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									You may call and/or e-mail the following at$t Managers to demand that Shari’s 10
day suspension be rescinded.

In Unity-Strength & Solidarity:

Steve Tisza, President Local 4250




Minneapolis District Manager, Ed Beek (612) 376-6011

Cel (612) 810-8890 or ebeek@ems.att.com

Division Manager, Valerie Scheder (908) 234-6242

Cel (908) 432-0098 or vscheder@ems.att.com

Vice President, Jim McFarland (908) 234-6030

or jrmcfarland@ems.att.com
January 19, 2006

Sisters & Brothers:

AT$T’s Minneapolis District Manager suspended Minneapolis CWA Local 7250
President Shari Schalwig for 10 days for engaging in a protected concerted
activity. Every year on January 9th, Local 7250 Members wear black and
distribute flyers commemorating one of their members who passed away in
2002. This is a day that AT$T managers in Minneapolis would like to forget.

It was on that day in 2002 that AT$T management sent home one of our
brothers’, who was displaying behavior that was totally inconsistent with his
normal demeanor and it was evident that he needed some medical counseling
and assistance. Instead of AT$T notifying his emergency contact, Health Affairs,
EAP, or even paramedics, they chose to send him home without any assistance or
supervision. AT$T ignored the signs being displayed by a distressed employee.
Their plan for handling this situation was “out of sight, out of mind” and our
brother was now sent out into the street without any support and with his family
completely uninformed and unaware of his situation.

Two weeks later, when AT$T had received no report from our brother, and
without any follow up, AT$T terminated him and their mismanagement plan of
“out of sight, out of mind” continued. Later on, it was found that our brother had
passed away and AT$T was then trying to keep his status as terminated to
prevent his life insurance being paid to his survivors. This was later resolved by
CWA Local 7250 President Shari Schalwig, along with the CWA National office,
who prevailed at a pre-arbitration settlement with AT$T agreeing to change our
brothers’ status from terminated to deceased.

On January 9, 2006, when Local 7250 President and mobilization committee
members distributed memorial flyers on behalf of their former member,
reminding all that this must not be repeated in the future, the Minneapolis AT$T
District Manager retaliated by suspending Local 7250 President Shari Schalwig
for ten (10) days for reminding them of their mismanagement tactics and lack of
compassion for one of their former employees.

Minneapolis AT$T managers don’t want to be reminded of their involvement in
this affair and it is obvious they are going to unjustly retaliate as they try and hide
from the truth. It is extremely sad that our brother was not given an opportunity
to receive the attention and help he needed, it is also sad that the company is now
punishing a Local President and CWA activist for trying to prevent a reoccurrence
by sharing truthful information with CWA members.


CWA Members across the nation will not tolerate the behavior that the
Minneapolis AT$T managers have displayed and the unjust suspension of Local
7250 President Shari Schalwig just compounds our outrage. To suspend a person
for a protected concerted activity that was neither disruptive nor insubordinate is
a blatant abuse of power by A T$T management. Minneapolis AT$T managers
should admit their mistake by rescinding Shari’s suspension and apologizing for
their behavior to all CWA members across the nation. Only then will they regain
the respect of CWA’s AT$T rank and file for their treatment of our deceased
brother and his family and their treatment of the activists at CWA Local 7250.

If you want to obtain additional information regarding this issue you can call 612-
376-6011.

In Unity- Strength & Solidarity:

Steve Tisza, President
CWA Local 4250
Chicago
                    Peter’s Day – January 9 , 2006!
Peter Darnauer was a CWA Local 7250 Member, who on January 9, 2002 came to work in
Minneapolis Customer Care, as he had done every other day.

But today was different. Peter didn’t look well. He had fallen & hit his head. He had bled
into his eyes, and had scratches & bruises on his face.

Previously Peter was someone that his coworkers went to for help on accounts. Peter was a
great resource, and had an excellent memory, being able to recall information that he had only
encountered one time, a month or year ago.

But today was different. Peter couldn’t remember his password to log into his computer.

Peter went to management because he was not feeling well, he asked to go home. He
described the hallucinations he was having, and exhibited paranoid behavior. Management
was scared, and didn’t know how to deal with Peter… so they didn’t.

Peter was a victim of mismanagement.

Why didn’t management call 911? Why didn’t they call Peter’s emergency contact? Why
didn’t management consult with Health Affairs, or EAP? What did they do?

