Communications Workers of America Local 1102

BARGAINING UPDATES

Verizon Final Bargaining Report.

Verizon Back to Work Agreement

Verizon 2016 Memorandum of Understanding

 

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 Albuquerque, NM. Dozens of strikers flew out from the East Coast and were met by their sisters and brothers in New Mexico, Arizona, 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 http://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
!

 

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!

 Regional Bargaining Report 52

Apr 28, 2016

Today, Verizon presented what it described as its “last, best, and final offer” to your bargaining teams in Philadelphia and Westchester.

Unfortunately, their “last and best” was little more than the “same old bullshit.”

Here’s what they offered that was new: an additional 1% in wages, one year of corporate profit-sharing, and at last, they backed off at least part of their demand to be able to transfer workers for two months anywhere in the footprint. (They are however, still insisting on the right to transfer workers out of state for two months if the worker can commute home in the evening).

We of course welcome higher wages and these other changes.  But what good is a wage increase if we cannot ensure that our jobs will be around a year or two from now?

The company’s latest offer fails to address the union’s commitment to preserve job security and good jobs for our members in our communities.

  •  There was no movement on the closing of call centers, which could lead to subcontracting and offshoring of our work.
  •  They barely budged on the issue of protecting our share of the call center work.
  •  They gave us an insulting proposal on contracting out plant work that does not return any contracted work to the bargaining unit, but might possibly slow down further contracting in the future.
  •  Preservation of the “job security letter” is still linked to declaring surpluses by organization and eliminating seniority protections for transfers.
  •  They are still looking to reduce our disability benefits.
  •  They are still proposing to freeze pension accruals at 30 years.
  •  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.


Even before the company finished up this insulting presentation, it posted videos on its website designed to persuade our members that this was a reasonable offer and that we should end our strike.

Your bargaining committee was infuriated by this move in particular, and blasted the company for its arrogance and unwillingness after 10 months of bargaining to address the concerns of 39,000 CWA and IBEW members from Massachusetts to Virginia.

As usual, we are prepared to continue bargaining towards a fair contract.  The company can call  their proposals whatever they want: “last, best, final”; “first and worst”; “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Calling it the “last, best and final” is just a tired way of trying to intimidate our members into accepting a contract that we can’t live with.  It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work now.

We will continue bargaining and striking until we get the contract that you deserve.  The strike is incredibly effective.  Picket lines are strong across the footprint. Business in Wireless stores has plummeted.  The scabs are making mistakes right and left, endangering themselves and the public with their unsafe practices—two of them nearly electrocuted themselves cutting a LIPA electric line in Garden City yesterday, and others dropped a telephone pole on a customer’s house in New Jersey—and they are failing to get any work accomplished.  A restaurant in New Brunswick featured a sign in the window that their online reservations system has been down because Verizon couldn’t fix their internet for 8 days, and that Verizon was being very unhelpful.

We are continuing to escalate the strike.  We are spreading picketing at Wireless stores across the country.  We are headed to the shareholders meeting in Albuquerque a week from today.

Meanwhile, your bargaining committee is working on next steps and will keep you posted on any new developments in bargaining.  Stay strong, stay united, stay militant.  We are winning.

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 51

Tuesday April 19, 2016

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye town Hilton.

We informed the Company bargaining committee members that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam had been out to a few picket lines talking to striking members.

We advised them that McAdam made the following incorrect statements to our members:

1. The stuff about taking job security away is “B.S.”

2. Medical benefits and wages are settled.

3. Only DSL calls are being routed to the Philippines

At first the Company said that they heard that McAdam had been to picket lines but they were unfamiliar with what he actually said. (CEO goes to picket line, articulates company bargaining position to striking workers, but the company bargaining team is unaware of what he is saying?) Then they argued that what McAdam said didn’t matter anyway because their proposal speaks for itself. (CEO’s bargaining position doesn’t matter; he’s only the CEO). Since the Company had not seen the tape of the Syracuse encounter, we showed it to them so they could hear their CEO making these statements. The Company had no explanation to offer after viewing the tape.

We then had a heated discussion regarding transfers.

The Union gave examples that show that the company already has a great deal of flexibility on in-state transfers and that the Company routinely misuses that flexibility at the expense of our members. The Union pointed out that over the term of the last contract the Company permanently transferred thousands of workers and also temporarily transferred thousands more workers throughout New York State. When the Union asked the Company for information on the numbers of temporary transfers they told us that they don’t keep track of that. (Verizon doesn’t know where their employees are working - Really?)

We also discussed the Company’s Article 8 proposal and the Company was unsure on how this proposal would affect their employees.

We asked the Company if they had anything to address our needs – they said No.

The Company has not moved off of any of their retrogressive proposals.

 

Sooner or later the company will get the message: Our members are united in the fight for good jobs. We are NOT backing down. If they didn’t know it before yesterday, 8000 strikers and their allies marching in the streets of Manhattan should have convinced them. Yesterday was incredible—a terrific job done by all the locals. Many members are saying it was the best rally they could ever remember!

