Verizon Reaches a Tentative Agreement After 46 Days on Strike

Big Gains for Striking Verizon Workers in New Agreement – Press Release

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers who have been on strike since April 13 are celebrating big gains after reaching a tentative agreement with the company. After 45 days of the largest strike in recent history, Verizon will add 1,300 new east coast call center jobs, and reverse several other outsourcing initiatives that will create new field technician jobs. The four-year proposed agreement provides 10.9% in raises, a $1250 signing bonus in the Mid-Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus a $250 healthcare reimbursement account in the Northeast, $2800 minimum in profit sharing, pension increases, and a first contract for Verizon Wireless retail store employees in Brooklyn, NY and Everett, MA.

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Verizon Workers on Strike

With hugely profitable telecom giant failing to fully invest in FiOS and pushing to offshore jobs…

Verizon Workers to Strike to Save Good Jobs and Ensure Quality Service for Customers

– Company failing to meet pledges to expand FiOS broadband to millions of customers, but wants to continue shedding workers that install service 

– Verizon has already moved 5,000 jobs overseas, pressing to send even more jobs to Mexico, Philippines, elsewhere

– Despite $39 billion profit in last three years, Verizon pushing to outsource work to low-wage contractors, force family-busting transfers

– Walkout by nearly 40,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia is largest U.S. strike in years

** Strike Locations Listed Below**

After ten months trying to reach a fair contract, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia will be walking off the job at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. The Verizon strike will be by far the largest work stoppage in the country in recent years.

WATCH VIDEO: VERIZON WORKERS SHARE WHY THEY’RE GOING ON STRIKE.

Despite making record profits — $39 billion in profits over the last three years — Verizon executives have been pushing to offshore jobs to the Philippines, Mexico and other locations, outsource work to low-wage contractors and transfer workers away from their families for months at a time.

Verizon workers, who are ready to help install promised FiOS lines, the high-speed broadband service, are also frustrated with the company’s delay in providing the much needed service to customers. For years, Verizon has been cutting vital staff — it has nearly 40 percent fewer workers now than a decade ago — and has failed to hire the personnel necessary to properly roll out the service.

In New York City and Philadelphia, Verizon has failed to meet the build-out obligations under their citywide cable franchise agreements. And Verizon has failed to build-out FiOS in Baltimore, western Massachusetts, virtually all upstate New York cities and many towns in Pennsylvania.

“Our families and our customers deserve more from Verizon,” said Isaac Collazo, a technician and CWA member from Brooklyn, N.Y., who has worked at Verizon for 19 years. “Through our hard work, Verizon is making record profits while our families are left with threats to our jobs and our customers aren’t getting the service they need. Striking is a hardship for our families, but we need to remind Verizon executives that the people who build their profits are a critical reason for the company’s success.

Verizon workers, represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), have been working without a contract since August 1, 2015 while Verizon executives, who have brought home hundreds of millions dollars in the last few years, have been insisting on:

  • Offshoring Good Jobs – Verizon has already contracted out work to more than 5,000 employees in the Philippines, Mexico, the Dominican Republican and other overseas locations. These offshore workers handle customer service calls originating in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. Verizon wants to increase the number of calls — and jobs — that are transferred overseas.
  • Outsourcing Work to Low-Wage Contractors – Verizon is pushing to dramatically expand its outsourcing of work to low-wage non-union contractors. The company wants to sharply expand the amount of contracting out of outside line work, particularly vital work installing and maintaining telephone poles.
  • Hanging Up on Wireless Workers – Verizon is also refusing to negotiate a fair first contract for Verizon Wireless retail workers who formed a union in 2014. Verizon says Wireless workers make the company huge profits, but it’s refusing to give them any improvements — even though they’re some of the lowest paid people at Verizon. Also, Verizon is failing to negotiate a fair contract for the 100 wireless technicians who maintain the network in downstate New York.
  • Call-Center Closings – Despite the high-demand for customer service, hundreds of Verizon workers are at risk of losing their jobs or being forced to commute as much as three hours more each day because of the company’s plan to close and consolidate call centers. Working moms like Betsy Derr, a customer service representative in Bloomsburg, Pa., worry that their families and communities would be devastated by the move.
  • Out of State Assignments – Verizon executives want wireline technicians to work away from home for as long as two months at a time, anywhere from Massachusetts to Virginia, without seeing their families. Working parents like Isaac Collazo, a cable splicer from New York, fear they will be forced to choose between caring for their kids and keeping their jobs.

