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Regional Bargaining Report # 31

Regional Bargaining Report # 31

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. On Tuesday, there were further off the record discussions on workplace flexibility.

This morning the Union Committee presented another comprehensive proposal to the Company. The proposal includes continued protection of our job security, pensions, contracting of work, quality and affordable health care and more.

There are no more meetings scheduled for this week and we are attempting to schedule additional bargaining sessions for next week.

Meanwhile, earlier this week Verizon Wireless informed CWA that they intend to fire Local 1109 activist Bianca Cunningham. Management is intending to fire Bianca as a result of her role as a union activist. In fact, the company is saying Bianca is being terminated as a result of her work helping a member during a disciplinary investigation. This is a frontal attack against our union, and against the brave men and women in the retail stores in Brooklyn.

We absolutely cannot let this stand. We ask all members in Verizon and Verizon Wireless to carry they message back to management that the must Bring Back Bianca! The Company must get the message that the attack on Bianca is an attack on us all and we won’t stand for it.

MOBILIZE!

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report # 30

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

Off-the-record discussions continued this week with Verizon on call sharing  and job security issues. Your Union Bargaining team is working hard and is committed to finding ways to address both the concerns of the Company and the needs of our members in this round of negotiations. The Company continues to have only one goal, givebacks. Their agenda continues to include retrogressive demands across virtually every area of our contracts from job security to pensions to Health Care and work rules. The Company has no interest in any of the Union’s issues.

There are no more meetings scheduled for this week and we are attempting to schedule additional bargaining sessions for next week.

Last week we asked members to turn out to workplace rallies and the results were great!  Additional rallies are being scheduled for the coming weeks and all members should make every effort to attend. In addition, there are other mobilization activities that all members should be participating in. Every member needs to take an active part in our plans to pressure the Company until a fair contract is won.  Keep up the good work and…

MOBILIZE,

MOBILIZE,

MOBILIZE!

Remembering Gerry Horgan

Why we wear Red

On August 15, during the 1989 strike, Local 1103 Chief Steward Gerry Horgan sustained injuries on the picket line after being struck by a vehicle driven by the strikebreaker daughter of a manager. Gerry Horgan died on August 16, 1989 in Valhalla from injuries sustained the day before. He left behind his wife and two small daughters. His death is one reason why CWA members still wear red in solidarity on Thursdays today. The 1989 strike over health care benefits lasted another four months. Gerry has been remembered by those who worked with him as a “natural born leader” and “the epitome of what a union representative should be.” He also is remembered as a father, husband, son, brother, and a dear friend by those who loved him and knew him best.

Regional Bargaining Report # 29
Regional Bargaining Report # 29 Wednesday, August 12, 2015 CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent Tuesday and Wednesday at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. However, no formal bargaining took place with Verizon.   Several hours of off-the-record conversations were conducted. Read More...
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Bargaining Report #28

Regional Bargaining Report # 28

Thursday August 6, 2015

The Regional Bargaining Committee spent the last few days doing work at their Locals and at the National Union. We have not had any formal meetings since Saturday evening when the Company rejected the Union’s package proposal and gave us a counterproposal which still contained many retrogressive demands which would take away our job security and drastically reduce our retirement security, benefits and other compensation.

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees are scheduled to return to bargaining on Tuesday and Wednesday next week at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

Members should continue to stand strong and…

Mobilize

Mobilize

Mobilize

Regional Bargaining Report # 27

Regional Bargaining Report # 27

August 1, 2015 11:59 p.m.

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

Statement to Members

After considering all of our options, your leadership has decided not to go on strike at midnight tonight, even though we have not yet reached a contract agreement.

The two sides remain far apart. Despite $18 billion in profits over the last 18 months, and a quarter of a billion in compensation to its top executives over the last five years, this greedy corporation is still insisting on destroying our job security, forcing us to pay thousands of dollars more for our health care, and slashing our retirement security.  They have basically not moved off their opening bargaining position from June 22nd.  It’s a disgrace.

We are disgusted by Verizon’s attitude at the bargaining table.  Their greed knows no bounds.

But we are not going to let our anger allow us to walk into a trap.  It’s quite possible that Verizon is trying to provoke us into a long strike in order to try to break us.  They have spent tens of millions of dollars preparing for a strike, training managers, hiring scabs and contractors, advertising against us on TV and radio.  So your leadership has decided that if and when we strike, it will be on our terms, on our timing.

We know that you are angry.  We are all furious at this greedy company.  Now our job is to turn that anger into pressure on the job and in the community.  We cannot have business as usual.  We will rally, engage in informational picketing, build political and regulatory pressure on the company, follow all the company rules to the letter, never take shortcuts, pressure company executives and members of the Board of Directors.  We will be disciplined, militant and united. 

This was not an easy decision.  But it is the smart decision. One day longer.  We will win. And if and when the time comes, we will strike the company on our terms.

We thank you for your support and your solidarity. 

One day longer.  We will win.

Regional Bargaining Report # 25
Regional Bargaining Report # 25
CWA District 1 NY/NE
Thursday July 30, 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.  The Regional Bargaining Committee gave the company our proposal on building out FiOS in all areas across the northeast, including upstate New York and New England cities, the Town of Brookhaven, and eastern Suffolk County. 
 In order to help us make our case to the company, three special guests joined us:  Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse, Mayor Shayne Gallo of Kingston, and Bob Master, District One Legislative and Political Director.  After we presented the demand, the Mayors forcefully told the company how important it is to get FiOS in the cities they represent.  They said the absence of true high-speed internet in their communities is hindering educational, cultural and economic development. Both gave several examples of how job-creating economic and cultural projects could not move forward because of the lack of high speed internet.  Mayor Miner even told the company how frustrated her family is that they have no alternative to Time Warner service, which is expensive and has repeated outages.  Mayor Gallo talked about ongoing construction projects in Kingston, including a new high school and a branch of Ulster County Community College, which desperately need FiOS service.  Bob Master summed up our presentation by explaining that our members' interest in jobs and job security is directly linked to the public interest, as reflected in the presence of the Mayors today at the bargaining table, because maintaining the legacy network, and building and installing FiOS is what our members do and what the public needs.  He questioned whether the company still holds on to the commitment it once had to meeting the needs of the public, and said that the union is baffled by the company's failure to take advantage of Governor Cuomo's $500 million New York Broadband Program which is available to subsidize the buildout of high-speed internet in underserved communities. This would sharply reduce the company's own investment costs in building FiOS in NYS.
The company's bargainers took extensive notes on the presentations, but did not respond to any of our presentations at the bargaining table. Instead Verizon chose to use a company spokesman to blast the Union in the press for including the Mayors in the negotiating process calling it a “publicity gimmick”. Does the Company actually believes that the Mayor’s constituents need for reliable high speed internet so underprivileged children can have additional educational opportunities and the economic growth of the Mayors regions are Union gimmicks or do they just not give a SHIT about the consumers in there footprint?
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
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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". 

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