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Vz Bargaining Report #31

Regional Bargaining Report # 31

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

MOBILIZE!

Verizon Benefits Center Change

Effective September 1, 2015, call center hours for the Verizon Benefits Center will change from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EST to 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.

The BenefitsConnection (the online web) will continue to be available 24 x 7 for information and transactions.

Annual Enrollment for the 2016 plan year will run from November 10, 2015 through November 19, 2015 for both active employees and retirees.

Vz Bargaining Report #30

Regional Bargaining Report # 30

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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 iswon. Keep up the good work and…

MOBILIZE,

MOBILIZE,

MOBILIZE!

Arnot Contract Update

Thank you to all the members who came out to vote today.

The vote today was overseen by one of our election committee members Theresa Pfunter.

The final count: 

162-YES 

39-NO

Our tentative agreement has been ratified by the membership. 

We have a great amount of work to do together to change the conditions at the center going forward. I am committed to this work and will need the help of the membership to create meaningful change.

Your 2% payraise is retroactive from the first payweek after July 23rd.

If you have questions please feel free to email or call.

United We Stand Divided We Fall

In Solidarity,

CWA Local 1111 Arnot Bargaining Committee

Vz Bargaining Report #29

Regional Bargaining Report # 29

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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

However, no formal bargaining took place with Verizon.   Several hours of off-the-record conversations were conducted.  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!!!

 
 
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