Picket lines are strong everywhere. We are hitting the Wireless stores hard. We are getting internal, reliable reports from Wireless stores that sales are plummeting. We are keeping customers out. Keep up the good work.

CWA and IBEW are showing the way for the country. As Bernie Sanders told 8500 supporters in Queens last night: “These men and women on strike at Verizon are fighting for every working person in America!” Keep up the great work!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 50

Thursday April 7, 2016

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met yesterday at the Rye town Hilton.

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Last week during off the record discussions the Union laid out to the Company a path to a contract by addressing the Company’s critical needs. We also made it clear to them that in order to reach an agreement they would have to address the Union’s critical needs and drop all of the remaining retrogressive demands.

Yesterday the Company gave us a proposal that contained no movement from their previous proposal to address our critical needs. There was no movement in wages, it continues to freeze pensions at 30 years and still allows them to increase contracting and off-shoring of our work.

The Company’s proposal still contains retrogressive demands that include:

Job Security- Eliminate the no-layoff protections for workers hired before 2003 unless the Unions agree to other concessions
Disability- a diminishment of our disability plans for members who get injured on the job
Call Sharing- the elimination of home based routing, a reduction in the percentage of calls and the ability to route all calls for new products or services to contractors for 9 months
Corporate Profit Sharing- Eliminate
Closing call centers- the closing of centers that would result in transferring members up to 80 miles from their current work location
Force Adjustment Plan- the ability to declare surpluses and offer IPP by organization which would circumvent seniority within your title
Article 8- the ability to transfer members with little regard to seniority effectively destroying the Article 8 provision in the Plant contract
Work/Family- reduce the funding by $600,000 over the life of the contract
Tuition Assistance Plan- major changes that would drastically limit the courses a member could take
Dependent Eligibility for benefits- Eliminate sponsored children and Class II dependents effective 1-1-18
In their proposal, the Company also had the audacity to threaten our members that if a contract isn’t ratified by May 20th they would have the right to temporarily transfer technicians from Massachusetts to Virginia for up to 60 days while allowing technicians to be transferred into your state to do your work and make Sunday part of your regular workweek.

The Company’s proposal also shifts more healthcare costs on to our retirees even though the Union had agreed to allow the Company to implement a Medicare Advantage Plan that would save them tens of millions of dollars.

Verizon is a hugely profitable and greedy corporation that is intent on driving down the living standards of the workers who make their profits possible - not because they “need” the savings, but because they “want” the savings and they believe they have the power to do so.

At this point, every member should be ready to strike at a moments notice!

 

CWA PRESIDENT CHRIS SHELTON WILL BE ANNOUNCING A STRIKE DATE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 49

Friday April 1, 2016

 

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent many hours at the Rye Town Hilton this week working on ideas that we believe address the Company’s most important concerns in reaching a new contract.

No formal proposals were passed across the table, but we had an informal discussion with the Company today in which we communicated these ideas.  But in those sidebar discussions, we also made it crystal clear that the unions will make no further movement at the bargaining table unless the Company addresses our members’ critical needs and takes their remaining retrogressive demands off the table.

Our committees have worked hard to grapple with and respond to the company’s concerns. Time is running out.  Now is the time for the company to address the concerns of the hard-working union members at Verizon. If the Company wants to avoid a Strike they must seize this opportunity.

The parties are scheduled to meet on Monday.

 

Mobilize!  Mobilize!  Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 48

Wednesday March 16, 2016

 

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company last week at the Rye Town Hilton to exchange proposals on Call Sharing.

This week there was a high level meeting where both sides agreed to continue bargaining to see if both parties can address each others critical issues.

If Verizon continues to refuse to address our critical issues and insists on keeping their many retrogressive demands on the table we will have no choice but to strike this Company.

We met with the Company today regarding Call Sharing and will continue to review proposals through the week.

Members should remain on high alert for a possible strike.

 

 

We will do whatever it takes to protect our jobs, our retirement security, our families, and our dignity on the job.

 
 

Ready to STRIKE for a fair contract!!!

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 47

Saturday March 5, 2016

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company Thursday at the Rye Town Hilton to receive another proposal from Verizon. On Friday afternoon, the company sent an email to every union member at Verizon, saying that “the company continues to move this process forward toward closure,” implying they are getting close to making their last, best and final offer. And they stated, bargaining “is not an endless process.”

Well, they are right about one thing:  if they do not move off the multiple concessionary demands still on the table, bargaining will not be “endless”—because we will be on strike!  Real, constructive bargaining is a two-way street.  We are willing to address some of the company’s needs, but our needs must be met as well.

In our last bargaining report we informed you that the Union’s most recent proposal would save the Company over $200 million during the life of the contract. But for this greedy company—which made $1.5 billion a month in profits every month in 2015—and a total of $39 billion in profits over the last three years--this is still not enough. Here are some of their remaining retrogressive proposals:

  • TRANSFERS: Close centers and transfer workers up to 80 miles.
  • FORCE ADJUSTMENT 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 technicians anywhere in the footprint (Virginia to Massachusetts)
  • ARTICLE 8- Destroy the definition of our Article 8 units in the Plant bargaining units.
  • PENSIONS: Freeze pensions at 30 years of service.
  • NO COLA

 

  • CORPORATE PROFIT SHARING: at risk if not settled by certain date.

