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Vz Bargaining Report #35

Regional Bargaining Report # 35

Monday, September 28, 2015

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!

VZ Bargaining Report #34

Regional Bargaining Report # 34



Wednesday, September 23, 2015




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.


VZ Bargaining Report #33

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.




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.



PENSIONSThe 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.




EXCISE TAX- Company wants ability to change medical plans, health care spending account or premiums to avoid excise tax without negotiating with the Union.




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.








Vz Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund
Verizon Suspends Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund
The Company has suspended the Work/Family Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund, effective immediately. The program is funded each contract with a specific bargained-for amount of money. Instead of extending the program while negotiations are on-going, the company cancelled it.
Members who participate in the fund will be notified through e mail from Beverly Steele, the fund administrator. 
Dependent Care expenses for August will be reimbursed through the normal process so participants who are currently in the fund should submit their August reimbursement forms no later than September 11, 2015 to:
Beverly Steele 
120 Hicksville Road, Suite 200A
Massapequa NY 11758

For summer camp reimbursements the provisions remain the same as stated in the application information: "If there is no work stoppage, reimbursements will show in associates October 30, 2015 paycheck.  If there is a work stoppage reimbursement date will be part of negotiations."
Vz Bargaining Report #32

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 21stAve. 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


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