CONTRACT EXPIRATION 2015

 

*See below bargaining updates for informational picketing/mobilization pictures*

 

  

 

A Striker Certification Form needs to be on file to receive Defense Fund Relief pay if we go on Strike against Verizon.

Please CLICK HERE for the form and submit it to:

 

CWA Local 1400

Fax: (603) 436-2962 or Email: clocal1400@aol.com

 

Bargaining Updates:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 17, 2016

 

CWA Members Overwhelmingly Approve Verizon Contracts

Contracts cement historic victory for nearly 40,000 wireline workers,

wireless retail workers, and wireless technicians following six-week strike

 

Verizon workers along the East Coast overwhelmingly voted to ratify new contracts that were negotiated following a historic 45-day strike by nearly 40,000 workers.

 

Voting separately, CWA members in the New York-New England region (CWA District 1) and the mid-Atlantic (CWA District 2-13) and in New Jersey overwhelmingly ratified four-year contracts.

 

Workers represented by IBEW Locals 827 (mid-Atlantic) and 2213, New York, and T6 in New England also overwhelmingly ratified the contracts.

 

Verizon Wireless technicians ratified a separate agreement by an overwhelming vote. That contract covers about 100 VZW technicians in New York, and contract gains include a 10.9 percent wage increase over the four-year term, a $1,250 signing bonus, new paid parent leave benefits and improvements in stand-by pay. 

 

For Verizon Wireless retail store workers in Brooklyn, NY, and Everett, Mass., who overwhelmingly approved a separate contract, the first-ever contract makes major improvements in job security and other areas. The contract provides a first-ever grievance and arbitration procedure, protections against arbitrary discipline and firing, and restrictions on the company’s ability to subcontract work. In a big gain, $2,000 of performance-based pay now will be guaranteed as part of workers’ base pay. The contract also gives workers the right to swap schedules, enabling workers to better balance their work and family lives. 

 

Workers at Verizon Connected Solutions also ratified a separate four-year agreement that provides for the same benefit improvements as the core wireline agreement, and in a big gain for workers, maintains a key job title that ensures that these workers will receive wage raises according to the negotiated pay scale.

 

The ratification votes were conducted by local unions between May 31 and June 17th. The local votes were conducted through mass membership meetings, mail-in ballots, or walk-in voting at various polling places in proximity to major work locations.

 

“The ratification of these hard-won contracts cements an incredible victory for the nearly 40,000 courageous workers who put everything on the line to protect the good jobs for their families and for all American families,” said Dennis Trainor, Vice President, CWA District 1. “When working people come together as a union, we can make a difference in improving wages and providing stability for families.”  

 

“It was a tough strike, but this contract, which secures good jobs in our communities and preserve workers’ standard of living shows what can happen when we stand together. I am so proud of our members for standing up for themselves, our communities, the customers and their families," said Ed Mooney, Vice President, CWA District 2-13.

 

BACKGROUND

 

On April 13, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike to fight back against the growing outsourcing, off-shoring and contracting out of good jobs by the company. It was the largest strike in recent history, and ended after 45 days with a groundbreaking agreement that will create good jobs, significantly raise pay for tens of thousands of working families, and secures the first contract ever for Verizon’s wireless retail workers. The terms of the new contracts were described in the New York Times as a “real shot in the arm for unions” and by other media outlets as a “huge victory for all workers” and proof that “strikes still work.” Experts on modern working standards said it showed “that the labor movement can expand and thrive in today’s economy.”

 

Highlights from the ratified wireline contracts include: 

•      A 10.9 percent raise over the next 4 years with compounded interest, including 3% upon ratification, and 2.5% on each anniversary of the contract.

•      $1250 signing bonus in the mid-Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus $250 HRA in the North East, and a minimum of $700 in Corporate Profit Sharing payments in each of the next four years.

•      All call centers that had been threatened with closure in the mid-Atlantic region will remain open. Three of the five threatened call centers in upstate New York will also remain open; the six workers affected in the other two centers will be offered jobs locally in the company.

•      An increased percentage of customer service work will be handled by unionized workers. As a result, Verizon will add 1,300 call center jobs, 850 in the mid-Atlantic and 450 in the Northeast.

•      Several major contracting initiatives will be reversed, sustaining work for union members in their communities and returning a significant amount of pole maintenance work to the unionized workforce in New York State. There will be a 25% increase in the number of unionized crews doing pole work in New York State.

•      Existing job security language is preserved, as is existing language on transfer and seniority protections for retirement incentives. All of the company’s proposals on forced interstate transfers of technicians were withdrawn.

•      There will be three 1% increases in the Defined Benefit pensions over the life of the agreement.

•      The company agreed to terminate a performance supervisory program (known as QAR) in effect in the five boroughs of New York City that workers found extremely abusive, and both parties will work with an outside consultant to develop a non-punitive program.  This was a major issue for NYC-based technicians.

•      The parties agreed to changes to active and retiree healthcare that generate savings to the company while protecting excellent plan designs for medical care.  

 

 

U.S. Department of Labor | May 27, 2016

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in

principle on a new contract for Verizon workers

WASHINGTONU.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company. The parties have a shared interest in the success of Verizon and its dedicated workforce. Indeed, these two interests are inextricably intertwined.

This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.

I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”

 

Verizon Strike Update: 40K on Strike and What it Means

 

On April 13th, nearly 40,000 brave working people from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike to protect good jobs and ensure quality service.  It is the largest national strike in recent years.  

 

Verizon workers are striking for more than a fair contract; they’re fighting to protect middle class jobs. As workers in Massachusetts told The Boston Globe

 

Without the union, 'these jobs would be off-shored in a heartbeat,' said Bonasoro, 44, of Weymouth. 'Nobody chooses this. What we’re doing here is we’re protecting American jobs.They [Verizon] want to constantly off-shore, outsource good middle-class jobs that support our community. There’s growing public sentiment against corporate greed.'

 

Bryan Phillips, a third generation Verizon worker from Pembroke, said he fears for his job every time a contract is up.

 

'I didn’t want to go on strike, none of us did, but at the same time, enough’s enough. Not just for Verizon but everywhere,' said Phillips, 38, who has been a technician for 18 years. 'You don’t see anyone [in other companies] go on strike, because they’re all afraid. They’re afraid they’re going to lose their jobs. But if we don’t fight for these jobs, these jobs won’t be here.'"

 

Verizon workers not only got the attention of the company, customers and local communities; they have prompted important discussions about Verizon's problematic business decisions, support for unions and what the Washington Post calls a "sense of empowerment among workers who struggled for years to reap the gains of the economic recovery and which could mark a political and economic shift in the balance between employers and their employees."

 

Reuters columnist Reynolds Holding writes: "Verizon Communications workers are bolstering unions' cautious comeback. The telecom company's staff walked out in one of the largest U.S. strikes in years after contract talks stalled. Add a Supreme Court win, minimum-wage hikes and a big role in presidential races, and organized labor's future begins to look a bit brighter."

 

Reinforcing what striking workers and their supporters are calling Verizon's corporate greed, The New York Times reports "the company’s overall posture does not appear to be intended to pursue a business model that maximizes the number of middle-class incomes it produces."

 

“Positively 19th century" is what Tom Juravich, a labor studies professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, calls Verizon's business practices in The Boston Globe.  