 

  • CLASS II/SPONSORED CHILD COVERAGE: eliminate

 

  • 401K PLAN CHANGES- begin charging a quarterly administration and a $50 fee for processing new loans.

 

  • DISABILITY BENEFITS- Establish a rolling 5 years period for 100% payment on Sickness /Accident 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.

 

  • TUITION ASSISTANCE- Major changes to the tuition plan which would drastically limit the courses that members could take.

 

  • WORK FAMILY- Reduce funding 

 

  • FAMILY CARE LEAVE- Drastically change the terms of the FCL.

 

  • And more

 

 

We believe the company’s email is a threat designed to get us to give up more because they believe we will not strike.  They are wrong.  We will do whatever it takes to protect our jobs, our retirement security, our families, and our dignity on the job. Remember, their top 5 executives raked in $44.5 million in 2014 from a Company that made $18.3 Billion in profits in 2015. We have met them halfway.  Now is the time for them to meet our needs.

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!!!

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 46

Friday February 5, 2016

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!!!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

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.

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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

 

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!

 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 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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 42
 
 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
 
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met this week at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester. The committee spent most of Monday reviewing data and proposals. Later in the day there were off record discussions on Call Sharing.

 

On Tuesday the Union Committee presented another package proposal to Verizon. We informed the Company that in our bargaining sessions last week the Union made significant moves which the Company called “constructive”. We made those proposals to ignite the bargaining process. In our package proposals, the Union addressed some of the areas that are most important to the Company but we did not see any movement on any of our important issues such as job security, pension improvements, contracting of work, call sharing and wages in the Company’s proposals.
Verizon still has the following retrogressive proposals 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…
We ended bargaining for the week by asking the Company to think about the Union’s proposals and told them if they want to reach an agreement with us they need to address the Unions proposals regarding all of our important issues and get their retrogressive proposals off of the table.

Bargaining is scheduled to resume next week in Rye, New York.

We wish all of our members and their families a Happy and safe Thanksgiving!
Please check with your local for Black Friday mobilization events near you.
KEEP UP THE FIGHT!
 
          Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 41

 

 

Friday, November 20, 2015

 

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

 

The committees met from Tuesday to Friday this week to attempt to ignite the bargaining process that has been stalled because of Verizon’s refusal to move off their position of shifting thousands of dollars in healthcare costs, eliminating job security, freezing pensions, eliminating Accident and Sickness Disability and more.

 

The Union and the Company exchanged a total of four comprehensive proposals during the week and Verizon still has almost all of their retrogressive demands on the table.

 

Your bargaining team is committed to continue bargaining until an agreement is reached that is fair to our members and shares in Verizon’s $1 Billion per month profits.   

 

Thank you to the thousands of CWA and IBEW members who showed up at rallies this week and stood in the pouring rain to fight for fair and just contracts at Verizon and Verizon Wireless. In NYC members spilled into the streets and marched through midtown Manhattan from the 34th Street Verizon Wireless Store to another store on 42nd Street.

Members are engaged in this fight and we must continue to mobilize to send the message that the Company must get their retrogressive demands off of the table.

 

Bargaining is scheduled to resume next week in Rye, New York.

 

 

Remember, 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.

 

KEEP UP THE FIGHT!

 

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 40


Friday, November 6, 2015

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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

 

 

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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 38

 

 

Friday, October 23, 2015

 

 

 

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

 

There is 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.

All this while Verizon has just announced $4.2 billion in profits last quarter.

 

 

Their GREED has no boundaries!

 

 

 

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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 37

 

 

Friday, October 16, 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 modified proposals on Tech Change Notice, Work Family Funding and Observations in the Commercial Bargaining Units.

 

As you know, the Company originally proposed to reduce the notice requirements for Technological changes from six months to thirty days. They modified their proposal, first to sixty days and this week they modified it to ninety days. Under the current language the Company is required to provide a minimum of six months notice and to meet with the Union about the changes to discuss the impact of theses changes upon the various bargaining units and the Company’s customers. Verizon’s current proposal cuts the notice requirements in half.

This proposal resembles the attitude that Verizon has toward everyone lately. They want to do whatever they choose with little or no regard to how it affects employees or their customers.

 

Verizon also presented a modified proposal for the Work Family Funding. Under the current contract, the Company funds the Work Family Committee at 1.5 million per year. This fund is used to provide subsidies for employees who incur costs for approved child and /elder care. The fund is also used to pay for other projects, such as Domestic Violence Awareness training programs. Verizon originally proposed to cut the funding for this Committee by $500,000 per year. They have modified their proposal and are now looking to cut the funding by $300,000 per year.

They want to cut the benefits that help working families and raise awareness of Domestic Violence.

 

Finally, the last modified proposal was their proposal on monitoring in the Commercial Bargaining units. They want to eliminate certain restrictions on monitoring in the Commercial Bargaining Units.

 

Verizon will surely distribute their weekly bargaining update and try to make it sound like they are making big moves at the bargaining table. As you can see, their moves still represent retrogressive demands.

