2011-2012 VERIZON BARGAINING UPDATES

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We Stood Up!

 

New Contract with Verizon Defeats the Most Aggressive

Attack Ever on the Living Standards of Our Members,

Preserves Job and Retirement Security for 34,000

 

            On September 18th, the CWA reached a tentative agreement with Verizon Communications that protects the job security and retirement security of our 34,000 members from Virginia to Massachusetts. 

 

            A new contract was also negotiated between Verizon Wireless and 70 CWA-represented technicians who maintain cell sites in the metropolitan New York area.

 

            Our new contract was won only after a militant two-week strike in August, 2011, and an ensuing 13 month on-the-job membership contract campaign that mobilized tens of thousands of members.  It also took the support of literally hundreds of our allies, in labor and community groups all across the country, who adopted our struggle as their own, leafleted Verizon Wireless stores, joined our picket lines and rallies, and pressured Verizon management however they could.

 

            “Our members stood up to the most sweeping and intensive attack on our standard of living and bargaining rights in the history of the telecommunications industry,” said Chris Shelton, Vice President for CWA District One, which stretches from Maine to New Jersey.  “The unity and determination of 34,000 CWA members since bargaining began in June, 2011 has produced a new agreement that preserves intact our members’ pension and job security, provides for a substantial wage increase, and preserves a high-quality health plan.

      

            “The solidarity of CWA members and the support of our progressive allies made this contract happen,” said Ed Mooney, Vice President of CWA District 2-13, which covers CWA members from Pennsylvania to Virginia. “Verizon workers will keep their standard of living and the benefits and working conditions we've fought for over the years.”

 

            The achievements of this contract fight can be seen just by going back to a list of what was on the table when bargaining began 15 months ago :  a sweeping list of take-back demands that included

 

            Your determination and solidarity got us a contract that fully protects our members’ job and retirement security, including no-layoff provisions and movement of work limitations, preserves an extremely high-quality medical plan with modest increases in deductibles and co-pays and limited premium sharing, provides for an 8.2% compounded wage increase over the life of the agreement, with additional cash payments, and bringing hundreds of new jobs into the bargaining unit.

 

Highlights of the new agreement include:

 

Job Security Preserved:

Retirement Security Preserved:

 

8.2% Compounded Wage Increased Plus Other Compensation:

New Bargaining Unit Jobs

Medical Plan

Absence

Additional Contract Provisions

Workers Fired During 2011 Strike

 

There are changes in our health care that will result in premiums and plan design changes which will result in some increased out-of-pocket expenses.  However, when wages and the company-funded tax-free Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) are factored in, CWA members will be better off, financially, at the end of this round of bargaining than they were at the start. 

We started this round of bargaining with the best contract in the telecommunications industry.  Your bargaining team is convinced that despite the intense attacks from Verizon, we have negotiated a contract that remains the BEST in the telecommunications industry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen on Verizon-CWA-IBEW Tentative Agreement
Release Date: 9/19/2012

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I am extremely pleased to announce that at the culmination of two months of intense but constructive, highly focused negotiations under the auspices of myself and my colleagues, the parties negotiated a successor collective bargaining agreement. This successful outcome is yet another example of the fact that the process of collective bargaining—a cornerstone of our industrial democracy system—provides the parties the best opportunity to accommodate their strongly held competing positions.

 

“After more than one year of direct negotiations, the parties entered mediation essentially at a standstill on a score of significant core issues. Ultimately, however, the parties committed to a problem-solving mindset which paved the way to their achieving a comprehensive agreement.

 

“It was an honor and privilege for myself, Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh and Director of Mediation Services John Pinto to have assisted the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, two highly respected unions representing approximately 43,000 working men and women, and Verizon Communications Inc., one of the nation’s leading corporations, in this noteworthy endeavor. In plain terms, this agreement will provide a stable working environment for all parties concerned over the course of the next three years.

 

“Out of respect for the ratification processes to be applied by each party, the Agency will not disclose any of the details of this agreement.”

   

 

 

What Verizon really wants is to bust our union. They want to shred our contract and take back everything we've bargained over the last 60 years. That's not going to happen, no matter what we have to do.

More than 15,000 CWA and IBEW members took to the streets outside Verizon's NYC headquarters at 140 West St. on July 30th and there is no doubt: We are ready to mobilize, to strike, to do whatever it takes to protect our contract and our standard of living.

Every worksite, every person, every day. Mobilize!

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Regional Bargaining Report #62

Sunday, August 26, 2012, 8 AM

 

Bargaining continues in Washington DC at the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS). CWA, IBEW and Verizon have agreed to Guidelines which includes that no information can be released by either party concerning the progress of these negotiations.  

 

Last week, CWA District 1 and IBEW New England as well as CWA District 2-13 and IBEW Local 827 met with the company in sessions that went late into the night, every night for the entire week. Friday’s session ended on Saturday morning at 2 AM. Bargaining recessed so that the company could take the time to additional information that the Union requested. Bargaining is scheduled to reconvene on Monday morning at 9 AM. 

Because of the agreed upon blackout, there is no news of progress or non-progress to report.

 

Our members must continue to mobilize and we MUST let management know that we want a fair contract.

 

IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

 

This week get involved

 

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 

Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On Verizon-CWA-IBEW Labor Talks
 
 
Release Date: 8/3/2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. For the past ten days, the parties have been engaged in continuous negotiations under the auspices of myself and Director of Mediation Services John Pinto.  The negotiations have been constructive and progress has been made, but significant key issues remain to be resolved.  Negotiations will resume on Monday, August 6, at our offices.

 

Regional Bargaining Report #61

Thursday, August 2, 2012, 8 AM

 

Bargaining continues in Washington DC at the Federal Mediation Conciliation Service (FMCS). CWA, IBEW and Verizon have agreed to Guidelines which includes that no information can be released by either party concerning the progress of these negotiations. Verizon had insisted that there would be a deadline set of Friday August 3, 2012.

 

Since last Wednesday July 25th, CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England and CWA District 2-13 and IBEW Local 827 have been meeting with the Chairman of the FMCS. Because of the agreed upon blackout, there is no news of progress or non-progress to report.

 

The Company is still not hearing us so it is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level. The next couple of days we MUST let management know that we want a fair contract.

Our members must continue to mobilize. Every member needs to commit to spending some time in the next few days participating in mobilization activities. Every member MUST call their steward or their Local and ask how they can help. It’s time to show the company that we have 100% of the membership ready to do whatever it takes to get a fair contract.

 

On Saturday, August 11, 2012 Americans from all over the country will be in Philadelphia,  for the “Workers Stand for America Rally” to stand up for the middle class and urge all Americans, especially our elected officials, to stand with us.  It is time for every member to stand up and be counted.

Contact your Local for information on transportation to the rally.

 

If you have not been involved it is time to get involved TODAY

Call your Local today and find out what you can do to help TODAY

 

IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY! TODAY IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

 

TODAY IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

 

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report #60

Tuesday, July 24, 2012, 8 AM

 

On July 19, 2012, CWA and IBEW requested the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in our contract negotiations with Verizon.

 

The Company first refused the Union’s request for Mediation but we have been notified that the Company has agreed to Mediation and we are scheduled to meet with the Federal Mediator on Wednesday in Washington DC

At this point, it appears that this enormously profitable company—which made nearly $22 billion in profits over the last five years and paid its top five executives nearly $350 million during that time— is determined to destroy your benefits and destroy the middle class jobs that CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over 50 years.

After negotiating for over one year we are still far apart on many of the issues involved in these negotiations.  Here is a list of the many items the company has proposed in order to lower our standard of living.

1. Wages

The Company has offered 0% wages for the first year. You read that right- 0% - the company has no money on the table for wage increases for their employees for the first year of the contract. The company did make a proposal that would give 1.75% in the second year and 1.5% for the third year but the 1.75% for the 2nd year would not go into effect until the first Sunday after ratification of the 2012 MOU. The company is making it clear that they will not pay any retroactive wages to our members.

 

2. Health Care Benefits

 

This is not only about premiums. The company’s proposal would diminish the benefit plans we enjoy today and we would be paying more for everything we use. The Company’s plan is for you to pay more when you need these benefits. Verizon hopes that if you have to pay more for your benefits, then you will not use them.

 

Premiums The Company proposed Premium Contributions for all medical plans (HCN - Health Care Network, MEP HC PPO – Medical Expense Plan, and HMO – Health Maintenance Organization.)  Today there are no contributions for any plan.

 

These are the premiums that the company proposed for each of the plans

 

 

MEP

HCN

HMOs and Other Plans

 

 

 

 

Employee

$390

$520

$740

Employee + 1

$900

$1230

$1,820

Employee + Family

$1380

$1900

$2,850

On and after 1/1/2013 Premiums increase 6% each year

 

That’s right; they want to increase your premiums each year by 6%

 

Tobacco users would add $600 to the annual premiums.  Family coverage would require that everyone covered did not use tobacco products in order to qualify for the lower premium.

 

Deductibles and Out of Pocket Maximums

 

Today our Deductible in the MEP Plan is $250 for individual and 2.5 x individual for family

In the HCN plan the deductible is $0 in network and $250 in the out of network

 

Today our Out of Pocket in the MEP is $700 for in and out of the network and for the family : the maximums are per individual per year; combined family max is not applicable

For the HCN Plan – the OOP Max is none in-network and $1500 out of network and for the family: the maximums are per individual per year; combined family max is not applicable

 

Here is what the company has on the table now for Deductibles

and Out of Pocket Maximums

 

Plan Design

MEP

HCN

 

In Network

Out Network

In Network

Out of Network

Annual Deductible

 

 

 

 

Individual

2013: $650

2014: $700

2013: $800

2014: $850

2013: None

2014: None

2013: $850

2014: $850

Family

2013: $1950

2014: $2100

2013: $2400

2014: $2550

2013: None

2014: None

2013: $2550

2014: $2550

Out Of Pocket Max

 

 

 

 

Individual

$1700

$2000

 

$1,000

$2000

Family

Maximums are per individual per year: combined family max is not applicable

$3,000

$6000

 

 

 

 

 

 

Co-Insurance

MEP PPO

 

Today there is no coinsurance for most services for in network use – the company proposes co- insurance of 90%.  This means the member pays 10% of the charge for the service.

 

Today the following services are covered in network at 100%.  The Company proposes these services be covered at 90% and the member pay 10% of the cost.

 

 

 

Today Out of Network services under the MEP are mostly at 100% with a few at 98% and a couple at 80% - the company proposes to make the co-insurance 70%, so you will pay 30% for any out of network services.

 

Prescription Drugs

 

Today there is no deductible for prescription drugs – the company proposes a $25 deductible for every individual in your family. So you would have to lay out the first $25 for each member of your family and then your prescription benefit would kick in.

 

Today there is a $400 annual out of pocket maximum for each member of your family. So no matter how much your prescription bills are for the year, you would not have to pay any more than $400 for each member of your family. The company wants to eliminate this benefit.

 

The company also proposed significant increases in co-pays for prescription drugs both retail and mail order. So, now you will get to the $400 amount faster but since the company has proposed to eliminate the out of pocket maximum, you will continue to pay for all of your prescriptions.

 

Dental

 

In addition to the Medial Premium the company has proposed an annual contribution for the Dental Plan.  An individual, non-tobacco user, annual premium would be $36 and family non-tobacco users premium would be $108. A tobacco user would add $60 to both amounts.

 

The Company has also proposed that retirees pay annual premiums for coverage and additional costs for services as well.

 

3. Pensions – there is no increase to your pension and the company proposes to:

 

For those currently on the payroll, after November 1, 2012 your current pension benefit will be frozen and from that point forward you will only earn 70% of the current pension band value until you reach 30 years of service.  After 30 years of service you will no longer accrue time towards your pension.  If you currently have 30 or more years of service, your pension will be frozen on November 1, 2012 and no longer accrue time toward your pension.

 

Anyone hired or rehired on or after August 1, 2012 (“Pension New Hire”) will not be eligible to participate in the Pension Plan.

 

The Pension Lump Sum program will terminate.

 

4. Eliminate Job Security:

By eliminating the Job Security Provisions in the contract, members hired before August 3, 2003 will not be covered by the no-layoff, forced transfer and loss of compensation commitments that was contained in the Job Security Letter

By eliminating or modifying the movement of work protection, the company will have the opportunity to move more of our work to other areas of the country. If this is allowed and without the protection of the Job Security Letter, more of our members will be laid off.

