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COBRA Information Letter

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

Bargaining Update 5.5.16

May 5, 2016

Bargaining Update

The Bargaining team met with the company today to address our CWA bargaining partners concerns for their Long Term Service Difficulties. Although we bargain jointly, there are proposalsthat are specific to one union or the other. Today CWA presented the company with multiple proposals on how to address this issue in each of their Locals. The company came back to the table and rejected each of those proposals. The committee also received information regarding the company’s proposals on call sharing and benefits. We continue to work toward a fair and equitable contract.

Today was the Shareholders meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hundreds of union members picketed this meeting. Proposals were voted on to limit severance payments and executive compensation. Although these proposals were not adopted they had tremendous support by many shareholders. Remember …$15/hr living wage was not won on the first shot. There is a movement going on, workers are standing up to the assault on workers by corporation in order to line their own pockets. 

Today was a “National Day of Action”. Across the nation, thousands of supporters picketed Verizon Wireless stores to say “we stand with the IBEW and CWA in their fight for good middle class jobs”. This was such an amazing show of supportnationwide. Here in NJ we had not only CWA  picketers and IBEW handbillers on the line but Verizon Wireless customers themselves stand with usWe had overwhelming support in locations such as Totowa, Succasunna and RoxburyWe also had reports of members taking time out from picketing to change tires for customers and push stalled cars off railroad tracks. Your participation and dedication to this cause is immeasurable to our success. Our members-Our Customers…You Rock!

Continue to get your information on the picket lines from your picket captains, Chief Stewards and Business Agents. There is a lot of misinformation out there. Be smart- be informed, get your information from the only reliable source, your Union.

They Say Give back----We Say Fight Back!!  We are one day stronger than we have to be.

Stay Safe- Be Union- Be Strong

 

 

 

 

Talking points to use during strike

please see file

Copy of Injunction

Please see your Picket Captain or Chief Steward with questions on the following:

Bargaining Update 5.4.16

May 4, 2016

Bargaining Update

The Bargaining team has met with the company multiple times over the past two days. We discussed Call Sharing and the company’s intent behind their proposal. Although there has been some movement in this issue, the greater preponderance of call center work would continue to go overseas to contractors. This is a very important issue to the Unions. Our customers have repeatedly said they don’t want to deal with overseas call center reps. Other corporations are actually responding to this customer demand with commercials stating their customer reps are here in the US, and your calls are answered in your community. When is Verizon going to catch on? They could be an instant hit with our customers by doing the same.

The company has touted that they are just trying to “modernize” processes and the contracts…except when it comes to pensions and the mortality table. The company demand is to lock in the current mortality tables and not update them. Modernization is of the utmost importance to the company …unless it benefits you, the worker….then we are accused of comparing “apples to oranges”.

The Unions discussed the need of additional jobs to meet our customer’s demands for service. The company’s offer falls woefully short and comes with no guarantee that the number hired will actually equate to permanent people in those seats. Currently if someone is “hired” yet fails testing, or doesn’tcomplete training and/or quitsthat counts toward the promisedincreased headcount. That is insufficient.

President Bob Speer, Vice President Karen Lane and your Business Agents continue to have conference calls with the Units to update them on important issues and bargaining. Talking points have been distributed for use on the picket lines or for talking to your friends and neighbors. Contact your Chief Stewards with information on safety concerns. The companyseems to have abandoned all allegiance to safety since the strike began. The IBEW has and always will hold safety above all else.

National Day of Action has been called. Contact your Local Unit office for information. Across the nation people will be demonstrating in support of our efforts. This is very exciting and we are grateful for the public support for all striking workers in IBEW and CWA.

They Say Give back----We Say Fight Back!!  We are one day stronger than we have to be.

Stay Safe- Be Union- Be Strong

 

 

 

 

Bargaining Update 5.4.16

May 4, 2016

Bargaining Update

The Bargaining team has met with the company multiple times over the past two days. We discussed Call Sharing and the company’s intent behind their proposal. Although there has been some movement in this issue, the greater preponderance of call center work would continue to go overseas to contractors. This is a very important issue to the Unions. Our customers have repeatedly said they don’t want to deal with overseas call center reps. Other corporations are actually responding to this customer demand with commercials stating their customer reps are here in the US, and your calls are answered in your community. When is Verizon going to catch on? They could be an instant hit with our customers by doing the same.

The company has touted that they are just trying to “modernize” processes and the contracts…except when it comes to pensions and the mortality table. The company demand is to lock in the current mortality tables and not update them. Modernization is of the utmost importance to the company …unless it benefits you, the worker….then we are accused of comparing “apples to oranges”.

The Unions discussed the need of additional jobs to meet our customer’s demands for service. The company’s offer falls woefully short and comes with no guarantee that the number hired will actually equate to permanent people in those seats. Currently if someone is “hired” yet fails testing, or doesn’tcomplete training and/or quitsthat counts toward the promisedincreased headcount. That is insufficient.

President Bob Speer, Vice President Karen Lane and your Business Agents continue to have conference calls with the Units to update them on important issues and bargaining. Talking points have been distributed for use on the picket lines or for talking to your friends and neighbors. Contact your Chief Stewards with information on safety concerns. The companyseems to have abandoned all allegiance to safety since the strike began. The IBEW has and always will hold safety above all else.

National Day of Action has been called. Contact your Local Unit office for information. Across the nation people will be demonstrating in support of our efforts. This is very exciting and we are grateful for the public support for all striking workers in IBEW and CWA.

They Say Give back----We Say Fight Back!!  We are one day stronger than we have to be.

Stay Safe- Be Union- Be Strong

 

 

 

 

Bargaining Update 5.2.16

Bargaining Update

Saturday April 30 talks took place between the leadership of the Unions. We are coordinating our efforts with the North bargaining table. Daily calls are held with our Business Agents to discuss bargaining issues and to get updates on what is happening across the State. Each unit has been given a conference call bridge to have calls throughout the week with the stewards to pass along information. On Saturday a conference call took place with the Raritan unit, President Bob Speer and Vice President Karen Lane. Updates were given to the representatives and there was a question and answer period. Sunday, conference calls took place with Central and Essex Units. Early this afternoon a call took place with the Southern Unit and tonight will be another with the Northern Unit.

The Bargaining Committee has been reviewing company proposals and are awaiting information requested at the table and in writing last week. A Day of Action has been called, information will be forthcoming.

We are coordinating efforts with our brothers and sisters with CWA and our International for member assistance. Information will be posted on the web as soon as plans are finalized. We are also compiling a list of discount prescription plans to assist members who have medication needs.

We have stronger public support that has been seen in years. This is not just a fight for a fair contract. This is a fight for the middle class, in opposition of greedy corporations that find tax loopholes to avoid taxes while sending jobs out of this country. Members are tired of being asked to do more while this corporation gives less in return. In 2011 it was a less favorable economic climate so when they asked for help they got it. Now they are doing better than ever and they still want more. When loyalty is lost it is hard to get back. We have stood by this company. Our customers don’t want these scabs in their homes…they want us. When will Verizon get the message?

If you are on social media, post a picture of your family and simply state “Verizon makes Billions in profit each year and pays no taxes…and they cut off my family's benefits”

They Say Give back----We Say Fight Back!!   We are one day stronger than we have to be.

Stay Safe- Be Union- Be Strong

Bargaining Report 04.29.2016 PM

April 29, 2016  7pm

The Bargaining Committee met with the company twice this afternoon. 

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