As the workers have intensified their campaign to protect good jobs in America, public support for a fair contract has grown. Last month, 20 U.S. Senators sent a letter to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam calling on him to “act as a responsible corporate citizen and negotiate a fair contract with the employees who make your company’s success possible.”

Verizon’s corporate greed isn’t just harming workers’ families, it’s hurting customers as well. Service quality has deteriorated to the point that New York State’s Public Service Commission has convened a formal hearing to investigate problems across the Empire State. In the last few weeks, regulators in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have launched similar inquiries into Verizon’s operations.

KEY VERIZON STRIKE LOCATIONS FOR MEDIA

**PLEASE RECONFIRM WITH LOCAL CONTACTS LISTED BELOW**

For a full list of strike locations, visit: http://standuptoverizon.com/

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Mobility Contract Explanation Call

Mobility Flyer

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Tentative Agreement Reached

From the District 6 site:

Feb 28, 2016

*****Tentative Agreement *****

 

The Communications Workers of America District 6 Bargaining Committee and AT&T Mobility, LLC have reached a Tentative Agreement on a new 2016 Labor Agreement.  The Agreement will be for four years and expire on February 21, 2020.  More details will follow in the next Bargaining Report.

 

In Solidarity,

Your CWA Solidarity Committee

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Mobility Bargaining Update #14

CWAFrom the District 6 Website:

Feb 22, 2016

Yesterday, Saturday, February 20th, the CWA Bargaining Committee met with the Company.  The Union Committee again presented their bargaining demand upgrading the CSR 1 Representatives after the Company had rejected it.  The Union submitted a data request related to Retail Sales Consultant’s commission payouts and headcount over the life of the current agreement.

The Company rejected the Union’s bargaining demands to improve Article 25 – Exchange Time and improvements to the Retail Sales Consultant Commission Plan.  The Company also presented a counter proposal to Article 17 – Company-Union Relationship.

Negotiations will resume on Sunday, February 21, 2016.  The contract expires on Friday, February 26, 2016.

Mobilize!      Mobilize!      Mobilize!

 

In Solidarity,

Your CWA Bargaining Committee

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Mobility Bargaining Update #3

This is taken from the CWA District 6 website:

Bargaining resumed today in Austin, Texas with AT&T Mobility.  The CWA Bargaining Committee continued to present and explain the Union’s proposals to the Company.

The CWA Bargaining Committee presented proposals to the Company on the following contract articles, Article 2 Recognition and Establishment
of the Unit, regarding the subcontracting of bargaining unit work, Article 12 Hours of Work, Article 17 Union/Company Relationship, Article 21 Absences,  Article 24 Excused Days With Pay and Article 25 Exchange Time.  The Union presented a proposal on the Call Quality Observation Letter, a proposal to create a National Healthcare Coordinator and a proposal on the Pension Plan.   The Bargaining Committee further presented upgrade proposals for the CSR I Title in the MSS Department located in Austin, TX, a proposal for a Clerical Associates upgrade, and a proposal for an upgrade to the Sales Advocate title.

Your bargaining committee will meet again tomorrow morning with the Company to resume negotiations.

STAY STRONG, STAY UNITED, DEMAND THE BEST

We have seen some great pictures from mobilizing efforts from around the District.  The Committee appreciates your efforts in telling the Company that you are demanding a good contract.  We know you are behind us in these negotiations.

Keep it Up!!!

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Mobility Bargaining #2

February 9, 2016

Bargaining began today in Austin, Texas to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for District 6 AT&T Mobility employees.  Opening statements by both the Communications Workers of America and the Company were presented, followed by a discussion regarding an overview of the Union’s proposals.

