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. The Company was unable to produce documentation on any Verizon study on "distracted driving" nor could they provide motor vehicle accident statistics that support a need to make the change requiring technicians to stow electronics in the back of the vehicle. The decision to require the stowing of electronics in the back of the vehicle is based on purely anecdotal evidence.
While the carrying of personal cell phones on customer premise is not a recent change in the work rules, the committee provided several reasons that technicians be allowed to carry personal cell phones for emergency purposes. The Company has refused to change the existing practice. After several calls last week the only suggestion the company accepted was to review the change in 6 months.
We have reached impasse on this issue and the company has now unilaterally implemented the change. It was brought to our attention that some supervisors have requested the technician sign off on the work rule change. Labor Relations agreed to notify operations management that technicians do not have to sign off on the work rule but certainly can make a notation that the employee was provided with the information.
Local 2222 suggests that you use good judgment whenever the need would arise to use any electronic device while at work. It is not advisable to use any electronic devices while operating a company vehicle. If caught this will result in disciplinary measures.
We highly recommend that members keep their personal cell phones on their person. But exercise control in the use of any wireless device while operating a Company vehicle or on a customers premise. And should the need to use their personal wireless devices arise while they are at work, that they either stop the Company vehicle or excuse themselves from the customers home and go outside to make a call. And then, only if truly needed.
Outside of the "incorrect use" of personal wireless devices at work, the Company can go pound sand. It's just a lot of hot air. However that doesn't mean we as a Union will ever stop fighting the ridiculous work rules the Company keeps instating. We have pursued the addition of BS work rules before and been successful and we can do it again.
We will continue to monitor the issue and keep you informed.