about.
the company isn't shrinking, the company is hiring over 7000 people to try and help us with the uverse side of it. we are so understaffed and not able to truly help the customers we have now that if the strike does come you are talking about 300 people in my job area going all the way down to 40 people to try and handle what we can not handle now. The company will see how much they need us to do our jobs to make those customers stay and allow for us to have new ones.
as for the 2 months strike, from what I hear is that it will not only be a strike but a lockout. from what I hear, also is that we are wanting to go before an arbitrator to settle this contract dispute, but AT&T doesn't, because they have to open all books at that time and show the world how much they profit and how little they spend on those of us that make the company go.
we aren't asking for anything more than what we have gotten every year, a cost of living increase and same benefits.
I have worked jobs that weren't union, and I don't really care for the union now, but they are asking for what anybody would ask for no matter who they work for.
AL P you expect a raise if you do your job or are you content with the same pay from now till you retire or get a new job?