Mid Atlantic Regional Bargaining Report #6
Mid Atlantic Regional Bargaining Report #6
Thursday, July 2, 2015
The Mid-Atlantic Regional bargaining committee met today with the company.
The Union asked some clarifying questions on the Company’s Tuition Assistance and 401k proposal. The Union also presented the Company with several information requests relative to health care and pension plans. Read More...
Reminder - MASS RALLY - 7/25 in NCY
CWA and IBEW will be holding a MASS RALLY on Saturday July 25th. Your Mobilization coordinator has information that will be distributed at work locations next week. If you want to join us for the RALLY, please contact the Local no later than July 17th. You may also view the information on the attached flyer. Read More... Download: Rally Flyer.pdf
Potomac 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. Read More...
Potomac 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. Read More...
Potomac LOCAL Bargaining Report #1
As negotiations with CWA and Verizon continue, there will be issues that are dealt with at the Regional table and at the Local tables. To date, all issues discussed have been at the Regional level. This week, the parties begain negotiations on Local issues. Below is the first report from the Potomac Local bargaining table. Read More...
Verizon Bargaining Report #5 June 26, 2015
Regional Bargaining Report #5
June 26, 2015
CWA District 2-13 and NJ CWA District 1 Regional Bargaining Teams met with the Company today. The first thing we did was hand the company a laid off member’s family photo to remind the company that the 42 people they are laying off in PA are actual people with families, not just numbers. When they close their eyes to sleep tonight, we hope that family portrait is ingrained in their minds.
We requested information to the proposal Verizon passed earlier this week. Here is a sample of some of the retrogressive items in the proposal:
JOB SECURITY Remove the protections against layoffs and forced transfers.
COST-OF-LIVING No Cost of Living increase
CORPORATE PROFIT SHARING at risk if not settled by specified dates, no increase with no minimum.
DIFFERENTIALS AND PREMIUM PAY Tour differentials will be paid only for actual hours worked between 9pm and 6am, no Weekend differential, and eliminate all differentials that exceed 10%
OVERTIME only after 40 hours per week, eliminate all overtime payments over 1 ½ per hour, remove all limits/caps on overtime
TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE NOTICE reduce notice given to the Union of any major technological changes
BENEFITS the company proposes major reductions in medical benefits, including introducing deductibles and increased co-pays, co-insurance and premium payments, removing the Union’s ability to negotiate retiree health care benefits
PENSION BENEFITS all accruals will be frozen at 30 years, those with more than 30 years at the time of this change will be frozen at their accrued amount, the “lump sum” Cash Out provision will not be renewed.
401(K) PLAN PROVISIONS AND CHANGES a quarterly administrative fee and a $50 fee for processing new loans, no 401k option for members in the pension plan
DISABILITY BENEFITS eliminate the “Accident” portion of the Sickness/Accident Disability Plan. Limit the use of full paid weeks under mental illness, drug and alcohol condition as well as for musculoskeletal disorders.
SHARING OF CALLS AMONG CENTERS giving the Company additional leeway to route calls out of our bargaining units and to contractors while giving contractors the exclusive handling of all new products and services.
TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT to any state.
Tuition Assistance Expanding the list of “excluded” studies
ACFC/TABEC COMMITTEES’ drastic reductions
EVALUATIVE OBSERVATIONS remove any restrictions on when evaluative observations may be taken
VACATION SCHEDULING PERCENTAGES reduce the percentage of vacation time
CONTRACTING FIBER FACILITIES TRANSFERS AND RELOCATIONS Allows the Company to use contractors to transfer fiber optic facilities and associated electronics between poles and perform other work current prohibited under the “Broadband” and other Agreements
ELECTRONIC RECORDING OF CALLS no advance notice and extend feedback from 24 hours to 7 days
INCOME SECURITY PLAN Employees will be required to sign a release; offer will be reduced to 15 days
Any one of these items could drastically change your life. Imagine if they all were implemented. Stand united!
EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY!!!! Take advantage of these July Classes before our contract expires. Read More...
Social Media Savvy
If you use social media to express yourself, please do not identify yourself with your employer. It would be better to list CWA as where you work. All corporations monitor the web for mention of their name and any negative comments posted may be considered a violation of their code of conduct. Read More...
FORCED 6th DAY
No matter what your Supervisor tells you, OUR CONTRACT states:
"Except in emergencies, no employee will be involuntarily scheduled or assigned to work six days in a week in consecutive weeks."
We are not in an emergency. Verizon has declared a "Long Term Service Difficulty", therefore the language found on page 236 of OUR CONTRACT and quoted above is the rule. Read More...
Verizon Bargaining Reports #3 and 4
The Local did not receive report #3 until requested when #4 came in. Below, you will find report #3. Report #4 is linked. Please read them and stay informed. United We Bargain, Divided We Beg.
Regional Bargaining Report #3
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The CWA Mid-Atlantic Regional Bargaining team met with the company twice today in Philadelphia. Read More... Download: Bargaining 2015 Report # 4.pdf
Regional Bargaining Report #1
Monday June 22, 2015
Bargaining with Verizon began today with the Company and the Unions exchanging opening remarks and stating their respective goals for this round of bargaining. CWA District 2-13, CWA District 1 NJ and IBEW NJ are negotiating for new contracts in Philadelphia while CWA District 1 and IBEW NY and NE are negotiating for new contracts at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester County.
Ed Mooney, Vice President District 2-13 gave an opening statement to the Company at the Regional Bargaining table. Ed closed his statement by stating, “CWA is committed to Verizon’s continued success. We are united in our commitment to improve our living standards for our families, to provide security for our retirees, and to secure good well –paid union jobs for the future. We are united in our commitment to fight for fairness – we are the foundation upon which the success of Verizon rests. We have helped to boost the company’s earnings and productivity even through a global recession. It is now our turn to share equitably in that growth.
When workers at Verizon improve their living standards through collective bargaining, all of our communities also benefit.
When CWA members succeed at the bargaining table, when we secure a better standard of living for our members, we help to boost the entire U.S. economy.
In IBEW 827 Local President Bob Speers’ opening statement he reminded the company of the achievements reached over the years when Verizon worked with the Unions and not against us. He also committed to work to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of all of our members.
After opening statements, Verizon gave the Unions an insulting and retrogressive comprehensive proposal. The Regional Bargaining Committee has adjourned for today and will resume bargaining tomorrow.
We’ve been accepting volunteers and forcing up to the overtime cap since the week of May 31. The severe storms over the weekend increased the load to where we are going to lift the overtime caps for all of Maryland copper & FiOS, Northern Virginia copper & FiOS, and Western VA copper per the Overtime Administration LOU under a long term service difficulty. We’ll continue to monitor DC and the rest of Virginia but at this point we will continue to take all volunteers and work up to the overtime cap.
What this means is that all qualified technicians who work FiOS or copper will be forced up to 12 hours per day up to 6 days in the first week and the company CAN NOT ASSIGN 2 six day weeks back to back per our contract. The company CAN NOT ASSIGN 7 DAYS in any week. DOT liscensed drivers are limited to 11 hours driving per day via CDL regulations.
All members are asked to look out for one another, and to work safely. It is going to be very hot this week. Check with your crew mates to ensure they are safe and do not need help in order to finish with in 12 hours.
If you get "no work assigned to technician" and you work in Chad Thompson's group, you should contact the DRC requesting work. If after 5 minutes you have no work, contact your foreman, If after contacting your foreman you do not have work assigned within 5 minutes, contact Chad on 301 788-4484. If after contacting Chad you don't have work in 5 minutes, contact Andre Sanders on 410 498-9408.
Reasonable excuses should be accepted and if denied, please contact your Steward or the Local.
