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Please, Sir, May I Have Another?

For the last 20 years, the nation's major telecom companies have been playing the public and regulatory officials for fools -- wangling dramatic rate increases while making promises about fiber-optic cable they haven't delivered; pleading poverty even as they rack up record profits.

Regional Bargaining Report #55

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
CWA District 1/IBEW Local 2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees returned to the bargaining table on Monday April 16, 2012 at the Rye Town Hilton in Rye, NY. All of the retrogressive demands that the Company had proposed in August still remain on their agenda.

T-Mobile DON'T YOU DARE


Last month, T-Mobile announced plans to close seven major call centers nationwide.T-Mobile’s decision means cutting 3,300 American jobs, on top of hundreds already lost because of T-Mobile’s downsizing—and 6,000 lost because of outsourcing to the Philippines and Honduras.Click here to send a message to T-Mobile’s CEO Philipp Humm urging him to keep T-Mobile’s U.S. call centers open and bring back thousands of family-sustaining jobs.

2012 Dependent Certification Audit

THIS IS IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE WHO HAS DEPENDENTS ON A VERIZON BENEFIT PLAN

Dependent Verification Update

By now, most of you have received your Dependent Verification packages at your homes. If you have not, you should be receiving your package in the next day or two. Whether or not you have received your package in the mail, you may go onto YBR via About You or go to www.verizon.com/benefits to get copies of the information that was sent to you and to submit documentation to verify your covered dependents. We are experiencing higher than expected phone volume at the Dependent Verification Call Center. If you need to speak to one of the representatives, we appreciate your patience and recommend that you call in a few days when there will be shorter hold times. Remember that you can check the status of documents you have submitted by accessing YBR via About You or www.verizon.com/benefits, and clicking on “Document Submission.” You can also view FAQs and other important information on the site.Of almost 400,000 dependents enrolled in Verizon plans, 350 dependents have been dropped and 25,178 dependents have been verified across the Enterprise in the first week of the dependent verification.Remember, you have until June 15, 2012 to submit your verification documents.

Thank you very much for your cooperation with this important initiative. We know that this process is extra work for you and we appreciate your efforts.  

Spectrum Hearing Washington D.C.

Spectrum Hearing Washington D.C. 3/21/12

Rules for Hand-billing Verizon Wireless Stores

The following guidelines are for picketing at a Verizon Wireless Store. Please read and follow when you are at these stores. Please use only IBEW/CWA approved fliers when hand billing stores which can be found at bottom of story. 

CWA and IBEW REGIONAL BARGAINING REPORT

CWA and IBEW REGIONAL BARGAINING REPORT

March 23, 2012 - Bargaining Report Number 64
Some of the give backs the company demands are as follows:

Press Release Spectrum Deal

IBEW Local 827 raises concerns about Verizon deal to acquire band width from cable companies at U.S. Senate Subcommittee hearing; Union advocates for consumers.
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