 

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!

 

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO MOBILIZE!

 

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

Verizon Bargaining

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 36

 

 

Wednesday, October 7, 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 modified proposals on Family Care Leave, Tuition Assistance Plan and Corporate Profit Sharing.

 

As you know, the Company proposed to eliminate the Family Care Leave (FCL) entirely. The modified proposal would eliminate the FCL for new hires and employees who have used 24 months of FCL throughout their career. For all other employees, the FCL provisions would be drastically reduced from what they have been since 1990.

 

The Company made a slight move on Tuition Assistance Plan (TAP) by moving a particular field of study from an excluded study list to a limited study list.

 

The Company eliminated the risk of not receiving a CPS award for 2015 (payable in 2016), however the risk of not paying the CPS for years 2016 and 2017 remains.

 

Don’t be fooled by the small moves that the Company has made. All of the retrogressive demands that the Company  proposed in June still remain on their agenda!

 

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!

 

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO MOBILIZE!

 

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 35


Monday, September 28, 2015

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

The Company presented a comprehensive proposal today which contained minimal movement on deductibles and out of pocket maximum amounts in their retrogressive health care proposal. This proposal would still drastically increase deductibles and out of pocket maximum amounts. For plans where there is currently a deductible, participants with a family plan could see an increase of more than 150%. In the Health Care Network, where the current deductible is $0 for in-network benefits, the Company is proposing a family plan deductible of up to $1,650. The proposal for the out of pocket maximum for family plans shows an increase of almost 100% by the end of the contract!

In the Union’s last proposal we made modifications to our call share proposal. Unfortunately, after all of the off record conversations regarding call sharing the Company has yet to move off of their initial proposal from June 22nd,while the Union has made two counter proposals on this subject.

Everyone needs to remember that we are fighting for fair contracts at Verizon and Verizon Wireless.

We need to ramp up our mobilization. We need to keep the pressure on Verizon and to continue to get our message out. We need all members to handbill at the Verizon Wireless Stores. If you have not already volunteered to handbill at a store location please contact your steward or local and sign up. By everyone working together from the bargaining tables, to handbilling the store locations, to mobilization on the job we will stand strong against Verizon’s attempt to strip our contracts.


Stay Strong – Stay United

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 34


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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

The Union worked on a revised package proposal which was presented to the Company today. It’s time to send this Company a message that they should get serious at the bargaining table and come off of their retrogressive proposals.

We need to continue to stand strong and get our message out that we are more committed than we’ve ever been to fight to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions.

Stay Strong and Mobilize!


CWA Locals 1104 and 1105 are having a rally tomorrow night at 741 Zeckendorf Blvd in Garden City, NY. All members are invited to attend. The rally starts at 5:30pm.

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 33

Thursday, September 17, 2015


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

Off-the-record discussions continued this week with Verizon on call sharing and job security issues. The Company’s goals remain the same. They want givebacks, plain and simple.

On the town hall call that was held earlier this week Vice President Trainor reminded us of some of the outrageous proposals that the Company still has on the table, which are:

JOB SECURITY- Remove the protections against layoffs and forced transfer.

NO COLA

CORPORATE PROFIT SHARING at risk if not settled by certain date. Also, reduce minimum payout.

DIFFERENTIALS AND PREMIUM PAY -Eliminate Saturday and Sunday Differentials and premium pay for most employees. Reductions to differentials for most employees.

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). Also, eliminate caps on Overtime.

TECH CHANGE NOTICE- reduce notice given to the Union of any major technological change

BENEFITS- the Company proposed 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- The Company modified their proposal on lump sum pensions but proposed changing the terms of the lump sum payment to eliminate the calculations that included the GATT rate and PBGC rate. They propose using a formula which would result in a significant reduction in the amount of member’s lump sum pensions. They are still demanding that employees would have to choose between a pension which would be frozen and an enhanced 401K. If you choose Pension – No 401K match. If you choose 401K enhanced (100%)-Your Pension freezes.
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 year 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.


We need to send a very clear message that this is not acceptable. We will not be laid-back as they seek to gut our contracts.
Active members and Retired members all have a stake in this fight. If you’re not yet involved -it’s time to get involved. The only way to move this company is to put enough pressure on them to make them want to settle this contract.
There are on the job mobilization activities and there off of the job mobilization activities that every member and every retiree should be participating in.


MOBILIZE,
MOBILIZE,
MOBILIZE!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 32


Wednesday, September 2, 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, the company presented proposals that represented minimal movement however all of their major concessionary demands remain on the table.

The Committee spent most of today going over data provided by the Company and our research department. Later in the day there were further off the record discussions on call sharing.

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

Our previous report informed you that Verizon Wireless intends to terminate Local 1109 activist Bianca Cunningham. A rally has been scheduled on September 10th at 6 p.m. outside the Verizon Wireless store where Bianca used to work (86th St. between 21st Ave. and Bay Parkway). At this rally, we will demand that they BRING BACK BIANCA and that Verizon and Verizon Wireless start to bargain seriously at all the tables. Please attend this rally in support of your Union Sister and our fight for fair contracts.