By eliminating the “new Contracting Initiatives Agreement” – the company will be able to increase the level of contracting and without the protection of the Job Security Letter, more of our members will be laid off.

By increasing the mileage in the 35 miles provision of the contract, the company would be able to close more garages, close more offices and transfer more employees longer distances then they are allowed today.

By eliminating provisions in the Force Adjustment Plan (FAP), the company will be able to declare more surpluses and without the protection of the FAP more of our members will be laid off.

 

5. Absence

Company still wants the ability to administer the Absence Control Plan with this limited amount of paid incidental absence.

 

6. Next Step Program –

 

7.  Excused Work Days (EWD) –

 

8. Sharing of Calls

 

 

 

 

We are working on percentage of calls that can be shared and Verizon still demands their call sharing proposal with their percentages of calls that can be shared.

 

The Company has withdrawn the portion of the proposal that would give us more protection in our EVRCs and FSC because we did not accept their proposal with their percentages on Call Sharing.

 

 

 9. Sales Compensation Plan Titles

 

The Company has proposed two new sales job titles with variable compensation:

 

 

Paid at Seventy (70%) percent of the Service Representative and Representative titles pay rate with the remaining thirty (30%) percent to be made up by commission sales. 

 

The Company does not want to negotiate the 30% Commission portion with the Union – they want us to trust them that they will do the right thing. They also do not want the commission plan to be subjected to a challenge in the grievance and arbitration section of the contract. Again the Company wants us to trust them. Now, what do you think – should we trust them that they will do the right thing

 

 

 

 

We need Verizon to hear us at the Bargaining Table

 

We have made meaningful proposals on wages, on changes to our healthcare plans, absence, medical, job security, call sharing, just to name a few.  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.  Bargaining will continue in Washington DC on Wednesday with the Federal Mediator.  In the meantime, we need every member to get engaged. 

 

Verizon is doing more than its part to destroy middle class jobs in this country.  The Company is still not hearing us so it is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level. Our members must continue to mobilize. Every member needs to commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

On Saturday, August 11, 2012 Americans from all over the country will be in Philadelphia,  for the “Workers Stand for America Rally” to stand up for the middle class and urge all Americans, especially our elected officials, to stand with us.  It is time for every member to stand up and be counted.  Contact your Local for information on transportation to the rally.

 

 

If you have not been involved it is time to get involved.

Call your Local and find out what you can do today to help.

IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY! IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

CWA, IBEW REQUEST FEDERAL MEDIATION IN CONTRACT TALKS WITH VERIZON

Unions Seek Independent Third Party After Verizon Negotiations Drag On For Over a Year 

 

July 19, 2012

Washington, DC – In response to the unwillingness of Verizon to bargain a fair contract for workers, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) today filed a request for mediation with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS).  CWA made the request with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW); the two unions represent approximately 45,000 workers at Verizon locations from New England to Virginia.

 

CWA and IBEW workers have been unable to negotiate a fair contract for over a year as Verizon executives continue to insist on drastic cuts in compensation for workers. At the same time the company has made more than $16.3 billion in profits over the past four years and given its top five executives close to $300 million.  

 

“This delay in reaching a fair agreement is not only bad for workers – it’s bad for consumers and bad for our communities,” said Chris Shelton, Vice President of CWA District 1 and Myles Calvey, Chairman of IBEW System Council 6. Added Ed Mooney, Vice President of CWA Districts 2-13 and Bill Huber, President of IBEW Local 827, “For the past year we have been flexible and shown a willingness to negotiate but the company continues to play games with workers’ health care, retirement security, and job security.”

 

Verizon is a $100 billion company and recently its Board of Directors approved a 200 percent increase in compensation for the CEO, to $23.1 million. In spite of its billions in profits the company continues to make demands which would gut workers’ job security and pension security, drastically increase health care costs, and fail to bring back thousands of jobs which the company has subcontracted and off-shored.

 

From coast to coast, working families, unions, students, faith leaders, progressive groups, civil rights and community organizations and many more are standing up to Verizon and its greed.  In addition to signing a petition to Verizon's CEO, allies have participated in actions at Verizon locations and consumers are urging Verizon to do the right thing. Read more at www.verigreedy.com.

 

REMINDER: MEMBERS SHOULD NOT BE WORKING AS TP OR ACTING MANAGEMENT DURING CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS!!

 

Regional Bargaining Report #59

Monday, July 2, 2012, 8AM

 

For the past few weeks, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committee and the CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committee met with the Company together on the issues of Job Security and Call Sharing.

Friday, June 22nd marked the one year anniversary of trying to reach a fair agreement with Verizon Communications in both the New York/New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions.  From that day to this, Verizon has come to the bargaining table with an agenda of givebacks.  Verizon claims it needs changes in our contracts in order to make the business more competitive.  They have attacked nearly every provision of our contracts, with many items having nothing to do with competitiveness.  Your New York/ New England and Mid-Atlantic CWA/IBEW Union Bargaining Committees have worked tirelessly trying to understand the Company needs while continuing to protect our members’ standard of living.  We have made proposals addressing those needs while receiving nothing substantial in return from the Company.  It seems no matter how far we go in our proposals to address their issues, it’s never enough.

 

Many of our members received a communication from Verizon EVP Marc Reed giving the Company spin on where we are in negotiations.  In one statement he says, “…the company made a proposal in mid-May to continue to provide job security for the more than 38,000 associates who currently have those protections in exchange for the unions agreeing to greater work-rule flexibility.”  Among the items of “flexibility” he is speaking of is the Company’s ability to force transfer you any time they want, so far from your current work location that you would have to choose between your job and your family. 

He makes the Company proposal on Healthcare cost shifting sound so reasonable that you might ask yourself, “What are we waiting for? Where do I sign?”  After all, it’s only, “… contributions can be as little as about $24 a month for individuals and $107 for a family. (This is not the proposal in the NY/NE or in Mid Atlantic -it is slightly higher than that in both areas ).   Anyway, he neglects to tell you the rest of the story. The company is also seeking additional cost-sharing measures, as they relate to office visit co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance, emergency room visits…”   What he doesn’t tell you is that those same contributions can be as much as $116 a month for individuals and $307 a month for families.  And if you’re a Pre-Medicare retiree the costs can be as high as $108 per month for an individual and $298 a month for families.  What Marc Reed didn’t tell you is that these are the contributions for 2012. Beginning in 2013, for each Plan year beginning after January 1, 2013, the Annual Employee Contributions for such plan year will increase by 6% over the previous year. These are the costs if you never use your healthcare.  If you happen to be among the thousands of our members who have the nerve to actually use your benefits, the cost increases in the form of co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance, which could run into thousands more each year.

 

Another thing, Marc Reed didn’t tell you, is that there will be no wage increase for the first year of the contract 2011.

Another thing Mr. Reed pointedly didn’t tell you about is how the Company has on the table a diminished benefit for every new hire.  This two-tier system is included in almost every Company proposal.  Your Union Bargaining teams are not fooled by this approach.  We know that two-tier benefits is the road that leads to certain disaster for every current and future member.

Marc Reed also did not tell you that the company wants a new title with 30% of the wages based on commissions. The company does not want to negotiate with the Union on how our members would make that 30%. The Company wants us to trust them that they will make sure that they do the right thing so that our members can make that targeted salary. Now, what do you think – should your bargaining committee – TRUST this company to do the right thing?

 

We have made meaningful proposals on changes to our healthcare plans, absence, medical, job security, call sharing, just to name a few.  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.  Bargaining has recessed for the July 4th Holiday.  We look forward to returning to the Bargaining table after the break.  In the meantime, we need every member out there to get engaged.

 

Verizon is doing more than its part to destroy middle class jobs in this country.  The Company is still not hearing us so it is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level. Our members must continue to mobilize. Every member needs to commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

If you have not been involved it is time to get involved.

Call your Local and find out what you can do today to help.

 

IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY! IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

 

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

 

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report #58

Thursday, June 14, 2012, 8 AM

 

Last week and again this week, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committee and the CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committee met with the Company together on the issues of Job Security and Call Sharing.  There were also several off table discussions with Union and the Company chairs regarding these same issues.  Both Regional committees presented the company with counter proposals on the Company’s issue of Call Sharing last week.  The Union’s proposals looked to provide flexibility the Company is demanding within call centers that handle similar calls from customers.  In return the Union demands a return of the work from contractors to the bargaining units. CWA District 1 and IBEW NY and NE also made several other proposals last week on Job Security, Jobs and Absence. Last week, all Union proposals were rejected by the company and the company responded with a counter comprehensive proposal.

 

Yesterday, District 1 and IBEW NY/ NE Bargaining Committee again rejected the company’s proposals and gave the company a new counter proposal on Call Sharing, Absence, Job Security and Jobs.

 

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.

 

Verizon is doing more than its part to destroy middle class jobs in this country.  The Company is still not hearing us so it is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level. Our members must continue to mobilize. Every member needs to commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

Next week we will be asking every member to get involved

as we intensify our Mobilization.

 

If you have not been involved it is time to get involved.

Call your Local and find out what you can do today to help.

IT IS TIME TO GET ANGRY!

IT IS TIME TO GET INVOLVED!

IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report #57

Monday, May 21, 2012, 8 AM

 

Again this week, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committee and the CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committee met with the Company together and discussed the issues of Job Security and Call Sharing.  There were also several off table discussions with Union leadership and the Company chairs regarding these issues.  The Company continues to demand the elimination of Job Security, elimination of the Movement of Work Protection, elimination of the 35-mile transfer provision and the elimination of New Contracting Initiatives agreement.  Both Regional committees also met throughout the week to work on joint proposals for the Company’s Call Sharing proposal and the Union’s Jobs proposal.  This week District 1 will be holding their Leadership Conference and there will be no formal bargaining. The Regional Bargaining Committee will be meeting while at the conference to prepare proposals to be ready when they return to the bargaining table on Tuesday, May 29th.

 

The Company continues to have only one goal, givebacks. Their agenda continues to include retrogressive demands across virtually every area of our contracts, which includes major cuts to our benefit plans- health, disability and pension plans. The Company is still not hearing us so it is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level. Our members must continue to mobilize. Every member needs to commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

NLRB Region 2 Authorizes Issuance of Complaint Against Verizon for Unfair Firings, Discipline

On Friday, we learned that the Regional Director of Region 2 of the NLRB authorized the issuance of a complaint against Verizon regarding the discipline of CWA members for strike-related activity.  CWA filed one comprehensive charge for all disciplined members in District 1 and District 2-13.  There were 63 members that were disciplined and the Region authorized the issuance of complaint in all but five cases in which two of those cases were in District 1 and in those cases, we did not produce evidence.

This is a first step.  The Region will first attempt to settle these cases with the Company.  They will then issue a complaint, which will be heard by an Administrative Law Judge (ADJ).  Following the ALJ’s decision, either side may appeal to the Board in Washington.

 

Even though this is a first step, it is a tremendous important step. It shows that the Region believes that based on the evidence presented to them by both sides, it is highly likely that the Company violated the law when it disciplined our members.  We are confident that the judge will agree.

 

We need Every Member to Give the Union 4 hours Per Week.

Call your Local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do today to help.

 

If you have not been involved it is time to get involved.

 

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!

Regional Bargaining Report # 56

Monday, May 7, 2012, 8 AM

 

Last week, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees and the CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committees met with the Company together to discuss issues in a new approach to bargaining. For the past 11 months the two committees have been meeting separately with the company. The Union committees decided on this approach and also decided to give the company an aggressive comprehensive package to be used for discussion purposes to help jump start these negotiations.

 

The Union presented a "what if” scenario and offered “what if” the Union proposed a phase in to premiums to help offset the cost of Health Benefits. In this “what if” scenario the union proposed that the company would withdraw their retrogressive demands on pensions, job security, disability benefits, retiree medical benefits and other retrogressive demands and  the union would agree to some cost sharing of Health benefits which would include a phase in level of employee contributions.

 

The Company spent little or no time evaluating the Union’s comprehensive package. The Company rejected the Union’s comprehensive package and responded with a new proposal which included minor changes to their last proposal. The Company’s new proposal lowered some deductibles and out of pocket maximums for individual and family plans.

It is important to note that the company’s initial proposal would drastically change our Benefit Plans by changing components of the Benefit Plan. These components are: Deductibles; Co-Pays; Co-Insurance; Out-Of-Pocket Maximums and they added contributions as a component. The Company’s earlier proposals had higher deductibles, higher co-pays, higher co-insurance and higher out of pocket maximums plus the new component - high employee contributions.

