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U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement

U.S. Department of Labor | May 27, 2016

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in

principle on a new contract for Verizon workers

WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company. The parties have a shared interest in the success of Verizon and its dedicated workforce. Indeed, these two interests are inextricably intertwined.

This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.

I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”

Resolution in Haverstraw

With the hard work of the Local's political coordinator Dan Caprara and the great turn out by the Local membership the Town of Haverstraw has adopted the Resolution Regarding the Verizon Strike.

CWA local 1107 would like to thank Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato and Town of Haverstraw Supervisor  Howard Phillips and the entire Town Board of Haverstraw for their support in passing the Resolution.


Download: Resolution regarding the Verizon Strike.tiff
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Prudential Life Insurance

Prudential Life Insurance

The Company to provide information on what will happen regarding the Prudential Life Insurance after the strike. They provided the following response:


"Coverage (for the employee and their covered dependents) as elected prior to the strike will be reinstated upon the date the employee returns to work. No Evidence of Insurability (EOI) will be required as long as the return to work is within 1 year of the coverage end date. Individuals who elect to convert lost insurance coverage would need to provide EOI upon reinstatement if they are unwilling to relinquish their converted policy. Payroll contributions for supplemental coverage are also reinstated upon the employee’s return to work. Contribution rates for the remainder of 2016 will be the same as they were before the strike began."
Department Of Labor
STATEMENT OF US LABOR SECRETARY THOMAS E. PEREZ ON THE ONGOING LABOR DISPUTE INVOLVING VERIZON WORKERS

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.

“A few days ago, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez reached out to the parties in the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers and invited them to meet with him in Washington in an effort to help the parties resolve a dispute that is affecting thousands of workers, their families, and the company.

Today, Secretary Perez met at the U.S. Labor Department with Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon; Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America; and Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The parties had an open, frank and constructive dialogue about finding a comprehensive way forward to resolve disputed issues and get people back to work. The parties agreed to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday to continue their discussion.

“The best way to resolve this labor dispute is at the bargaining table, and I am heartened by the parties’ mutual commitment to get back to immediate discussions and work toward a new contract,” said Secretary Perez. “I was singularly impressed by the parties’ appreciation that time is of the essence, and their strong commitment to use the collective bargaining process to reach a mutually beneficial resolution.”

News Statement

News Statement

U.S. Department of Labor | May 15, 2016

 

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.

 

“A few days ago, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez reached out to the parties in the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers and invited them to meet with him in Washington in an effort to help the parties resolve a dispute that is affecting thousands of workers, their families, and the company.

Today, Secretary Perez met at the U.S. Labor Department with Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon; Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America; and Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The parties had an open, frank and constructive dialogue about finding a comprehensive way forward to resolve disputed issues and get people back to work. The parties agreed to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday to continue their discussion.

“The best way to resolve this labor dispute is at the bargaining table, and I am heartened by the parties’ mutual commitment to get back to immediate discussions and work toward a new contract,” said Secretary Perez. “I was singularly impressed by the parties’ appreciation that time is of the essence, and their strong commitment to use the collective bargaining process to reach a mutually beneficial resolution.”

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Regional Bargaining Report # 54

Regional Bargaining Report # 54

Saturday May 7, 2016

 

 

Following our meeting with Verizon on Monday, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company in off record discussions over call sharing, The union committee continued to meet throughout the week to discuss our next steps.

On May 5, CWA members and allies brought the Verizon strike to the company’s shareholder meeting in AlbuquerqueNM. Dozens of strikers flew out from the East Coast and were met by their sisters and brothers in New MexicoArizona, and Colorado. Over 250 people protested outside the meeting. Inside, CWA activists spoke on shareholder resolutions and presented more than 300,000 petitions from customers to CEO Lowell McAdam.

Later, 15 union members and community supporters were arrested, after they draped a 70-foot banner reading "Verizon: Good Jobs, No Greed" across Rio Grande Blvd and then sat down under the banner to block traffic.

"As long as corporate executives put short-term profits ahead of the workers who make those profits possible and the communities they promised to serve, the calls for a change of course at Verizon will only grow stronger," said protester Bianca Cunningham before she was arrested alongside fourteen other protesters for civil disobedience. Cunningham is a former Verizon Wireless worker who was fired in September while helping her fellow employees form a union.

