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The Executive Board welcomes all Communications Workers of America, AFL,CIO Local 1120 members to our web page. The purpose of this web page is to provide a means of supplying information about our local and labor issues.    To all cwa local 1120 members. I want to thank all of my fellow union brothers and sisters for their commitment, and determination in keeping our local strong. Together we can overcome any challenge that we may face.

Frank J. Fauci Jr.
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Tick Tock

TICK TOCK

Regional Bargaining Report # 26

July 31, 2015

CWA DISTRICT 1 NY/NE

 

 

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees resumed negotiations with Verizon today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY.

This afternoon, the Union team presented a package proposal to management which made substantial movement on several issues. Now the ball is in the company’s court. The clock is ticking it’s time for the Company to get serious and agree to our demands. It’s not like they can’t afford a fair contract their sale of the Wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida netted them $10.5 billion in income. They should use that money to expand FiOS in the Northeast, upgrade the crumbling network where they are not building FiOS, and reward their employees with a fair contract.

Yesterday, we told the company that our members’ interest in jobs and job security is directly linked to the public interest because maintaining the legacy network, and building and installing FiOS, is what our members do and what the public needs. That’s why the Mayors of Syracuse and Kingston, backed up by four other letters of support from elected leaders, came to the table with us yesterday to argue for FiOS builds in their communities.

Not to mention that Governor Cuomo has created a $500 million New York Broadband Program that is available to subsidize Verizon’s buildout of high-speed internet in underserved communities. That money would provide a 50% subsidy to the cost of building out FiOS.

Verizon’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Marc Reed, suggests in his recent emails to employees that he is concerned for you and your family. But if he really cared about you and your family, why is he proposing to gut the contract that provides for you and your family? Why is the company unwilling to build-out FiOS and properly maintain the copper network to protect jobs as well as ensure good service for customers?

August 1 is almost here. Are you ready to fight back?

Verizon,Tick Tock Its Time to Step Up to The Plate and Agree to a Fair Contract

                         Stay Strong – Fight Back

 

                      We All Deserve a Fair Contract

1 Day

LETTER FROM DENNIS TRAINOR

Last Saturday, thousands of us rallied in New York City one week ahead of contract expiration on August 1. We sent Verizon a very clear message: We will do whatever it takes to win a fair contract.

Get angry. Get ready to fight back.

Now, with expiration just hours away, we see no urgency on the part of the Company to reach an agreement with us. That means mobilizing is critical, including preparations for a possible strike. Every member needs to join the fight.

It is becoming clearer and clearer that Verizon has no regard for our members—the working women and men who built this Company and have made it unbelievably profitable: $1 billion a month in profits for the last 18 months straight!

As the clock ticks down to midnight on August 1st, company bargainers have still not replied to our proposals. Instead, they continue to demand:

  • Complete elimination of job security.
  • Major reductions to medical benefits including higher deductibles, co-pays, premiums, and co-insurance.
  • Elimination of family care leave.
  • No COLA.
  • Elimination of Saturday and Sunday differentials.
  • Elimination of the lump sum pension. Employees would have to choose between a pension which would be frozen at 30 years or an enhanced 401k.
  • Elimination of the Accident Disability Plan. Establish a rolling 5 years period for 100% payment on Sickness Disability. Once 100% is used – members are paid 50% (currently full pay benefits recycle after being back at work for 13 weeks).

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This afternoon, the Union team presented a comprehensive proposal to management which made substantial movement on several issues. Now the ball is in the company’s court. The clock is ticking—it’s past time for the Company to get serious and agree to our demands. It’s not like they can’t afford a fair contract—their sale of the Wireline properties in California, Texas and Florida netted them $10.5 billion in income. They should use that money to expand FiOS in the Northeast, upgrade the crumbling network where they are not building FiOS, and reward their employees with a fair contract.

Yesterday, we told the company that our members’ interest in jobs and job security is directly linked to the public interest because maintaining the legacy network, and building and installing FiOS, is what our members do and what the public needs. That’s why the Mayors of Syracuse and Kingston, backed up by four other letters of support from elected leaders,  came to the table with us yesterday to argue for FiOS builds in their communities.

Not to mention that Governor Cuomo has created a $500 million New York Broadband Program that is available to subsidize Verizon’s buildout of high-speed internet in underserved communities. That money would provide a 50% subsidy to the cost of building out FiOS.

