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CWA Local 4050/4090

21700 Greenfield Road
Suite 266
Oak Park, MI 48237

Phone: (248) 968 - 0983
or (248) 968 - 0998

Fax: (248) 968 - 1009

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(248) 968 - 0983 ext. 7



Dave Skotarczyk
ext. 301

Executive Vice President:
Troy Smith
ext. 302

Gerald Sokoloski
ext. 303

Vice President Global Services, Legacy-T and Avaya:
Mike Klein
ext. 304

Vice Presidents at Large Special Services:
Michael Mcleod
Ali Roby

Mike Killewald


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What copay do we have if there is no generic drug available?
The bargaining team said that we will still have to pay the formulary or non- formulary co-pay even though there is no generic drug available.
Why is there a 9 after the number on my telephone display at work?
We were told this could mean that the call is being monitored. If you see this let your steward know. we do not know at this time if this is true.
How long do I have to update my profile for a job req?
Members have 48 working hours (6 days) before the req closes to update their profile . Req are only posted for 7 days so, that's what so important about updating your profile. Please update your profile prior to nominating for a JOB req. so, you don't lose out.
Why am I so far down on the list of candidates for this job in Illinois if I have all the skills?
The reason is that this is an IBEW Req in Illinois and IBEW members get more points than CWA members . Just like CWA members get more points than IBEW members when they nominate for a CWA job.
Is there a pension band increase in 2007 or 2008 or 2009?
Yes. Please remember to look in your contracts. Benefits are listed in Appendix D [pension beginning on page 253] or Appendix E – [pension beginning on page 283].
How do I retire with this years GATT rate and next years Vacation [if so desired]?
Need to talk in the right terminology. Use the phrase “the last day worked” or last day to be on active payroll. To receive the current GATT rate and next years vacation your last day worked has to be 12/31 of each year. 12/31 cannot be your first day retired - it must be your last day worked/as active on the active payroll

Question: What if 12/31 falls on a Saturday or Sunday?
Answer: Doesn’t matter - it can still be your last day worked or if not worked; your last day on payroll. [HR and Labor Relations has been told this repeatedly] Refer HR or LR to Patti Peterson if Mgr’s insist this isn’t true.

Question: If I retire this year why do I get next years vacation?
Answer: See Article 2 Definitions – of a Vacation Year. The vacation year begins on 12/31 NOT 1/1. SBC rules say that to be eligible you need to have worked at least 1 day into the new vacation year. 12/31 does that for you; thanks to our elected bargaining team.
How does the new Pension Protection Law impact our lump sums at SBC?
According to legal advice from our research dept; the new law should not impact us because our contract specifically states that our lump sums are calculated using the GATT rate and the GATT rate will continue to be published. [Page 283 & 291]
Does the law take away our right to have lump sums?
Only if the pension plan is “way” under-funded. Today we are certainly not under-funded and we will continue to monitor as best we can to see that it doesn’t get under-funded in the future. There is not a lot of motive for SBC to let it get under-funded at this time. They make a bundle out of those of us who take lump sums.

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