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U.S. Department of Labor | May 27, 2016

 

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez announces agreement in

principle on a new contract for Verizon workers

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing labor dispute at Verizon:

“Today, I am pleased to announce that the parties have reached an agreement in principle on a four-year contract, resolving the open issues in the ongoing labor dispute between Verizon’s workers, unions, and management. The parties are now working to reduce the agreement to writing, after which the proposal will be submitted to CWA and IBEW union members for ratification.

Throughout the past 13 days of negotiations at the Department of Labor, I have observed firsthand the parties’ good faith commitment to narrowing differences and forging an agreement that helps workers and the company. The parties have a shared interest in the success of Verizon and its dedicated workforce. Indeed, these two interests are inextricably intertwined.

This tentative resolution is a testament to the power of collective bargaining. I commend the leadership of Verizon, CWA, and IBEW for their commitment to resolving these difficult issues in the spirit of constructive engagement.

I expect that workers will be back on the job next week.”

**UPDATED**IBEW Unity Fund

IBEW UNITY FUND

Guidelines

Donations are being received into the IBEW Unity Fund to assist members during a time of critical need.  The Unity Fund is not for everyday expenses of members but limited to emergency basic needs.  Members can apply for assistance to a committee that has been established in each of the Verizon areas.  The committee will review the application and determine if there is a need for emergency relief.  The committee will evaluate the need and make a recommendation to the International Office for final approval.  The amount and extent of any emergency relief assistance is limited to the available funds donated to the Fund.

COBRA Information Letter

Please read the attached letter as it provides valuable information regarding COBRA coverage.

REVISED Return To Work Agreement

Notice Regarding the Back to Work Agreement for CWA and IBEW Members at Verizon MidAtlantic

 

• Employees whose tours begin Tuesday night, May 31, 2016 and extend into Wednesday, June 1, 2016 will report to work for those tours.  
• All other employees will return to work for their tours that are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  
• Returning employees will return to work on the same tours to which they were assigned immediately prior to April 13, 2016
• In unusual circumstances, the Company will excuse employees, without pay, from reporting for a reasonable period not to exceed 72 hours from 5 pm, May 31, 2016.  

Bargaining Update 5.27.16

Bargaining Update

May 27, 2016

We have reached an Agreement in Principal with the company. The details of the agreement will be made available upon finalization of contract language on several issues, including the return to work agreement. These details should be available on Saturday May 28. We will be scheduling ratification meetings across the state where you may come to ask questions, be informed, and vote on the contract. This agreement was not given to us. We fought hard for this in the streets, in the public, in the media, and in our neighborhoods. We thank all who stood with us and donated their time, food, money and support. Local businesses and individuals did an extraordinary job. Remember these folks and please patronize these businesses and remember the ones who looked the other way. Make smart choices.

The Officers and Executive Board would like to thank our members who stood tall in their beliefs and acted with conviction. The rallies, marches, picnics, support of families,  and numerous other acts of kindness and brotherhood were remarkable. This was not an easy fight. It was tough….and Youdug inWe know how much you sacrificed and the struggle you went through. Our Chief Stewards, stewards, picket captains;members and retirees are the very best. Thank you for the inspiration YOU provided to us. We are Union and we are one day stronger than whave tbe! Let’s build on this and move forward as one. Attend your general membership meetings every month. Get involved in what is going on at work. Don’t let this fight be for nothing.make it count and move forward together.

Thank you again for your hard work, dedication and faith in the process and the team. We look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming ratification meetings. Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. Remember to thank a veteran and their family for their sacrifice, service and dedication. 

In Unity,

Your Officers and Executive Board

 

 

RIP Joe Penna

Local 827 extends its condolences to the family of former International Representative, former Vice President Joseph Penna.

As information becomes available it will be provided.

Important Update About Unemployment Bill. Need everyone's help!

IMPORTANT- UNEMPLOYMENT STRIKING WORKERS BILL S2160 (the next step)

The Striker unemployment Bill is going to the Senate Budget Committee. We need ALL members to call the committee members below immediately to tell them they need to vote this bill out of committee so we can get this Bill moving toward full Senate and Assembly (info coming on this) approval. Below are the list of Senators on this committee. Please call today! Thank you for the great job everyone did for this bill when it was in the Labor Committee! One Day Stronger!!!!

Senator Paul Sarlo                         201-804-8118 (Wood-Ridge)    Chairman

Senator Brian Stack                       (201) 721-5263 (Jersey City)      Vice-Chairman

Senator Beck                                   (732) 933-1591 (Red Bank)        Deputy Conference Leader

Senator Bucco                                 (973) 627-9700 (Denville)          Republican Budget Officer

Senator Cunningham                    (201) 451-5100 (Jersey City)      Majority Whip

Senator Greenstein                       609) 395-9911(Cranbury)          Assistant Majority Leader

Senator O’Toole                             (973) 237-1360 (Wayne)

Senator Oroho                                (973) 300-0200 (Sparta)

Senator Pou                                     (973) 247-1555 (Paterson)

Senator Ruiz                                    (973) 484-1000 (Newark)

Senator Thompson                        (732-607-7580 (Old Bridge)

Senator Van Drew                         (609) 465-0700 (Cape May Court House)

                                                            (856) 765-0891 (Millville)
                                                            (856) 696-7109 (Vineland)

Info Update 5-20-16

Info Update 

May 20, 2016

The Mid-Atlantic and North Bargaining teams , IBEW and CWA, continue to bargain in Washington DC. with oversight of Department of Labor Secretary Perez and a federal mediator.  Under the terms of the agreement, neither side will make public comments.

Members are receiving notification that unemployment claims in NJ are being denied in bulk under the labor dispute rule which states in part that if a business has been substantially curtailed, unemployment claims will be denied. Our attorneys will be filing a class appeal. Be sure to send your information regarding your denial to njuiappeals@ibew827.com, information is available on our web.

In The Hudson Unit approximately 500 members marched across the George Washington Bridge today. It was a beautiful sight to see hundreds of Union men and women proudly walking in a sea of red, what a great afternoon! The march was followed by a BBQ for the picketers. Special thanks to Business Agent Tom Kelly, Chief Stewards Pat Glover, Andy Newman and all of our strong union members.

There are several great stories to share out of the Raritan Unit.  Our brothers in PSE&G dropped off Wawa gift cards to members picketing the North Brunswick VZ Wireless store. Thanks to the local department of public works workers whoalso had cases of water dropped off at this location.  In the South Plainfield VZ wireless store members of the Painter’s union, IUPAT helped out in solidarity and helped with picketing. We are truly grateful for our brother’s help on the picket line and for providing a delicious lunch as well.  In New Brunswick, CWA Local 1037 took some time to help us mobile picket some scabs replacing a poleHopelawn has also felt the generosity of the community. Many people stopped by to show support and drop off food and water. One gentleman, Bill Rosko, has touched the hearts of our Woodbridge picketers in particular and we send a special thanks to Bill. Last but not least Senator Joe Vitale and Congressmen Frank Pallone stopped by Woodbridge CO and picketed with us. Senator Vitale is the sponsor of the Unemployment for Strikers in the senate. We thank him for stand with us and look forward to this Bill moving quickly to a vote.  This is in addition to the countless other Union’s and affiliates that have provided the Raritan unit with food, water and made their facilities available to our members.

These are the stories of hard working Union members and the community caring for each other. You will not hear similar stories of corporations coming to the aid of each other. That is the difference between Us and Them. Continue to care for your brothers and sisters as we continue to fight for a fair contract.

Remember …..NO CONTRACT—NO PEACE!

Be Safe--Be Union-- Be Strong

 

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