Settlement Agreement - Sleeves, Uniforms, & Appearance Policy

BellSouth Telecommunications, LLC (“BST” or “The Company”) and Communications Workers of America (“CWA”) agree to resolve their dispute over uniform compliance as it is enforced under Section 4.15, Work Apparel, of the Network Addendum U-verse Field Operations (UFO), Appendix C Part XVII - Uniform Program, of the BST Working Agreement, Appendix B Uniform Program in the Utility Operations Working Agreement and any other corporate guidelines that speak to or regulate the wearing, modifying or use of uniforms as they may apply to uniform program participants in the Southeast region.


1) BST bargaining unit employees who participate in an AT&T Uniform Program will be allowed to wear “sleeves” that are one solid color (example - solid white, solid red, solid green) with the official CWA logo and the CWA Local number in block lettering that is one-inch block style font in one solid color. The Company's Appearance Policy will be amended to reflect this. (photograph example attached - picture #1)


2) Southeast bargaining unit employees who participate in an AT&T Uniform Program may wear the “I Pledge” sleeves that were worn during 2019 bargaining for one year following the date of this agreement. CWA District 3 understands that after this one-year period, the Company will consider the “I Pledge” sleeves to violate the Company’s Appearance Policy. (photograph example attached - picture #2)


3) An email notification of the change in policy will be sent to all Southeast bargaining unit employees who participate in the various AT&T Uniform Programs and their leadership up to and including Director level managers.


4) Southeast bargaining unit employees who were not paid due to their failure to come to work, prepared to work, in the appropriate uniform and refused to comply with the uniform program after being directed to do so on August 16, 2019 will be paid for all scheduled hours on that day. Additionally, any disciplinary action taken against such employees as a result of the “I Pledge” sleeves, will be removed from all of the impacted employees’ personnel files.


5) CWA District 3 agrees that the “FU” buttons, or any other Union memorabilia containing this phrase, will not be utilized as part of a concerted activity that is coordinated at the District level. CWA District 3 understands that upon execution of this agreement, the Company will consider the “FU” buttons and any other Union memorabilia containing this phrase, to violate the Company’s Appearance Policy.