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Statement by FMCS Director George H. Cohen On Verizon-CWA-IBEW Labor Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today on the ongoing labor negotiations between the Verizon Communications Inc., the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW):

Mediation Update Aug 3rd 2012

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Dependent Verification Notice

!!!!!!!!!!!!UPDATE 9/18/12!!!!!!!!!!


Dependent Verification process is over, but the appeals process is still available.

If you did not verify your dependents there is still time to put them back on with no break in coverage. I presently have a list of 188 Active members with 265 unverified dependents and 117 Retirees with 148 unverified dependents.
If you have not received confirmation of your dependents you must take action now! Call the Verizon Benefits Center (VBC) 877-489-2367 immediately to confirm your dependents are covered. If not, ask for your appeal form. Appeal forms are specially bar coded and must accompany all of the required documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate, tax forms, adoption papers etc) you submit for verification.
If you submit your required documents and this specially coded appeals form before Oct 31, 2012 your dependents will be placed back on coverage with no breaks in coverage. Any unpaid claims will be reprocessed. THIS IS YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO GET YOUR DEPENDENTS ON WITH NO BREAK IN COVERAGE. Appeals after 10/31/2012 will be on a going forward basis only with a lapse of coverage.
Please email or call me if you encounter problems with the VBC, you must call the VBC immediately to start the process.
Verizon Benefits Center 877-489-2367
Karen Lane
Health Care Benefits Coordinator

Dear DOJ & FCC 66 unanswered Questions and Issues of Wireline-Wireless-Cable Connections and Collusion

Important NOTE: Dear Reader: If you use a cell phone, a wired connection or cable service including broadband, or internet, this impacts you -- from the price of services you pay for, or the choices you have, to even the speed and controls over these services from your providers.

After a year of talks, the telecom giant and 45,000 of its workers are far apart on a new contract

A strike by 45,000 Verizon workers, including 17,000 in New York state, is growing increasingly likely and could begin within two weeks. A wide gulf remains between the employees’ unions and the telecom giant despite efforts by federal mediators to forge a deal.

The two sides have been negotiating for more than a year but have yet to make significant progress on health care, pension and work-rule changes sought by Verizon. Since late July, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George Cohen and the agency’s director of mediation services, John Pinto, have been trying to help, with limited results.

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Regional Bargaining Report #73

This is an update on the mediation status with Verizon.
On July 19, 2012, CWA and IBEW requested the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in our contract negotiations with Verizon.
The Company first refused the Union’s request for Mediation but we have been notified that the Company has agreed to Mediation and we are scheduled to meet with the Federal Mediator on Wednesday in Washington DC.


As you should be aware of by now, the Unions have requested the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service in our contract negotiations with Verizon.

After negotiating for over one year we are still far apart on many of the issues involved in these negotiations.  Here is a list of the many items the company is trying to take back in order to lower our standard of living.


Unions Seek Independent Third Party After Verizon Negotiations Drag On For Over a Year

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