Local 827 News

Bargaining Update 8.27.15

The Bargaining Committee met with the company this afternoon. We voiced our displeasure with the company not giving any consideration to our comprehensive proposal and rejected the company’s proposal from yesterday. The committee addressed the impact of the company’s language on forced transfers of bargaining unit employees. This language could force transfer our bargaining partner’s members up to 6 hours away from their current location. The company’s proposals hold no regard to the impact on our membership. Discussions were held regarding the methodology of the CPS award and the company’s incomplete responses to the Union’s information requests. Call Sharing was discussed, including the Union’s demand to eliminate contractors and the need to bring jobs back to the bargaining units. It is alarming to see the number of customer calls that are going to contractors. Calls handled by contractors overseas and domestic, far outnumber the calls handled here in the US by bargaining unit membersThe Union’s benefits package that was presented to the company as a counter proposal to their earlier plan designs was given no consideration. The Union’s made a huge step toward finding middle ground with our comprehensive package and the company made no counter with the exception of a slight reduction in the deductible in-network for the MCN. Considering there currently is NO deductible in-network, the “reduction” equates to a $600-$1800 increase per year…..let’s not even discuss what happens if you go out-of-network!!

Continue daily informational pickets and attending rallies as they are scheduled. We All have a lot at stake here and we need everyone’s support. We have continued to put our customers first and provide excellent service. Wehope that Verizon will remember, we are the face of Verizon.

If you haven’t signed up for the IBEW 827 app, please go to the app store so you will get up to date information.Sign up on our website to get email updates or text messages of new information. Visit the Union website, our Facebook page and the info tape which will be updated regularly. The next meeting with the company will be Tuesday.

Continue to care for our customers with the same dedication and craftsmenship that is the foundation of Union labor. We are one day stronger than we have to be.

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

 

 

Bargaining Update – 8.26.15

The Bargaining Committee worked throughout the day reviewing extensive amounts of information that the company sent to the Unions yesterday. We met late Wednesday night with the company to review the company’s counter proposal to the Union’s comprehensive proposal from August 25. There was little measurable movement by the company. Talks will continue as we work toward an equitable contract that all parties can live with.

Bargaining Update 8.25.15

The Bargaining Committee worked extensively on a comprehensive proposal which we presented to the company today. This proposal is seen as a major step by the Unions toward settlement of our contract and securing the future of our members and retirees. The Unions package includes a Medicare Advantage plan for our Medicare eligible retirees and their dependents. The Medicare Advantage plan mirrors the plan design of our MCN plan and uses the same network of doctors that our Medicare eligible retirees use today.

Bargaining Update 8.24.15

The Bargaining Committee continued to work on our comprehensive proposal for the Common Issues table. We expect to meet with the company tomorrow. There were no meetings at any table with the company today.

Our retirees picketed Freehold today. Active members continue daily informational pickets at work locations prior to their shift and lunchtime. Thanks for all the hard work, you bargaining team appreciates the support. It makes a difference and definitely is being noticed. Stay in contact with your stewards and Chief Stewards.

A rally will be held at 5:30pm on August 26 in front of the Livingston DRC, 290 W Mt Pleasant Av (Rt 10 entrance). Come out after work and support the efforts to get the fair contract you have worked hard for and deserve.

We work hard each and every day for our customers. Sometimes against all odds, we make the impossible possible. We have sacrificed raises to keep benefits and contractual language. We give up time with our families to work the overtime whenever it is needed to meet customer commitments. We want what is fair, we want what we have earned. We all need to fight for what we have. This is everyone’s contract…Active and Retirees. Thank you to all for all that you are doing.

Continue to care for our customers with the same dedication and craftsmenship that is the foundation of Union labor. We are one day stronger than we have to be.

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

Bargaining Update 8.20.15

The Bargaining Committee worked on our comprehensive benefits proposal at the Common Issues table. Meetings with the company are scheduled to resume on Tuesday.Locally we amended several demands and restated our position on many open demands including DATS, Tech Change Committee, Posting of Schedules, and issues involving Vz Business and our newly organized Mechanics.

Bargaining Update 8.19.15

The Bargaining Committee met with the company todayon Local issues. We asked for clarification on several information requests. We asked many questions, one of which was if any proposals that the Union presents would result in increased costs will it be rejected by the company? Off table discussions took place at the Local and Common Issues tables. We continue to formulate a proposal on healthcare which addresses company concerns yet provides improvements to coverage for actives and retirees. There were no discussions for the VCS table.

Bargaining Update 8.18.15

The Bargaining Committee met with the company today. We presented multiple amended proposals in an attempt to find common ground. Modifications were made to the Union’s proposal on the Medical Restriction policy. A counter proposal was also presented for our Dental plans. There have been no improvements to this benefit for many, many years and the value that was in it has been greatly diluted. We had many follow up questions on the call sharing proposal. It is difficult to understand why the company can’t put their hands on the number of contractors that are handling our customer’s calls. 

2015 3rd Quarter EISP Offer

The Union was notified that various Verizon organizations are being offered an EISP.  The EISP offers will be distributed to the affected employees beginning on August 10th, 2015.  The volunteer period will begin on August 18th, 2015.  Volunteers whose applications for EISP are accepted will have a last day worked of September 26th, 2015. 

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