Verizon’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, Marc Reed, suggests in his recent emails to employees that he is concerned for you and your family. But if he really cared about you and your family, why is he proposing to gut the contract that provides for you and your family? Why is the company unwilling to build-out FiOS and properly maintain the copper network to protect jobs as well as ensure good service for customers?

August 1 is almost here. Are you ready to fight back?

In solidarity, 

Dennis Trainor  

District 1 Vice President

Bargaining Report #25

Regional Bargaining Report # 25

CWA District 1 NY/NE

 

Thursday July 30, 2015  

 

 

CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Bargaining Committees met with the Company today at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, New York.  The Regional Bargaining Committee gave the company our proposal on building out FiOS in all areas across the northeast, including upstate New York and New England cities, the Town of Brookhaven, and eastern Suffolk County. 

 

 In order to help us make our case to the company, three special guests joined us:  Mayor Stephanie Miner of Syracuse, Mayor Shayne Gallo of Kingston, and Bob Master, District One Legislative and Political Director.  After we presented the demand, the Mayors forcefully told the company how important it is to get FiOS in the cities they represent.  They said the absence of true high-speed internet in their communities is hindering educational, cultural and economic development. Both gave several examples of how job-creating economic and cultural projects could not move forward because of the lack of high speed internet.  Mayor Miner even told the company how frustrated her family is that they have no alternative to Time Warner service, which is expensive and has repeated outages.  Mayor Gallo talked about ongoing construction projects in Kingston, including a new high school and a branch of Ulster County Community College, which desperately need FiOS service.  Bob Master summed up our presentation by explaining that our members' interest in jobs and job security is directly linked to the public interest, as reflected in the presence of the Mayors today at the bargaining table, because maintaining the legacy network, and building and installing FiOS is what our members do and what the public needs.  He questioned whether the company still holds on to the commitment it once had to meeting the needs of the public, and said that the union is baffled by the company's failure to take advantage of Governor Cuomo's $500 million New York Broadband Program which is available to subsidize the buildout of high-speed internet in underserved communities. This would sharply reduce the company's own investment costs in building FiOS in NYS. 

 

The company's bargainers took extensive notes on the presentations, but did not respond to any of our presentations at the bargaining table. Instead Verizon chose to use a company spokesman to blast the Union in the press for including the Mayors in the negotiating process calling it a “publicity gimmick”. Does the Company actually believes that the Mayor’s constituents need for reliable high speed internet so underprivileged children can have additional educational opportunities and the economic growth of the Mayors regions are Union gimmicks or do they just not give a SHIT about the consumers in there footprint? 

 

  In addition to having Mayor Miner and Mayor Gallo at the table today, the Union presented letters which echoed the two Mayors and also asked for FiOS in their communities from Mayor Robert Palmieri of Utica, Mayor Joseph Fusco of Rome, Mayor Kathy Sheehan of Albany and Supervisor Ed Romaine of the Town of Brookhaven.

 

It is time that Verizon invests in America and build FIOS through out there footprint.  Corporations like Verizon should not be destroying middle class jobs. They should be helping to rebuild the American economy and sharing their success with the workforce that made that possible.  

 

It’s time to fight back!

 

Turn up the Heat in your Work place

 

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

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Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 

3 DAYS

3 DAYS

Regional Bargaining Report # 23

CWA District 1 NY/NE

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015  

 

 

The CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today on an informal basis to continue discussion on issues involving Flexibility.  As the clock keeps ticking toward expiration, the Company will not even engage in honest, informal discussions around difficult issues that both parties need addressed even though we have tried to engage them in these discussions.

The Company needs to get serious and remove their retrogressive demands and start bargaining with your Union.

With only 4 days left until the expiration of our contract it is clear that there is no urgency on the part of the Company to reach an agreement. Verizon has no regard for our members who built this Company and made this Company profitable.

 

Strike signs are being delivered to all Locals by Thursday.

 

 

It’s time to fight back!

 

Turn up the Heat in your Work place

 

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

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Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

 

Bargaining Report #22

Regional Bargaining Report # 22

CWA District 1 NY/NE

 

Monday, July 27, 2015   

 

 

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees reconvened bargaining in Rye, NY.