 

And even though the demand for access to high-speed Internet, which has been promised to millions of households and businesses throughout the East Coast, The New York Times reports"…Verizon remains ambivalent about Fios. In 2004 the company pledged to lay fiber that could serve as many as 18 million homes. It fulfilled that plan according to its own measure, but has shown little desire in moving much beyond it, leaving several million households with little hope of getting access to the network."

 

And of course, the expansion of FiOS would be a win for customers, a win for workers and a win for companies.  The Times continues: "…Verizon could sustain and expand good-paying work even on the wireline side. Foremost is FiOS, widely regarded as state of the art when it comes to broadband networks, and which the union and the company agree can serve as a foundation for sustaining desirable jobs."

 

The Washington Post reports on the connection between customer service and worker concerns.


"Many of the protesting employees say they are concerned about losing their jobs to foreign contractors who lack the skills to troubleshoot customer problems. By the time customers reach a U.S.-based technician, the company representative must spend an inordinate amount of time soothing customer frustration caused by the previous calls with foreign contractors, said Marilyn Irwin, who served as a Verizon operator for 40 years before becoming president of a local union chapter representing Prince George's and Montgomery counties."

 

CWA leaders reacted to Verizon CEO's feeble attempt to talk about moral issues, saying:

"Lowell McAdam's economic and moral theories are completely hollow, and his name-calling of Senator Sanders is another example of Verizon's boundless arrogance and greed.  Mr. McAdam is directing his company to dodge taxes, separate families, shift work overseas and dismantle middle class jobs, and Senator Sanders is not only correct in his factual statements, he is boldly calling out Verizon's corporate greed.  The CEO's attacks on the working people who build Verizon's massive profits and their supporters are meant to distract the public from multi-million dollar executive salaries and record profits. 

 

Read full statement here.

 

The issues for striking workers who continue their picket lines today in New YorkNew JerseyPennsylvaniaConnecticutRhode IslandMassachusettsMarylandVirginia, and Washington, D.C., include outsourcing and offshoring jobs, needless relocation for families and the overall effort to undercut middle class jobs.  

 

U.S. Department of Labor | May 15, 2016

 

Statement of US Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez

on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers

 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today issued the following statement on the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers.

 

“A few days ago, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez reached out to the parties in the ongoing labor dispute involving Verizon workers and invited them to meet with him in Washington in an effort to help the parties resolve a dispute that is affecting thousands of workers, their families, and the company.

 

Today, Secretary Perez met at the U.S. Labor Department with Lowell McAdam, chairman and CEO of Verizon; Chris Shelton, president of the Communications Workers of America; and Lonnie Stephenson, president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The parties had an open, frank and constructive dialogue about finding a comprehensive way forward to resolve disputed issues and get people back to work. The parties agreed to return to the bargaining table on Tuesday to continue their discussion.

 

“The best way to resolve this labor dispute is at the bargaining table, and I am heartened by the parties’ mutual commitment to get back to immediate discussions and work toward a new contract,” said Secretary Perez. “I was singularly impressed by the parties’ appreciation that time is of the essence, and their strong commitment to use the collective bargaining process to reach a mutually beneficial resolution.”

 

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

May 7, 2016

Following our meeting with Verizon on Monday, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company in off record discussions over call sharing, The union committee continued to meet throughout the week to discuss our next steps.

On May 5, CWA members and allies brought the Verizon strike to the company’s shareholder meeting in Albuquerque, NM. Dozens of strikers flew out from the East Coast and were met by their sisters and brothers in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Over 250 people protested outside the meeting. Inside, CWA activists spoke on shareholder resolutions and presented more than 300,000 petitions from customers to CEO Lowell McAdam.

Later, 15 union members and community supporters were arrested, after they draped a 70-foot banner reading "Verizon: Good Jobs, No Greed" across Rio GrandeBlvd and then sat down under the banner to block traffic.

"As long as corporate executives put short-term profits ahead of the workers who make those profits possible and the communities they promised to serve, the calls for a change of course at Verizon will only grow stronger," said protester Bianca Cunningham before she was arrested alongside fourteen other protesters for civil disobedience. Cunningham is a former Verizon Wireless worker who was fired in September while helping her fellow employees form a union.

National Day of Action

CWA members, activists and allies held a National Day of Action to focus attention on Verizon's corporate greed. The 39,000 CWAand IBEW members remain on strike, pushing the company to stop offshoring jobs and to keep good jobs in our communities, so customers can get the quality service they deserve.

More than 400 protests were held nationwide, at Verizon Wireless stores and other locations in dozens of cities. In New York City, some 2,000 workers, supporters and elected leaders marched to a Verizon Wireless store on Wall Street.

Read more about the Day of Action and all the latest on the Verizon strike at

www.facebook.com/standuptoverizon andwww.standuptoverizon.com.

Keep the picket lines at Wireless strong, and keep following the scabs. The company will get the message--they will not break us.

We will win.

Stay strong.

Solidarity forever!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

May 2, 2016

Your Bargaining Team met with the company in Rye this afternoon for approximately 2 1/2 hours.

We made some compromise proposals in a number of areas, designed to kick-start the bargaining process. One of these proposals included a plan that would give the company greater flexibility in routing customer service calls, while at the same time limiting the amount of contracting out of that work overall.

The company completely dismissed our proposals without even asking clarifying questions. They told us that when we start to move on their major demands, they would address our proposals more seriously.

They continue to insist that we cave in on all of their major proposals that would destroy our jobs and job security. These job-killing proposals include:

· Insisting on closing 5 call centers, which could lead to subcontracting and offshoring of our work.

· Slashing the percentage of call center work handled by our members.

· Insisting on expanded contracting out of field technicians work, including replacing, maintaining and moving hardware on poles.

· Eliminating the job security unless we agree to transfers and retirement incentives out of seniority order.

· Reduction of disability benefits.

· Freezing pension accruals at 30 years.

· And there is still not one word about improving the wages, benefits and working conditions of Verizon Wireless retail store employees or a fair contract for the VZW techs.

The company is testing us. They think the combination of cutting off health benefits and spending something like $500,000 sending every member a FedEx package with their so-called "last, best and final offer" will break the strike. They think we are not prepared to fight. They think we are about to fold.

They are wrong!

The strike grows stronger by the day. It becomes clearer every day that the replacement workers don't have a clue about what they're doing and the company is falling further and further behind on FiOS installs and dealing with troubles. The picketing of wireless stores is expanding, and on Thursday, there will be a National Day of Action to spread the Wireless picketing across the country, with the help of other CWA Districts and our allies like Jobs with Justice and the AFL-CIO. On Thursday, we will challenge the company at their Annual Shareholders' Meeting in Albuquerque.

The key is to keep the picket lines at Wireless strong, and to keep following the scabs. Pretty soon, the company will get the message--they will not break us. We will win. Stay strong!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

April 28, 2016

Today, Verizon presented what it described as its “last, best, and final offer” to your bargaining teams in Philadelphia and Westchester.

