AT&T, CWA MEET TO SHAPE 'WORKPLACE OF THE FUTURE'
RANDOLPH, N.J., March 8 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) managers and officials of the Communications Workers of America began meeting here today to jointly shape the company's "Workplace of the Future" concept. The conference, sponsored by AT&T and the CWA, is a key step toward redesigning the work environment to help AT&T meet the demands of the global marketplace while giving employees greater employment security and direct involvement in decisions affecting their jobs and working conditions. U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, a long-time advocate of labor-management cooperation, was scheduled to be keynote speaker at a luncheon for more than 1,000 delegates to the company-union conference at The Skylands. "The Workplace of the Future' is a chance for unions and the company to work together in new and innovative ways to satisfy our customers and win in the marketplace against some very formidable competitors," said William Ketchum, AT&T vice president for labor relations. CWA President Morton Bahr said: "It's now time for a new vision of the role of unions and companies, and the Workplace of the Future' can be a model for the entire nation. We share with AT&T the same desire for a healthy and competitive company that provides good-paying jobs today and creates job opportunities for the next generation." Speakers at the day-long conference will discuss company and union perspectives of the "Workplace of the Future" and new processes and relationships required for mutual success. The "Workplace of the Future" resulted from last year's bargaining agreement between AT&T, CWA and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The three-year contract covering some 125,000 AT&T employees established a specific initiative to give the unions greater participation in business planning to transform traditional workplaces and focus on total quality for customers and quality of work life for employees. The company and its unions agreed to expand their relationships at four levels: -- In the workplace itself, to develop new models for managing change. -- At the business-unit level, to influence decisions and strategies for specific markets and customers. -- At the national level, to allow union and company negotiators on AT&T's Constructive Relationship Council to review existing and pilot programs that relate to national contract agreements. -- At the global level, through a newly created Human Resources Board, which will review AT&T worldwide human resources issues and provide input to the company's senior management. -0- 3/8/93 /CONTACT: Burke Stinson of AT&T, 908-221-2062, or (home) 201-377- 0902; or Jeff Miller of CWA, 202-434-1164, or (home), 703-799-1224/ (T)
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|Date:||Mar 8, 1993|
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