 

The earlier company proposals would add thousands of dollars a year to what our members would have to pay for benefits by adding these higher components. In addition, the company wants each employee to pay excessive premiums (contributions) for these benefits.

 

It is not just about premiums (contributions).

It is about these other components that make up a Benefit Plan.

We have Great Benefit Plans which the company wants to destroy.

 

So, when they make a proposal which slightly lowers the deductibles and out of pocket maximums from a point that was too high in the first place and only slightly decrease contributions for only one plan and not the others–they are not making a serious counter proposal to the Union.

 

The Company’s proposal would add $4,000 to $5,000 for the cost of health care to our members for each year of the contract with only small increases in wages.

The Company only proposed a small wage increases for the 2ndand 3rd year of the contract and NO INCREASE in the first year of the contract.

The Company still wants to eliminate the EPO plan where 6,000 of our members are enrolled, forcing them into other plans. Most of our members went into the EPO plan when the company eliminated the most popular HMOs. Now that the EPO is the most popular HMO type plan, they want to eliminate it, forcing our members into other plans that are not as popular for their areas.

The Company wants you to pay more. They want you to feel it in your wallet. They want you to think twice about visiting the doctor or seeking medical attention.

By rejecting the Union’s “What if” proposal the company not only wants to destroy your benefit plans and have you pay thousands of dollars more for those reduced benefits with high premiums but they also want to:

 

Eliminate Pensions:

Eliminate Job Security:

The Company has many other issues that are still on the bargaining table and some of them are:

·         ABSENCE - The Company only wants to give 5 paid days per year and still discipline members who use those 5 days.

·         CALL SHARING - Verizon still demands their call sharing proposal but have not addressed any of the security provisions from the Union nor have they given us any additional jobs.

·         ELIMINATE THE NEXT STEP PROGRAM

 

Every member must tell every manager - every day - that we will not allow Verizon to destroy our benefits and to destroy the middle class jobs that CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

It is more important than ever that our members continue to mobilize and that EVERY member commit to spending at least 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

There are new mobilization activities planned for this week and every member must be involved in every activity.

 

If you have not got involved it is time to call your Local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do to help.

 

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!

Regional Bargaining Report # 55

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees returned to the bargaining table on Monday April 16, 2012 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. All of the retrogressive demands that the Company had proposed in August still remain on their agenda.

 

Wages -The Company has offered 0% wages for each year. You read that right- the company has no money on the table for wage increases for their employees. The company did make a proposal that would give 0% increase for 2012, 1% for 2013, and 1% for 2014 but that was pulled off the table on March 31st because the Union did not accept their package which contained retrogressive demands which included:

 

Health Care Cuts - The Company is not only trying to implement premiums to our plans but they are trying to destroy the health plans that we now have as a benefit. They want to raise deductibles, increase co-insurance, increase out of pocket expenses and add premiums. If a family of four (4) had some doctor bills ($1,000), hospital bills, surgery, anesthesia and in-hospital physician’s bills - $10,000 and also had one emergency room visit ($750), they could have bills that would add up to   $11,750. Under our present plan, there is $0 premium, there would be $0 deductible because we have 100% coverage and the out of pocket expense would not kick in because we would not have reached the limit. Under our present plan that family of four (4) would pay a co-pay of $15 for the 5 regular doctor visits and for the 5 preventive care visits there would be no charge. There would be a $15 co-pay for the emergency room visit. The total for the year would be $90.

 

That same family of four in one of the plans the company proposed would pay an annual premium of $1630 in the last year of the contract. They would spend the same for the doctor’s visits ($75) but the emergency room visit would now cost a $200 co-pay. Of the $10,000 in hospital bills, one member of your family had $6,000 in bills and another member had $4,000, each member would pay $750 as a deductible. This would leave a balance of $5250 for one member and $3,250 for the other member. There would be a 15% cost for co-insurance on each balance which would be ($5250 X 15% = $787.50) and ($3250 X 15%= $487.50). Your total co-insurance is $1275.

 

You add your premium ($1630), your co-pays ($275), deductible ($1500) co-insurance ($1275), emergency room visit ($200), doctor visits ($75) and your total medical expense for the year is $4995.

 

This fight is more than just paying a premium.

As you can see by the example, your premium would be $1630 but your actual medical cost would be $4995 compared to what you pay now which would be $90

 

The Company wants to eliminate the EPO plan where 6,000 of our members are enrolled, forcing them into other plans. Most of our members went into the EPO plan when the company eliminated the most popular HMOs. Now that the EPO is the most popular HMO type plan, they want to eliminate it, forcing our members into other plans that are not as popular for their areas.

 

The Company wants you to pay more. They want you to feel it in your wallet. They want you to think twice about visiting the doctor or seeking medical attention.

 

The Company’s goal is to destroy Middle Class jobs and they are starting with their own employees!


The most recent offer also included:

 

Eliminate Pensions:

 

ABSENCE - The Company only wants to give 5 day’s paid per year and still discipline members who use those 5 days.

Eliminate Job Security:

 

So, we did not accept that proposal and the company withdrew their wage proposal.  As we have said before, we are in the fight of our lives with Verizon.  The Chairman and CEO, Lowell McAdam tripled his compensation from 7.2 million to 23.1 million annually yet he does not want to give his employees a raise. This is a slap in the face to every member.  We need to send a clear message that we are determined if there is no place in this business for us, then we will make certain there will be no business without us either.

 

Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

Verizon’s Annual Shareholders Meeting is Thursday May 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe Street, Huntsville, Alabama. We are still collecting your proxies. We are asking all of our members to vote your proxy, sign and date your card and return it to your Local. The Shareholder’s Meeting is a Thursday and there will be a “sea of red” CWA and IBEW members who are also shareholders who will deliver these proxies and our message to that meeting.

 

It is more important than ever that our members continue to mobilize and that EVERY member commit to spending at least 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

If you have not gotten involved, it is time to look at how much you can lose. It is time to call your Local or talk to your steward and find out what you can do to help.

 

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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 54

Sunday, April 1, 2012

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees have been meeting at the RyeTown Hilton in Rye, NY for the last ten months. These committees continued to meet with the Company each day in an attempt to move closer to a fair contract settlement for both the company and our members.

 

Verizon continues to push its agenda of demanding givebacks from our members in almost every area of our contracts.  It has demanded significant changes to economic issues including healthcare and pensions which would result in cost shifting thousands of dollars a year to every active member.  Verizon also demands that our retirees contribute the same for their healthcare coverage.  Verizon has stuck with their agenda of gutting our collective bargaining agreements. Verizon shows no interest in any of the Union’s proposals and shows no concern for our issues.  Verizon’s goal is to strip you of your benefits, your job security, your pension, your work rules and much more.

 

We cannot stress enough this fight will not be won at the bargaining table alone.  Only through members standing up and demonstrating they will do whatever it takes, will we see this Company move away from their most egregious retrogressive demands. Following last week’s mobilization and rally activities we have seen a demonstration of how our members’ activity in the workplace has an effect at the bargaining table.  At the end of this week, Verizon passed an amended proposal on pensions to the Union.  We will evaluate fully the company’s latest proposals before we respond.

 

We are in the fight of our lives with Verizon.  It is obvious from the company’s demands that Verizon has a plan for the business that does not include us.  After months of hearing the company tell us how the business is in trouble and how we need to accept the concessions its demands in order to survive, we recently learn that the Chairman and CEO, Lowell McAdam tripled his compensation from 7.2 million to 23.1 million annually.  This is a slap in the face to every member.  We need to send the clear message that we are determined if there is no place in this business for us, then we will make certain there will be no business without us either.

 

Bargaining will recess for the next two weeks due to the rooms used for bargaining at the hotel are not available because of the Passover/Easter holiday. The Union bargaining committee will use this time to fully examine the latest proposals placed on the table by Verizon and formulate our response.

 

Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining. 

Verizon’s Annual Shareholders Meeting is Thursday May 3, 2012 at 10:30 AM at the Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe Street, Huntsville, Alabama. Your admission ticket and proxy card was recently mailed to all members who are shareholders. We are asking all of our members to vote your proxy, sign and date your card and return it to your Local. The Shareholder’s Meeting is a Thursday and there will be a “sea of red” CWA and IBEW members who are also shareholders who will deliver these proxies and our message to that meeting.

It is more important than ever that our members continue to mobilize and that EVERY member commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in 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 # 53

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees have been meeting at the RyeTown Hilton in Rye, NY for the last nine months.  CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committees have been at the same hotel since September. Since, the beginning of the year the meetings have been back “on the record”. Prior to these meeting, we spent weeks in “off the record” discussions in Sub Committees focusing on several major areas of our collective bargaining agreements trying to get the company to move off of their retrogressive demands. Unfortunately there is very little progress to report.

 

The Company shows no interest in any of our proposals and shows no concern for our issues.  Verizon's goal is to strip you of your benefits, your job security, your pension, your work rules and much more.

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

Obviously, the company has not heard us and

We need to take the fight to a new level.

 

It is more important than ever that our members continue to mobilize and that EVERY member commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

On March 22nd Join the Fight for Good Jobs -

Stand up to Corporate Greed!

 

Call your Local and find out where you can go

in your area on March 22nd to Join this Fight.

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 52

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees and the CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committees have been meeting at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The meetings are back “on the record”. For the last couple of months, we have been meeting in “off the record” discussions in Sub Committees focusing on several major areas of our collective bargaining agreements.

 

Today, Vice President Chris Shelton had a District 1 Local Presidents and Regional Bargaining Committee Meeting at the Rye Town Hilton to discuss the status of contract negotiations. The Local Presidents were given an update and asked to go back to their locals and update their Executive Boards and their membership.

 

Starting tomorrow and continuing into next week, every CWA Local Executive Board Member in District 1 will be visiting work locations and they will also be in the field to talk to every CWA member to tell them exactly what the company’s proposals would mean to their future. Every Executive Board member will be explaining what must be done to fight this Company. We are asking every member to give four (4) hours a week to your local to do what is needed to win a fair contract. We need every member to tell your Executive Board Member that you are ready to do whatever it takes and to pledge your 4 hours and your support in this struggle.

 

It is more important than ever that our members continue to mobilize and that EVERY member commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities.

 

Remember to wear RED tomorrow!!!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 51

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

 

 For the past several weeks, the CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees and the CWA District 2-13/ IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Committees have been meeting at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The meetings have been “off the record” discussions in Sub Committees focusing on several major areas of our collective bargaining agreements.

 

The Company continues to undermine the bargaining process by not providing information on its partnership with Comcast, Time Warner and Bright House Cable Companies. Your committees demanded that full disclosure of  the Company’s planned partnership be shared with CWA/IBEW to determine the effect on our members. The Company has agreed to provide this information at a meeting of Union and Company leadership tentatively scheduled for next week.

 

The sub-committee process of the last several weeks has not had the desired outcome. So no further sub-committee meetings are scheduled.

 

After your CWA/IBEW Regional teams receive and evaluate the cable partnership information, formal bargaining sessions will be scheduled. In all likelihood no sessions will be scheduled until after January 1, 2012.

 

It is more important than ever that our members continue to mobilize and that EVERY member commit to spending 4 hours per week participating in mobilization activities. Please contact your local for instructions.

 

Your bargaining teams thank you for all your support and wish all CWA/IBEW brothers and sisters a joyous holiday season and a happy and healthy New Year.

 

Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 50

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees agreed to have subcommittees to work through some of the major issues. These subcommittee meetings will be conducted “off the record” to try and establish proposals to discuss at the regional table. Your bargaining committee will do whatever is necessary to obtain a fair contract. We are trying this approach to try and get movement at the bargaining table.

 

Every CWA member in every District across this country must continue to fight Verizon and Corporate Greed. Every member must continue to spread the word that Verizon must not be allowed to lower the standard of living by stripping the benefits of their employees. Middle Income families in America will continue to decline if profitable companies like Verizon put Greed before their employees.

 

As your Bargaining Committee continues to meet, your Mobilization Committee will continue to meet and develop plans and actions.

 

Contact your steward to get instructions

on our next activity.

 

It’s time to fight back!

Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Join the Fight:

“Occupy Any Street”

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! - Mobilize! - Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 49
Monday, October 24, 2011

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees as well as the CWA/IBEW Mid Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committee will be returning to the Rye Town Hilton on Tuesday October 25, 2011. We left bargaining so that every CWA Local Executive Board Member in District 1 could visit every company garage, company building or be in the field to talk to every CWA member to tell them exactly what the latest company proposal would mean to their future. We told our members all the facts. Our Local Executive Board members explained to our members what must be done to fight this Company. Our members told us to shine a light on the Company’s Greed and to continue to fight for a fair contract. Our members told us that they are not willing to give up 50 years of collective bargaining victories to a company that is trying to destroy the middle class while making huge profits.

Our members know the facts - all the facts.

Last Thursday, the stewards in every Local met with the members at every work location and explained to them how we will join forces with the “99% group” and the “Occupy Wall Street Group” to fight this Company. Our members are joining these groups as CWA and IBEW as well as organized labor across this country are joining “Occupy Any Street” to fight Corporate Greed and the face of Corporate Greed will be Verizon. Verizon’s top five executives took $258 million over four years. Verizon paid no federal income taxes in 2009 - 2010 and got a $1.3 billion tax refund. Verizon made $22 billion in profits over the last four years.

Verizon should continue to provide good jobs to help America out of the worst recession since the Great Depression instead of trying to destroy the Middle Class.

On Friday, 2,000 CWA members as well as the Occupy Wall Street group, other unions and community groups marched from 140 West Street past Zuccotti Park to a Verizon Wireless store down on Wall Street. The March started at 140 West Street with an informational picket line and ended with the Rally on Wall Street.

Attached are two videos from Friday Night’s March and Rally:

CWA in Solidarity with Occupy Wall Street and the 99%
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mzzpxh6dyfw
Chris Shelton of CWA to Occupy Wall Street: "Thank You!
http://youtu.be/oAj1Zl_8cvc

Marches and Rallies like we had on Friday are happening every day in more and more cities across this country and more and more Americans are raising their voices and joining the fight on Corporate Greed and making Verizon the face of that Greed.

Every CWA member in every District across this country will fight Verizon and Corporate Greed as they Occupy Any Street in this country to shine the light on Verizon the Poster Child of Corporate Greed in America.

We will be returning to the bargaining table knowing that our membership is 100% in support of this Regional Bargaining Committee and your committee will continue to fight for a fair contract and to stop Verizon from destroying the Middle Class!

 
Contact your steward to get instructions
on our next activity.


It’s time to fight back!
Remember to wear RED!!!

Join the Fight
“Occupy Any Street”


Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! - Mobilize! - Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 48

Thursday, October 13, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today to continue discussions regarding the Company’s counter proposal. After reviewing the company’s counterproposal, it became clear to your bargaining committee that the company’s commitment to the union to end the strike and to start bargaining with a commitment to work from our health plans and not theirs and to actually start bargaining our issues as well as their issues was never going to happen.

 

What Verizon is doing is destroying the Middle Class by moving good paying jobs with good benefits to low paying jobs with no benefits. For years, Verizon has been declaring surplus after surplus and then moving more of our work to contractors. Your Bargaining Committee told the company today that we are insulted when we propose to put back those jobs into the bargaining unit and then the Company responds by telling us that we are adding cost to this Contract. They compare our jobs to a contractor. We are insulted when they want to add over 100 million dollars to the backs of our retired members by adding premiums to their health plans. We are insulted when they want to strip away every benefit we enjoy today. This Greedy Corporation wants to destroy us and we will never allow that to happen. They want to destroy the lives of our retired members and we will never allow them to do that.

The Company walked out of bargaining today when everyone on the committee began telling them exactly what we thought of their last proposal. Everyone on your Committee spoke for every member today and told them exactly what we think of their proposal.

 

We also told the Company before they left today that the bargaining committee would be returning to our locals for a few days to talk to our members about this proposal. We need to begin again to mobilize our members. We will do whatever we need to do to get a fair contract.

 

The Occupy Wall Street group is putting the Spotlight on Corporate Greed. Americans are outraged at what Corporations are doing. The “99% group” is ready to take back our country from these Greedy Corporations. CWA and IBEW as well as all of organized labor will not allow Corporations to destroy the Middle Class. Verizon is an extremely profitable Corporation and should not be allowed to lower the standard for the Middle Class. It is time to put Verizon as the face of this Corporate Greed by making them the “Poster Child for Corporate Greed”.

We will “Occupy Wall Street” or “Occupy Any Street” to stop the Corporate Greed at Verizon.

 

Next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, every CWA Local Executive Board Member in District 1 will be visiting every company garage, company building and will be in the field to talk to every CWA member to tell them exactly what this company proposal would mean to their future. Every Executive Board member will be explaining what must be done to fight this Company. We need every member to tell your Executive Board Member that you are ready to do whatever it takes to fight this Company.

On Wednesday night, we will have a town hall meeting with every CWA steward in District 1 to outline our plan to fight this company.

On Thursday, every steward at every work location will be explaining to every member how we will join forces with the “99% group” and the “Occupy Work Street Group” to fight this Company. Verizon – the Poster Child for Corporate Greed – must never be allowed to destroy our future.

On Friday, CWA and the Occupy Wall Street protestors will join forces and go on a field trip. Call your Local or ask your steward to sign up for this trip. Call a retiree and get a commitment that they will join the fight by joining the trip.

 

We will be returning to the bargaining table knowing that our membership is 100% in support of this committee and we will continue to fight for a fair contract.

 

We need every retired member to call your local

and ask how to help…

 

Contact your stewards to get instructions

on our next activity…

 

It’s time to fight back!

 

Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 47

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company yesterday and today reviewing the Company’s counter proposal. After being at the bargaining table for over 3 ½ months, the Union is still waiting for the Company to present a serious proposal. They presented the Unions with a 75 page document that still includes:

 

No mention of a Wage Increase

Eliminate Pensions:

 

Eliminate Job Security:

 

Eliminate Benefits:

Eliminate the current health care, prescription, dental, and vision plans and offer plans with high deductibles and premiums.

Active Employees - Annual

Premiums range from $1026 for single to $4580 family

And

Increase deductibles in network to $850 single - $ 2250 for family

Increase deductibles out of network to $1,000 for single - $3,000 for family

And

Increase Out of Pocket Maximum to $2,000 for single and $6,000 for family

And

Increase co-pays for specialist to $25

And

Require co-pays for X-Rays and labs

And

Reduce most in network coverage from 100% to 80%

Reduce most out of network coverage from 100% to 60%

 

Retirees - Non Medicare Eligible - Annually

Premiums Range from $1026 for single to $4480 for family

And

Increase deductibles in network to $850 single - $ 2250 for family

Increase deductibles out of network to $1,000 for single - $3,000 for family

And

Increase Out of Pocket Maximum to $2,000 for single and $6,000 for family

And

Increase co-pays for specialist to $25

And

Require co-pays for X-Rays and labs

And

Reduce most in network coverage from 100% to 80%

Reduce most out of network coverage from 100% to 60%

 

Retiree - Medicare Eligible Annually

Premiums range from $181 for single to $1970 for family

And

Increase deductibles in network to $850 single - $ 2250 for family

Increase deductibles out of network to $1,000 for single - $3,000 for family

And

Increase Out of Pocket Maximum to $2,000 for single and $6,000 for family

And

Increase co-pays for specialist to $25

And

Require co-pays for X-Rays and labs

And

Reduce most in network coverage from 100% to 80%

Reduce most out of network coverage from 100% to 60%

 

Eliminate Other Benefits

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

The battle is far from over. The Company must hear us loud and clear. We cannot allow this Company to strip our contract.

 

Contact your steward to get instructions

on our next activity.

 

It’s time to fight back!

 

Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! - Mobilize! - Mobilize!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 46

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 7 AM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committee and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee met last night with the Company at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

 

The Company presented a comprehensive counter proposal and your committee questioned the company to try to understand the intent of their proposal. We recessed late last night and will reconvene bargaining this morning to continue questioning the company on their proposal.

We will provide additional information later today after a complete review of this proposal.

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 45
Friday, October 7, 2011


CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committee and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee met separately yesterday with the Company at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY to hear the Company’s initial response to our counterproposal from Monday.

Although, the Company expressed some interest in our proposals which were counterproposals to their original demands, they seemed to have no interest in returning jobs to the bargaining unit which was the foundation to our proposals.

Yesterday, the Company did say that they will continue to evaluate our proposals and have a counter proposal to the Union next week.

Today, Verizon decided to put out a Company update which states they completed their initial review of our proposal and they state “In costing out the various elements of the unions' proposals, the company determined that they significantly exacerbate the problem of Wireline's high cost structure by adding more than $1 billion in annual operating costs.”

That is a fact. CWA made a counterproposal to that proposal. We are fighting for jobs and our middle class standard of living. The Company has been stripping away our work and giving more and more work to contractors. We are fighting for those jobs and the return of good jobs to our communities. We are fighting for the Middle Class. Our Fight is America's fight.

What the company did not tell you in their update is that the Company’s proposal would save the company $1.3 billion by stripping away and diminishing every benefit we have negotiated over the last 50 years.

Verizon wants to lower the bar for the American Worker. If Corporations like Verizon who are extremely profitable continue to lower the standard of living by cutting wages and benefits they will destroy the middle class. Corporate Greed must be stopped. Our members are joining the millions of Americans across this country in this fight to stop Corporate Greed. The 99% of us in this country are fighting back. CWA will do its part at the bargaining table and in the cities across this country as the “Occupy Wall Street” Movement gains strength in NY City and moves to cities across this country to fight Corporate Greed

Vice President Chris Shelton defined what we needed in bargaining in his opening statement, he said:
“Good jobs at Verizon are union jobs. We are here to negotiate a fair agreement that protects the union jobs we do now and increases the number those good union jobs so that our members will have the opportunity to grow with the company as it continues to grow.

Our unions have negotiated contracts with Verizon, Bell Atlantic and their predecessors since before any of us started working here. During the last 50 years, we worked together to solve problems, to address one another’s needs at the bargaining table, to deliver quality service to customers and build a strong company.

And we have changed together as well. Our members have never stood in the way of technological change. Our union has always advocated efforts to insure that our members worked to stay abreast of the ever changing telecommunications industry.

But in recent years, this company has turned its back on its employees. This company that we built together has taken its profits and headed off in new directions, to new products and technologies, and left behind the very workers that are responsible for its success. Since 2005 Verizon has cut 80,000 wireline jobs from its rolls through access line sales, segment spin-offs, layoffs, attrition and retirements. In the same time period, Verizon Wireless has added 23,000 jobs.

The Union gave the Company a proposal on October 3rd which gave the Company a pathway to a contract. The Company needs to return to the bargaining table and begin bargaining by concentrating on the issues that will get a contract. The company needs to take the path the union has outlined which will bring a fair contract to our members and their employees. The company needs to re-invest their profits back into the Company and their employees. This will be good for Verizon, good for the economy and good for America.

A reminder our mobilization at Verizon Wireless and Apple stores is in full swing as the IPhone 4S is being introduced. We need to keep the pressure on Verizon and to continue to get our message out. If you have not already volunteered to handbill at a store location please contact your steward and sign up. By everyone working together from the bargaining table to handbilling the store locations, we will stand strong against Verizon’s attempt to strip our contracts of provisions gained over 50 years of collective bargaining.

Get ready to join the “Occupy Wall Street” movement as we make Verizon the “Poster Child” for Corporate Greed.

 


Stay Strong - Stay United

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 44
Monday, October 3, 2011


CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committee and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee met separately today with the Company at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

Your Regional Committee spent the afternoon presenting a series of comprehensive proposals covering healthcare, returning jobs to the bargaining unit, benefits, absence and job security.

The Company committee had a few initial questions and is currently reviewing our proposals. We expect to meet with the Company to answer any additional questions they may have prior to receiving any counter proposals from them.

Our mobilization at Verizon Wireless and Apple stores is in full swing as the IPhone 5 debuts tomorrow. We need to keep the pressure on Verizon and to continue to get our message out. If you have not already volunteered to handbill at a store location please contact your steward and sign up. By everyone working together from the bargaining table to handbilling the store locations, we will stand strong against Verizon’s attempt to strip our contracts of provisions gained over 50 years of collective bargaining.


Stay Strong - Stay United
Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 43

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 9 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committee continued to meet at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY and continued to develop several comprehensive proposals. That work is expected to continue for the remainder of this week and into next week.

 

The Regional Committee extends its condolences to our sisters and brothers in Local 1109 on the tragic on the job accident today which claimed the life of Local 1109 Field Technician Doug LaLima. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brother LaLima’s wife and family at this difficult time.

