ARE YOU READY TO STRIKE FOR A FAIR CONTRACT?

Regional Bargaining Report # 50

Friday February 5, 2016

In our previous Mid-Atlantic bargaining report, we communicated that your CWA bargaining committee made a proposal which addressed the needs of both the Company and the Union. One of the critical issues for the Company is the cost of healthcare. The Union addressed this in our proposal which would save the Company millions during the term of the contract.

Two weeks ago the Company rejected the Union’s proposal and presented the Union with another proposal that fell short of addressing any of the Union’s critical needs.

Over the last week additional high level discussions took place. Our Union leadership told Verizon executives that since we addressed the Company’s needs, we expect the Company to address our needs.

We went back to the bargaining table yesterday to receive another proposal from Verizon. It too falls short. This newest Company proposal still contains many retrogressive demands and fails to meet many of the Union’s needs.

Earlier today Marc Reed put out another deceptive e mail about the status of bargaining. He stated that the Company has “presented proposals that would provide the Company greater flexibility in managing the work while recognizing current job security provisions”.

What the Company proposed was its willingness to withdraw its Job Security demand if the Union in turn would agree to:
  •  Forced Transfers: Consolidate centers throughout the footprint and transfer workers from one Mid-Atlantic state to a different Mid-Atlantic state. Other transfers would include an additional commute of up to 2-hours one way. A commute the Company calls “inconvenient” but not “unreasonable.”
  •  Temporary Assignments: Ability to transfer employees in one state to another state for up to 4 months.

The Company is willing to eliminate your quality of life by moving you wherever and whenever they decide. This is not how the Union defines Job Security.

These actions would not only have an economic impact but be a hardship for members and their families.

It is clear to your Bargaining Committee that this enormously profitable company- which made $18.3 billion in profits in 2015 and paid its top five executives $44.5 million in 2014, is determined to gut our contract and destroy the working conditions that CWA and IBEW have fought so hard to achieve over the last 50 years.

We need every member engaged in this fight. It is more important than ever that we take this fight to a new level.

Ready to STRIKE for a fair contract???

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Why We Wear RED on THURSDAYS???

The History of Wearing RED:

The idea of wearing RED as a sign of Solidarity began at the Communications Workers of America in 1989. It began as a movement out of love for a brother who lost his life to a SCAB. Tricia McNamara had to get to work and drove through the line of picketers.

In her desperation, this summer-hire SCAB struck down Brother Gerry Horgan. He gave his life for what he believed in, for what he loved, for what he lived for. He wanted what we all want, a good life for his wife, his children, and his friends. Local 1103 in Westchester County N.Y. lost a Brother that day. A wife lost her husband and two little girls lost their daddy to Corporate GREED. This greed still exists today. The members of that Local wore RED for the first time in Unity for Brother Gerry Horgan.

That display of Unity is what CWA members are supposed to be all about. Is it too much to ask that we wear RED on Thursdays, to say with a color or your voice "I'm Proud To Be A Union Member, I'm Proud To Be With CWA!"? Remember, wear RED on Thursday, and please remember Brother Gerry Horgan! We wear RED on Thursdays, and we encourage all working people to wear RED on Thursdays, too, because every working person deserves a good paying job with benefits.  

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