An Injury to One is an Injury to All


MOBILIZE!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 31

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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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 the message back to management that they 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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 30

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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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 meeting 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!

 

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.  The talks have ended for this week and the bargaining teams are returning to their locals.  Further bargaining dates are being scheduled for next week.

 

While the tone of the conversations was somewhat better than talks prior to expiration, the company HAS NOT GOTTEN OFF A SINGLE ONE OF ITS CONCESSIONARY DEMANDS.  Among those demands are:

  • 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 the Family Care Leave

·         Elimination COLA

·         Increased Contracting

·         And more…

Now is the time to intensify our Mobilization efforts.  This is the time to follow all the directions you receive from your local unions.  This is the time to turn out to workplace rallies that will take place across the northeast tomorrow.  We have a plan and we are executing it.  We will continue to pressure this company until a fair contract is won.

 

We want to congratulate all the locals that did such a spectacular job on the PSC hearings over these past few weeks.  Turnouts, press conferences, worker and consumer testimony, and accompanying press coverage, were all spectacular! We are expecting another great night in Albany tomorrow.  With our community allies we are sending a powerful message that the PSC must take a new, more pro-consumer, more pro-worker approach towards dealing with Verizon.

 

We know that working without a contract is challenging and that sacrifices have to be made.  But at this time your Bargaining Team believes that we are pursuing the most effective available strategy.  Keep up the good work and …

MOBILIZE,

MOBILIZE,

MOBILIZE!!!

CWA Union Town Hall - Verizon Bargaining Update 8/2/2015

 

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

August 1, 2015 11:59 p.m.

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

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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 # 26
July 31, 2015
CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

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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.
This afternoon, the Union team presented a package proposal to management which made substantial movement on several issues. Now the ball is in the company’s court. The clock is ticking it’s time for the Company to get serious and agree to our demands. It’s not like they can’t afford a fair contract their sale of the Wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida netted them $10.5 billion in income. They should use that money to expand FiOS in the Northeast, upgrade the crumbling network where they are not building FiOS, and reward their employees with a fair contract.
Yesterday, we told the company that our members’ interest in jobs and job security is directly linked to the public interest because maintaining the legacy network, and building and installing FiOS, is what our members do and what the public needs. That’s why the Mayors of Syracuse and Kingston, backed up by four other letters of support from elected leaders, came to the table with us yesterday to argue for FiOS builds in their communities.
Not to mention that Governor Cuomo has created a $500 million New York Broadband Program that is available to subsidize Verizon’s buildout of high-speed internet in underserved communities. That money would provide a 50% subsidy to the cost of building out FiOS.
Verizon’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Marc Reed, suggests in his recent emails to employees that he is concerned for you and your family. But if he really cared about you and your family, why is he proposing to gut the contract that provides for you and your family? Why is the company unwilling to build-out FiOS and properly maintain the copper network to protect jobs as well as ensure good service for customers?
August 1 is almost here. Are you ready to fight back?

Verizon,Tick Tock Its Time to Step Up to The Plate and Agree to a Fair Contract

 
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?

 

  In addition to having Mayor Miner and Mayor Gallo at the table today, the Union presented letters which echoed the two Mayors and also asked for FiOS in their communities from Mayor Robert Palmieri of Utica, Mayor Joseph Fusco of Rome, Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany and Supervisor Ed Romaine of the Town of Brookhaven.
 
It is time that Verizon invests in America and build FIOS through out there footprint.  Corporations like Verizon should not be destroying middle class jobs. They should be helping to rebuild the American economy and sharing their success with the workforce that made that possible. 

 

It’s time to fight back!
 
Turn up the Heat in your Work place

 

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!
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Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 


 CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE
Regional Bargaining Report #24
July 29, 2015


The CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today on an informal basis to continue discussions on issues involving Flexibility, Health Care, and Call Sharing.


We also received a presentation from the Company explaining the effects the sale of California, Florida, and Texas to Frontier will have on our members. The Company sold these territories for $10.5 Billion but their "subject matter expert" couldn't tell the Union what the Company plans to do with the profits of the sale. The Union was adamant that the money should be invested back into the landline business to build Fios.

The Company still has not begun to bargain seriously With only 3 days left until the expiration of our contract we need every member to participate in mobilization more than ever to send the Company a message that it is time to start bargaining a fair and just contract for our members and their employees.

MOBILIZE NOW!!
FIGHT BACK!!

 CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE
Regional Bargaining Report #23
July 28, 2015


The CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today on an informal basis to continue discussion on issues involving Flexibility.


As the clock keeps ticking toward expiration, the Company will not even engage in honest, informal discussions around difficult issues that both parties need addressed even though we have tried to engage them in these discussions.


The Company needs to get serious and remove their retrogressive demands and start bargaining with your Union.


With only 4 days left until the expiration of our contract it is clear that there is no urgency on the part of the Company to reach an agreement. Verizon has no regard for our members who built this Company and made this Company profitable.

Strike signs are being delivered to all Locals by Thursday.

It's time to fight back!

Turn up the Heat in your Workplace

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!
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Mobilize! - Mobilize! - Mobilize!

