WE ARE ON STRIKE AT VERIZON.
(to be continued.)
Regional Bargaining Report # 65

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Committee met with the Company in Philadelphia this
afternoon. The Company passed a comprehensive proposal, calling it the last best and final proposal, which still fails to address many of our members’concerns. 

We have been on strike for 16 days while the Company has been producing videos in an attempt to convince members that it has presented a deal we shouldn’t refuse.

Do not be fooled by videos that do not tell the whole story. Our strike remains in
full force and effect. Your bargaining team will remain in Philadelphia reviewing the
Company’s latest proposal and will be responding appropriately. While the Company has described its proposal as the last, best and final offer it is nothing more than a work in progress. Both sides are still obligated to continue negotiations so members should see this as just another scare tactic by the Company and not the end of the bargaining process.

Customer opinion of Verizon has hit a three-year low as Verizon executives refuse to settle a contract that would put our skilled technicians and experienced customer service workers back on the job. Our customers are already tired of the wait times, unsafe work practices and poor service being provided by untrained management replacement workers. 

Keep your picket lines strong! Verizon is feeling the heat. 

Keep standing up and fighting back – they started this fight and we will finish it!

**********April 29, 2016 - Special addendum to the latest bargaining report*******
Many of you have asked why we didn't take the deal offered from the company yesterday. The following is the reason. It is a list of bullet points put together by the bargaining team.

Specifics from yesterday's Proposal
· Job Security
Job security would remain in place for those hired prior to 2003 provided the union agrees to increase the mileage people can be moved from 35 to 50 miles, and force transfers requiring home relocation, permanent transfers requiring home relocation and the company wants complete control over where and when they offer a Special Enhanced Income Plan, which will lead to those jobs being performed by contractors
· Significant retiree healthcare increases
· New hires would not receive any retiree healthcare at all.
· 11 Centers are still on the list to be closed, shipping people up to 150 miles away from their current location.
· Freezing the Pensions, tying the 2016 Mortality Table to the Pension fund from this point on
· Changes to the healthcare plan, including deductibles
· Introducing a Formulary to the healthcare. The company will decide which drugs you can get based on their cost, regardless of their effectiveness or your doctor’s recommendation
· Call sharing that does not promise to maintain existing centers and gives the company complete freedom to route calls however they choose
· Increasing the flexibility of their ability to send calls to contractors, which positions our members for a surplus or layoff
· There will be no Corporate Profit Sharing in 2016, paid out in 2017
· There will be no retro pay for the last year of working without a contract
· Company is trying to sell this agreement by offering 400 jobs without any promises of keeping current levels of employees
· Even though the company has modified sending people out of town for 60 days, the intent is clear to be able to have a traveling work force in the states that are clustered together
Issues the Union has brought up
· They have not addressed any of the forced overtime issues at all
· They have not addressed our issues with Electronic Monitoring and Evaluative Observations

Verizon Brand Takes a Hit - Check out Fortune Magazine
http://fortune.com/2016/04/27/verizon-brand-takes-a-hit-with-consumers-as-strike-drags-on/?xid=for_fb_sh

April 28, 2016 is Workers Memorial Day check out this flyer:
2016 CWA Worker Memorial Day flyer

April 27, 2016 - Check Out: Information from CWA Vice President Ed Mooney about Medical Coverage during our Strike at Verizon:
Letter from CWA VP Ed Mooney re: Medical Coverage during a strike

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Verizon Getting Ready To Strike!  Check out this video! 4/12/16
https://vimeo.com/162548952


Check out "The Many Faces of Marc gReed":
The Many Faces of Marc gReed

I wonder why Marc gReed forgot to mention his stock sale in his updates? 4/10/16
Marc gReed's cashing in - Insider Trading Report

Stop and Collect the Facts.  Little Marc gReed is trying to fool  you again. 4/10/16
Response to Marc gReed's latest email

If you haven't already done so, please check with your Chief Steward 
for information on your Verizon Stock Proxy.

Check out this video and spread the word:
Don't Let Verizon Hurt Our Communities
https://youtu.be/gp99NKeOq2Q

Union Member Wireless Discount Offer
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Check out the latest from Verizon's own Marc Reed!
Marc Reed email april 7 2016

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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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