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VERIZON REGIONAL BARGAINING REPORT # 46

VERIZON REGIONAL BARGAINING REPORT # 46

As you know from prior bargaining reports the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees made a proposal which addressed needs of both the Company and the Union. One of the critical issues for the Company is the cost of healthcare. The Union addressed this in our proposal which would save the Company over $200 million during the term of the contract.

Another critical issue for the Company is workforce flexibility and the Union made a proposal to help the Company reduce the workforce in a way that would not hurt our members.

Two weeks ago the Company rejected the Union’s proposal and gave the Union another unacceptable proposal which did not address any of the Union’s critical needs.

Over the last week there have been more high level discussions where our Union leadership told Verizon executives that since we addressed the Company’s needs, we expect the Company to address our needs.

We went back to the bargaining table yesterday to receive another proposal from Verizon. The Company still has many retrogressive demands on the table and has failed to meet any of the Unions needs.

Earlier today Marc Reed put out another deceptive e mail about the status of bargaining. He stated that the Company has “presented proposals that would provide the Company greater flexibility in managing the work and the work force while recognizing current job security provisions”. What their proposal really means is that the Company will withdraw their Job Security proposal if the Union agrees to all of the following:

  • Transfers: Close centers and transfer workers up to 99 miles.
  • Force Adjust Plan: Change the way the Company declares surpluses which could be done by Article 8 area or organization (impacting thousands of members)
  • Temporary Transfers: Ability to transfer employees anywhere in the footprint (Virginia to Massachusetts).
  • Article 8- Destroy the definition of our Article 8 units.

Giving the Company the ability to move you wherever and whenever they want is not how the Union defines Job Security.

As many of you know, Verizon’s Vice-President Jay Beasley implemented a new process called QAR, where managers are required to sit employees down and question them for hours about their daily activities. We demanded that they stop this practice of intimidation and harassment and told them if they want a new process in the future they must bargain over the issue.

It is clear to your Bargaining Committee that this enormously profitable company- which made $18.3 billion in profits in 2015 and paid its top five executives $44.5 million in 2014- is determined to gut our contract and destroy the working conditions that CWA and IBEW have fought so hard and earned over the last 50 years.

We need every member engaged in this fight.  It is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level.

Ready to STRIKE for a fair contract!!!

Regional Bargaining Report # 45

Regional Bargaining Report # 45

Thursday January 21, 2016

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met this week at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. In our last bargaining report we informed you that after high level discussions between the Union and the Company during the last few weeks the Union bargaining committee gave the Company a proposal which addressed both parties’ needs.

This week the Company rejected the Unions proposal and gave another unacceptable proposal to the Union.

We have made meaningful proposals yet the Company has rejected every one of our proposals saying they don’t go far enough to meet their needs.  At the same time, almost every proposal the Union has placed on the table has been rejected by the Company. 

We are reviewing the Company’s proposal and planning our next steps.   In the meantime, we need every member to get engaged.  The Company is still not hearing us so it is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level.

Tell Verizon management that we demand a fair contract and let them know that
we are ready to STRIKE to get one!

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 44

Regional Bargaining Report # 44

 

Saturday January 16, 2016

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met this week at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. After high level discussions between the Union and the Company during the last few weeks the Union bargaining committee worked all week to develop a proposal that addressed both parties’ needs which we presented to the Company late Friday afternoon.

The Union and the Company are scheduled to meet again on Tuesday January 19, 2016.

 

We are ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract!

Members should continue to send the message to Verizon that their retrogressive demands are not acceptable. Do this by participating in Mobilization actions. Whether you are a current employee or a retiree, we need you to be involved.

It’s time for every member and every retiree to pledge to spend at least 2 hours per week participating in off the job mobilization activities.

 

Call your local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do to help.

 

 

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

final paycheck for 2015
Update on final paycheck for 2015.
The final pay date for the year is December 31, 2015, because of the New Year’s Day holiday on Friday. As a result, 2015 has an “extra” pay period (the 27th of the year for biweekly-paid employees; the 53rd for weekly-paid employees).
For the December 31 paycheck, only deductions for taxes, Savings Plan contributions, Savings Plan loans, Flexible Spending Accounts and/or garnishments will be taken. There will be no deductions for medical insurance or other benefits (which are pro-rated over 26/52 pay periods), so your net pay may be higher than usual. 
Regular deductions will resume with the first paycheck of 2016.
Regional Bargaining Report # 43

Regional Bargaining Report # 43

 

 

December 4, 2015

 

 

Right before Thanksgiving we ended our bargaining session with Verizon by asking the Company to think hard about the Union’s proposals. We told them if they truly want to reach an agreement with us they must address the Union’s proposals regarding all of our important issues and begin withdrawing their retrogressive proposals off of the table.

