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Bargaining Update 2.10.16

The Bargaining Team met with the company to review outstanding questions on the company proposal dated February 4. A detailed information request was presented to the company to evaluate the company demands on CPS, Overtime, Pensions, 401k, disability benefits, Call Sharing, medical benefits and changes to the 35 mile rule. Information requests were formulated to cost out the company proposals by revealing the projected cost savings to the company of each company proposals. This information will reveal the impact to members both active and retired. The Union withdrew our comprehensiveproposal which had met the “critical” points the company had had outlined was needed, then rejected.

The company’s Call Sharing proposal would essentially allow the company to send calls where ever they deem appropriate, regardless of next available representative. This is far more serious than the initial request for skills based routing. Much talk needs to take place on this issue. Our members have consistently met the benchmark set by the company, are eager to learn and acquire new skills, yet the company continues to diminish our positions. It is a known fact that customers do not want to talk to vendors off shore, they want to talk to people in their communities and their region at the very least.

The company states that they will have information for the Bargaining Team tomorrow. No formal meeting has been established for tomorrow as of yet.

Continue to participate in weekly informational pickets. Your support is more important than ever to the bargaining process. As we work to bring these contract negotiations to an end we need to send a strong message of Unity. Let this company know---YOU AREN’T HAPPY. You are the reason for customer retention and for winning over new customers. You are the face of Verizon and YOU MATTER!!!! We demand a fair contract that recognizes our contributions to the company’s future.

Your bargaining committee reminds you to Work Safe- Be Strong- Stay United

 

Information Update 2.8.16

The Bargaining team continues to evaluate the last proposal from the company. The Union believes that we have met the company’s critical concerns as they relate to benefits. We will continue to push toward an equitable, fair contract for all.

IBEW Local 827 Elections-Ballots for President, Vice President, Treasurer and Executive Board/Business Agent will be mailed out this week on Thursday February 11. If you do not receive a ballot please contact your Election Officer for your unit or your Chief Steward. Deadline for duplicate ballots is Thursday February 25. Deadline for the return of ballots for Officers and Executive Board/Business Agents is Thursday, March 3.  Ballots will be counted on Friday, March 4.

Bargaining Update 2.5.16

February 5, 2016 Bargaining Report On Jan15 the Mid Atlantic bargaining team presented the company with a comprehensive proposal which meet the company’s expressed concerns regarding health care. 

Bargaining Update 2.5.16

February 5, 2016

Bargaining Report

On Jan15 the Mid Atlantic bargaining presented the company with a comprehensive proposal which meet the company’s expressed concerns regarding health care. This proposal was in response to talks between senior Union and company representatives which focused on what the company described as critical sticking points in bargaining. We also addressed several important needs for the Unions, including benefits, call sharing, pensions, wages and the Medical Restriction Leave of Absence.

VCS TIPP payout

 VCS technicians will be receiving their TIPP payout in their 2/12/16 paycheck.  The amount is 835.00 if you have any questions please contact your Steward. 

Information Update 2.3.16

February 3, 2016

IBEW Local 827 Information Update

Bargaining will continue in Philadelphia tomorrow, February for the Mid Atlantic bargaining teams. NY/NE will be meeting with the company in New York as well.

Century Link contract update- Lafayette will hold a contract ratification vote on Thursday February 4 at the American Legion 20 Yates Av, Newton, NJ at 5:00pm

Important Information on Forms 1095C and 1095B

Verizon will be mailing the 1095C form due to the Affordable Care Act, which requires employers to send employees and retirees eligible for coverage an annual statement providing information about health insurance coverage.  The 1095C is needed to file your taxes, per Verizon’s communications.

If you are a retiree on Medicare, you should also receive Form 1095B (from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) for the months you were Medicare eligible during the 2015 calendar year.  If a retiree was on Medicare only part of the year, the 1095B form will only indicate the months you were Medicare eligible and the 1095C form (from Verizon) will indicate the months you were pre-Medicare.

Per Medicare, the 1095C form does not have to be completed but should be given to whomever is preparing your taxes or used by the individual to complete their appropriate IRS tax return (if preparing yourself).

https://www.irs.gov/Affordable-Care-Act/Questions-and-Answers-about-Heal...

Bargaining Update 1.21.16

The Unions presented the company with a comprehensive proposal which addressed each major issue the company identified as central to reaching an agreement. The company has rejected that proposal and countered with a retrogressive, concessionary proposal. 

The company has unrealistic expectations for this contract. We all need to stand up and tell the company that we are the reason for their successes. Fair compensation and a reasonable contract are the only outcome that will continue that path. 

High-level discussions will continue as we strive to reach a contract that is fair and equitable. The company can't ask for help with the business then divorce themselves from us a contract time.

WE MATTER!!!!

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