Unfortunately, their “last and best” was little more than the “same old bullshit.”
Here’s what they offered that was new: an additional 1% in wages, one year of corporate profit-sharing, and at last, they backed off at least part of their demand to be able to transfer workers for two months anywhere in the footprint. (They are however, still insisting on the right to transfer workers out of state for two months if the worker can commute home in the evening).
We of course welcome higher wages and these other changes.  But what good is a wage increase if we cannot ensure that our jobs will be around a year or two from now?
The company’s latest offer fails to address the union’s commitment to preserve job security and good jobs for our members in our communities.
·         There was no movement on the closing of call centers, which could lead to subcontracting and offshoring of our work.
·         They barely budged on the issue of protecting our share of the call center work.
·         They gave us an insulting proposal on contracting out plant work that does not return any contracted work to the bargaining unit, but might possibly slow down further contracting in the future.
·         Preservation of the “job security letter” is still linked to declaring surpluses by organization and eliminating seniority protections for transfers.
·         They are still looking to reduce our disability benefits.
·         They are still proposing to freeze pension accruals at 30 years.
·         There is still not one word about improving the wages, benefits and working conditions of Verizon Wireless retail store employees or a fair contract for the VZW techs.
Even before the company finished up this insulting presentation, it posted videos on its website designed to persuade our members that this was a reasonable offer and that we should end our strike.
Your bargaining committee was infuriated by this move in particular, and blasted the company for its arrogance and unwillingness after 10 months of bargaining to address the concerns of 39,000 CWA and IBEW members from Massachusetts to Virginia.
As usual, we are prepared to continue bargaining towards a fair contract.  The company can call their proposals whatever they want: “last, best, final”; “first and worst”; “the greatest thing since sliced bread.” Calling it the “last, best and final” is just a tired way of trying to intimidate our members into accepting a contract that we can’t live with.  It hasn’t worked in the past, and it won’t work now.
We will continue bargaining and striking until we get the contract that you deserve.  The strike is incredibly effective.  Picket lines are strong across the footprint. Business in Wireless stores has plummeted.  The scabs are making mistakes right and left, endangering themselves and the public with their unsafe practices—two of them nearly electrocuted themselves cutting a LIPA electric line in Garden City yesterday, and others dropped a telephone pole on a customer’s house in New Jersey—and they are failing to get any work accomplished.  A restaurant in New Brunswick featured a sign in the window that their online reservations system has been down because Verizon couldn’t fix their internet for 8 days, and that Verizon was being very unhelpful.
We are continuing to escalate the strike.  We are spreading picketing at Wireless stores across the country.  We are headed to the shareholders meeting in Albuquerque a week from today.
Meanwhile, your bargaining committee is working on next steps and will keep you posted on any new developments in bargaining.  Stay strong, stay united, stay militant.  We are winning.

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

April 19, 2016

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye town Hilton.

We informed the Company bargaining committee members that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam had been out to a few picket lines talking to striking members.

We advised them that McAdam made the following incorrect statements to our members:

1.     The stuff about taking job security away is “B.S.”

2.     Medical benefits and wages are settled.

3.     Only DSL calls are being routed to the Philippines

At first the Company said that they heard that McAdam had been to picket lines but they were unfamiliar with what he actually said. (CEO goes to picket line, articulates company bargaining position to striking workers, but the company bargaining team is unaware of what he is saying?) Then they argued that what McAdam said didn’t matter anyway because their proposal speaks for itself. (CEO’s bargaining position doesn’t matter; he’s only the CEO). Since the Company had not seen the tape of the Syracuse encounter, we showed it to them so they could hear their CEO making these statements. The Company had no explanation to offer after viewing the tape.

We then had a heated discussion regarding transfers.

The Union gave examples that show that the company already has a great deal of flexibility on in-state transfers and that the Company routinely misuses that flexibility at the expense of our members. The Union pointed out that over the term of the last contract the Company permanently transferred thousands of workers and also temporarily transferred thousands more workers throughout New York State. When the Union asked the Company for information on the numbers of temporary transfers they told us that they don’t keep track of that. (Verizon doesn’t know where their employees are working - Really?)

We also discussed the Company’s Article 8 proposal and the Company was unsure on how this proposal would affect their employees.

We asked the Company if they had anything to address our needs – they said No.

The Company has not moved off of any of their retrogressive proposals.

Sooner or later the company will get the message: Our members are united in the fight for good jobs. We are NOT backing down. If they didn’t know it before yesterday, 8000 strikers and their allies marching in the streets of Manhattan should have convinced them. Yesterday was incredible—a terrific job done by all the locals. Many members are saying it was the best rally they could ever remember!

Picket lines are strong everywhere. We are hitting the Wireless stores hard. We are getting internal, reliable reports from Wireless stores that sales are plummeting. We are keeping customers out. Keep up the good work.

CWA and IBEW are showing the way for the country. As Bernie Sanders told 8500 supporters in Queens last night: “These men and women on strike at Verizon are fighting for every working person in America!” Keep up the great work!

 

 

April 14, 2016

Verizon Strike Update: 40K on Strike and What it Means

 

Yesterday, nearly 40,000 brave working people from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike to protect good jobs and ensure quality service.  It is the largest national strike in recent years.  

 

Verizon workers are striking for more than a fair contract; they’re fighting to protect middle class jobs. As workers in Massachusetts told The Boston Globe

 

Without the union, 'these jobs would be off-shored in a heartbeat,' said Bonasoro, 44, of Weymouth. 'Nobody chooses this. What we’re doing here is we’re protecting American jobs.They [Verizon] want to constantly off-shore, outsource good middle-class jobs that support our community. There’s growing public sentiment against corporate greed.'

 

Bryan Phillips, a third generation Verizon worker from Pembroke, said he fears for his job every time a contract is up.

 

'I didn’t want to go on strike, none of us did, but at the same time, enough’s enough. Not just for Verizon but everywhere,' said Phillips, 38, who has been a technician for 18 years. 'You don’t see anyone [in other companies] go on strike, because they’re all afraid. They’re afraid they’re going to lose their jobs. But if we don’t fight for these jobs, these jobs won’t be here.'"

 

Verizon workers not only got the attention of the company, customers and local communities; they have prompted important discussions about Verizon's problematic business decisions, support for unions and what the Washington Post calls a "sense of empowerment among workers who struggled for years to reap the gains of the economic recovery and which could mark a political and economic shift in the balance between employers and their employees."

 

Reuters columnist Reynolds Holding writes: "Verizon Communications workers are bolstering unions' cautious comeback. The telecom company's staff walked out in one of the largest U.S. strikes in years after contract talks stalled. Add a Supreme Court win, minimum-wage hikes and a big role in presidential races, and organized labor's future begins to look a bit brighter."

 

Reinforcing what striking workers and their supporters are calling Verizon's corporate greed, The New York Times reports "the company’s overall posture does not appear to be intended to pursue a business model that maximizes the number of middle-class incomes it produces."

 

“Positively 19th century" is what Tom Juravich, a labor studies professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, calls Verizon's business practices in The Boston Globe.  

 

And even though the demand for access to high-speed Internet, which has been promised to millions of households and businesses throughout the East Coast, The New York Times reports"…Verizon remains ambivalent about Fios. In 2004 the company pledged to lay fiber that could serve as many as 18 million homes. It fulfilled that plan according to its own measure, but has shown little desire in moving much beyond it, leaving several million households with little hope of getting access to the network."

 

And of course, the expansion of FiOS would be a win for customers, a win for workers and a win for companies.  The Times continues: "…Verizon could sustain and expand good-paying work even on the wireline side. Foremost is FiOS, widely regarded as state of the art when it comes to broadband networks, and which the union and the company agree can serve as a foundation for sustaining desirable jobs."