 

Remember to Work Safe

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 42

Thursday, September 8, 2011, 11 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees together with the CWA District 2-13 / IBEWMid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.  Bob Patrician and Louise Novotny from the CWA Research Department in Washington DC joined the Regional Committees at today’s meeting. The company provided additional information to the joint committees regarding their benefit proposals.   Our committee as well as our Research experts had many more questions regarding the company’s proposal today.

 

After the meeting with the company, the two committees met with Bob and Louise to review the data and to begin the process of developing a comprehensive proposal on benefits and another comprehensive proposal on jobs. We will be spending the next week working on these proposals. Our research department and additional consultants will work with both committees when needed to help develop these proposals.

 

The District 1/IBEW Regional Committee will be meeting in NY at the Rye Town Hilton and the District 2-13/IBEW Regional Committee will be meeting in Philadelphia.

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize!  Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 41

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 11 PM

 

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 CWA District 2-13 / IBEWMid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committees also met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton.

 

The discussions centered around the issue of jobs, with the company providing information requested by your committee. The Union will review the information provided before the next meeting relating to jobs.

 

A joint meeting between the two regional Committees and the Company is scheduled for tomorrow.

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 40

Tuesday, September 6, 2011   10 PM

 

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 CWA District 2-13 / IBEWMid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committees also met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton.

 

The Company provided a portion of the information the Union had requested on contracting. The Union is awaiting additional information and is scheduled to meet again tomorrow.

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 39

Thursday, September 1, 2011, 11 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the CWA District 2-13 / IBEWMid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committees today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.

 

Both committees recognize we are fighting the same greedy corporation.  We were able to share our thoughts and concerns over common issues.  Both committees agreed this type of meeting is beneficial and committed to continuing meeting jointly over common interests throughout the bargaining process.

 

The New York/New England Bargaining committee continued to discuss and work on the Union’s proposals with most of the day spent working on the Union’s job proposal. We will continue to work with our committee on developing a comprehensive proposal and will not meet with the company until next week.

 

Your committee also spent the last two days arguing with the company about not working our members OT to address the work load. For the past few days, as Cablevision was announcing for everyone to hear that their workforce would be working 24/7 to handle the troubles caused by Hurricane Irene, the executives in Verizon were intent on denying our members OT as punishment for going on strike. Today the company opened up with over 35,000 repair troubles and it wasn’t until this afternoon that they decided to declare an emergency and allow our members to work the OT to finally address the workload.  Finally, the company decided to focus on the customer.

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 38

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 11 PM

 

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 CWA District 2-13 / IBEWMid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining Committees also met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton.

 

Both Committees were joined by District 1 Vice President Chris Shelton, District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney and CWA Chief of Staff Ron Collins.

 

Discussions today centered on the issue of jobs being returned to our bargaining units. The Unions have requested information from the Company which will be presented during meetings scheduled to take place tomorrow.

 

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 37

Friday, August 26, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local Committees as well as the Mid-Atlantic Joint CWA/IBEW Regional Bargaining Committees are scheduled to meet in Rye Town, New York on Wednesday, August 31st to reconvene bargaining with Verizon.  This “reset” of the company’s bargaining position was made possible by the tremendous strike and mobilization efforts of our members up and down the East Coast.  Our members made it clear that they would not allow this Verygreedy Corporation to destroy our collective bargaining rights nor would they allow them to destroy more middle class jobs.

 

Now your bargaining teams will return to address your issues at the bargaining table.  While we have returned to work, this fight is far from over.  We still have members who have been disciplined for strike related activities and we will not forget them.  We must continue to keep the pressure on Verizon.  We will continue to mobilize and we will continue to leaflet in front of Verizon Wireless stores across the country until we have secured a fair contract for our members.

 

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize

 

 

August 21, 2011

 

Brothers & Sisters,

 

The strike may be over (for now) however, mobilization activities will continue. Bargaining will resume next week and we need to stand united to ensure a fair and equitable contract.

The Bargaining team is extremely proud of each and every one of you and our solidarity needs to continue in the coming weeks. Because of YOU and our supporters, Verizon has finally decided to bargain fairly.

 

The first shift to return to work is the 12:15am tour on Tuesday, August 23. (If you were performing an SA (IHD) tour you should return for that shift.)

If you have a DU or an unusual circumstance, there is a 72 hour grace-period, which would enable you to return to work later (no later than Friday, August 26th). Please see the ‘Return to Work Agreement’ on the Bargaining Updates page for further information.

 

 

WE ARE WINNING THIS FIGHT!

Go back to work and show them that YOU are the Union worker and NO ONE can do the job as YOU can!

YOU ARE THE UNION!  

 

In Solidarity,

CWA Local 1400

___________________________________________________________________________

Thanks to our unity and public support for bargaining rights, striking Verizon workers will return to work on Tuesday with the contract back in force and bargaining restructured.

Our public statement, to be released at 1 pm Saturday, follows and public demonstrations will cease at this time. With your support, we return to bargain the major issues we face.


International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Communications Workers of America

CWA, IBEW Reach Agreement on Bargaining with Verizon;
Members to Return to Work Tuesday, August 23


Following is a statement by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers:

For release 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Members of CWA and IBEW at Verizon Communications will return to work on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which time the contract will be back in force for an indefinite period.

We have reached agreement with Verizon on how bargaining will proceed and how it will be restructured. The major issues remain to be discussed, but overall, issues now are focused and narrowed.

We appreciate the unity of our members and the support of so many in the greater community. Now we will focus on bargaining fairly and moving forward.

CWA and IBEW represent 45,000 workers at Verizon covered by this contract from Virginia to New England.

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 36

Friday, August 19, 2011, 10 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local Committees met with the company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Union continued to talk about our issues and demanded that the company respond to our demands. The Company did respond by bringing in a “Subject Matter Expert” who discussed various aspects of our proposal and indicated that the company would take another look at some portions of our proposal. It was the first sign that anyone in the company was even listing to our demands. We are scheduled to meet again with the Company’s “Subject Matter Expert” tomorrow. We also asked the company to bring in other “Subject Matter Experts” to discuss other areas of our proposals.

 

We reminded the company that this is the 13th day of the strike and that our members and their employees are demanding that we continue to bargain by addressing our proposals and not just the company’s proposals to reach a fair contract. The Company must continue to bring to the table those “Subject Matter Experts” who understand the union’s proposals and are able to address them.

 

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 35
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 9 PM


CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local Committees met with the company in two separate sessions today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Union compelled the company to talk about the Union’s issues. We reminded the company that this bargaining was also about our issues and what is important for our members and their families. We are scheduled to meet with the Company tomorrow morning.

As we mentioned in last night’s report for those in NY State, if you have not yet applied for unemployment insurance, please wait to apply. You can apply after the seventh week (50 Days). Those who already applied will receive a letter shortly telling you that your application has been suspended and you will have to reapply after 50 days on strike. This was confirmed by our attorney on a conference call today with the Acting Deputy Commission at the NY State Department of Labor.


We will not allow VERIZON
to destroy the Middle Class

Stay Strong - Stay United

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 34

Wednesday, August 17, 2011, 10 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. There was no progress made today. We are scheduled to meet with the Company at 9 AM tomorrow.

 

Information has been sent to the Locals regarding the Robert Lilja Members Relief Fund (RLMRF). We are also working with the NY State Department of Labor on the issue of unemployment insurance in NY State. Those who applied last week have been sent a letter telling them that their application has been suspended because Verizon has said that they are not being permanently replaced and to reapply on the 50th day of the strike. If you have not applied for unemployment insurance, please wait to apply. Those who did apply, we will have additional information for you tomorrow. We have a conference call tomorrow morning with the Acting Deputy Commissioner at the NYS Department of Labor to answer our questions and concerns and we will send out that additional information tomorrow.

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 33

Tuesday, August 16, 2011, 11 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The unions’ committees continued to review the proposals by the company and all the information we have received from the company. We are scheduled to resume talks tomorrow.

 

Today we filed unfair labor practice charges at the NLRB in Manhattan against Verizon for unilaterally changing the way our members got paid last Thursday.  Our members were sent to places other than their regular reporting location to pick up their paychecks.  Some members had to drive many extra miles to get their checks.  Verzion did this to harass our members on strike and to cost them money.  Verizon is also refusing to pay disability to members on sick leave when the strike began if they had not yet reached their eighth day of absence.  This too was done unilaterally for the purpose of harassing our members.  Verizon has also told the Union that they will not pay people for scheduled vacation time during the strike.  Again, they did this unilaterally for the purpose of making it difficult for striking members.

 

Verizon's actions violate the National Labor Relations Board in two ways.  These actions were taken without bargaining with the Union; they were also done to make things more difficult for our striking members. As such these actions are unlawful. 

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 32

Monday, August 15, 2011, 11:30 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The union committees reviewed some of the proposals by the company as well as the information we have received from the company. We are scheduled to resume talks tomorrow.

 

Local 1103 - Tribute to Gerry Horgan

On the 22nd anniversary of Gerry Horgan's death, Local 1103 held a tribute to Gerry at the location where Gerry was killed 22 years ago. Several hundred members attended the tribute and listened to Local 1103's Fran Groton describe the day that Gerry died. Fran did a great job reminding everyone of the facts surrounding Gerry's death so that we will never forget the sacrifice that was made by Gerry Horgan while walking the picket line during the strike of 1989. Every Local participated in a moment of silence at Noon today. CWA will never forget Gerry Horgan and his sacrifice.

 

Keep up the amazing work you are doing. Your efforts will make the difference in fighting back the Company’s retrogressive demands for unprecedented givebacks. The Picket lines and mobilized picketing has never been better.

 

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 31

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 10 PM

 

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.  The Union had more questions for the company regarding some of their proposal that were discussed yesterday. The company asked for a recess to research these questions so that they could answer our questions and concerns.  We are scheduled to resume talks tomorrow morning.

 

Moment of Silence – Tomorrow at Noon

 

Tomorrow is the 22nd anniversary of Gerry Horgan's death. Local 1103 is having a wreath laying ceremony which they do each year at the location where Gerry was run down. We would like a moment of silence at Noon tomorrow at every Picket Location. Every Local should remind their members of the Day that Gerry died while picketing during the “Strike of 1989” and honor his death with a moment of silence. CWA will never forget Gerry Horgan and his sacrifice.

(READ GERRY'S STORY...CLICK HERE)

 

Keep up the amazing work you are doing. Your efforts will make the difference in fighting back the Company’s retrogressive demands for unprecedented givebacks. The Picket lines and mobilized picketing has never been better.

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 30

Saturday, August 13, 2011, 11:15 PM

 

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.  Proposals were discussed and when talks recessed for the night the Company was still reviewing your Union’s latest counter proposal. The Unions and the Company are scheduled to resume discussions at 10 AM Sunday morning.

 

Our picket lines remain strong with members, their families and community supporters being vocal against the attack on our wages, benefits and standard of living. Keep up the amazing work you are doing. Your efforts will make the difference in fighting back the Company’s retrogressive demands for unprecedented givebacks.

 

 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 29
Friday, August 12, 2011 Midnight


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. Your union committee met for several hours and after lengthy discussions with the Company there was some slight movement at the table. The Union presented a detailed proposal covering several issues and is waiting the Company’s response.

There was a vigil held at Chairman Ivan Seidenberg’s home tonight. Approximately, 3,100 members and their families attended. We’ve brought our fight to Ivan’s neighbors and tonight they heard us loud and clear.

CWA also announced a March from Washington DC and Boston, Massachusetts to New York City. Details will be announced in the next day or so.

We need to keep up the fight in every way possible. Share the facts of our struggle with family and friends wherever and whenever you can. More and more unions, elected officials and community organizations are joining our fight against Verizon to save the Middle Class. We will not allow Verizon to destroy our union, our standard of living or the middle class.

It’s time to fight back!

We will not allow VERIZON
to destroy the Middle Class!


Stay Strong - Stay United!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 28

Thursday, August 11, 2011   Midnight

 

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.  We first met with the union committee to finalize our counter proposal. AT 1 PM, the union and the company met and the union presented several counter proposals to the company. The Union tried to make proposals that would jump start these negotiations and help to generate momentum. We recessed and waited until late this evening when the company responded to our proposals.

The news is not good. We were in a “time will tell” mode yesterday to see if the company was serious about negotiating a fair contract. Tonight, we got the answer to our question: “Will the company finally come to the table and begin bargaining with a commitment to negotiate a fair contract ”  The answer is NO. There is no commitment from the company to try and bargain with your unions. This company only wants major concessions from your Unions. We will not allow them to destroy your “Middle Class” status. We will not allow this company to strip away the benefits that we have gained over 50 years.

