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WE HAVE A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT!

Striking Verizon Workers Win Big Gains

Union to take down pickets; company agrees to add good union jobs on the East Coast

First contract for retail wireless workers; improves workers’ overall standard of living. 
 
Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after coming to an agreement in principle with the company. After 44 days of the largest strike in recent history, striking CWA members have achieved our major goals of improving working families’ standard of living, creating good union jobs in our communities and achieving a first contract for wireless retail store workers. 

“CWA appreciates the persistence and dedication of Secretary Perez, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director Allison Beck and their entire teams. The addition of new, middle-class jobs at Verizon is a huge win not just for striking workers, but for our communities and our country as a whole. The agreement in principle at Verizon is a victory for working families across the country and an affirmation of the power of working people,” said Chris Shelton, President of the Communications Workers of America. “This proves that when we stand together we can raise up working families, improve our communities and protect the American middle class.”      5-27-16 3:50pm


News Release  

U.S. Department of Labor | May 27, 2016
 
U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in 
principle on a new contract for Verizon workers 
 
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:
“Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

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

This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.
I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”          5-27-16 1:45pm


WE ARE ADVISING ALL CHIEF STEWARDS, STEWARDS, PICKET CAPTAINS AND MEMBERS TO TAKE DOWN YOUR PICKET LINES AND ENJOY THIS HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE POSTED WHEN AVAILABLE.  - THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!





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Forms and Information

May 17, 2016 - Check out: Application for General Assistance 
Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund
(Complete the form and fax it to 301-595-2412 or email it to local2108@aol.com with "Solidarity Fund Application" in the subject line.)
Application for General Assistance Form

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

April 26, 2016 - Check Out: Information from 2108 President Marilyn Irwin about Members Relief Fund and Medical Information:
CWA Member Relief Fund and Medical Information Letter

CWA Member Request for Cobra Payment Form (An example of the information needed for Item 12 on the form is diagnosis, treatment plan and prescription):
CWA Member Request for Cobra Payment Form

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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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