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VZ Bargaining Report #8

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 RyeNY

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!

Vz Bargaining Report #7

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 RyeNY.

 

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 Saturday, July 25th, 2015 rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West Street  in NY City. The Rally will begin at 11 AM. 

Local 1111 will get a bus that will be paid for by the national if  we have enough interest to fill 2/3 of a 56 person bus. It will leave the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City @ 6:30 a.m. and return by 9 p.m.. Please let your steward or officer know if you plan to attend the rally. Your actions will make a difference in our contract fight.

 

 

Verizon Abuses
CWA Urges FCC to Address Verizon Abuses
Speedmatters.org

In meetings with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officials, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) urged the agency to move forward quickly to update its rules to protect consumers during this period of transition from copper to fiber networks. CWA and other consumer groups seek to prevent a repeat of the Voice Link controversy, when Verizon tried to replace storm-damaged phone lines with its inferior wireless product after Hurricane Sandy in 2013.

 

CWA is particularly concerned that companies are skirting FCC rules that require companies to seek permission before they "discontinue, impair, or reduce" service on their copper networks. through a practice of "de facto" discontinuance. CWA urged the FCC to adopt strong discontinuance rules to protect consumers when a company shuts down its copper lines, and to clarify a complaint process to protect against "de facto" discontinuance.  

 

CWA previously provided the FCC with powerful evidence that Verizon Communications has been practicing de facto discontinuance by neglecting its copper network. When a customer reports trouble on the line or no dialtone, the company often sets up appointments a week or more away, and when technicians discover the problem is faulty cable, Verizon doesn't authorize cable replacement. Instead, technicians are told to "jerry rig" a solution -- which results in repeat problems. When problems persist, Verizon often directs customers to substitute Voice Link for repair of the wireline service. Voice Link, a fixed wireless phone service, can't support Internet connections, health and security monitors, fax machines and other data services.


 

CWA provided the FCC with 21 pages of public complaints from Verizon's own online forum, a company-moderated peer-to-peer site where "customers help other customers." Together these complaints suggest that Verizon is neglecting proper maintenance, repair, and service to its copper customers - and demonstrates the urgent need for updated discontinuance rules and a clear complaint process.

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Pressure to cut employee benefits threatens labor peace.
Pressure to Cut Employee Benefits Threatens Labor Peace
Looming 'Cadillac tax' on health plans, corporate pension burdens likely to complicate talks with unions
by Vipal Monga & Kimberly S Johnson, Wall Street Journal
 

Many big companies are pushing to cut spending on employee benefits-from pensions to health insurance-and could face labor strikes as a result.

In all, major employers have about 400,000 union workers whose contracts are up for negotiation this year. 

They include the Detroit auto makers, whose workforces have a combined 140,000 members of the United Auto Workers; a group of railroad operators including CSX Corp., with 142,000 union employees; and telecom companies like Verizon Communications Inc., which is in talks with about 40,000 wireline workers.

Most labor talks involve some head-butting over benefits. But what's different this time, corporate finance chiefs say, are a looming "Cadillac tax" on health-care plans and pension burdens that are dragging down profits.

At New York-based Verizon, executives want to "redesign and reshape" health plans in a bid to cut overall cost, said Fran Shammo, chief financial officer.

Verizon also aims to rein in pension expenses. Its obligations for defined-benefit pensions-the kind that guarantee retirees a set payout-totaled $25.3 billion at the end of 2014, up 10% from 2013.

The company began talks last week in Rye, N.Y., and Philadelphia with the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Neither union liked its opening offer, which included pension-plan changes, increases in employee health-care premiums, a 2% boost in wages this year and next, and a lump-sum payment of $1,000 per worker in 2017 in lieu of a raise.

"They're going to be very difficult negotiations," said Mr. Shammo.

Verizon said in a statement that its union health plans for a worker with one or more family members cost an average $20,000 a year, well above the $16,800 national average.


 

The unions say they made many concessions during the financial crisis, and with companies raking in record profits, don't want to give up any more.

Quarterly earnings for S&P 500 companies almost tripled from the first quarter of 2009 and this year's first quarter, making hardship a tougher sell.

"Workers have been told to toe the line, but corporate executives are not toeing the line," said Candice Johnson, a CWA spokeswoman. The union points to the company's top five executives, who receive $44 million in pay last year.

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Vz Bargaining Report #6

Regional Bargaining Report # 6

June 30, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

 

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 RyeNY. 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!

 
 
 
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