Your Unions helped this company when they were NY Telephone and New England Telephone to merge and become NYNEX. This Union helped this company when they were NYNEX and Bell Atlantic to merge to become Verizon. They needed the help of your Unions to help convince the politicians that these mergers would be good for the public. We helped this company become this powerful corporation. We watched as NNYEX and Verizon poured money from the landline side into the Wireless side to build their Wireless Network.

This is one Company - VERIZON - an extremely profitable company.

We will not allow this company to now try and destroy us and that is what they are trying to do at the bargaining table. They are trying to take away our collective bargaining rights.

 

The only company proposal that they have agreed to withdraw from the table is wages that are linked to your appraisals. I must remind everyone that the company has no proposals on the table to give you any wages at all. Every company proposal is to give something back to the company. In order to keep some of our benefits we have to give away one of the benefits we have today.

 

The company still has all of their retrogressive demands back on the table.

 

We must step up our fight. We told the company tonight that our members are prepared to fight to hell freezes over to secure a fair contract and your bargaining team is prepared to bargain for as long as it takes to secure a fair contract. We will take this fight to the public and we will raise the stakes. We will make this the battleground fight for the Middle class. Verizon will be the target for every union member and every middle class family. We will not allow this very profitable company to destroy the Middle Class.  

Our members, their friends, their neighbors and their relatives are all joining this fight against Verizon to save the Middle Class. More and more Unions are joining our fight to help us fight this greedy Corporation. Union members as well as non- union members are joining this fight.

Verizon you will hear us!!

 

It’s time to fight back! 

We will not allow VERIZON

to destroy the Middle Class!

Stay Strong - Stay United

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 27

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 11:45 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees reconvened today to resume talks with the entire committee meeting with the company at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.  The last few days were spent in discussions at high levels of the Union and the Company.  The decision to bring back the committees was made because we received a commitment from the Company that they will get serious. The Regional Committees received a new proposal from Verizon that contained almost all of their retrogressive demands from the first proposal. The only item removed was the proposal that attached wage increases to job performance.

 

The Regional Committees are reviewing the latest proposal and they will be putting together counter proposals to see if the company is serious about their commitment to bargain.

 

We will not allow VERIZON to destroy the Middle Class

 

It’s time to fight back!

And we are ready!

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 26

Tuesday, August 9, 2011  10:15 PM

 After two days of discussions at high levels of the Union and the Company, the Regional Bargaining Committee will go back to the bargaining table tomorrow at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

 The decision to bring back the committee was made because we received a commitment from the Company that they will get serious. Time will tell if they are telling the truth.

Please keep up the strong mobilization. It is your efforts and dedication that has gotten us this far. The picket lines at Wireless stores and at company and customer locations have been amazing. As your bargaining committee heads back to the table we need to keep the pressure on in every way possible.

 

Stay Strong - Stay United

Spread the Word

 

We are fighting for the Middle class!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 25

Tuesday, August 9, 2011  1 AM

 

District 1 Vice President Chris Shelton and Assistant to the Vice President Dennis Trainor as well as District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney and Assistant to the Vice President Gail Evans along with Myles Calvey, Business Manager, IBEW Local 2222/ Chair T-6 Council and Bill Huber, President/Business Manager IBEW Local 827 met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye New York. We spent the entire day discussing all the issues that are on the New York/New England table and the Mid Atlantic table. The Union is trying to limit the issues at both of these tables by convincing the company to withdraw many of their retrogressive demands. We recessed at 11:30 PM and we are scheduled to reconvene in the morning.

 

Picket Lines are strong at every location from New England to Virginia. Unions are contacting us from all over the country who are offering to help us in our fight against Verizon. Working Men and Women, union and non-union realize this is a fight to save the Middle class.

 

Stay Strong-Stay United

Spread the Word

 

We are fighting for the Middle class!!

It's Midnight and we are going on strike

 

 The current round of negotiations with Verizon has been unprecedented, both in terms of the scope of Verizon’s attacks on the middle-class jobs of our members, and in terms of the company’s absolute refusal to engage in serious collective bargaining towards a new contract.

There has been absolutely no movement by the company at the table since talks began on June 22nd. Over 100 concessionary company proposals remain on the table. We have never seen anything like this in 50 years of bargaining with Verizon and its corporate predecessors.

 

As a result, CWA and IBEW have decided to take the unprecedented step of striking to force management to stop its Wisconsin-style tactics, and to start bargaining in good faith.

 

45,000 CWA and IBEW members walked off the job at midnight to demand that a company which made $19.5 billion and paid its top executives $258million over the last four years start bargaining in good faith and stop its attack on middle class jobs.

 

If and when the company agrees to bargain, then we will return to work and bargain until a fair agreement is reached.

Regional Bargaining Report # 23

Saturday, August 6, 2011  10:30 PM

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local Committees met with the company this morning at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. With only 1-1/2 hours left before contract expiration, we are still waiting for the company to get back to us. Obviously, they do not hear us.

 

At Midnight tonight – they will hear us Loud and Strong

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

We will not let that happen

 

It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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.

 

We will not allow VERIZON to destroy the Middle Class

At MIDNIGHT it is time to fight back!

 

 Midnight - they will know we are fighting for the Middle class

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 22

Saturday, August 6, 2011  6 PM

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local Committees met with the company this morning at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. With just 6 hours left before contract expiration, the company has yet to withdraw any of their retrogressive proposals. The company informed us this morning that they have another health care proposal to bring to the table. We are still waiting to meet to see this proposal.

With time running out the Company needs to withdraw these retrogressive demands. Obviously, the company has not heard us and at midnight they will hear how loud and clear we are – We want a contract!

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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.

 

We will not allow VERIZON to destroy the Middle Class

It’s time to fight back!

And we are ready…

  

BE READY AT MIDNIGHT! 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize! 

We will update you before Midnight

Mass Rally

Saturday, July 30th

Verizon HQ @ 140 West St. New York City

 

Over 15,000 CWA and IBEW members converged on Verizon's New York City headquarters on Saturday, July 30th, one week before expiration.

 

CWA PHOTO GALLERY:

 

Verizon bargaining began Wednesday, June 22 and the company is on the attack.

 That's the bad news.

 Here's the good news: Districts 1, 2, and 13 and IBEW stand united and ready to fight for the good union jobs and middle class standard of living we've earned.

 Join the mobilization!

 Watch the video and share it with your co-workers:

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 21

Friday, August 5, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local Committees met with the company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. With just 1 day before contract expiration, the company has yet to withdraw any of their retrogressive proposals and actually added proposals from the local tables to the Regional table tonight. Further discussions are scheduled with the Regional Committee tomorrow morning.

 

The Company needs to get serious and remove these retrogressive demands immediately tomorrow morning and begin bargaining with your Union. Call your managers during the day and let them know you want the Company to come to the table and withdraw their retrogressive demands immediately.

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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!

Regional Bargaining Report # 20

Thursday, August 4, 2011

 

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. With just 2 days before contract expiration, the company has yet to withdraw any of their retrogressive proposals. The discussions today centered on health care with the company supplying some of the information the union has requested. Further discussions are scheduled for tomorrow morning.

 

The Company needs to get serious and begin bargaining with your Union. We need every member to tell their manager that Verizon needs to bargain with their Union now.

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 19

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. With just 3 days before contract expiration, your bargaining committee spent the day reviewing data received from the company and also evaluating our proposals. We have rejected all but one of the Company’s proposals and we told them yesterday that they need to address our issues. We are still waiting for the Company to respond to our proposals.

 The Company needs to get serious and begin bargaining with your Union. The clock is ticking and time is running out.

 Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 18

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

 

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. With just 4 days before contract expiration, your bargaining committee is still waiting for Verizon to get serious at the bargaining table. The Company spends more time sending messages to our members giving them “bargaining facts” than they spend at the table. The Company's “ bargaining facts” e-mailed today to our members stated that key issues are being explored at the bargaining table, yet the issues listed were only briefly mentioned at a June meeting and never raised again. Your bargaining committee needs you to let your managers know that you are demanding that the Company come to the table and bargain with your Union. The Company was not ready to meet until 5:30 p.m. today.  They need to get serious. The clock is ticking and time is running out.

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 17

Monday, August 1, 2011

 

 

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. With just 5 days before contract expiration, Verizon has yet to get serious at the bargaining table. While the message from Saturday’s rally, where more than 20,000 CWA/IBEW members, retirees and their families stood together to let Verizon know their demands are totally unacceptable, was carried by the media…Verizon still doesn’t get it.

 

Today, to once again let Verizon know what our position is, your regional bargaining committee rejected virtually all of the Company’s bargaining proposals.

 

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.

 

It is time that Verizon invests in America and brings Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit.  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!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 16
Thursday, July 28, 2011



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. The Union received answers to their questions on one of the company’s proposals. Unfortunately, the charts and presentations that they brought to the table to answer those questions were incorrect and the company needed to recess in order to correct those charts. The Union had received this proposal one month ago and had asked many questions to better understand the proposal. One month later, they returned with incorrect information. The company has told the Union that they will have this information tomorrow. The Union has to wonder when the company will begin to negotiate. Marc Reed, Executive Vice President in Verizon wrote to our members on Tuesday and he stated, “We are committed to productive discussions with union leaders regarding these issues.” Someone needs to tell Marc Reed that they have not engaged in any productive discussions and there are only 9 days left to the expiration of our contract. When do they plan to begin to have these productive discussions?

The members in District 1 overwhelming voted to authorize the Executive Board of CWA to call a strike if a fair contract cannot be reached.

Every member should tell their managers to stop sending them part of “What You Should Know” – How about telling us that Ivan Seidenberg makes $55,000 a day, that’s 1 day; that their top five executives were paid $258 million in compensation over the last 4 years; that Verizon made $19 Billion (that is with a “B”) in Profit over the last 4 years. Tell your managers that with facts like this, Verizon should not be trying to:


Eliminate Compensation:
• Wages - both annual and progression increases will be tied to your yearly evaluation. If you receive a “Does Not Meet Position Requirements” you will not receive an increase.
• Eliminate Night and Saturday Differential
• Eliminate Sunday premium pay
• Eliminate Double Time for hours worked past 49 in a week
• Eliminate all Overtime Caps
• Eliminate city allowances
• Create new job titles for the consumer and business call centers that would work on a commission based wage schedule


Eliminate Pensions:
• Eliminate pension accruals. For anyone currently on the payroll your pension will be frozen as of December 31, 2011 and after that, there will be no more pension plan
• Eliminate the Pension Cash-Out option
• Modify the 401(k) Plan and the CPS
• Eliminate the Sickness Death Benefit


Eliminate Benefits:
• Eliminate the current health care, prescription, dental, and vision plans and offer plans with high deductibles and contributions
• Eliminate accident disability benefits
• Cut in half the sickness disability benefits
• Reduce sick time pay to 5 days per year for those members with 20 or more years, 4 days for those with 15 - 20 years, 3 days for those with 7- 15 years, 2 days for those with 2 – 7 years and 0 days for those with less than 2 years
• Reduce Paid Holidays to seven


Eliminate Job Security:
• Eliminate the Job Security Provisions for all employees
• Eliminate the Movement of Work Protection
• Eliminate the 35 mile transfer provision
• Eliminate provisions in Force Adjustment Plan
• Eliminate New Contracting Initiatives agreement – which would allow them to increase the level of contracting


Eliminate Other Benefits:
• Eliminate the Next Step Program
• Eliminate the half day on Christmas Eve
• Reduce the notice to the Union on Major technological changes from 6 months to 30 days
• Eliminate the Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund

Verizon seems hell-bent on destroying the middle class jobs CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to create over the last 50 years of collective bargaining.


Thousands of CWA and IBEW members and retirees will be at this Saturday’s Rally at 11AM at Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City to tell Verizon that it is time to invest in America and to bring Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit. 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.

If you haven’t already made your arrangements to be at the Rally contact your Steward or Local to sign up. Every member should be at this rally, every member should bring their families, neighbors and friends.

It’s time to fight back!

Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Hear the song that will be played LIVE at the rally on Saturday:

Written by CWA Local 6222 member Ray Rodrigues & Riley Walace

Music by Riley Wallace, Special

 

“Get Ready to Strike”
http://files.cwa-union.org/national/att/song.mp3

 

Everyone will sing the chorus at the Rally!