 

The Washington Post reports on the connection between customer service and worker concerns.


"Many of the protesting employees say they are concerned about losing their jobs to foreign contractors who lack the skills to troubleshoot customer problems. By the time customers reach a U.S.-based technician, the company representative must spend an inordinate amount of time soothing customer frustration caused by the previous calls with foreign contractors, said Marilyn Irwin, who served as a Verizon operator for 40 years before becoming president of a local union chapter representing Prince George's and Montgomery counties."

 

CWA leaders reacted to Verizon CEO's feeble attempt to talk about moral issues, saying:

"Lowell McAdam's economic and moral theories are completely hollow, and his name-calling of Senator Sanders is another example of Verizon's boundless arrogance and greed.  Mr. McAdam is directing his company to dodge taxes, separate families, shift work overseas and dismantle middle class jobs, and Senator Sanders is not only correct in his factual statements, he is boldly calling out Verizon's corporate greed.  The CEO's attacks on the working people who build Verizon's massive profits and their supporters are meant to distract the public from multi-million dollar executive salaries and record profits. 

 

Read full statement here.

 

The issues for striking workers who continue their picket lines today in New YorkNew JerseyPennsylvaniaConnecticutRhode IslandMassachusettsMarylandVirginia, and Washington, D.C., include outsourcing and offshoring jobs, needless relocation for families and the overall effort to undercut middle class jobs.  

 

 

 

CWA and IBEW Set to Go On Strike at Verizon

Wednesday, April 13, 6 a.m.

After ten months of intensive negotiations to reach a fair contract with Verizon, the CWA and IBEW have announced a strike deadline of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13. We will set up picket lines and shut this company down if a fair agreement is not reached by then.

Verizon made $39 billion in profits over the last three years — and $1.8 billion a month in profits over the first three months of 2016 — but the company is still insisting on givebacks that would devastate our jobs.

The company wants to gut job security protections, contract out more of our work, freeze our pensions at 30 years of service, shutter call centers and offshore the jobs to Mexico and the Philippines. If we don’t accept all of these changes, they will require technicians to work away from home for as long as two months at a time, anywhere in the Verizon footprint, without seeing their families. Verizon has also totally refused to negotiate any improvements in wages, benefits or working conditions for Verizon Wireless retail workers who formed a union in 2014.

The company’s greed is disgusting. Lowell McAdam made $18 million last year—more than 200 times the compensation of the average Verizon employee. Verizon’s top five executives made $233 million over the last five years. Last year alone, Verizon paid out $13.5 billion in dividends and stock buybacks to shareholders. But they claim they can’t afford a fair contract.

And it’s not just workers who are getting screwed. Verizon has $35 billion to invest in the failing internet company, Yahoo, but refuses to maintain its copper network, let alone build FiOS in underserved communities across the region. And even where it’s legally committed to building FiOS out for every customer, Verizon refuses to hire enough workers to get the job done right or on time.

It’s time for Verizon to acknowledge that working families also have a right to do well in America. It’s time for a contract that’s fair to Verizon’s working people and the customers we serve.

Going on strike is a decision that is not made lightly. Your bargaining team has worked countless hours to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement. We have indicated a willingness to help the company cut its health care costs by hundreds of millions of dollars. But our good faith has not been reciprocated. It has been met by an arrogant disrespect for both workers and consumers. That is why we have made the decision to hit the streets two days from now. We are counting on every member to dig in, be prepared, join picket lines, picket Verizon Wireless Stores, and demonstrate the commitment and solidarity that have been the values we’ve lived by throughout CWA’s proud history. If the company changes course and shows a willingness to bargain in good faith, your bargaining team stands ready. In the meantime, we will do whatever we have to do to win a fair contract for 39,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia.

Solidarity forever!

 

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

April 7, 2016

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met yesterday at the Rye town Hilton.

Last week during off the record discussions the Union laid out to the Company a path to a contract by addressing the Company’s critical needs. We also made it clear to them that in order to reach an agreement they would have to address the Union’s critical needs and drop all of the remaining retrogressive demands.

Yesterday the Company gave us a proposal that contained no movement from their previous proposal to address our critical needs. There was no movement in wages, it continues to freeze pensions at 30 years and still allows them to increase contracting and off-shoring of our work.

The Company’s proposal still contains retrogressive demands that include:

In their proposal, the Company also had the audacity to threaten our members that if a contract isn’t ratified by May 20th they would have the right to temporarily transfer technicians from Massachusetts to Virginia for up to 60 days while allowing technicians to be transferred into your state to do your work and make Sunday part of your regular workweek.

The Company’s proposal also shifts morehealthcare costs on to our retirees even though the Union had agreed to allow the Company to implement a Medicare Advantage Plan that would save them tens of millions of dollars.

Verizon is a hugely profitable and greedy corporation that is intent on driving down the living standards of the workers who make their profits possible - not because they “need” the savings, but because they “want” the savings and they believe they have the power to do so.

At this point, every member should be ready to strike at a moments notice!

CWA PRESIDENT CHRIS SHELTON WILL BE ANNOUNCING A STRIKE DATE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

 

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

April 1, 2016

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent many hours at the Rye Town Hilton this week working on ideas that we believe address the Company’s most important concerns in reaching a new contract.

No formal proposals were passed across the table, but we had an informal discussion with the Company today in which we communicated these ideas.  But in those sidebar discussions, we also made it crystal clear that the unions will make no further movement at the bargaining table unless the Company addresses our members’ critical needs and takes their remaining retrogressive demands off the table.

Our committees have worked hard to grapple with and respond to the company’s concerns. Time is running out.  Now is the time for the company to address the concerns of the hard-working union members at Verizon. If the Company wants to avoid a Strike they must seize this opportunity.

The parties are scheduled to meet on Monday.

 

Mobilize!  Mobilize!  Mobilize!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

March 16, 2016

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company last week at the Rye Town Hilton to exchange proposals on Call Sharing.
This week there was a high level meeting where both sides agreed to continue bargaining to see if both parties can address each other’s critical issues.
If Verizon continues to refuse to address our critical issues and insists on keeping their many retrogressive demands on the table, we will have no choice but to strike this Company.
We met with the Company today regarding Call Sharing and will continue to review proposals through the week.
Members should remain on high alert for a possible strike.


We will do whatever it takes to protect our jobs, our retirement security, our families, and our dignity on the job.
Ready to STRIKE for a fair contract!!!


Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

March 5, 2016

 

The CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company Thursday at the Rye Town Hilton to receive another proposal from Verizon. On Friday afternoon, the company sent an email to every union member at Verizon, saying that “the company continues to move this process forward toward closure,” implying they are getting close to making their last, best and final offer. And they stated, bargaining “is not an endless process.”
Well, they are right about one thing: if they do not move off the multiple concessionary demands still on the table, bargaining will not be “endless”—because we will be on strike! Real, constructive bargaining is a two-way street. We are willing to address some of the company’s needs, but our needs must be met as well.
In our last bargaining report, we informed you that the Union’s most recent proposal would save the Company over $200 million during the life of the contract. But for this greedy company—which made $1.5 billion a month in profits every month in 2015—and a total of $39 billion in profits over the last three years--this is still not enough. Here are some of their remaining retrogressive proposals:

We believe the company’s email is a threat designed to get us to give up more because they believe we will not strike. They are wrong. We will do whatever it takes to protect our jobs, our retirement security, our families, and our dignity on the job. Remember, their top 5 executives raked in $44.5 million in 2014 from a Company that made $18.3 Billion in profits in 2015. We have met them halfway. Now is the time for them to meet our needs.
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!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

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 Transfers: Ability 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 $18.3 billion 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!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

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!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

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 theUnion 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!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

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 have not walked away from the bargaining table. But 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!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

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 Verizon. We 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 and told 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!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report 

November 20, 2015

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met this week at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

The committees met from Tuesday to Friday this week to attempt to ignite the bargaining process that has been stalled because of Verizon’s refusal to move off their position of shifting thousands of dollars in healthcare costs, eliminating job security, freezing pensions, eliminating Accident and Sickness Disability and more.

The Union and the Company exchanged a total of four comprehensive proposals during the week and Verizon still has almost all of their retrogressive demands on the table.

Your bargaining team is committed to continue bargaining until an agreement is reached that is fair to our members and shares in Verizon’s $1 Billion per month profits.

Thank you to the thousands of CWA and IBEW members who showed up at rallies this week and stood in the pouring rain to fight for fair and just contracts at Verizon and Verizon Wireless. In NYC members spilled into the streets and marched through midtown Manhattan from the 34th Street Verizon Wireless Store to another store on 42ndStreet.

Members are engaged in this fight and we must continue to mobilize to send the message that the Company must get their retrogressive demands off of the table.

Bargaining is scheduled to resume next week in Rye, New York.

Remember, 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.

 

KEEP UP THE FIGHT!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report 

November 6, 2015

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met this week at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester.

 

The Company passed a new Comprehensive proposal which contained modified proposals on Healthcare, Tuition Assistance, Work & Family Funding and Family Care Leave. While the Company may have modified its proposal in these areas, each of these items still represents significant retrogression.

 

You have probably seen Marc Reed’s latest e mail to employees where he stated that the Company has increased their wage proposal by ½ percent over 3 years.

The current proposal is 2.5% after ratification, 2% in the 2nd year and 0% in the last year.

Here are some other items that Verizon still has 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…

After receiving the proposal from the Company, your bargaining Committee thoroughly reviewed it and is in the process of developing counter proposals.

 

This Greedy Corporation is seeking to gut our contracts.

We stand united to fight them.

Solidarity forever!

 

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!

 

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report

October 31, 2015

 

On Monday afternoon, Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined with hundreds of NYC CWA members for a rally right outside the Verizon Wireless store on 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan.

 

As CWA members waved signs that read “Stop Verizon Wireless Corporate Greed,” and “Build Up FiOS, Not Executive Pay,”  Bernie expressed total support for our fight, denouncing Verizon’s corporate greed and blasting Wireless for firing Bianca Cunningham, one of the lead organizers of the Verizon Wireless retail store workers in Brooklyn. “The middle class in this country is disappearing, and what Verizon is doing to its workers is exactly what has got to be fought if we are going to rebuild the American middle class,” Senator Sanders said, as crowds of bystanders stopped to listen.

 

Senator Sanders was joined on the stage not only by Bianca, but CWA District One Vice President Dennis Trainor and former CWA President Larry Cohen.  He ended his remarks by demanding that Verizon sit down and negotiate fair contracts at Verizon and Verizon Wireless, and rehire Bianca. “We have got to build a political movement in this country which says to corporate America this country and our government belong to all of us not just a handful of billionaires,” Bernie told the cheering crowd.

 

Next Wednesday night on Bernie’s labor teleconference call, he will feature Bianca Cunningham as one of his guest speakers. Union members who want to hear this call have to register online, in advance. You can register through a link on the www.standuptoverizon.com website.

We want to express our gratitude to former President Cohen and Senator Bernie Sanders for their efforts this week to focus public attention and anger on the outrageous, greedy conduct of Verizon’s top executives.  We know that we can count on their support in the weeks and months to come.

 

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

 

There is still no progress to report on any of the major issues. The Company is still proposing to shifts thousands of dollars of healthcare costs onto our members, diminish our retirement benefits, they want the ability to contract out call center work and eliminate our Job Security.

 

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.

 

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

 

NOW MORE THAN EVER WE NEED TO MOBILIZE!

 

Mobilize!    Mobilize!    Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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.

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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.

NO COLA

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.

 

PENSIONS- The 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.

FAMILY CARE LEAVE- eliminate

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

PRE TEST TRAINING - Eliminate

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.

MOBILIZE,
MOBILIZE,
MOBILIZE!

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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 21st Ave. 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

MOBILIZE!

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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 is won.  Keep up the good work and…
MOBILIZE,
MOBILIZE,
MOBILIZE!

 

Regional Bargaining Report
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!!!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
August 6, 2015
The Regional Bargaining Committee spent the last few days doing work at their Locals and at the National Union. We have not had any formal meetings since Saturday evening when the Company rejected the Union’s package proposal and gave us a counter proposal which still contained many retrogressive demands which would take away our job security and drastically reduce our retirement security, benefits and other compensation.
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees are scheduled to return to bargaining on Tuesday and Wednesday next week at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

Members should continue to stand strong and…

MOBILIZE! MOBILIZE! MOBILIZE!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Press Release
August 2, 2015 12:00am
Communications Workers and IBEW Leaders at Verizon Announce Plan to Stay on the Job and Continue Fight for a Fair Contract

Despite $18 Billion in Profits in Last 18 Months, Verizon Still Insisting on Slashing Job Security, Health Care, and Retirement Security;

Unions Will Continue to Fight for Good Jobs, FiOS Buildout, and Quality Service

With Company Refusing to Bargain Seriously, Union Bargaining Teams Leave Round-the-Clock Talks; Unions Remain Prepared to Bargain

New York – Leaders of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers announced that 39,000 Verizon workers up and down the East Coast will work without a contract when their collective bargaining agreement expires at midnight tonight, and continue their fight for a fair agreement while on the job.

The union leaders also announced that they will leave the sites of round-the-clock bargaining in Philadelphia and Rye, NY, where union and management teams have been meeting since June 22nd in what has so far been a vain attempt to reach a contract. The unions have informed the company, however, that they are prepared to schedule regular bargaining sessions, and urged the company to begin bargaining constructively.

"Despite our best efforts, Verizon refuses to engage in serious bargaining towards a fair contract," said Dennis Trainor, Vice President for CWA District One, which represents Verizon workers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. "Verizon has earned $1billion a month in profits over the last 18 months, and paid its top handful of executives $249 million over the last 5 years, but continues to insist on eliminating our job security and driving down our standard of living. We're not going to take it, and we're going to keep the fight going while we're on the job."

"The company has barely moved off its initial June 22nd proposal that made outrageous demands of Verizon workers. If this company is serious about reaching an agreement, it needs to start bargaining constructively and now, "said Ed Mooney, Vice President for CWA District 2-13, whi​ch represents Verizon workers from Pennsylvania to Virginia. ​"Right now there isn't even anyone across the table from us who's got the power to make any decisions."