The CWA Bargaining Committee presented proposals to the Company on the following contract articles, Article 6 Management Rights, Article 13 Work Assignments, Article 16 Safety, Article 19 Basis of Compensation, Article 26 Waiver of Further Bargaining, as well as benefit items, Quota Relief and Commission Plans for Retail Sales. The Union Bargaining Committee told the Company they expect a significant wage increase.

Bargaining has recessed for the day so that both sides can review the information discussed today. Your bargaining committee will meet again tomorrow morning with the Company to resume negotiations.

STAY INFORMED. BE PREPARED. DEMAND THE BEST

Remember your Mobilization Efforts are vital to the success of your bargaining team.

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AT&T Mobility Bargaining

February 8, 2016

Your CWA Bargaining Committee has been working in Austin since Monday February 1st, 2016 preparing for contract negotiations with AT&T Mobility.  The negotiations are scheduled to begin on Monday February 8th, 2016 at 9:00 am.
The bargaining committee has been preparing the negotiating demands our CWA Locals approved at the bargaining caucus that will be presented to the company.
Your bargaining committee will communicate daily bargaining reports that will be posted on the CWA District 6 website at www.district6.cwa-union.org.  A crucial part of the mobilization process is to post these daily reports on Union bulletin boards, the various social media resources and Local websites so that we may ensure our CWA brothers and sisters have access to these communications.
The mobilization activities across the district are imperative in helping your bargaining team negotiate a fair and equitable contract.  Stay strong, Stay determined, United we bargain, Divided we beg.  Do your part every day to sign up a new or non-member. Our power is in our membership.

Your Bargaining Team,

Mike Neumann – Chair
Jason Vellmer – Co Chair
Your Elected Bargaining Team:
John Richie
Mike Gemelli
Kandi Skinner

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Mobility Bargaining Begins

District 6 has sent an announcement that Monday, February 8, 2016, the Company and the Union will begin negotiating the 2016 Contract for Mobility. We will update you as best we can and check the District 6 Website for any information pertaining to contract negotiations.

District 6 AT&T Mobility Bargaining link

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Central Labor Council Endorsements

Endorsed by CLC on 1/9/16 (all have Democrat opponents)

Texas H R District 49             Gina Hinojosa
Campaign contact                    Caitlyn Brown 512-507-3579

TRCO District Attorney          Gary Cobb
Campaign contact                   Beverly Reeves (Treasure) 512-420-0037 or 936-366-8159

TRCO Sheriff                          Sally Hernandez
Campaign contact                   Cecilia Crossley (Treasure) 512-680-9968

TRCO Commissioner Pct 1   Jeffrey Travillion 512-653-0885
Campaign contact

TRCO Constable Pct 1           Danny Thomas
Campaign contact                   512-537-5701

TRCO Constable Pct 3           Anthony Johnson
Campaign contact                   512-658-3260

TRCO Constable Pct 4           George Morales
Campaign contact

Judge District Court 450        Brad Urrutia
Campaign contact                   Patrick McDonald 512-200-2060

Judge District Court 345       Jan Soifer
Campaign contact

Judge District Court 427       Jim Coronado
Campaign contact

Candidates endorsement at the CLC meeting on 1/19/16 (do not have Democrat opponent in primary, but do have Republican opponent in the general election)

TRCO Commissioner Pct 3       David Holmes
Campaign contact

TRCO Constable Pct 2               Adan Ballesteros
Campaign contact

Candidates considered for endorsement on 1/19/16 that are unopposed.

TRCO County Attorney             David Escamilla
TRCO Tax Assessor                 Bruce Elfant
TRCO Constable Pct 5             Carlos Lopez
TRCO Court at Law #8             Carlos Barrera
TRCO Court at Law #9             Kim Williams
TRCO District Court 167          David Wahlberg
TRCO District Court 200         Gisela Triana

Consider for recommendation

Texas H R District 48              Donna Howard
Texas H R District 50              Celia Israel
Texas H R District 51              Eddie Rodriguez
Texas H R District   46            Dawnna Dukes
Texas Senator District 14        Kirk Watson

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