Please try to learn the lyrics:

 

“Get ready to strike

Get ready to walk the line

Protect my healthcare, don’t lower my wages

Realize, Recognize, Mobilize, Stay Alive!

Get ready to strike

Get ready to walk the line

Protect my healthcare, don’t lower my wages

Realize, Recognize, Mobilize, Stay Alive!”


Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 15
Wednesday, July 27, 2011


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. The Union presented additional proposals to the Company. The Company asked questions about the Union’s initial set of proposals but made no movement on addressing any of the Union’s concerns. Verizon has not shown that they are serious about reaching an agreement with the Union or about having serious discussions around the issues to get to an agreement.

The members in District 1 and IBEW Local 2213 overwhelming voted to authorize a strike.

It is time for every member to tell their managers to go to the bargaining table and begin negotiating with your Union.

Thousands of CWA and IBEW members and retirees will be at this Saturday’s Rally at 11AM at Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City to tell Verizon that it is time to invest in America and to bring Good Jobs back into the bargaining unit. If you haven’t already made your arrangements to be at the Rally contact your Steward or Local to sign up. Remember to wear RED!!!

 

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 14

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

 

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. Discussions centered on Absence.  It was apparent to your bargaining Committee that Verizon did not come to the table to have a serious discussion.  Management was strongly reminded that the contract expires in a little more than a week and that the time for them to get serious is NOW!!!

 

All employees in the East were greeted by Marc Reed’s letter this morning.  After reading it one could easily come away with the mistaken belief that Verizon is financially struggling.  That couldn’t be farther from the truth!  While Mr. Reed is correct that Verizon has invested more than $20 billion on FiOS since 2008, he fails to mention that it was our members work that provided the profits used to enter into Wireless and FiOS and it is our members who, everyday, deliver the quality service their customers demand.  We will continue to remind Management of these facts when discussions resume tomorrow. 

 

Thousands of CWA and IBEW members and retirees will be at this Saturday’s Rally at 11AM at Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City.  If you haven’t already made your arrangements contact your Steward or Local to sign up.

Remember to wear RED!!!

 

And don’t forget, tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27th, CWA will host a virtual union hall meeting on Verizon East Bargaining and Mobilization. You will hear from Districts Vice President Chris Shelton and Ed Mooney, IBEW Local 827 President Bill Huber, and IBEW T-6 Chairperson Myles Calvey on what is happening at the table and how we are fighting back.

 

RSVP to join tomorrow’s call at 7PM EDT!

Urge your co-workers do so, too!

 

You can sign up for the call now by going to:  

http://www.cwaaction.org or text VZCALL to 69866.

We want to make sure that everyone is on this call.

 

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 13

Monday, July 25, 2011

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 Regional and Local Bargaining Teams met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.  The Regional Committee presented their Health Care proposal, together with a detailed plan to rein in the spiraling cost of benefits, while at the same time, improving the quality of care received.  Discussions are scheduled to resume tomorrow morning.

 

Mobilization plans continue throughout the Locals with a focus on this Saturdays Rally at 140 West Street in New York City.

 

On Wednesday, July 27th, CWA will host a virtual union hall meeting on Verizon East Bargaining and Mobilization. You will hear from District Vice Presidents Chris Shelton and Ed Mooney, IBEW Local 827 President Bill Huber , and IBEW T-6 Chairperson Myles Calvey on what is happening at the table and how we are fighting back.

 

Please RSVP to join the call on Wednesday at 7PM EDT

 

You can sign up for the call now by going to:   http://www.cwaaction.org   or text VZCALL to 69866.

 

If you have already signed up, please forward this message to your co-workers. We want to make sure that everyone is on this call.

 

Every member and retiree should be making plans to attend the July 30th rally at Verizon headquarters in New York City. The rally will begin at 11 a.m. at 140 West St.

 

Thousands of CWA and IBEW members are coming from across the footprint, some of them riding buses all night to be there. We need every member and retiree to make that same commitment to fight against Verizon's greed and for a fair contract that protects our jobs and standard of living. 

 

Contact your steward or local now for transportation. Bring your family members and other supporters. And, of course, wear red!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

LOCAL Bargaining Report

Monday, July 25, 2011

 

Local Bargaining continued through midnight Saturday night. We anticipated what was coming: Verizon stated they had “No Interest” in all but two (2) of the Union’s proposals to improve working conditions. We rejected all of their retrogressive and insulting proposals (7).

Saturday night, we were horrified – with less than six (6) hours to go before Local Bargaining officially ended – they proposed to modify the internal transfer procedure that currently protects our Springfield, MA office.

 

To say we are disappointed that Verizon had no interest in improving conditions within our centers would be an understatement. Clearly they do not value the work you do every day and do not recognize that as the ‘front-line’ we are the MOST important part of this Company.

 

Regional Table conversations continued today in NY. Don is representing CWA New England and will be reporting back any updates. We will keep you informed.

 

We need everyone to fully support our Regional Bargaining team as they continue to fight back concessions!

 

** We understand there are some members that believe that this contract expiration is like any other bargaining session… PLEASE understand that there are members of the Bargaining teams that have been bargaining contracts for over 30 years and they have never seen such an assault on our Contracts! This is SERIOUS!

 

If you have not planned for a strike do what you can NOW to prepare.

We have (2) weeks left until our contract expires!

 

We expect a HUGE turnout in New York for the Rally July 30th.

If you have not reserved your seat on the bus yet, please do it now!

Call the Local Union office at (603) 436-4388.

The bus schedule is on the website!

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Theresa Dobson, District 2 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

 

LOCAL Bargaining Report

Thursday, July 21, 2011

 

Your Local Bargaining Team met with Verizon again today. The Company had no counter proposals for us and also had no interest in (2) of the Unions proposals.

Adding insult to injury, the Company notified us today that they are forcing (6) VCCD Reps to take CSSC calls beginning August 1st. Don demanded from Labor Relations which contract article gave them the right to do this - and the only article that they could quote was “Management Rights.” We gave them examples of several articles that they were violating. We demanded expedited arbitration, to which they refused.

 

Negotiations will resume tomorrow.

 

We need EVERYONE to fight back!

 

STAND UNITED! YOU ARE THE UNION!

 

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 7/21/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Theresa Dobson, District 2 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

Regional Bargaining Report # 10

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

 

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local and Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY today. The Unions received some answers to questions raised at previous sessions but are awaiting additional responses. The Company has not yet responded to any of the Unions bargaining proposals. Local Bargaining tables continued to meet throughout the day and into this evening. Discussions at all tables will resume tomorrow.

 

Plans continue for the July 30, 2011 rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West St in NY City. The Rally will begin at 11 AM. Members and retirees will join together to fight Verizon’s attack on our wages, benefits and working conditions. Every member from every Local should bring their families with them to help send our message to Verizon. We heard from some of our Locals in California that will be sending members to this rally.

 

 

Call your Steward - Call your Local

Make arrangements now - Be on the Bus

(Locations/Details Coming Soon!)

 

Let’s Rock NY City Again in 2011

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

LOCAL Bargaining Report

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

 

Your Local Bargaining team met with Verizon again today and passed more proposals to the Company. Verizon, once again, had nothing for us.

 

We proposed:

 

The Company should have counter proposals for us tomorrow. But, we also expected them tonight, yesterday, last session… We will keep you informed!

 

Word we are hearing from the other Local tables is that if we ever receive anything from the Company, we won’t be happy with it.

 

WEAR RED TOMORROW – IT’S THURSDAY!

STAND UNITED! YOU ARE THE UNION!

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 7/20/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Theresa Dobson, District 2 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 9

Tuesday July 19, 2011

 

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local and Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY today. The committees presented additional union proposals. The committees also pressed the company for answers on questions from previous session. The company will be providing some of those answers tomorrow. The Company has not responded to any of our proposals at the Regional table. Discussions will resume tomorrow.

 

Locals should continue conducting their strike votes and preparing for the July 30, 2011 rally at Verizon Headquarters 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. Every member from every Local should be at this Rally to send a message to Verizon.

 

Call your Steward - Call your Local

Make arrangements now - Be on the Bus

 

Let’s Rock NY City Again in 2011

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report # 8

Monday July 18, 2011

 

After meeting with Verizon locals from around the country to gather support for our fight against corporate greed, your CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Local and Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon at the Ryetown Hilton in Rye, NY today. Your union teams presented proposals covering numerous issues ranging from work rules to benefits and compensation. Discussions will resume tomorrow.

 

Locals should continue conducting their strike votes and preparing for the July 30, 2011 rally at Verizon Headquarters at 140 West St in NY City.  Members from all areas of the Verizon footprint will be joining us in the fight to protect our wages, benefits and working conditions. Every member from every Local should be at this Rally to send a message to Verizon.

 

Call your Steward - Call your Local

Make arrangements now - Be on the Bus

 

Let’s Rock NY City Again in 2011

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

 

LOCAL Bargaining Report

Monday, July 18, 2011

 

The 1400 Local table met today 07/18/11. Verizon had nothing for us today.

NONE of the information we have requested…
NO counter-proposals…
NO new proposals…

Clearly, they must have been too busy to consider our members, their employees or bargaining for the past two weeks.

We passed over proposals #11-15:
No discipline for observations
Flex time
Vacation buyback
Increase in special city allowance
Enhancements to arbitration awards

The Local table will be meeting through Saturday and the Company doesn't seem to be interested in anything that does not remove protections or benefits that have been fought for over decades.

It is obvious we are just numbers to them. This Company gives nothing out of the kindness of their hearts. We are now seeing that they no longer have any heart at all.

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 7/18/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Sarah Rotcavich, District 1 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

Regional Bargaining Report # 7

Friday July 1, 2011

 

CWA District 1 / IBEW Local 2213 Regional and Local Bargaining Teams as well as the IBEW New England Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. The Regional Committee continued discussion on health care and we are still waiting for information and data that we have requested from the Company.

 

Reminder to save Saturday July 30, 2011

for the Rally in New York City

 

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.

Now more than ever we need to mobilize! 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

Regional Bargaining Report #6

Thursday  June 30, 2011

CWA District 1 / IBEW Local 2213 Regional and Local Bargaining Teams as well as the IBEW New England Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY to continue discussions on health care. The Regional Committee has requested additional data and information from the Company and is scheduled to resume negotiations at 9 AM tomorrow.

Preparations are being made for strike votes to be held in all locals. Plans are also being made for a Rally at Verizon Headquarters in New York City at 140 West Street on July 30, 2011. We will supply more details next week but it is time to set aside this date and make plans to attend this Rally. Members from all three Districts from New England to Virginia as well as IBEW members from NY, NE, NJ and Pennsylvania will be attending.

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.

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

LOCAL Bargaining Report

Thursday June 30, 2011

The Local Bargaining team met today, 6/30/11 and Verizon had no proposals to present to us. We continued to present proposals that preserve your work rules and enhance your benefits. Those proposals included:

  1. Paying for reasonable expenses incurred, such as parking, when the Company mandates you to travel for training and/or meetings - which they should have been paying under article 29.05 anyway, but refuse to for all members.
  2. Releasing employees to attend funerals for extended family members and friends.
  3. Mandating that TP’d members be made Acting Managers after 30 days and not allowing the Company to exempt them from that promotion by using an EWD, vacation day, or 'comp day'.

We will continue to present your issues and strive for better working conditions as the work environment grows more hostile and inhumane.

This contract will be the fight of a lifetime. Verizon is coming after our core benefits, our core work rules and we must stand together to stop them!

If a Manager has ever told you “You should be grateful to have this job” - You should be grateful. However, don't be grateful to Verizon but to the Union that has bargained for and fought for your benefits and contract.

Ask not what your Union can do for you, but ask what YOU can do for your Union - to help us all keep what we have fought for and won year after year!

2011 looks like it could be the next 1989, but it’s not just about healthcare...You ARE the Union and they are looking to break us.

STAND UNITED! STAND TOGETHER! WE ARE THE UNION!

Your Local Bargaining Team on 6/30/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Michael O’Day, District 6 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Christine Parker, District 4 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

 

 

 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Taunton, MA - CWA 1400 Members:

 

Regional Bargaining Report #5

Wednesday June 29, 2011

 

CWA District 1 / IBEW Local 2213 Regional and Local Bargaining Teams as well as the IBEW New England Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. CWA Districts 2, & 13 and the IBEW Locals 827 and 1944 Regional Bargaining Teams met with the Company today In Philadelphia. Your Union Bargaining teams collectively have decades of bargaining experience. In all of our experience we have never seen such an aggressive agenda as the package of proposals the Company brought to the table today. Verizon has made it clear they want to take away almost every protection we have as Union workers.