Verizon has not significantly moved off its outrageous initial bargaining demands, made on June 22nd, which includes the following proposals:

Completely eliminating job security and gaining the right to transfer workers at will anywhere in the company's footprint.
Increasing workers' health care costs by thousands of dollars per person, despite the fact that negotiations in 2011-2012 have cut the company's health care costs by tens of millions of dollars over the life of the past contract.
Removing any restrictions on the company's right to contract out and offshore union jobs. This comes on top of Verizon's outsourcing of thousands of jobs in recent years.
Slashing retirement security.
Reducing overtime and differential payments.
Eliminating the Family Leave Care plan, which provides unpaid leave to care for sick family members or care for a newborn.
Eliminating the Accident Disability Plan, which provides benefits to workers injured on the job.

At the same time, Verizon refuses to build out FiOS to many underserved communities up and down the East Coast, and has abandoned upkeep of the traditional landline network, leading to extensive service problems for consumers. In these negotiations, the union members' interest is linked directly to the public interest, since our jobs involve maintaining quality service on traditional landlines and building and servicing Verizon's state of the art FiOS broadband network. Even in New York City, where Verizon pledged to make FiOS available to every customer by the end of 2014, the City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications issued a report finding that the company was evading the buildout commitments it made under its 2008 video franchise agreement.

"86% of our members have voted to authorize a strike if necessary, but we're not going to walk into a trap set by Verizon. We'll strike when we think it is the right time to strike, and that is not tonight," Mooney added. "The ball is in their court – we are waiting for them to get serious."

Background

39,000 workers are currently negotiating new contracts at Verizon. Fortune Magazine ranked Verizon the 15th largest corporation in America in 2014, with revenues of $127 billion, profits of $9.6 billion, and market capitalization of $198.4 billion. Verizon had profits of $28 billion over the last five years, and paid its top five executives $249 million during that time.

On July 21st, Verizon reported profits of $4.4 billion in 2Q2015 on revenues of $32.2 billion. This came on top of $4.2 billion in profits in 1Q2015, which means Verizon has made $1 billion in profits every month for the last 18 months. The company also reported that during the first six months of 2015 it has paid out over $9.3 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks, an increase of almost $5.8 billion over the first half of last year. In the Wireline division, Operating Cash Flow rose to 23.5%, and operating income doubled, from 2.6% to 5.3%. FiOS continues to expand and succeed, now constituting 79% of Verizon consumer revenues on the wireline side, and achieving penetration rates of 35.7% for video and 41.4% for internet in markets where it is competing.

A damning audit of Verizon's FiOS rollout in New York City found that Verizon has failed to meet its promise to deliver high-speed fiber optic internet and television to everyone in the city who wanted it. During its negotiations for a city franchise, Verizon promised that the entire city would be wired with fiber optic cables by June 2014 and that after that date, everyone who wanted FiOS would get it within six months to a year. The audit found that despite claiming that it had wired the whole city by November 2014, Verizon systematically continues to refuse orders for service. The audit also found that Verizon stonewalled the audit process.

In addition, rates for basic telephone service have increased in recent years, even as Verizon has refused to expand their broadband services into many cities and rural communities, and service quality has greatly deteriorated. Verizon's declining service quality especially impacts customers who cannot afford more advanced cable services, or who live in areas with few options for cable or wireless services.

In 2005, New York's Public Service Commission (PSC) eliminated automatic fines for Verizon's telephone service quality failures, reasoning that "competition" would improve services. Instead, service quality plunged. In the 3rd quarter of 2010, Verizon cleared only 1.2% of out of service complaints within 24 hours, almost 79 percentage points lower than the PSC's 80% requirement. Rather than reverse course, the PSC changed its measurements, cutting out 92% of customers from service quality measurements and consolidating 28 repair service bureaus into 5 regions. On paper, terrible service quality was almost miraculously transformed. In reality, service quality continued to decline.

39,000 workers are currently negotiating new contracts at Verizon. Fortune Magazine ranked Verizon the 15th largest corporation in America in 2014, with revenues of $127 billion, profits of $9.6 billion, and market capitalization of $198.4 billion. Verizon had profits of $28 billion over the last five years, and paid its top five executives $249 million during that time.

On July 21st, Verizon reported profits of $4.4 billion in 2Q2015 on revenues of $32.2 billion. The company also reported that during the first six months of 2015 it has paid out over $9.3 billion to shareholders in dividends and stock buybacks, an increase of almost $5.8 billion over the first half of last year. In the Wireline division, Operating Cash Flow rose to 23.5%, and operating income doubled, from 2.6% to 5.3%. FiOS continues to expand and succeed, now constituting 79% of Verizon consumer revenues on the wireline side, and achieving penetration rates of 35.7% for video and 41.4% for internet in markets where it is competing.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
August 1, 2015 11:59pm
Statement to Members:

After considering all of our options, your leadership has decided not to go on strike at midnight tonight, even though we have not yet reached a contract agreement.

The two sides remain far apart. Despite $18 billion in profits over the last 18 months, and a quarter of a billion in compensation to its top executives over the last five years, this greedy corporation is still insisting on destroying our job security, forcing us to pay thousands of dollars more for our health care, and slashing our retirement security. They have basically not moved off their opening bargaining position from June 22nd. It's a disgrace.

We are disgusted by Verizon's attitude at the bargaining table. Their greed knows no bounds.

But we are not going to let our anger allow us to walk into a trap. It's quite possible that Verizon is trying to provoke us into a long strike in order to try to break us. They have spent tens of millions of dollars preparing for a strike, training managers, hiring scabs and contractors, advertising against us on TV and radio. So your leadership has decided that if and when we strike, it will be on our terms, on our timing.

We know that you are angry. We are all furious at this greedy company. Now our job is to turn that anger into pressure on the job and in the community. We cannot have business as usual. We will rally, engage in informational picketing, build political and regulatory pressure on the company, follow all the company rules to the letter, never take shortcuts, pressure company executives and members of the Board of Directors. We will be disciplined, militant and united.

This was not an easy decision. But it is the smart decision. One day longer. We will win. And if and when the time comes, we will strike the company on our terms.

We thank you for your support and your solidarity.
One day longer. We will win.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Friday, July 31, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
This afternoon, the Union team presented a package proposal to management which made substantial movement on several issues. Now the ball is in the company's court. The clock is ticking it's time for the Company to get serious and agree to our demands. It's not like they can't afford a fair contract their sale of the Wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida netted them $10.5 billion in income. They should use that money to expand FiOS in the Northeast, upgrade the crumbling network where they are not building FiOS, and reward their employees with a fair contract.Yesterday, we told the company that our members' interest in jobs and job security is directly linked to the public interest because maintaining the legacy network, and building and installing FiOS, is what our members do and what the public needs. That's why the Mayors of Syracuse and Kingston, backed up by four other letters of support from elected leaders, came to the table with us yesterday to argue for FiOS builds in their communities.Not to mention that Governor Cuomo has created a $500 million New York Broadband Program that is available to subsidize Verizon's buildout of high-speed internet in underserved communities. That money would provide a 50% subsidy to the cost of building out FiOS.
Verizon's executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Marc Reed, suggests in his recent emails to employees that he is concerned for you and your family. But if he really cared about you and your family, why is he proposing to gut the contract that provides for you and your family? Why is the company unwilling to build-out FiOS and properly maintain the copper network to protect jobs as well as ensure good service for customers?
August 1 is almost here. Are you ready to fight back?