 

 

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!!!

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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.

 

Tomorrow, thousands of CWA and IBEW members and retirees will be at the Rally at 11AM at Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City. Every member should be at his rally, and should bring their families, neighbors and friends. Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 



 

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!

 



 

Regional Bargaining Report # 19
CWA District 1 NY/NE

Wednesday, July 22, 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 Union continued to ask Verizon about safety issues involving work being done by Contractors. All members should remember that safety should be their #1 concern. The Union also raised concerns about the closing of the LPC stores which are now staffed with unqualified contractors.

Today we met with the Company’s “subject matter experts” on Absence, Disability and Family Care Leave. Part of the Company’s proposal was to eliminate Accident Disability and to greatly reduce the Sickness Disability benefits. Another portion of their proposal was to eliminate the Family Care Leave that has been in effect for over twenty years. There is no end to how low Verizon will stoop. They want to take benefits away from sick and injured employees, and from people who are caring for seriously ill family members. Verizon also wants to separate employees from the payroll who were hurt on the job, after 52 weeks of disability.
Your Union Bargaining Committee repeatedly reminded the Company Bargaining committee that we had rejected their proposal and we made it clear that we think this is a disgraceful and heartless attack by Verizon on our members and their families. You have to wonder what kind of people make up these proposals.

This morning a Verizon Vice President visited workers in a Brooklyn garage and told them that there is significant progress being made at the Bargaining table. We would love to know where he gets his information from since there has not been any agreement on any issue and not one of the Union’s proposals has been addressed by the Company’s Regional Bargaining Committee.
It’s shocking how Verizon executives continue to lie to their employees about the status of bargaining.

With only 10 days left until the contract expiration this Company needs to get serious about bargaining.

Every member should 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.

 

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
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

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!

 


 


Regional Bargaining Report # 15

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Thursday, July 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.

 

 

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 Unionworked 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, at140 West Street at 11 am.

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 13

CWA District 1 NY/NE

 

Tuesday, July 14, 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. 

 

We met in the morning and afternoon and handed more Union proposals highlighted by a comprehensive proposal on call sharing which would assure all calls would be handled by a CWA or IBEW union member.

 

Locals are in the process of conducting a Strike authorization Vote. We need to send the Company a strong message that we will do whatever it takes to achieve a fair and just contract.

 

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!

 

 

 

 

MOBILIZE!        MOBILIZE!         MOBILIZE!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 12
CWA District 1 NY/NE

Monday, July 13, 2015

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CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees reconvened 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.

We are less are than 3 weeks from expiration and Verizon is hell-bent on destroying this Union and its members standards of living. Locals and members need to continue their mobilization efforts.

Keep up the FIGHT for a fair and just contract!!

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

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 11

July 10, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

 

 

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met Verizon today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Union passed several proposals regarding Health Care, Dental and Vision for active and retired members which are in deep contrast to the Company’s healthcare proposals which would raise healthcare costs for our members by up to 143%.

 

The Company had no proposals for the Union today.

 

Your bargaining committee continues reviewing information provided by the Company.  Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Monday.

 

With two weeks to go before the July 25, 2015 Rally scheduled for Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City, locals should be doing everything necessary to ensure that as many members, retirees and family members as possible attend. 

 

We will be joined by Union Sisters and Brothers from several areas of the country who will be supporting us in our fight against Corporate Greed to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions and also that we will not forget our retirees.

 

MOBILIZE!          MOBILIZE!          MOBILIZE!

 

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

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

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!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 7

July 1, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

 

 

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

 

In the morning and afternoon we were given a presentation on the utilization of the Medical and Prescription plans.

 

This evening we exchanged additional proposals with the Company.

 

Regional Bargaining will resume tomorrow morning.

 

 

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.

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 6
June 30, 2015
CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

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CWA District 1 NY/NE and IBEW NY/NE Regional and Local Bargaining Teams met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Regional Committee presented proposals to the Company including a proposal to eliminate all Contracting and to stop plans for future contracting.

 

The Company responded to some of the Unions request for information and the Committee spent the rest of the day reviewing the information that was provided.

 

The Regional Committee is scheduled to meet with the Company tomorrow morning to receive information on the utilization on the medical plans.

 

We need to continue to stand strong and get our message out that we are more committed than we’ve ever been to fight to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions.

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 5

June 29, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

 

 

CWA District 1 and IBEW met with the Company today in Rye New York where the Company made a presentation on Excise tax, which is a potential tax on health care plans related to the Affordable Care Act. 

 

Last week, in the Company’s propaganda they boasted about offering a wage increase to 38,000 workers.  As usual, when dealing with this greedy corporation the devil is in the details. 

 

Here are some of the other things that Verizon has proposed:

 

 

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 and an enhanced 401K. If you choose Pension – No 401K match.  If you choose 401K enhanced (100%)-Your Pension freezes.

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.

 

This is not a Company facing a financial crisis. They are extremely profitable. This is not a Company coming to its union employees seeking ways to work together to face the challenges of the future. Their proposals seek to destroy our future.