 

Today we met with the Company and had informal discussions centered on Flexibility, Call Share and Health Care issues. These informal discussions were suggested by the Union in an attempt to move the bargaining process along. 

 

While we were meeting, Marc Reed put out another email suggesting that the Company is the one who is bargaining seriously and they have made every effort to move the process along. Just a reminder of what the Company still has on the table:

 

 

  • JOB SECURITY- Remove the protections against layoffs and forced transfer.
  • NO COLA
  • CORPORATE PROFIT SHARINGat risk if not settled by certain date. Eliminate the minimum payout.
  • DIFFERENTIALS AND PREMIUM PAY -Eliminate Saturday and Sunday Differentials and premium pay.  Tour differentials only paid for time worked between 9pm and 6 am. Eliminate all but 10% differential.
  • SUNDAY TOURS- Include Sunday as part of basic work week. 
  • OVERTIME – only paid after 40 hours workedNo payment of more than one and half time (1 ½ X). Eliminate caps on Overtime.
  • TECH CHANGE NOTICE- reduce notice given to the Union of any major technological change
  • BENEFITS- the Company proposes major reductions in medical benefits including higher deductibles, co-pays, premiums and co-insurance.  The Company also proposed to remove the Unions ability to negotiate retiree health care benefits. Eliminate Class II/Sponsored Child coverage.
  • PENSIONS- Eliminate the lump sum pension.  In addition, employees would have to choose between a pension which would be frozen at 30 years and an enhanced 401K. If you choose Pension – No 401K match.  If you choose 401K enhanced (100%)-Your Pension freezes immediately.
  • 401K Plan changes- begin charging a quarterly administration and a $50 fee for processing new loans.
  • DISABILITY BENEFITS- Eliminate Accident Disability Plan. Establish a rolling 5 years period for 100% payment on Sickness Disability. Once 100% is used – members are paid 50% (currently full pay benefits recycle after being back at work for 13 weeks)
  • CALL SHARING- give the Company additional leeway to route calls out of our bargaining units and to contractors while giving contractors the handling of all new products and services.
  • TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENTS– Ability to transfer employees to any state in Verizon footprint.
  • TUITION ASSISTANCE- Expanding the list of “Excluded” studies
  • FORCE ADJUSTMENT PLAN- changes to the FAP that would eliminate job security provisions.
  • WORK FAMILY- Reduce funding by $900,000. Added limitations if not agreed to by a certain date.
  • FAMILY CARE LEAVE- eliminate
  • EXCISE TAX- Company wants ability to change medical plans, health care spending account or premiums to avoid excise tax without negotiating with the Union.
  • PRE TEST TRAINING - Eliminate
  • INCOME PROTECTION PLAN - Would require employees to sign a Disclaimer to receive an IPP.

 

Reed also suggests in his e mail that he has a concern for you and your family. Ask yourself, if he really gave a shit about you and your family why is he proposing to gut the contract that provides for you and your family.

While it is true that the Union has made proposals to reduce our health care costs, to increase Pensions, expand Job Security, increase paid time off and more. These are legitimate proposals that a Corporation as rich as Verizon can provide to our members.

We need to send a very clear message that this is not acceptable, that we will not be passive as they seek to gut our contract.

MOBILIZE!!!

Bargaining Report #21

 

Regional Bargaining Report # 21

CWA District 1 NY/NE

 

Friday, July 24, 2015  

 

 

CWA District 1, IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees met with the Company today in Rye, NY.

Today the company asked questions about some of the Union’s initial set of proposals and then they rejected just about all of the Unions Proposals on Job Security, Pensions and Healthcare.

It is clear that Verizon’s agenda has not changed. The Company is still hell- bent on retrogressive demands regarding Pensions, Healthcare, Job Security, Disability, Work- Family Issues and more.

We need to send a very clear message that this is not acceptable, that we will not be passive as they seek to gut our contract. This is not a Company facing a financial crisis. They are extremely profitable yet with their proposals they seek to destroy our future.

 

Tomorrow, thousands of CWA and IBEW members and retirees will be at the Rally at 11AM at Verizon headquarters at 140 West Street in New York City. Every member should be at his rally, and should bring their families, neighbors and friends. Remember to wear RED!!!

 

Now more than ever we need to mobilize!

 

Mobilize! – Mobilize! – Mobilize!

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