 

This week, CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. On Tuesday, Verizon gave us a new proposal which changed the effective date of their medical plan changes from January 1st to April 1, 2016 but calculated any additional employee costs to be retroactive to the beginning of 2016 Instead of moving in the a good direction, Verizon moved in the wrong direction!

 

The Company modified their position on Accident Disability which would still result in the Accident Disability Plan being greatly diminished from what it is today and they did not withdraw any proposals.

 

Your bargaining committee is working hard and bargaining in good faith.  We cannot say the same about Verizon. It appears from the Company’s posture this week that they unwilling to work towards a contract which is fair to both parties.

 

We have not walked away from the bargaining table. But we insist that the next step must be the company’s.  They must begin to take steps to negotiate fairly towards an equitable contract.

 

The New York/ New England and Mid Atlantic CWA/IBEW Regional Bargaining Committees met this week in Philadelphia to discuss the status of bargaining. We agreed that mobilization must be escalated and that we must prepare to do whatever is necessary to win a fair contract.

 

It is more important than ever that our members continue to Mobilize and that every member commit to spending at least 2 hours per week participating in off the job mobilization activities. Call your local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do to help.

 

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

                          Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 44

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committee met with the company today. The company rejected every proposal the Union passed yesterday, without making any meaningful counter proposals to help move the bargaining process forward. Clearly, the Company believes this round of bargaining should only address its issues.

The Company did pass a couple of proposals containing minimal changes. The company also passed a new proposal attempting to negate an Arbitration award regarding lump sum payments in the Absence From Duty provisions in our collective bargaining agreements. This arbitration win clearly demonstrated that the company's interpretation was completely wrong and now, in a blatant attempt to disrespect the bargaining process and arbitration proceedings, they want to add this into the equation at this late stage of the game. Shame on you Verizon!

Every member should take this as the slap in the face it is and get out and mobilize, mobilize, mobilize! Tomorrow will be a day of action across the Verizon footprint to show Verizon they need to get serious at this table. Every active and retired member has skin in this game and should be mobilizing

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Rally on the 19th

CWA LOCAL 1103               CWA LOCAL 1120               CWA LOCAL 1107

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PLEASE JOIN US

THURSDAY

11/19/15

VERIZON WIRELESS STORE

ROUTE 9 / 11 MERRITT BLVD

(Just North of Exit 13 / I-84)

FISHKILL, NY

5:30 P.M.

WE’RE ASKING ALL MEMBERS

TO ATTEND - AS WE CONTINUE

TO FIGHT FOR A FAIR CONTRACT!

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!!

Regional Bargaining Report # 40

Regional Bargaining Report # 40

Friday, November 6, 2015

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met this week at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

The Company passed a new Comprehensive proposal which contained modified proposals on Healthcare, Tuition Assistance, Work & Family Funding and Family Care Leave. While the Company may have modified its proposal in these areas, each of these items still represents significant retrogression.

You have probably seen Marc Reed’s latest e mail to employees where he stated that the Company has increased their wage proposal by ½ percent over 3 years.

The current proposal is 2.5% after ratification, 2% in the 2nd year and 0% in the last year.

Here are some other items that Verizon still has on the table:

  • Elimination of Job Security

·         Thousands of dollars in increased health care costs to actives and retirees

·         Forcing you to choose between a Defined Benefit pension that will be frozen at 30 years, or an enhanced 401(k) plan

·         Elimination of Accident Disability

·         Elimination of COLA

·         Increased Contracting

·         Major changes to the Tuition Assistance Plan

·         And more…

After receiving the proposal from the Company, your bargaining Committee thoroughly reviewed it and is in the process of developing counter proposals.

This Greedy Corporation is seeking to gut our contracts.

We stand united to fight them.

Solidarity forever!

