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VZ Bargaining Report #46

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 TransfersAbility 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 $18.3billion 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!

VZ Bargaining Report #45

Regional Bargaining Report # 45

 

Thursday January 21, 2016

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

VZ Bargaining Report #44

Regional Bargaining Report # 44

 

Saturday January 16, 2016

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

Vz Bargaining Report #43

Regional Bargaining Report # 43

December 4, 2015

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

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

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

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

We 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!

VZ Bargaining Report #42

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 VerizonWe 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 andtold 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!

 
 
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