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

“Pursuant to the joint agreement of the above named parties, future negotiations for successor collective bargaining agreements will be conducted under the auspices of Agency Director George H. Cohen and Director of Mediation Services John Pinto commencing on Wednesday morning, July 25, 2012 at our Washington, D.C. office.”

“Because of the sensitivity of these negotiations, in keeping with our past custom and practice, and the agreement between the parties, the FMCS and the parties will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of talks among the parties until further notice.”

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

Link for the official letter is below



For the past ten days, the parties have engaged in negotiations under the auspices of Federal Mediator George Cohen and Director of Mediation Services John Pinto. The negotiations have been constructive and some progress has been made, but significant key issues remain on the table. Negotiations will resume on Monday, August 6, at the Federal Mediations building in Washington, DC. 

In unity,
William D. Huber
President/Business Manager
IBEW, Local 827



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Next update.....Still working on an agreement


The latest update from the Mediator.  Talks are moving to NY on Sept 4th.


The mediators and the negotiators are back in New York continuing mediation on Tuesday September 11. Still under blackout on releasing information.

New letters here