It is more important than ever that our members continue to Mobilize and that every member commit to spending at least 2 hours per week participating in off the job mobilization activities. Call your local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do to help.

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 39

Regional Bargaining Report # 39

Saturday, October 31, 2015

On Monday afternoon, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined with hundreds of NYC CWA members for a rally right outside the Verizon Wireless store on 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.

As CWA members waved signs that read “Stop Verizon Wireless Corporate Greed,” and “Build Up FiOS, Not Executive Pay,”  Bernie expressed total support for our fight, denouncing Verizon’s corporate greed and blasting Wireless for firing Bianca Cunningham, one of the lead organizers of the Verizon Wireless retail store workers in Brooklyn. “The middle class in this country is disappearing, and what Verizon is doing to its workers is exactly what has got to be fought if we are going to rebuild the American middle class,” Senator Sanders said, as crowds of bystanders stopped to listen.

Senator Sanders was joined on the stage not only by Bianca, but CWA District One Vice President Dennis Trainor and former CWA President Larry Cohen.  He  ended his remarks by demanding that Verizon sit down and negotiate fair contracts at Verizon and Verizon Wireless, and rehire Bianca. “We have got to build a political movement in this country which says to corporate America this country and our government belong to all of us not just a handful of billionaires,” Bernie told the cheering crowd.

Next Wednesday night on Bernie’s labor teleconference call, he will feature Bianca Cunningham as one of his guest speakers. Union members who want to hear this call have to register online, in advance. You can register through a link on the  www.standuptoverizon.com website.

We want to express our gratitude to former President Cohen and Senator Bernie Sanders for their efforts this week to focus public attention and anger on the outrageous, greedy conduct of Verizon’s top executives.  We know that we can count on their support in the weeks and months to come.

 

On Wednesday and Thursday CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

 

There is still no progress to report on any of the major issues. The Company is still proposing to shifts thousands of dollars of healthcare costs onto our members, diminish our retirement benefits, they want the ability to contract out call center work and eliminate our Job Security.

 

Continue to send the message to Verizon that their retrogressive demands are not acceptable. Do this by participating in Mobilization actions.

Whether you are a current employee or a retiree, we need you to be involved.

It’s time for every member and every retiree to pledge to spend at least 2 hours per week participating in off the job mobilization activities.

 

Call your local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do to help.

 

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

 

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO MOBILIZE!

                         Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!


 
Nanuet Steward

Results from the Nanuet Steward elections

Rich Galante 71

Elizabeth Arone 55

Dave emonie 46

Chris Holland 41

Joe Gray 36

Ed Mercado 36

Rich Schultze 27

Mike Sheely 25

Charles Brack 11

There will be no run off for the tied 5th position between Mr. Mercado and Mr. Gray. Joe Gray has respectfully declined the position and wishes Mr. Mercado and the other Stewards congratulations.

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YOU ARE THE UNION

UNION BEGINS WITH

 YOU 

MOST PEOPLE FEEL THAT THE "UNION" IS THE BOARD, 

THE PEOPLE WHO "RUN" THE UNION. THIS COULD NOT  

BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. 

THE "UNION" IS YOU: YOU ARE THE ONE WHO 

ELECTS YOUR OFFICIALS TO REPRESENT YOU. YOU ARE 

THE ONE WHO HAS THE PRIVILEGE TO GO TO YOUR 

MEETINGS AND SPEAK WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND, TO LET

YOUR BOARD KNOW OF ANY GRIEVANCE YOU MAY HAVE. 

A STRONG UNION IS ONLY AS STRONG AS ITS MEMBERS. 

SHOW VERIZON YOU STAND BEHIND YOUR UNION, ATTEND 

MEETINGS, REPORT INFRACTIONS BY MANAGEMENT TO YOUR 

SHOP STEWARD OR LOCAL WHEN THEY OCCUR. YOU WILL 

NEVER AGREE WITH 100% OF WHAT YOUR LOCAL DOES OR 

DOESN'T DO. BUT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU GET PAST  

THAT AND CARRY ON AND CONTINUE FIGHTING FOR YOUR 

RIGHTS. REMEMBER, YOU ARE THE EYES AND EARS OF YOUR

UNION. WITHOUT YOU...THERE WOULD BE NO "UNION". 

REMEMBER AGAIN UNION STARTS WITH U...N...I...

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