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 #4

Wednesday, June 25, 2015

 

CWA District 1 and IBEW Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Regional Committee continued making proposals to the Company to improve the working conditions and quality of life for our members. We are waiting for information and data that we have requested from the Company.

Regional bargaining will resume and Local bargaining will start on Monday, June 29, 2015 in Rye, N.Y.

We need to continue to stand strong and get our message out that we are more committed than we’ve ever been to fight to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions.

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 3
June 24, 2015

The CWA District One and IBEW New York/New England Regional Bargaining Committee met with the company today in Westchester, NY. The first session of the day focused on the questions the committee had for the company on some of their proposals.

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During the second session, the Union Committee made it very clear to the Company with a proposal on job security how important this issue is to the Union and the Members. We pointed out examples where the Company has declared surpluses as they continue with their plans to contract out work our Members perform.

We need to continue to be united and mobilize so the greedy executives at Verizon understand we will do whatever it takes to gain a fair and just contract.

 

Regional Bargaining Report #2

June 23, 2015

 

 In response to Verizon’s opening day bargaining position, Vice President Dennis Trainor said claims about the pay increases they put on the bargaining table yesterday are simply a smokescreen designed to hide the harsh reality of their concessionary demands; deep cuts to pension benefits, skyrocketing increases in medical costs , and the complete elimination of job security. Despite $9.6 billion in profits in 2014 and $44 million in compensation to their top five executives, Verizon wants to eliminate middle-class jobs and let customer service deteriorate. Their proposals would slash thousands of jobs and leave our remaining members with a diminished standard of living at the end of any new contract."

There was no formal bargaining session today at the Regional table. The Union bargaining committee spent most of today reviewing the company’s proposal from yesterday’s session. 

Bargaining is scheduled to resume tomorrow.

 

Regional Bargaining Report   #1

Monday June 22, 2015

CWA Districts 1, 2-13 as well as IBEW New York (NY), New England (NE) and New Jersey (NJ) opened negotiations with Verizon today. CWA District 1 and IBEW NY and NE are negotiating for new contracts at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester County. CWA Districts 2-13 as well as IBEW NJ are negotiating for new contracts in Philadelphia. Dennis Trainor, Vice President District 1 gave an opening statement to the Company at the Regional Bargaining table in NY. Dennis closed his statement by stating, We are united in our commitment to grow with Verizon. The Company cannot keep claiming surplus after surplus while hiring more contractors or moving our work. It is not fair to our members and your employees to tell them there are too many of them but yet you need contractors to do their work.

We are united in our commitment to fight for fairness – we are the foundation upon which the success of Verizon rests.  We have helped to boost the company’s earnings and productivity even through a global recession.  It is now our turn to share equitably in that growth.

When workers at Verizon improve their living standards through collective bargaining, all of our communities also benefit.

When CWA members succeed at the bargaining table, when we secure a better standard of living for our members, we help to boost the entire U.S. economy.

Verizon- it is time to stop the greed. Enough of the givebacks. It is time to negotiate a contract that is fair to your employees, one that protects good union jobs and that gives our membership the opportunity to grow with the company.

Verizon- it’s time to set the right priorities in these negotiations. This means meeting its responsibilities to employees, as well as investors, executives and consumers.”

After opening statements, Verizon gave the Unions an insulting and retrogressive comprehensive proposal. The Regional Bargaining Committee has adjourned for today and will resume tomorrow to review the Company’s proposal.

The Regional Bargaining Committee attended a rally tonight at the Rye Town Hilton, which was hosted by Local 1103. The rally was a huge success and was attended by hundreds of CWA and IBEW members from New York State and New England.

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Xerox Bargaining

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Summary of New Contract With Xerox

Article 4 Subcontracting/Article 30 Transfers – All temporary employees will be hired into the call center and walk in center. Temporary employees will be converted to regular employees on the first day of the pay period following 181 days of employment after their initial training. If the need for the temporary employee was seasonal and in a different department the company shall “loan” the senior volunteer to the department where the need existed. In addition when the company has a need to loan employees to a different department for a period of 10 days or more it must select the senior volunteer as long as it would not hurt the company’s ability to meet an SLA. Employees on final written warning are not eligible for transfers

Article 6 Grievance Procedure – Increased the time you have to file a grievance to 30 days from 20.

Article 11 Clean Desk Policy – Added all departments to current policy.

Article 12 Attendance – No points for paid sick leave and a lateness or absence when a state of emergency is declared in NYC. Rolling period for points goes to 12 months and possible termination to 5 points from 7. Points are reduced by ½ upon ratification and removed 12 months from date of occurrence.

Article 13 Corrective Action – Time spent on first written warning and final written warning reduced to 9 months from 12 months.

Article 14 Non-ABC Compensation – Merit raises in July 2015 and July 2016 as follows:

Exceeds Expectations     2.25%

Meets Expectations         2%

Below Expectations         0% (only 1 employee has received below in the last two years)

This is a 0.75% improvement for meets expectation from our last contract. It also achieved our goal to not have major differences in the level of raises based on your yearly review.

