Mid-Atlantic Bargaining Report # 18

July 28, 2015

The CWA/IBEW bargaining team met with Verizonís negotiators today, noting that only four days remain until contract expiration. The Unions began with a request for clarification of information previously provided by the Company concerning the cost of prescription coverage. In addition, the Bargaining Team modified one of its proposals for hearing aid coverage.

The Bargaining Team also clarified for the Company its wage proposal for a ďsubstantialĒ increase.  The Union believes 16%, the same amount given to McAdam as an annual increase in 2014 would be substantial over the term of the contract.   In light of the Companyís blanket rejection of almost all the Unionsí proposals at the previous session, the Bargaining Team after a second review, went through the Companyís proposals item-by-item and similarly rejected virtually all.

The Union remarked on Executive VP Marc Reedís letter to employees on July 27, in which he complained that CWA and IBEW were trying to change health benefit arrangements that had been previously negotiated.  The Union observed that the Company seemed to be employing a double standard, since it now wanted to go back on its prior agreement to negotiate over future retiree health benefits. The Company was told emphatically that CWA and IBEW considered this to be a strike issue.

All retirees who today enjoy having their healthcare benefits negotiated by your Union should be angry as hell over the Company proposing to eliminate the commitment to negotiate over retiree healthcare.  Now is the time for retirees who canít be disciplined, who canít be intimidated by management, who do have skin in the game to make some noise.  You should be letting the Company know what you think of its plan to take away your collective voice.

The session concluded with both sides stating that they were available to meet and were hopeful of movement at the table. Your negotiators remain committed to resisting Verizonís concessionary demands and are grateful for the support expressed by so many members.



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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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