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Vz Bargaining Report #25

Regional Bargaining Report # 25

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Thursday July 30, 2015  

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New EnglandRegional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in RyeNew 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 SuffolkCounty

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 Americaand 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!

.

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

Vz Bargaining Report #24

Regional Bargaining Report # 24

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Wednesday, 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!!

Vz Bargaining Report #23

Regional Bargaining Report # 23

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Monday, 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 Work place

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

.

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

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Vz Bargaining Report #22

Regional Bargaining Report # 22

CWA District 1 NY/NE

Monday, July 27, 2015   

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees reconvened bargaining in Rye, NY.

Today wmet 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 workedNo 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.
• PENSIONSEliminate 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 freezesimmediately.
• 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 taxwithout 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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