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Bargaining Update 7.30.15

Today the Bargaining team met with the company to discuss Local issues after the company rejected Union proposals on Dental, Vision, DH days, Board and Lodging, and Seniority in Promotions. The Union discussed the costs associated with each of the company’srejections.

The Regional table is set to meet with the company tomorrow morning to continue to strive for common ground and a fair contract.

We are costing out a proposal for our ACCLS program. The company’s proposal would reduce our program funding by approximately 80%. There are ways to keep our programs intact and we will be creative in ourproposal to address company concerns yet continue to provide valuable services to the membership.

The VCS bargaining team met today to present proposalssseeking a Cost of living Adjustment, improvements to STD, and limitations to work by supervisors. The Unions rejected several company proposals which were aimed at stripping current CBAs of fair and equitable language which were bargained for in good faith. The Unions also presented the company with additional information requests to help us structure additional demands to achieve a fair successor agreement. We are scheduled to meet with the company tomorrow and Saturday as often as necessary to bring back a fair contract to our dedicated members.

We are ready to meet anytime to bargain in good faith with the company

There is a rally in Philadelphia at 1717 Arch St courtyard beginning at 7:45am. We encourage all available members to attend. Parking garages are available nearby.Daily pickets statewide must continue. Let’s get this done!!!!!

Get involved, stay informed, and attend your general membership meetings

Your Bargaining Committee reminds you…….. Work Safe-Be Strong- Stay United 

 

 

BARGAINING UPDATE- JULY 29, 2015

Today the Bargaining team met with the company to present a proposal to eliminate the carve outs in our collective bargaining agreement for Verizon Business. The Union then reviewed the company proposals and asked additional questions to try to further understand the company’s position. The company could not supply data to support their need to cut your differential and overtime contract language. Questions were raised regarding the savings on the Pension and 401k proposals. We also questioned removing Accident benefits from the disability plans after you get hurt in the course of your employment. So let’s understand this…you get hurt on the job and the company wants to limit your ability to return to work if you are able.

We again questioned how the company determined that chiropractors are unable of giving proper care from the 8th day of absence on. Tuition Assistance was discussed and the elimination of the courses of study such as CISCO and CCNA, which are used by technician today.

Our proposals on hearing aids and the Medical Restriction policy were rejected with no explanation. Our wage proposal was rejected. The company feels that their proposal is “reasonable and appropriate”. Appropriate….an interesting choice of words.  

The company wants to negotiate language that would limit your legal right to paid leave under State law, in some cases denying it. These are laws written by your legislators to protect you, and the company wants you to sign that away!

Is this the way you demonstrate appreciation to loyal employees who help you beat the competition every day? Is this the way you appreciate your military veterans? Is this the way you get onto the list of top employers for Working Women?

We will continue to bargain in good faith with the company and hope that the company will cooperate in negotiating a reasonable agreement. 

Get involved, stay informed, and attend your general membership meetings

Your Bargaining Committee reminds you…….. Work Safe-Be Strong- Stay United 

Bargaining Update 7.28.15

Today the Bargaining team met with the company to present a clarification on the Union’s information request on Health Care Data as it relates to manufacturer rebates and the Medicare Retiree Drug Subsidy. This information will assist the Union in costing out the company’s proposals on prescriptions. 

Bargaining Update 7.27.15

Today the Bargaining team met with the company where they responded to several proposals. The common thread in the company’s interaction with the Union has been “we reject that proposal, we are not interested in increasing costs to the business”. So are we only to present proposals that are concessionary? In the last two sessions with the company they have rejected more than 60 demands between the Unions.

Bargaining Update 7.24.15

Today the Bargaining team met with the company to present a proposal on the Medical Restriction-Leave of Absence policy. The Unions proposal would not place a member on the policy if they could perform 50% of their essential functions and a job was not being created. The proposal also excluded accident claims and allowed for 300 days of restricted duty.

 

Bargaining Update 7.23.15

BARGAINING UPDATE- JULY 23, 2015

Today the Bargaining team met with the company for a presentation on the Sickness & Accident Disability Benefit Plan and the Dispute IME. The company voiced their displeasure with the absence rate. The number of incidental absences and disabilities has dropped since 2012 

BARGAINING UPDATE- JULY 22, 2015

Today the Bargaining teams met to review the Company’s information, including the extensive amount of data received concerning our active and retiree benefits, and Union proposals.  

The Union has many open requests for information concerning the company’s proposals. 

Bargaining Update 7.21.15

Today the Bargaining team met with the company to review the Company’s June 22 MOU proposals. Thirty-three proposals were rejected as written, such as changes to health care, pensions, 401(k), job security, and call sharing. The Unions are not opposed to working on issues that are a major concern to the company but we must not forgot the past compromises and successful partnerships that have taken place over the years. When the company works with the Unions we catapult them over the competition. These are our customers, these are our competitors. Stop talking about us like we are an afterthought.

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