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2018 Ratification Meeting Information



Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The following are the dates for the Verizon and VCS contract ratification meetings.  Please attend a meeting for an explanation of the contract and to vote.  You can vote at any one of the meetings throughout the state listed below where your contract is being discussed. 

For out-of-hour tours, you will be able to vote at your unit office ONLY on the date of your unit meeting between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.  Please provide a copy of your schedule to your Business Agent and/or Chief Steward at the time of out-of-hour voting.

HUDSON                                                                               ESSEX 

Monday, August 6, 2018                                                       Thursday, August 2, 2018

6:00 PM                                                                                  6:00 PM

Hilton Hasbrouck Heights                                                      Knights of Columbus

650 Terrace Avenue                                                                94 Bridge Street

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604                                                Belleville, NJ 07109

RARITAN                                                                             SOUTHERN                                                

Thursday, August 16, 2018                                                  Wednesday, August 8, 2018

6:30 PM                                                                                  6:00 PM

Somerville Elks Lodge                                                            Estate at Monroe

375 Union Avenue                                                                  1351 N. Black Horse Pike

Bridgewater, NJ 08807                                                           Williamstown, NJ 08094

CENTRAL                                                                            NORTHERN

Wednesday, August 1, 2018                                                 Thursday, August 9, 2018

6:00 PM                                                                                  6:00 PM

Ancient Order of Hibernians                                                  Hilton Parsippany

2419 Kuser Road                                                                    1 Hilton Court

Hamilton Square, NJ 08690                                                    Parsippany, NJ  07054

Verizon Bargaining Update! 4 Year Contract Extension Details!

Local 827 is pleased to announce the extension of the 2016 contract. The new 2018 MOU provides for a 4 year contract extension which will take the current contract out through Aug 5, 2023.

We are pleased to see that our relationship with Verizon has improved greatly since our historic 2016 strike of 49 days.  This contract provides an 11.2% raise compounded over the term of the extension. With this extension we continue the good paying, middle class jobs that we have fought to preserve. A statewide stewards meeting will be held on July 31, 2018 with ratification meetings to be held in each unit. All dates for ratification meetings will be posted to the web, as well as the mailings to member’s homes next week. Please attend any ratification meeting for a full explanation of the contract extension.

Bargaining Update

CWA, IBEW and Verizon  have reached an agreement in principle to extend the collective bargaining agreements for a four-year period. The current agreements are set to expire on August 3, 2019. If finalized, the agreements will extend through August 5, 2023.  The company and the unions are documenting the understanding in signed contracts and expect to have that completed this week, at which time we will communicate further details.  

The contracts will be subject to ratification by union members.  We will keep you posted.


Important Update!

A message from Local 827 President Speer:  The rumors are spreading on social media that there is an agreement for a Verizon contract extension. Do not believe the rumors. I have not signed off on any extension. The only place you should look for official information is on  our website and the IBEW Local 827 Facebook page 

Bargaining Update

As you already know, CWAIBEWand  Verizon began meeting for a two-week period to attempt to negotiate the terms of a possible extension to the collective bargaining agreements that are set to expire in August 2019.   We have agreed with the Company to extend the negotiations for a few additional days after the holiday.  Meetings are expected to resume in the middle of next week. 

We will provide additional updates as appropriate.

Hope you all have a happy and safe holiday.

WATER. REST. SHADE. OSHA's Campaign to Keep Workers Safe in the Heat

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in the Heat
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Our Heat Illness Prevention campaign, launched in 2011, educates employers
and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. Through training
sessions, outreach events, informational sessions, publications, social media
messaging and media appearances, millions of workers and employers have
learned how to protect workers from heat. Our safety message comes down to
three key words: Water. Rest. Shade.
Dangers of Working in the Heat
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while
working in extreme heat or humid conditions. More than 40 percent of heatrelated
worker deaths occur in the construction industry, but workers in
every field are susceptible. There are a range of heat illnesses and they can
affect anyone, regardless of age or physical condition.
Employer Responsibility to Protect Workers
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of
known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat.
An employer with workers exposed to high temperatures should establish a
complete heat illness prevention program.
Provide workers with water, rest and shade.
Allow new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and
take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for
working in the heat.
Plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention.
Monitor workers for signs of illness.
OSHA's Occupational Exposure to Heat page explains what employers can do
to keep workers safe and what workers need to know - including factors for
heat illness, adapting to working in indoor and outdoor heat, protecting
workers, recognizing symptoms, and first aid training. The page also includes
resources for specific industries and OSHA workplace standards. Also look
for heat illness educational and training materials on our Publications page.

Attention All Members and Retirees!! Need your help!



We need your help!  Both houses of the legislature are voting TODAY on bills that will divert up to $100 million away from funding union pensions and handing that money over to a for profit private lottery operator.  This is bad public policy plain and simple. 

Furthermore, Northstar, the company that manages the lottery, has underperformed and missed their revenue targets repeatedly – and now they want MORE money for delivering POOR performance. 

Please take a moment RIGHT NOW and CLICK to send an e-mail to your legislators asking them to vote NO on these bills.


Verizon raise

The 2018 2.5% contract raise for Verizon employees will be effective Sunday, June 24.



As you know, our current collective bargaining agreement with Verizon does not expire until August, 2019, a little less than 15 months from now.

However, Verizon, CWA and IBEW are jointly announcing today that we will be entering into two weeks of bargaining beginning June 18, 2018 to determine whether it is possible to agree on the terms of a contract extension.

This development reflects an improved relationship with the company since the conclusion of our strike just about two years ago.  We will keep you posted on further developments.

In Solidarity,

Bob Speer President/Business Manager

Attention Verizon Medicare Eligible members and dependants!!


ATTENTION- Verizon Medicare Eligible members and dependents

There are some valuable programs available to you as a Verizon Medicare Advantage participant.

Participation in these programs can lead to better health and Member participation also helps out at the bargaining table.

You may receive Free gift cards to Target, Home Depot, Amazon and other retailers for participation in House Calls and for getting your yearly exam. Here is some highlights:

  • House Calls is a great supplement to your relationship with your doctor. Information gathered by the Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant or Physician will be sent to your doctor.
  • Silver Sneakers is a FREE Gym membership to one of hundreds of gyms and locations (i.e.: NY Sports Club, SNAP Fitness, LA Fitness, Planet Fitness, Gold’s gym and many more).
  • HiHealth Innovations is a great resource to make your hearing aid benefit dollars go farther.
  • NurseLine provides registered nurses to help answer questions 24/7, providing you with peace of mind and valuable information when you need it.
  • Solutions for Caregivers is a valuable resource for you or anyone you know who may be caring for a family member or neighbor

Call United Healthcare Member Services 877-211-6548 for more info on any of these programs

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