 

Verizon wants to:

 

Wages:

 

Pensions:

 

Benefits:

 

Job Security:

 

Other:

 

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.

 

Districts 1, 2, and 13 as well as the IBEW in New York, New England,

New Jersey and Pennsylvania stand unified and ready to fight.

 

We stand unified and ready to fight for your Wages, Benefits, and Working Conditions.

We stand unified and ready to fight for the middle class standard of living that you have earned and rightfully deserve to keep.

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

LOCAL Bargaining Report

Wednesday June 29, 2011

 

The Local Bargaining team met today, 6/29/11 and passed proposals that would benefit both the employee and the company towards their goals of flexibility. We proposed to allow EWD in 15 minute increments and to eliminate the 2 full day requirements. We proposed all (5) days to be paid and to increase the daily allotments. This would enhance productivity, per the company’s force load requirements. The Company took this under advisement.

 

We also proposed modifying our existing observation agreement to clearly define language that had been misinterpreted by the company.

 

Both proposals clearly benefit both parties.

 

Verizon proposed to gut the contract of the entire observation agreement and to remove ALL scheduled closed time. With a straight face, the company explained that this would “alleviate stress” by allowing them to reduce overtime - which they proposed yesterday to eliminate ALL restrictions on!

 

Verizon’s position is that Local & Regional bargaining will revolve around their 2 goals of flexibility and cost savings. We are quickly seeing flexibility involves gutting the contract, which leads to their cost savings by making working conditions so horrible you will quit.

 

Our position is that we made this network and we're not going anywhere!

 

WEAR RED TOMORROW!

 

SHOW WE ARE UNITED!

 

MAKE SURE YOU HAVE SPOKEN TO YOUR MOBILIZERS REGARDING ACTIVITIES!

 

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 6/29/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Michael O’Day, District 6 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Gregg Irving, District 3 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

Regional Bargaining Report #4

Tuesday June 28, 2011

 

CWA District 1 / IBEW Local 2213 Regional and Local Bargaining Teams as well as the IBEW New England Committees met with the Company today. At the Regional table we discussed the benefit proposal which was passed last week. Some of the retrogressive proposals are:

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize

 

Mobilize! Mobilize! Mobilize!

 

Local Bargaining Reports:

 

Local bargaining continued today, 6/28/2011 and the mood went from somber to insulting.

 

Labor relations proposed changing the differential payment from 7pm to 9pm, that makes your differential payment that we earn go from 10% to 0%. They also proposed that differentials will be reduced to 9pm to 6am from 10% to 5%, cutting your hard earned differential in HALF! That's a $122 cut in pay!!!

 

They do not place any value on the time that would normally be spent with your family...they are saying they need the flexibility to manage a 24x7 workforce even though they need fewer than 6 people right now to manage a night tour.

 

The Company also proposed to eliminate the premium payment for working OT on a holiday. They want to be able to force you to work OT on a holiday and pay just time and a half.

 

To make matters worse, they propose to remove ALL limitations on forced overtime...(they can force more than 10-12 hours of OT per week) and eliminate double time after 9 hours of OT.

 

You should work harder longer and have no other life beside the hell that they create in the centers!

 

Can their proposals be any more insulting, degrading and greedy???

 

Their reasoning couldn't be any more illogical which makes it seem like it is a cold calculated attack on all of us!

 

Keep up your mobilization activities and let them know that you are worth more than this!!

 

We are United!

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 6/28/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Michael O’Day, District 6 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Gregg Irving, District 3 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

 

The Local Bargaining table met again today, 06/27/11. Verizon was not prepared to respond to any of our proposals and had no questions regarding them.

 

We did ask additional questions on the proposal they had presented to us, eliminating the "weekly, monthly or quarterly" language from the SA article. They were not prepared to answer all of our questions and have committed to getting us answers and examples of why they would need a specific person in a SA role for over 3 months.

 

 

We need you to mobilize!!

 

LET THEM HEAR YOU NOW!!!!!!!

 

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 6/27/11:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Michael O’Day, District 6 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

 

The Local Bargaining team met with Verizon on Thursday and Friday this week. We passed proposals on additional relief periods and enhancements to the grievance process. The Company has taken these back for review.

 

On Thursday, we received the Company's only proposal so far. They proposed to change the rotation time-frame for the SA position. Essentially, the language they passed indicates that the Company would like to be able to keep the SA's (that THEY choose) for as long as they would like. We presume this would lead to the elimination of a rotation at all. We are reviewing their proposed language and we are contemplating a counter-offer.

 

The "uncomfortable changes" Verizon mentioned in their opening statement are clear by seeing their first proposals at the Regional and Local Bargaining tables. They seem to be interested in only getting concessions from the Union and eliminating work rules that would help them run the centers like the non-union sweatshops they send our calls to throughout the world.

 

Local Bargaining is to resume on Monday, June 27th. Updates will follow!

 

STAND UNITED!

UNITED WE STAND - DIVIDED WE BEG

 

Your Local Bargaining Team on 6/23 & 6/24:

 

Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400

Keri Evinson, Executive Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Karen Cusson, Recording Secretary, CWA Local 1400

Sumner Delaney, Treasurer, CWA Local 1400

Michael O’Day, District 6 Vice President, CWA Local 1400

Paul Bouchard, CWA National Staff Representative

Regional Bargaining Report #3

Friday June 24, 2011

CWA District 1 / IBEW Local 2213 Regional and Local Bargaining Teams as well as the IBEW New England Committees met with the Company today. At the Regional table the Company gave us a proposal on Health Benefits. Verizon management had made it clear in their opening remarks on Wednesday that their goal in this round of bargaining was to erode our standard of living and the many hard fought for gains we have made through our more than sixty years of contract negotiations.

The Company proposed today to replace the MEP HCPPO and the HCN plan with two inferior plans and to vastly increase deductibles, out of pocket maximums and to add employee contributions. This proposal would also add considerable cost to retirees by implementing this plan. Retirees would begin paying annual contributions as well as paying more for their benefits with higher deductibles and higher out of pocket maximums.

The committee spent the day discussing these new plans with the company and will evaluate the plans over the weekend. The Company seems intent on making the plans so expensive that no one will be able to afford to use them.

We have told the company that we are prepared to work with them to help them cut cost with the Health Benefits but we are not prepared to shift the cost of those benefits to our members. We fought too hard for these plans, these benefits and our members and their employees deserve the best health care coverage from a company that is extremely profitable.

We have recessed for the weekend and will reconvene with the Regional Bargaining Committee on Tuesday. Most of the Local committees will be reconvening on Monday.

Mobilize! - Mobilize! - Mobilize!

Rye, NY CWA Rally 6/23/11

 

Regional Bargaining Report #2

Thursday June 23, 2011

 

Regional and Local Bargaining Teams met with the Company today. At the Regional table the Company gave a presentation about health care which lasted all day.

We have analyzed the Company's lengthy opening statement from yesterday's meeting which basically followed the theme of your wages are too high, your health benefits cost too much, you use your health benefits too frequently, you are out sick too much and your work rules are too costly.

 

If you read the Union's opening statement you can see that we took the high road and offered to help the Company solve problems as long as the member's livelihoods were not harmed.

Well it appears that Verizon believes that you are their enemy instead of the dedicated hard working work force that we know you are. This company is trying to take back everything that we have fought for and worked for over half a century.

We are not ready to go backwards; we are not ready to give up our standard of living. We all must stand together and if it's a fight they want it's a fight they'll get.

The Union will be asking you to mobilize, to take action. We need every member involved. This fight cannot be left to someone else. Every member must participate.

 

Keep checking this website for further updates and instructions.

Regional Bargaining Report #1

Wednesday June 22, 2011

CWA Districts 1, 2, and 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.

Chris Shelton, Vice President District 1 gave an opening statement to the Company at the regional Bargaining table in NY. Chris closed his statement by stating, “We need to be able to grow with Verizon. The Company cannot keep claiming surplus after surplus while hiring more contractors every day. It is not fair to your employees to tell them there are too many of them but yet you need contractors to do their work. It is not even good business to do this. We know that Verizon has an ideology of union avoidance and that shrinking the Union workforce is a priority. When ideology flies in the face of good business sense sooner or later the business and the stockholders suffer.

Our members are not only loyal to the Union they are loyal to Verizon as well. They want to see Verizon succeed, they work hard every day and have for the last half century to see Verizon and its predecessors succeed. However, Verizon's success should not be, cannot be, at their expense.

So we come here today to negotiate a contract that is fair to the Company, one that protects good Union jobs and that gives our membership the opportunity to grow along with the Company (See above statement).

The Regional Bargaining Committee also discussed logistics and a tentative schedule. Bargaining has adjourned for the day and is scheduled to resume tomorrow Thursday, June 23rd and it is expected that the Company will provide a benefit presentation to the Union. All Local Bargaining will also begin tomorrow.

There will be a rally at the Rye Town Hilton tomorrow at 5:30 PM.

Verizon Bargaining

Opening Statement Vice President, CWA District One

June 22, 2011

 

The Unions are here today to start the process of negotiating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

 

Our Unions have negotiated contracts with Verizon, Bell Atlantic and their predecessors since before any of us started working here. During the last 50 years, we worked together to solve problems, to address one another's needs at the bargaining table, to deliver quality service to customers and build a strong company.

 

And we have changed together as well. Our members have never stood in the way of technological change. Our union has always advocated efforts to insure that our members worked to stay abreast of the ever changing telecommunications industry.

 

Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg should know better than almost anyone that it was our members who did the work to make the profits which gave this Company the ability to grow and to expand into the businesses that it now includes. I say this because Ivan has the unique perspective for a CEO that he started out as one of us.

 

But in recent years, this company has turned its back on its employees. This company that we built together has taken its profits and headed off in new directions, to new products and technologies, and left behind the very workers that are responsible for its success.

 

Since 2005 Verizon has cut 80,000 wireline jobs from its rolls through access line sales, segment spin-offs, layoffs, attrition and retirements. In the same time period, Verizon Wireless has added 23,000 jobs.

 

Prior to the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE in 2000, CWA and the IBEW represented 69% of Bell Atlantic employees. After the merger, 53% of the new Verizon Company was union-represented employees. Now we have dropped to only 35%.

 

We know that the industry is changing in a fundamental way and that the consumer side of the wireline business is in decline. While wireless subscribers continue to grow in number.

 

But we also know, in spite of what we hear from Mr. Seidenberg and the commercials for Verizon Wireless, that wireless service is not limitless. And without a quality wired network, there can be no reliable wireless phone service, no wireless data network, and no limitless world of communications.

 

We need to be able to grow with Verizon. The Company cannot keep claiming surplus after surplus while hiring more contractors every day. It is not fair to your employees to tell them there are too many of them but yet you need contractors to do their work. It is not even good business to do this. We know that Verizon has an ideology of union avoidance and that shrinking the Union workforce is a priority. When ideology flies in the face of good business sense sooner or later the business and the stockholders suffer.

 

Our members are not only loyal to the Union they are loyal to Verizon as well. They want to see Verizon succeed, they work hard every day and have for the last half century to see Verizon and its predecessors succeed. However, Verizon's success should not be, cannot be, at their expense.

 

So we come here today to negotiate a contract that is fair to the Company, one that protects good Union jobs and that gives our membership the opportunity to grow along with the Company. Both the Company and the Union have an opportunity here to change the dynamic. An adversarial stance serves neither the members of our Union or Verizon and its shareholders. We must come to an agreement that is fair to both sides.

June 22, 2011

Andover, MA CSSC:

June 16, 2011

Providence, RI - Verizon Workers Rally For Good Jobs!

June 16, 2011

Verizon, Andover CSSC - Michelle Bunning, Tracey Clocher

CWA 1400 Members showing their Union Pride!

June 2, 2011

Taunton, MA CSSC CWA Members STAND UP together at 3pm to show UNITY!!

May 5, 2011

This was our stand today on one side of theTaunton, MA CSSC:

We stand for ourselves & those empty desks between us due to illness, firings and corporate greed!

We stand for dignity and unity!

We stand to show support of those who have fought and continue to fight for our job security!

We stand because one small step creates forward moving actions that have the potential to change our future!

Stand with us every Thursday @ 3:00!! NO....it's not too much to ask!!

"That's great .....that's what a union looks like!!!" (Don Trementozzi, President, CWA Local 1400)