Verizon,Tick Tock Its Time to Step Up to The Plate and Agree to a Fair Contract

Stay Strong – Fight Back
We All Deserve a Fair Contract

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Thursday, July 30, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New 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 Suffolk County.
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 believe that the Mayors 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 their 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 America and build FIOS throughout their 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!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
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!!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Tuesday, 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!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Monday, July 27, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees reconvened bargaining in Rye, NY.
Today we met 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:

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!!!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Friday, July 24, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today in Rye, NY.
Today the company asked questions about some of the Union’s initial set of proposals and then they rejected just about all of the Unions Proposals on Job Security, Pensions and Healthcare.
It is clear that Verizon’s agenda has not changed. The Company is still hell- bent on retrogressive demands regarding Pensions, Healthcare, Job Security, Disability, Work- Family Issues and more.
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. This is not a Company facing a financial crisis. They are extremely profitable yet with their proposals they seek to destroy our future.

Tomorrow, thousands of CWA and IBEW members and retirees will be at the Rally at 11AM at Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City. Every member should be at his rally, and should bring their families, neighbors and friends. Remember to wear RED!!!

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Thursday, July 23, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees spent today reviewing information that has been provided by the Company.
There continues to be no progress made at the bargaining table. If the Company wants a deal by the expiration of our Agreements and avoid the cost of a battle with us they should start getting serious at the bargaining table. The Company’s Regional Bargaining Committee still has not responded to a single Union proposal.

We need every member to attend the rally on July 25th, 2015 at 140 West Street, New York, N.Y. at 11 am. to send a strong message to Verizon that we will not allow their Greed to destroy good Union jobs.

IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY
IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED
IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK


Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
CWA District 1/ IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York. The Union continued to ask Verizon about safety issues involving work being done by Contractors. All members should remember that safety should be their #1 concern. The Union also raised concerns about the closing of the LPC stores which are now staffed with unqualified contractors.
Today we met with the Company’s “subject matter experts” on Absence, Disability and Family Care Leave. Part of the Company’s proposal was to eliminate Accident Disability and to greatly reduce the Sickness Disability benefits. Another portion of their proposal was to eliminate the Family Care Leave that has been in effect for over twenty years. There is no end to how low Verizon will stoop. They want to take benefits away from sick and injured employees, and from people who are caring for seriously ill family members. Verizon also wants to separate employees from the payroll who were hurt on the job, after 52 weeks of disability.
Your Union Bargaining Committee repeatedly reminded the Company Bargaining committee that we had rejected their proposal and we made it clear that we think this is a disgraceful and heartless attack by Verizon on our members and their families. You have to wonder what kind of people make up these proposals.
This morning a Verizon Vice President visited workers in a Brooklyn garage and told them that there is significant progress being made at the Bargaining table. We would love to know where he gets his information from since there has not been any agreement on any issue and not one of the Union’s proposals has been addressed by the Company’s Regional Bargaining Committee.
It’s shocking how Verizon executives continue to lie to their employees about the status of bargaining.
With only 10 days left until the contract expiration this Company needs to get serious about bargaining.
Every member should 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!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.
This morning we met with the Company and rejected numerous sections of the Company’s proposal, including Job Security, Pensions, Force Adjustment Plan changes and more.
We also reminded the Company that they have not yet responded to a single Union Proposal at the Regional Table. We told them we need our issues addressed.
The Union also raised questions about the safety performance of the contractors who are working on poles in Suffolk County. At this point the Company has not provided answers regarding the issues that were raised by the Union.
All members should be aware of Verizon’s safety creed:
“The demands of the service or the urgency of the job are never so great that we cannot take time to perform our work safely”

This afternoon we met with the Company’s “subject matter expert” on Call Sharing. He explained that the Company’s proposal would allow them to contract out 100% of the work that is in the call share agreement (Reps, FSCs, EVRCs)
They claim it is not their intention to do so, but they want the flexibility to do whatever the hell they want.
The Company needs to get serious and begin bargaining with your Union. The clock is ticking and time is running out.

Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.

Mobilize!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Monday, July 20, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
On Friday the Company responded to the Union’s request for information on call centers which we requested over two weeks earlier.  After reviewing the information over the weekend we found that it was incomplete and incorrect. Today the Union criticized the Company’s committee for not providing all the data.  The Union also blasted Verizon on the Company’s plan to go forward with the contracting of pole work in Suffolk County and possibly Albany, Syracuse, and Utica. 
Next on the agenda was a presentation on the Company’s Pension Proposal.  After listening to 5 minutes worth of their retrogressive and insulting pension presentation/proposal, the Union made it clear to the Company that we are looking for improvements to the Pension Plans not diminishments to our retirement security. 
This Corporation has no respect for the members of our Union who have built this Company.  All members should be as angry as the Bargaining Team.  It is time for every member to make it clear to management that we are not going to accept these retrogressive demands

Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.

We need to show this Company that we are United and ready to Fight!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Friday, July 17, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.
Today we presented the Company with a proposal dealing with Neutrality. We also requested additional information regarding costs associated with our collective bargaining agreements.
The Committee ended today’s meeting by expressing their anger to the Company regarding their plans to move forward with Contracting Initiatives in Suffolk County beginning on Monday.
Every member should realize this is not just an attack against our members in Suffolk County; this is an attack against every member of our Union. Verizon is out to destroy our jobs and our standard of living. Every member needs to engage in the fight to preserve good Union jobs.
Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Monday.
Locals should continue conducting their strike votes and preparing for the July 25, 2015 rally at 140 West St in NY City. The rally will begin at 11 AM. Members from all areas of the Verizon footprint will be joining us in the fight to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions that are under attack by this Greedy Corporation. Every member from every Local should be at this rally to send a message to Verizon.

Mobilize!            Mobilize!            Mobilize!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Thursday, July 16, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Union spent most of the day reviewing data that the Company provided late last night. We continue to wait for more information that has been previously requested.
All employees in the East will be greeted by Mark Reeds latest e mail. After reading it you may come away with the belief that Verizon is financially struggling.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
We can’t allow Mark Reed to keep lowering the bar. The only reason for a Company who is making enormous profits like Verizon to take away from their employees is GREED! They want you to get less while Corporate Pigs like Mark Reed take more. Instead of taking more from our members they should share Verizon’s financial success with the workers who made those profits possible.
It would be more advantageous for Verizon to start having serious discussions around issues at the bargaining table rather than taking time away from this process by sending misleading e mails to our members. For example when Reed explained Medicare Advantage, he states that there would be “reduced costs”.
Guess whose costs would be reduced? Verizon’s- not yours. Their Medicare Advantage Proposal would save Verizon tens of millions of dollars and they have the nerve to propose increasing the cost for Retirees. They are despicable.

It’s Time to Get Angry!
It’s Time to Fight Back!

Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 a.m.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Union worked on proposals, reviewed information provided by the Company and continues to wait for more information that has been previously requested.  There were no meetings with the Company today.
Tonight there was a scheduled Public Service Commission hearing in New York City to discuss the state of Telecommunications throughout NYS. Several members of the bargaining team attended the hearing. CWA told the PSC what is really going on at Verizon:

-Job Losses
-Deteriorating Service Quality and;
-Millions without FiOS!!!

