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Regional Bargaining Report # 22
Regional Bargaining Report # 22
CWA District 1 NY/NE
Monday, July 27, 2015  
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees reconvened bargaining in Rye, NY.
Today we met with the Company and had informal discussions centered on Flexibility, Call Share and Health Care issues. These informal discussions were suggested by the Union in an attempt to move the bargaining process along.
While we were meeting, Marc Reed put out another email suggesting that the Company is the one who is bargaining seriously and they have made every effort to move the process along. Just a reminder of what the Company still has on the table:
  • JOB SECURITY- Remove the protections against layoffs and forced transfer.
  • NO COLA
  • CORPORATE PROFIT SHARING at risk if not settled by certain date. Eliminate the minimum payout.
  • DIFFERENTIALS AND PREMIUM PAY -Eliminate Saturday and Sunday Differentials and premium pay.  Tour differentials only paid for time worked between 9pm and 6 am. Eliminate all but 10% differential.
  • SUNDAY TOURS- Include Sunday as part of basic work week.
  • OVERTIME – only paid after 40 hours worked. No payment of more than one and half time (1 ½ X). Eliminate caps on Overtime.
  • TECH CHANGE NOTICE- reduce notice given to the Union of any major technological change
  • BENEFITS- the Company proposes major reductions in medical benefits including higher deductibles, co-pays, premiums and co-insurance.  The Company also proposed to remove the Unions ability to negotiate retiree health care benefits. Eliminate Class II/Sponsored Child coverage.
  • PENSIONS- Eliminate the lump sum pension.  In addition, employees would have to choose between a pension which would be frozen at 30 years and an enhanced 401K. If you choose Pension – No 401K match.  If you choose 401K enhanced (100%)-Your Pension freezes immediately.
  • 401K Plan changes- begin charging a quarterly administration and a $50 fee for processing new loans.
  • DISABILITY BENEFITS- Eliminate Accident Disability Plan. Establish a rolling 5 years period for 100% payment on Sickness Disability. Once 100% is used – members are paid 50% (currently full pay benefits recycle after being back at work for 13 weeks)
  • CALL SHARING- give the Company additional leeway to route calls out of our bargaining units and to contractors while giving contractors the handling of all new products and services.
  • TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENTS– Ability to transfer employees to any state in Verizon footprint.
  • TUITION ASSISTANCE- Expanding the list of “Excluded” studies
  • FORCE ADJUSTMENT PLAN- changes to the FAP that would eliminate job security provisions.
  • WORK FAMILY- Reduce funding by $900,000. Added limitations if not agreed to by a certain date.
  • FAMILY CARE LEAVE- eliminate
  • EXCISE TAX- Company wants ability to change medical plans, health care spending account or premiums to avoid excise tax without negotiating with the Union.
  • PRE TEST TRAINING - Eliminate
  • INCOME PROTECTION PLAN - Would require employees to sign a Disclaimer to receive an IPP.
Reed also suggests in his e mail that he has a concern for you and your family. Ask yourself, if he really gave a shit about you and your family why is he proposing to gut the contract that provides for you and your family.
While it is true that the Union has made proposals to reduce our health care costs, to increase Pensions, expand Job Security, increase paid time off and more. These are legitimate proposals that a Corporation as rich as Verizon can provide to our members.
We need to send a very clear message that this is not acceptable, that we will not be passive as they seek to gut our contract.
MOBILIZE!!!
Regional Bargaining Report # 21

Regional Bargaining Report # 21

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Friday, July 24, 2015  

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today in Rye, NY.

Today the company asked questions about some of the Union’s initial set of proposals and then they rejected just about all of the Unions Proposals on Job Security, Pensions and Healthcare.

It is clear that Verizon’s agenda has not changed. The Company is still hell- bent on retrogressive demands regarding Pensions, Healthcare, Job Security, Disability, Work- Family Issues and more.

We need to send a very clear message that this is not acceptable, that we will not be passive as they seek to gut our contract. This is not a Company facing a financial crisis. They are extremely profitable yet with their proposals they seek to destroy our future.

Regional Bargaining Report # 20
Regional Bargaining Report # 20
CWA District 1 NY/NE
Thursday, July 23, 2015  
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent today reviewing information that has been provided by the Company.
There continues to be no progress made at the bargaining table. If the Company wants a deal by the expiration of our Agreements and avoid the cost of a battle with us they should start getting serious at the bargaining table. The Company’s Regional Bargaining Committee still has not responded to a single Union proposal.
We need every member to attend the rally on July 25th, 2015 at 140 West Street, New York, N.Y. at 11 am. to send a strong message to Verizon that we will not allow their Greed to destroy good Union jobs.
IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY
IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED
 IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK
Now more than ever we need to mobilize!
Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!
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Regional Bargaining Report # 18

Regional Bargaining Report # 18  

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

This morning we met with the Company and rejected numerous sections of the Company’s proposal, including Job Security, Pensions, Force Adjustment Plan changes and more.

