Judge Tells AT&T: “Bring Hooker Back”

Ira Sandron, Administrative Law Judge, has ruled that AT&T unlawfully fired me after discriminating against me because of my union activities. He has ordered my full reinstatement to employment at AT&T as well as repayment of back-pay with interest. He has ordered AT&T to remove all record of my unlawful discipline and make me whole in all ways.

Even while I was being fired, I continuously attempted to perform my duties as a CWA representative, especially regarding health and safety in the workplace. Towards this end, I repeatedly asked all levels of my management chain to sit down with me and partner with CWA to make work safer and healthier for all employees, in particular regarding asbestos safety practices and asbestos training.  That offer still stands as I am more interested in solutions than whatever personal animosity any particular boss may hold for me. I remain, as I have always been, committed to the collective bargaining process.

Likewise and in good faith, I am committed to securing the best treatment that I can for those we represent. In this regard, AT&T management has been my most influential teacher: I am a mirror. In other words, I base my treatment of management based on how respected my members feel.

The ruling is posted below; the good stuff starts on page 35. Here is the NLRB link to all documents in the case (so far). This victory was a result of the efforts of a lot of kick-ass people; including every member of CWA who ever stands up to their boss for what is right.

Michigan Bell Telephone Company Decision

BA Hooker

About BA Hooker

Approaching middle age. Husband to beloved Wifey; father and grandfather to several Favorites and GrandFavorites. Convicted unionist, and fired for it. Unable to abide a bully for long. Overall imperfect, yet still talking. I'm likely to slip in some non-union posts in here occasionally, probably about sailing or something slightly anarchist. While I wait for a resolution to my attempts to regain my employment, its my duty to diligently attempt to replace my lost wages. Part of the way I do that is by ad placement on this blog; ; and part of it is some Amazon affiliate links that are mostly books I consider required reading for union activists and plain old troublemakers. If you want to help support my efforts, I teach union activism. Reach out. Similarly, I built this website and a few others like it for small businesses and local unions. If you like it, reach out.
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