In addition to the Bargaining Survey, this is the Bargaining Proposal.
In addition to the Bargaining Survey, this is the Bargaining Proposal.
Our contract expires on April 8th, 2017, which is about 10 months away. Your CWA representatives will be reaching out to you to deliver our bargaining survey. These sheets of paper will need to be completed by each of you and returned to your representatives by October 6, 2016. Please click on the link to see a printable copy of the Bargaining Survey.
Our Monthly Membership Meeting will be held at the CWA Union Hall.
Meeting will begin at 7:30pm
This month’s meeting will be held at the Austin AFL-CIO building located at 1106 Lavaca Street. Please click on the July Membership Meeting Location.
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.
With hugely profitable telecom giant failing to fully invest in FiOS and pushing to offshore jobs…
– 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.
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:
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/
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.
Your CWA Solidarity Committee
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!
Your CWA Bargaining Committee
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!!!