Local Bargaining Report #1
Local Bargaining Report #2
Potomac Local Bargaining Report #2
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
The Potomac Local Bargaining committee met with the Company today. The company asked questions related to the proposals the Union passed yesterday.
The Union presented additional proposals on improvements to Article 24, Overtime and Sunday Practices, Article 26, Inclement Weather, Article 27, Emergency Call-Outs, Article 28, Travel Allowances, Travel Time and Expense Payments, Article 29, Reimbursement of Incidental Expenses.
The intent of the Union’s proposals is to make our members lives better by fairly compensating them for the work they do. On the other hand management’s proposals are clearly intended to be retrogressive and seek to diminish language and protections our members have today. The Company is not interested in looking for ways to work together to face the challenges of the future. They are interested in gutting our contract and destroying our middle class jobs.
Local bargaining has recessed for the day but will resume tomorrow afternoon.
Local Bargaining Report #3
Potomac Local Bargaining Report #3
Wednesday July 1, 2015
The Potomac Local Bargaining committee met with the Company today. The Union presented additional proposals on improvements to Article 31, Vacations, Article 32, Payments During First Seven Days of Sickness Absence and Article 33, Excused Time.
The company did not submit any additional proposals today.
Verizon is not a Company facing a financial crisis. Verizon is extremely profitable. The New York Times just reported that Verizon topped the list of publicly traded companies in New York City with more than $127 BILLION in revenue. Verizon netted a 35.34% three year stock return and recorded $9.6 BILLION in profits in 2014. Verizon should be ashamed to come to the bargaining table demanding retrogressive changes.
The Regional Bargaining Committee is scheduled to meet with the Company tomorrow. 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.
Tomorrow is Thursday so remember to wear your RED!
Local Bargaining Report #4
Potomac Local Bargaining Report #4
Monday, July 13, 2015
The Potomac Local Bargaining Committee met with the Company late last week and again today. On Thursday, the Union passed a series of proposals regarding Differentials, Promotional Wage Adjustments, Transfer & Reassignment, Work Schedules, Seniority, Layoffs and other issues to improve and reduce ambiguity in contractual language.
Today the Union passed an information request as well as proposals regarding Overtime, Holidays, and Seniority.
The Company has decided in the last few years to come up with alternative interpretations of the language that has been in our contract for decades. As we have filed numerous grievances on various issues challenging the historical interpretations it is important to change the language when we can. Our proposals are designed to make this happen. As you can imagine the company has a different agenda.
It has been disheartening to see the most important issues to our members mean little to nothing to the management of this company. When we demand our members be treated humanely and have the opportunity to have a life outside of Verizon, the company representatives have no response or acknowledgement of how shameful the work rules and forced overtime are at Verizon.
The Bargaining team is committed to making a positive change in these negotiations. We want to thank everyone for the work that you are doing in the field.
Keep up the mobilization and remind this company that we are not mindless automatons. We are fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. We only want the chance to work an honest day for an honest wage and the respect we deserve as the people who make this company work.
Local Bargaining Report #5
Potomac Bargaining Report #5
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The Local Bargaining Committee met twice with the company today. We passed proposals re-introducing a mediation process to our grievance procedure, working in unsafe areas, improvements on relocation expenses and Operator Service Monitoring. We also passed a series of data requests dealing with contracting in different job titles.
Since day one, we have introduced over 30 proposals at the Local Table in an attempt to make meaningful changes to our contract, to improve our working conditions and to protect our future...and we are not done!! To date, the Company has yet to respond to a single one.
The bargaining committee will continue to work hard to win a fair and equitable contract. We also appreciate that every member is working just as hard mobilizing, all the while being subjected to a ridiculous interpretation of a Long Term Service difficulty.
As we used to hear, “No job is so important and no service is so urgent that we cannot take time to do our job safely.” NOTHING is more important than your safety!!! Make sure you go home safely at the end of your tour!!