Heat Stroke, Stress, Exhaustion
Please check out the information regarding Heat Stroke Stress and Exhaustion under the Health and Safety tab at the top of the home page.
Technicians at the Gallows Road garage stood together in solidarity again this morning. Their message was clear - MORE GOOD JOBS and BUILD UP FIOS.
Mobilization activities will continue right through the expiration of our contract at 11:59PM, Saturday August 1st. If you have not been approached by a mobilization coordinator, please contact the Local for upcoming events.
9th Annual LABOR NIGHT
The Washington Nationals play the Los Angeles Dodgers at the ninth annual Labor Night at Nationals Park, scheduled for Friday, July 17 at 7:05 p.m. This family event benefits the Community Services Agency’s Emergency Assistance Fund, which helps area families in crisis. Read More...
As you are aware, this is a "bargaining year" and CWA has begun Mobilization efforts to ensure we get a fair shake at the bargaining table. Understanding that knowledge is power, our Local is finalizing our mobilization "tree" that will help make sure everyone is included in all upcoming activities and issues of importance during this upcoming struggle.
Our structure will insure that alll Members will be assigned to a volunteer who will verify email addresses, cell phone numbers and how you would like to recieve information. Before this structure is fine tuned, you may recieve more than one email text or phone call regarding mobilization activities from an Officer of the Local or from a Steward or co-worker about upcoming events. Please bear with us as we fine tune our new methods.
If you would like to volunteer to help with this new process, you will be assigned 10 to 15 Members that you will comit to forwarding messages to or sending text messages to or callilng with the information. Please contact the Local on 703 256-2200 or by email to email@example.com and let us know you are interested.
UNITED WE BARGAIN . . . DIVIDED WE BEG
Workers Compensation & Disability
URGENT! If you or a co-worker that you are aware of, has experienced ANY problems related to Workers Compensation and/or Disability claims, to include but not limited to, receiving payment, care, correspondence, etc... please contact the CWA Local Union Hall at:
or by email: office@cwa2222. Read More...
CWA-VERIZON CONTRACT EXPIRATION
Heads up! The CWA-Verizon contract ends 11:59pm August 1, 2015. Once again we need to begin to think about preparations in the event we experience a work stoppage.
Contact the local TODAY for how you can help the movement. Read More...
Saturday April 18th 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Join us for a PHONE BANK to STOP FAST TRACK
(Breakfast provided with a potluck lunch afterwards)
LOCATION: NOVA Labor Office, 4536-B John Marr Drive, Annandale VA
Contact: Dolores Gerber 703-303-0697
NOVA Labor Office
4536-B John Marr Dr
Annandale, VA 22031
CWA - Verizon Members,
You may recall Verizon sent notice of a change in the Mobile Device Work Rule in October 2014. CWA made a formal request to bargain over the issue.
The bargaining committee met with the Company on October 21st and raised several concerns regarding the change.
Attention members who may be required to work in areas that may have asbestos containing materials. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times. Should you believe that there are asbestos containing materials contact management immediately.
If you have concerns regarding your health or your exposure to asbestos containing materials you should notify CWA Local 2222 immediately.
Feb 23, 2014
After nearly 2 1/2 years of CWA's efforts to have AT&T get rid of their behavior-based, safety discipline policies—during which time many locals have filed complaints with state and federal OSHAs (as well as contractual grievances)—the DOL filed suit against the company re. 13 Ohio cases. These are the best of the 34 total cases in Ohio.
Monday September 28, 2015...Come out to Enterprise Golf Course in Mitchellville, MD and have a good time on the green, and take pride in knowing the proceeds will benefit the Emergency Assistance Fund for needy union members and families.
OFFICE: 703-256-2200 INFO TAPE: 804-480-CWA0 (2920)
THE CWA 2222 COMMUNITY SERVICES MISSION STATEMENT
The CWA Community Services Committee is concerned about the communities in which our union members live and work. We are as committed to our communities as we are to the workers we represent to keep our benefits, keep our job security, and keep fairness in the workplace.