We also reminded the Company that they have not yet responded to a single Union Proposal at the Regional Table. We told them we need our issues addressed.

The Union also raised questions about the safety performance of the contractors who are working on poles in Suffolk County. At this point the Company has not provided answers regarding the issues that were raised by the Union.

All members should be aware of Verizon’s safety creed:

“The demands of the service or the urgency of the job are never so great that we cannot take time to perform our work safely”

This afternoon we met with the Company’s “subject matter expert” on Call Sharing. He explained that the Company’s proposal would allow them to contract out 100% of the work that is in the call share agreement (Reps, FSCs, EVRCs)

They claim it is not their intention to do so, but they want the flexibility to do whatever the hell they want.

The Company needs to get serious and begin bargaining with your Union. The clock is ticking and time is running out.

Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.

Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 17
Regional Bargaining Report # 17
CWA District 1 NY/NE
Monday, July 20, 2015  
 
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
On Friday the Company responded to the Union’s request for information on call centers which we requested over two weeks earlier.  After reviewing the information over the weekend we found that it was incomplete and incorrect. Today the Union criticized the Company’s committee for not providing all the data.  The Union also blasted Verizon on the Company’s plan to go forward with the contracting of pole work in Suffolk County and possibly Albany, Syracuse, and Utica. 
Next on the agenda was a presentation on the Company’s Pension Proposal.  After listening to 5 minutes worth of their retrogressive and insulting pension presentation/proposal, the Union made it clear to the Company that we are looking for improvements to the Pension Plans not diminishments to our retirement security. 
This Corporation has no respect for the members of our Union who have built this Company.  All members should be as angry as the Bargaining Team.  It is time for every member to make it clear to management that we are not going to accept these retrogressive demands. 
Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.
We need to show this Company that we are United and ready to Fight!
CWA District 1 NY/NE
Monday, July 20, 2015  
 
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
On Friday the Company responded to the Union’s request for information on call centers which we requested over two weeks earlier.  After reviewing the information over the weekend we found that it was incomplete and incorrect. Today the Union criticized the Company’s committee for not providing all the data.  The Union also blasted Verizon on the Company’s plan to go forward with the contracting of pole work in Suffolk County and possibly Albany, Syracuse, and Utica. 
Next on the agenda was a presentation on the Company’s Pension Proposal.  After listening to 5 minutes worth of their retrogressive and insulting pension presentation/proposal, the Union made it clear to the Company that we are looking for improvements to the Pension Plans not diminishments to our retirement security. 
This Corporation has no respect for the members of our Union who have built this Company.  All members should be as angry as the Bargaining Team.  It is time for every member to make it clear to management that we are not going to accept these retrogressive demands. 
Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.
We need to show this Company that we are United and ready to Fight!
Regional Bargaining Report # 16

Regional Bargaining Report # 16

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Friday, July 17, 2015  

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

Today we presented the Company with a proposal dealing with Neutrality. We also requested additional information regarding costs associated with our collective bargaining agreements.

The Committee ended today’s meeting by expressing their anger to the Company regarding their plans to move forward with Contracting Initiatives in Suffolk County beginning on Monday.

Every member should realize this is not just an attack against our members in Suffolk County; this is an attack against every member of our Union. Verizon is out to destroy our jobs and our standard of living. Every member needs to engage in the fight to preserve good Union jobs.

Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Monday.

Locals should continue conducting their strike votes and preparing for the July 25, 2015 rally at 140 West St in NY City. The rally will begin at 11 AM. Members from all areas of the Verizon footprint will be joining us in the fight to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions that are under attack by this Greedy Corporation. Every member from every Local should be at this rally to send a message to Verizon.

Mobilize!            Mobilize!            Mobilize!

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 15

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 15

Jul 16, 2015

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Union spent most of the day reviewing data that the Company provided late last night. We continue to wait for more information that has been previously requested.
All employees in the East will be greeted by Mark Reeds latest e mail. After reading it you may come away with the belief that Verizon is financially struggling.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
We can’t allow Mark Reed to keep lowering the bar. The only reason for a Company who is making enormous profits like Verizon to take away from their employees is GREED! They want you to get less while Corporate Pigs like Mark Reed take more. Instead of taking more from our members they should share Verizon’s financial success with the workers who made those profits possible.
It would be more advantageous for Verizon to start having serious discussions around issues at the bargaining table rather than taking time away from this process by sending misleading e mails to our members. For example when Reed explained Medicare Advantage, he states that there would be “reduced costs”.
Guess whose costs would be reduced? Verizon’s- not yours. Their Medicare Advantage Proposal would save Verizon tens of millions of dollars and they have the nerve to propose increasing the cost for Retirees. They are despicable.
It’s Time to Get Angry!
It’s Time to Fight Back!
Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 a.m.
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Union spent most of the day reviewing data that the Company provided late last night. We continue to wait for more information that has been previously requested.