Mismanagement called security from the AT&T lobby to stand by. They were afraid that
Peter was mentally unstable & wanted to make sure he did not harm them.

Mismanagement encouraged Peter to use his flex time to go home.

Mismanagement wanted to get rid of Peter, instead of helping him.

Peter left AT&T, went home for a brief amount of time, and was never seen again.

AT&T Mismanagement fired Peter a few weeks later for not calling out properly from work.

When Peter’s body was discovered the week of his birthday in March, the Union asked that
Peter’s reason for leaving payroll be changed from termination for misconduct, to deceased.
We wanted his mother to be able to collect his life insurance payment.

Mismanagement refused.

CWA won Peter’s life insurance benefits for his family at the National level as a pre-arbitration
settlement.

AT&T has never admitted that they did anything wrong in the case of Peter Darnauer. Why
would they? His family would then be able to sue AT&T for negligence in his death.

If they had only called his emergency contact, or taken him to an emergency room, Peter may
still be alive today.

Honor our Brother, Peter. Wear Black every January 9th
This has been posted on Local 3250's tape and web site.
Roy

January 19, 2006

Attention Brothers and Sisters,

In Minneapolis, Local 7250 President, Shari Schalwig was suspended by the Minneapolis
AT&T, District Manager for 10 days for engaging in a protected concerted activity.
Every year on January 9th , Local 7250 Members wear black and distribute flyers
commemorating one of their members who passed away. This is a day that the AT&T
managers in Minneapolis would like to forget.

It was on that day in 2002 that AT&T sent home one of our brothers’, who was
displaying behavior that was totally inconsistent with his normal demeanor and it was
evident that he needed some medical counseling and assistance. Instead of AT&T
notifying his emergency contact, Health Affairs, EAP, or even paramedics, they chose to
send him home without any assistance or supervision. AT&T ignored the signs being
displayed by a distressed employee, their plan for handling this situation was “o ut of
sight, out of mind” and our brother was now sent out into the street without any support
and with his family completely uninformed and unaware of his situation.

Two weeks later, when the company had received no report from him and without any
follow up, the company terminated him and the mismanagement plan of “out of sight, out
of mind” continued. Later on, it was found that our brother had passed away and the
company was then trying to keep his status as terminated to prevent his life insurance
being paid to his survivors. This was later resolved by Local 7250 President, Shari
Schalwig along with the CWA National, who prevailed at a pre-arbitration settlement
with AT&T agreeing to change our brothers’ status from terminated to deceased.

So, on January 9th , when Local 7250 President and mobilization committee members
distributed memorial flyers for one of their members, reminding all that this must not be
repeated in the future, the Minneapolis managers retaliated by suspending Local 7250
President Shari Schalwig for reminding them of their mismanagement tactics and lack of
compassion for one of their employee’s.

In Minneapolis, managers don’t want to be reminded of their involvement in this affair
and it is obvious they are going to unjustly retaliate as they try and hide from the truth. It
is extremely sad that our brother was not given an opportunity to receive the attention and
help he needed, it is also sad that the company is now punishing a Local President and
CWA activist for trying to preve nt a reoccurrence by sharing truthful information with
CWA members.

This type of behavior by AT&T managers is not representative of management teams
across the nation and I am glad to report that the AT&T managers within Local 3250
have displayed professional and compassionate treatment to our members. Here in our
Local and across the nation, we have been able to work closely with AT&T managers
when dealing with members who have had difficult and stressful situations face them in
their lives.

The behavior that the Minneapolis managers have displayed will not be tolerated by our
CWA Members across the nation and the unjust suspension of Local 7250 President
Shari Schalwig just compounds our outrage. To suspend a person for a protected
concerted activity that was neither disruptive nor insubordinate is a blatant abuse of
power by the Company. Minneapolis should live up to the Company’s code of treating all
their employee’s ethically and admit their mistake by apologizing for their behavior to all
the Members of CWA across the nation. Only then will they regain the respect of the
rank and file for their treatment of our deceased brother and his family and their
treatment of the activists at Local 7250.

If you want to obtain additional information regarding this issue you can call 612-376-
6011. I will keep you informed of any updates we receive regarding this tragedy of events
in Minneapolis.


In Unity There Is Strength.

Roy Hegenbart
President/Local 3250

								
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