National Day of Action

CWA members, activists and allies held a National Day of Action to focus attention on Verizon's corporate greed. The 39,000 CWA and IBEW members remain on strike, pushing the company to stop offshoring jobs and to keep good jobs in our communities, so customers can get the quality service they deserve.

More than 400 protests were held nationwide, at Verizon Wireless stores and other locations in dozens of cities. In New York City, some 2,000 workers, supporters and elected leaders marched to a Verizon Wireless store on Wall Street.

Read more about the Day of Action and all the latest on the Verizon strike at

www.facebook.com/standuptoverizon and www.standuptoverizon.com.

 

Keep the picket lines at Wireless strong, and keep following the scabs. The company will get the message--they will not break us.

 

We will win.

Stay strong.

Solidarity forever!

Letter from the VP

May 3, 2016                                

                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

            Tomorrow marks the beginning of our fourth week on strike and in all my career I have never been more proud of you my Brothers and Sisters in Labor. Every day now you have show up to the picket lines with enthusiasm and spirit and a deep determination to win a fair contract and I am honored to be counted among you.

We have not taken this course lightly, we know the struggle will be hard but in this struggle our true strength will be revealed. Verizon has revealed its self to the world as the poster child of corporate greed. Their greed will be their down fall because no amount of money can buy them the strength and fortitude that you have.  Unions from across the nation have rallied around us and promised us their support but most importantly the public is behind us. We have seen such an out pouring of support from the public because they know that Verizon is everything that is wrong with corporate America.

For ten months the company has made one retrogressive demand after another and still to this very day Verizon refuses to address any of your concerns. Instead they have engaged in one scare tactic after another. They have all the time and money to make videos explaining how wonderful they are but they could only spend two hours with our bargaining team on Monday before they told us to get lost.  

Brothers and Sisters you are the strength of the labor movement and you will win this fight.

Stand Fast and Hold the Line.

Todd Kelsey

Vice President

NY Daily News editorial
Strike for the middle class: Verizon employees take a stand for the American worker NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Saturday, April 30, 2016, 4:05 AM The 36,000 workers who have gone on strike against telecom giant Verizon are front-line troops in the struggle for the preservation of the American middle class. Read More...
Regional Bargaining Report # 53

Regional Bargaining Report # 53

Monday May 2, 2016

 

 

Your Bargaining Team met with the company in Rye this afternoon for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

We made some compromise proposals in a number of areas, designed to kick-start the bargaining process. One of these proposals included a plan that would give the company greater flexibility in routing customer service calls, while at the same time limiting the amount of contracting out of that work overall.

The company completely dismissed our proposals without even asking clarifying questions. They told us that when we start to move on their major demands, they would address our proposals more seriously.

They continue to insist that we cave in on all of their major proposals that would destroy our jobs and job security. These job-killing proposals include:

· Insisting on closing 5 call centers, which could lead to subcontracting and offshoring of our work.

· Slashing the percentage of call center work handled by our members.

· Insisting on expanded contracting out of field technicians work, including replacing, maintaining and moving hardware on poles.

· Eliminating the job security unless we agree to transfers and retirement incentives out of seniority order.

· Reduction of disability benefits.

· Freezing pension accruals at 30 years.

· And there is still not one word about improving the wages, benefits and working conditions of Verizon Wireless retail store employees or a fair contract for the VZW techs.

The company is testing us. They think the combination of cutting off health benefits and spending something like $500,000 sending every member a FedEx package with their so-called "last, best and final offer" will break the strike. They think we are not prepared to fight. They think we are about to fold.

They are wrong!

The strike grows stronger by the day. It becomes clearer every day that the replacement workers don't have a clue about what they're doing and the company is falling further and further behind on FiOS installs and dealing with troubles. The picketing of wireless stores is expanding, and on Thursday, there will be a National Day of Action to spread the Wireless picketing across the country, with the help of other CWA Districts and our allies like Jobs with Justice and the AFL-CIO. On Thursday, we will challenge the company at their Annual Shareholders' Meeting in Albuquerque.

The key is to keep the picket lines at Wireless strong, and to keep following the scabs. Pretty soon, the company will get the message--they will not break us. We will win. Stay strong!

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