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