While Verizon is failing to build out FiOS and maintain its copper network, at the Bargaining Table this Greedy Corporation is proposing to completely eliminate Job Security to slash thousands of Jobs.

That’s Unacceptable!  We are not going to take it!
It’s Time to Fight Back!!

Reminder…Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street at 11 am.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Monday, July 13, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees reconvened today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Union worked on proposals, reviewed information provided by the Company and continues to wait for more information that has been previously requested.  There were no meetings with the Company today.

We are less are than 3 weeks from expiration and Verizon is hell-bent on destroying this Union and its members standards of living.  Locals and members need to continue their mobilization efforts.

Keep up the FIGHT for a fair and just contract!! 

Every member is expected to attend the Rally on Saturday July 25, at 140 West Street.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Friday, July 10, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met Verizon today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Union passed several proposals regarding Health Care, Dental and Vision for active and retired members which are in deep contrast to the Company’s healthcare proposals which would raise healthcare costs for our members by up to 143%.

The Company had no proposals for the Union today.

Your bargaining committee continues reviewing information provided by the Company.  Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Monday.

With two weeks to go before the July 25, 2015 Rally scheduled for Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City, locals should be doing everything necessary to ensure that as many members, retirees and family members as possible attend. 

We will be joined by Union Sisters and Brothers from several areas of the country who will be supporting us in our fight against Corporate Greed to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions and also that we will not forget our retirees.

MOBILIZE!          MOBILIZE!          MOBILIZE!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Thursday, July 9, 2015
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Teams met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. We gave the Company numerous proposals centered around Pensions, Benefits, Tuition Assistance and more.
You may have or soon will be receiving an e mail from Marc Reed, Verizon’s Executive Vice President explaining to you the Company’s proposal to slash your retirement security.
It will state that you have two options:

Or

What the e mail doesn’t say is the Union proposed:

While Verizon proposes to destroy your retirement security, it’s a safe bet that Marc Reed and the top executives of this corporation don’t have to worry about the size of their retirement portfolios.
Verizon should stop wasting their time writing lengthy e mails filled with propaganda and get serious at the bargaining table. Why would a corporation as wealthy as Verizon want to take away from their employees?

We could think of only one reason, and it rhymes with Reed- GREED!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
The Company provided data that the Union requested on Healthcare and Pensions. The Regional Bargaining Committee spent much of the day reviewing the data.
Your Union teams presented proposals covering numerous issues and also asked questions regarding the data we received.
The Company will be giving another presentation on healthcare tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.
Preparations are being made for Strike Authorization Votes to be held in all locals.

Members should plan on attending the July 25th rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West St in NY City Every member from every Local should be at this Rally to send a message to Verizon. The Rally will begin at 11 a.m.

Let’s Rock NY City Again in 2015
Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize!  -  Mobilize!  -  Mobilize!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Thursday, July 2, 2015
CWA District 1 Regional Bargaining Committee met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
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!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
CWA District 1 and IBEW Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.
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 July 25th, 2015 rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West Street in NY City. The Rally will begin at 11 AM.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 
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 Rye, NY. 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!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Monday, June 29, 2015
CWA District 1 and IBEW met with the Company today in Rye New York where the Company made a presentation on Excise tax, which is a potential tax on health care plans related to the Affordable Care Act.
Last week, in the Company’s propaganda they boasted about offering a wage increase to 38,000 workers. As usual, when dealing with this greedy corporation the devil is in the details.

Here are some of the other things that Verizon has proposed:

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 worked. No 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.
PENSIONS- Eliminate the lump sum pension. In addition, 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 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 tax without negotiating with the Union.
PRE TEST TRAINING - Eliminate
INCOME PROTECTION PLAN - Would require employees to sign a Disclaimer to receive an IPP.

This is not a Company facing a financial crisis. They are extremely profitable. This is not a Company coming to its union employees seeking ways to work together to face the challenges of the future. Their proposals seek to destroy our future.

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!!!

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Thursday, June 25, 2015
CWA District 1 and IBEW Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Regional Committee continued making proposals to the Company to improve the working conditions and quality of life for our members. We are waiting for information and data that we have requested from the Company.
Regional bargaining will resume and Local bargaining will start on Monday, June 29, 2015 in Rye, N.Y.
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.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The CWA District One and IBEW New York/New England Regional Bargaining Committee met with the company yesterday in Westchester, NY. The first session of the day focused on the questions the committee had for the company on some of their proposals.
During the second session, the Union Committee made it very clear to the Company with a proposal on job security how important this issue is to the Union and the Members. We pointed out examples where the Company has declared surpluses as they continue with their plans to contract out work our Members perform.
We need to continue to be united and mobilize so the greedy executives at Verizon understand we will do whatever it takes to gain a fair and just contract.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
In response to Verizon’s opening day bargaining position, Vice President Dennis Trainor said claims about the pay increases they put on the bargaining table yesterday are simply a smokescreen designed to hide the harsh reality of their concessionary demands; deep cuts to pension benefits, skyrocketing increases in medical costs , and the complete elimination of job security. Despite $9.6 billion in profits in 2014 and $44 million in compensation to their top five executives, Verizon wants to eliminate middle-class jobs and let customer service deteriorate. Their proposals would slash thousands of jobs and leave our remaining members with a diminished standard of living at the end of any new contract."
There was no formal bargaining session today at the Regional table. The Union bargaining committee spent most of today reviewing the company’s proposal from yesterday’s session.
Bargaining is scheduled to resume tomorrow.

 

Verizon Regional Bargaining Report
Monday June 22, 2015
CWA Districts 1, 2-13 as well as IBEW New York (NY), New England (NE) and New Jersey (NJ) opened negotiations with Verizon today. CWA District 1 and IBEW NY and NE are negotiating for new contracts at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester County. CWA Districts 2-13 as well as IBEW NJ are negotiating for new contracts in Philadelphia. Dennis Trainor, Vice President District 1 gave an opening statement to the Company at the Regional Bargaining table in NY. Dennis closed his statement by stating, “We are united in our commitment to grow with Verizon. The Company cannot keep claiming surplus after surplus while hiring more contractors or moving our work. It is not fair to our members and your employees to tell them there are too many of them but yet you need contractors to do their work.
We are united in our commitment to fight for fairness – we are the foundation upon which the success of Verizon rests. We have helped to boost the company’s earnings and productivity even through a global recession. It is now our turn to share equitably in that growth.
When workers at Verizon improve their living standards through collective bargaining, all of our communities also benefit.
When CWA members succeed at the bargaining table, when we secure a better standard of living for our members, we help to boost the entire U.S. economy.
Verizon- it is time to stop the greed. Enough of the givebacks. It is time to negotiate a contract that is fair to your employees, one that protects good union jobs and that gives our membership the opportunity to grow with the company.
Verizon- it’s time to set the right priorities in these negotiations. This means meeting its responsibilities to employees, as well as investors, executives and consumers.”
After opening statements, Verizon gave the Unions an insulting and retrogressive comprehensive proposal. The Regional Bargaining Committee has adjourned for today and will resume tomorrow to review the Company’s proposal.
The Regional Bargaining Committee attended a rally tonight at the Rye Town Hilton, which was hosted by Local 1103. The rally was a huge success and was attended by hundreds of CWA and IBEW members from New York State and New England.

 

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