 

The following change was made to Attendance/Adherence to Schedule criteria for all employees entitled to RBC payouts:

No more than two (2) attendance occurrences (an occurrence shall mean receiving a point or fraction of a point under Article 12 of this Agreement) in the RBC incentive period. If an employee’s only two occurrences are for being tardy for thirty (30) minutes or less, this criteria is satisfied.

Other changes to RBC criteria:

Call Center work leaders:

ACS CSR ProductivityWill be given thirty (30) minutes each month to conduct a team meeting when an agenda is submitted one (1) day in advance. Minutes must be submitted five (5) days after holding the meeting. Submit accurate monthly agent performance by the established due date for the month.
Help Desk Service LevelService level to the Help Desk to be seventy two and on-half percent (72.5%) or above during the RBC incentive period (calls must answered within forty five (45) seconds.)
IncentiveMonthly Pay out
6 out of 6 above20% of Base Pay
5 out of 6 above15% of Base Pay
4 out of 6 above8% of Base Pay
3 out of 6 aboveNo payout
2 out of 6 aboveNo payout
1 out of 6 aboveNo payout

Finance – Refunds:

Productivity – TimelinessAll deadlines met.

 

After completion of the time study being conducted at the Finance-Refunds department the Company will set productivity goals and the productivity goals shall become a component of II. Productivity-Timeliness. The Company shall meet with the Union to   discuss how they set the goals before they become effective. Six (6) months after the goals go into effect, if employees in the department are not meeting the criteria at least fifty percent (50%) of the time the Company agrees to meet with the Union to adjust production goals.

Correspondence Work Leaders:

ProductivityComponent will be rewarded provided the average productivity rate of the Workleader team is not less than 10/hour.

Correspondence Analyst, Correspondence Escalation Work Lead and Call Center Monitor are now also eligible for RBC payouts.

Article 15 ABC Compensation – Improved the rates in the call center effective first day of the pay period following ratification by an average of 7%. The following are the new rates:

Activity/TaskRate per transaction
GENERAL CALLS$0.98
VIOLATIONS CALLS$1.0800
BUSINESS CALLS$0.8700
RETAIL SALES CALLS$1.1300
AFTER CALL WORK (PER SECOND)$0.0040
SPANISH CALLS$1.2000
TOLL BILLS$1.1000

Correspondence Department:

Rates shall remain the same except Sort SR is increased to 0.0542.

Tags Department:

The following additions and changes were made; all other rates remain the same:

PROGRAMMING – NON-PRIVATE TAGS$.0533
PRIVATE FME TAG ASSIGNMENT/PACKING“92” time
BUSINESS TAG ASSIGNMENT/PACKING“92” time

 

Eliminated the Company’s right to change the rates once a year as long as the result of the change did not affect your average hourly rate by more than 10% and replaced it with the following language:

If the average hourly rate for Bargaining Unit employees in a specific department changes by a difference of at least ten (10%) per pay period that persists over four (4) consecutive pay periods, the Company will adjust the ABC rates, for that specific department, as required in order to bring the average hourly rate for that specific department to the same hourly rate, or as close as can be reasonably expected, that existed in the prior four (4) pay periods before the ten percent (10%) change.

Increases in “99” rate as follows:

Effective the first pay period following ratification:

Effective the first pay period following ratification:

Department                                                Rate

Call Center Employees                        $14.25

                        Device Exchange Employees                       $14.25

Correspondence Employees             $15.25

Effective the beginning of the first pay period in January 2016:

Department                                                Rate

Call Center Employees                        $14.50

                        Device Exchange Employees             $14.50

Correspondence Employees             $15.50

Increased minimum rate as follows:

Time Period                                                                        Rate

Beginning the first pay period after ratification                        $10.20

Beginning the first pay period in January 2016                        $10.40

Article 16 Benefits – No change, Company provides you benefits at same level as all other Xerox employees.

Article 21 Holidays – Employees get paid their overtime rate for hours an employee was mandated to work on a scheduled day off during a Holiday week.

Article 22 Vacation – Can use up to 2 days in hourly increments (min. of two hour increments) need approval except for unanticipated matters such as family emergencies.

Company must post vacation schedule on January 1 showing the days available and must update it when the day is no longer available.

Walk in Center employees cannot be denied a vacation request made prior to January 1 because of their requirement to work Saturday.

Article 23 Paid Sick – EPTO moved into vacation Article of contract. Part time employees accrue paid sick leave at 1 hour per 30 hours worked. Employees can use up to 40 hours of not yet accrued sick time, down from 80.

Article 26 Hours of Work – Must have spent 3 months on current shift before you can bid on another shift unless you can provide a reason for the request, such as child care issues.

Article 28 Jury Duty – Eliminated the incremental reduction in pay, you receive the full difference in pay for 20 days while serving jury duty. Eliminated the reduction in pay if you were subpoenaed to be a witness and changed it to subpoenaed to appear at court, you receive full pay for 15 days.

Article 32 Training and Education – No longer need approval to be reimbursed for classes taken at a college or university as long as they are job related or could advance your career with Xerox. Must receive a “C” or better to be reimbursed.

Safety Committee – Added article to contract, committee to meet quarterly to address any safety concerns of the members or company.

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