All employees in the East will be greeted by Mark Reed's latest e-mail. After reading it you may come away with the belief that Verizon is financially struggling. Nothing could be further from the truth.

We can’t allow Mark Reed to keep lowering the bar. The only reason for a Company like Verizon that is making enormous profits to take away from their employees is GREED! They want you to get less while Corporate Pigs like Mark Reed take more. Instead of taking more from our members they should share Verizon’s financial success with the workers who made those profits possible.

It would be more advantageous for Verizon to start having serious discussions around issues at the bargaining table rather than taking time away from this process by sending misleading e mails to our members. For example when Reed explained Medicare Advantage, he states that there would be “reduced costs”.

Guess whose costs would be reduced? Verizon’s - not yours. Their Medicare Advantage Proposal would save Verizon tens of millions of dollars and they have the nerve to propose increasing the cost for Retirees. They are despicable.

It’s Time to Get Angry!

It’s Time to Fight Back!

Reminder: Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 a.m.Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 15

Regional Bargaining Report # 14

Regional Bargaining Report # 14

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Wednesday, July 15, 2015  

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Union worked on proposals, reviewed information provided by the Company and continues to wait for more information that has been previously requested.  There were no meetings with the Company today.

Tonight there was a scheduled Public Service Commission hearing in New York City to discuss the state of Telecommunications throughout NYS. Several members of the bargaining team attended the hearing. CWA told the PSC what is really going on at Verizon:

-Job Losses
-Deteriorating Service Quality and;

-Millions without FiOS!!!

While Verizon is failing to build out FiOS and maintain its copper network, at the Bargaining Table this Greedy Corporation is proposing to completely eliminate Job Security to slash thousands of Jobs.

That’s Unacceptable!  We are not going to take it!

It’s Time to Fight Back!!

Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.

Regional Bargaining Report # 10

Regional Bargaining Report # 10

July 9, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Teams met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. We gave the Company numerous proposals centered around Pensions, Benefits, Tuition Assistance and more.

You may have or soon will be receiving an e mail from Marc Reed, Verizon’s Executive Vice President explaining to you the Company’s proposal to slash your retirement security.

It will state that you have two options:

  • Option A - Continue to participate in the pension plan but it freezes at 30 years and lose any company matching contributions to the 401(k) plan.

Or

  • Option B - Give up future pension accrual and participate in the 401 (k) with 100% match and possible profit sharing contributions up to 3% of salary.

What the e mail doesn’t say is the Union proposed:

  • Option C - Our proposals include pensions for all employees, higher pension amounts, to retain the lump sum cash out, and an improved 401 (k) plan for all employees.

While Verizon proposes to destroy your retirement security, it’s a safe bet that Marc Reed and the top executives of this corporation don’t have to worry about the size of their retirement portfolios.

Verizon should stop wasting their time writing lengthy e mails filled with propaganda and get serious at the bargaining table. Why would a corporation as wealthy as Verizon want to take away from their employees?

We could think of only one reason, and it rhymes with Reed- GREED!

Regional Bargaining Report # 9
Regional Bargaining Report # 9
July 7, 2015
CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
The Company provided data that the Union requested on Healthcare and Pensions. The Regional Bargaining Committee spent much of the day reviewing the data.
Your Union teams presented proposals covering numerous issues and also asked questions regarding the data we received.
The Company will be giving another presentation on healthcare tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
Preparations are being made for Strike Authorization Votes to be held in all locals.
Members should plan on attending the July 25th rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West St in NY City Every member from every Local should be at this Rally to send a message to Verizon. The Rally will begin at 11 a.m.
Let’s Rock NY City Again in 2015
Now more than ever we need to mobilize!
Mobilize!  -  Mobilize!  -  Mobilize!
Regional Bargaining Report # 8

Regional Bargaining Report # 8

July 2, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

CWA District 1 Regional Bargaining Committee met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

Discussion centered on their proposal to the Force Adjustment Plan (FAP). The proposed changes to the FAP could result in the following, with little or no regard to seniority:

  • Closing of work locations/centers
  • Reduce the number of job vacancies to surplus employees.
  • IPP offers
  • Forced Transfers throughout the State.
  • Layoffs

The proposal also weakens the Union’s ability to return contracted work back to the bargaining unit.

Bargaining will resume on Tuesday July 7, 2015.

We need every member to make plans to attend the July 25th, 2015 rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West Street in NY City. The Rally will begin at 11 AM.

IT’S TIME TO GET ANGRY!

IT’S TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

WE WILL NOT ALLOW THIS COMPANY TO GUT OUR JOB SECURITY PROVISIONS!

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