Current Company COVID-19 Action Plans & Information
*Information last updated 9:00am 8-8-2022*
Dear CWA District 6 Members,
The COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented and CWA is at the front lines doing the work necessary to keep our members informed, connected and safe during this difficult and critical time. We are devoting every available resource to ensure that employers are doing everything possible to protect and support CWA members during this pandemic.
CWA Headquarters is frequently updating the resources on their COVID-19 information page at cwa.org/covid-19. There you will find information on what to do if you believe that your working conditions are unsafe as well as links to reliable sources of information about the virus.
CWA District 6 has attached the links below providing the most current information regarding the responses to the COVID-19 crisis from the various Companies whose workers we represent. These links are updated continually as new information is provided. Simply click the corresponding link of your employer to find the most recent news regarding COVID-19.
While we have many difficult months ahead of us, we will do what we do best - take care of each other, make sure our health and safety is protected on the job, and fight for legislative and political change that puts working people first. District 6 would like to thank our courageous members for their efforts in meeting the difficult challenges they continuously face during the crisis.
Claude Cummings Jr., CWA District 6 Vice President
AT&T CORPORATION (LEGACY T)
AT&T INTERNET SERVICES (NIC)
AT&T MOBILITY AGREEMENTS
WFH PREMIER SERVICE CONSULTANT
AT&T SOUTHWEST WORKPLACE ENTRY ASSESSMENT
CENTURYLINK/CENTURYTEL - LUMEN AGREEMENTS
DIRECT TV AGREEMENTS
SHELTER IN PLACE/MISC. INFORMATION & DOCUMENTS
TELECOMMUNICATIONS & TECHNOLOGIES (T&T)
TSEU (TEXAS STATE EMPLOYEE UNION)
U.S.EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION
As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they continue to provide CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment
CWA's Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, contact your healthcare provider immediately and follow reporting procedures established by your employer. Also notify your CWA Local or District as soon as possible.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website contains comprehensive, updated information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 infection.
Now that several COVID-19 vaccinations are approved and vaccination programs are underway, we are making real progress toward reducing infections, illness, and death from the virus. But the danger is not over.
CWA strongly recommends that CWA members be vaccinated with an FDA-approved vaccine to protect themselves, their families, their co-workers, and their communities.
CWA supports voluntary vaccination programs and opposes mandatory vaccination as a condition of employment. CWA encourages employers to allow employees to be vaccinated on paid work time and to provide an additional vaccination-related sick time benefit for those people who may have vaccine-related side effects, like fever, and may need to miss work temporarily.
CDC Information on Vaccines:
We want to know what you think about COVID-19 vaccines so we can make sure we provide you with information you need to make informed decisions about vaccinations. The survey is for all members whether you have had a vaccination, plan on getting a vaccination, or do not want to get a vaccination.
If You Think Your Working Conditions Put You at Risk
If you have concerns about the risks you face in the workplace, you should consult with your steward or a Local officer for advice. Click here for more information on your rights if you are concerned about COVID-19 exposure.
State and Federal Benefits and Policy Issues
State and Federal governments have passed legislation to address the impact of COVID-19 on working people. For information on your rights and benefits that may be available to you, visit Family Values @ Work: Know Your Rights Under Emergency Coronavirus Response Laws
Although a series of bills have provided stopgap relief during the pandemic, we need lasting solutions and a plan to recover from the crisis that puts working people first.
Civil and Human Rights Concerns
In this moment of heightened fear and concern, CWA civil and human rights advocates are standing with those who are particularly harmed by the results of the crisis because of their identity or status, and we continue to fight collectively to ensure no one is left without the help they need to live in dignity and safety.
Ensuring equitable and fair vaccine distribution is critical. Barriers to vaccine access must be removed. Federal and state governments must uphold the principles of equity and justice regarding vaccine access and distribution to ensure those in all geographic communities (urban, suburban and rural) as well as vulnerable groups including essential workers, older adults, people with underlying medical conditions, and people from disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups are able to be vaccinated in a timely manner. CWA recognizes and remains committed to fighting against systemic inequalities and racism in healthcare and public health systems.
Learn more: CWA Human Rights - COVID-19 Resources
Because conditions vary across the country and are changing constantly, your local leadership will have the most up-to-date information on policies in place at your work location to address the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a question and are unable to contact your steward or local officers, click here to submit your question and we will route it to the appropriate person for response.
Statement of Claude Cummings Jr. on Confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court