The IBEW & CWA have been working hard with Verizon to reach agreements to protect our members, while at the same time maintaining our network. We have made the following agreements:

Work from Home:

Members who work an inside desk job, who have the required broadband service at their residence, who requests to work at home, have been allowed to do so.  At this time, more than 90% of eligible employees have chosen to work from home. If you have any issues, please call the Union office.

Leave of Absence:

Members may be eligible for a LOA related to Covid-19 for up to 26 weeks. There are 4 scenarios for this leave:

  1. For those medically diagnosed with COVID-19, we will offer a leave of absence up to 26 weeks with pay at the basic hourly rate from the first date of absence until the individual is medically cleared to return to

 

  1. For those who have been directed by a doctor to remain out of the workplace during the COVID-19 outbreak due to an underlying health condition (their own or that of a household member) and who are unable to work from home, we will offer a leave of absence up to 8 weeks with pay at the basic hourly rate and up to 18 weeks of 60% pay at the basic hourly rate (terminating sooner if/when the associate is able to return to the workplace or work from home).

 

  1. For those who establish that they are unable to work because they are caring for a child whose school or daycare has been closed due to COVID-19 and for whom another childcare option (e.g., Bright Horizons, childcare provider reimbursed through Bright Horizons or family member) is not available, we will offer a leave of absence with up to 8 weeks of pay at the basic hourly rate and up to 18 weeks of 60% pay at the basic hourly rate (terminating sooner if/when the associate is no longer caring for such a child, the child’s school or daycare reopens or other childcare option is available).

 

  1. For those who establish that they are unable to work because they are caring for a person medically diagnosed with COVID-19 who is unable to provide self-care and for whom another caregiver is not available, we will offer a leave of absence with up to 8 weeks of pay at the basic hourly rate and up to 18 weeks of 60% pay at the basic hourly rate (terminating sooner if/when the associate is no longer caring for such an individual, the individual is able to provide self-care or another caregiver is available).

 

 

How to Apply for a Covid-19 LOA

To apply for a Leave of Absence from a company computer, tablet or phone,
access the Covid-19 Resource Page on the VZ E-Web.

 

If you are unable to access the VZ E-Web use one the links below:

 

The IBEW & CWA have negotiated a new Bonus Agreement with Verizon for employees who are not eligible to work from home during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Under the agreement, members who are unable to work from home will receive a weekly bonus of $300 per week.  This amount may be renegotiated, but will not be less than $300 per week.

Also, Verizon will pay bonuses to these same employees who are on leave of absence because of a medically diagnosed case of COVID 19, or directed to self-quarantine either by Verizon, or a doctor or government official, because of a suspected case of COVID 19.

We are pleased Verizon shares the concern we have for our members and is willing to offer these bonuses to union members who perform the dangerous work of keeping the network intact, and keeping our neighbors, state and local government, and businesses connected during this crisis.

 

Over the weekend, the CWA and IBEW negotiated with Verizon to establish a new Hazard Pay agreement during the coronavirus pandemic.  This agreement will provide extra compensation for workers on the front line, who must interface with customers and the public.

Employees who do not have the option to work at home are eligible for the extra compensation.  Also, Verizon will pay bonuses to these same employees who are on leave of absence because of a medially diagnosed case of COVID 19, or directed to self-quarantine either by Verizon, or by a doctor or government official, because of a suspected case of COVID 19.  The bonus will be $300 per week, and may be renegotiated, but will never be less than $300 per week.

This bonus structure is in line with other companies who are offering extra compensation for employees who must work in situations that put them at risk of being infected by the coronavirus or transmitting it to their families.

The unions are pleased Verizon shares the concern we have for these employees and is willing to offer these bonuses to union members who perform the dangerous work of keeping the network intact, and keeping our neighbors, state and local government, and businesses connected during this crisis

There has been a lot of happenings over the past 72 hours as pandemic concerns continue to escalate.

The Union has several conference calls scheduled today with both the System Council T6, and Verizon management. We hope to have more information on w@h update, and efforts for our outside workforce, also answers to several questions we have received from the membership over the weekend .

I know school / daycare closings have made planning difficult. In the event you had to take any unpaid time to care for your child please take a moment to review the COVID-19 sheet from the Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training you may be entitled to TCI benefits. The Union strongly recommends that you file a claim for benefits.

As we receive updates we will communicate them should you have any questions/concerns please feel free to call the hall.

 

Covid – Work Arrangement Request

Verizon has notified the Union of a surplus declaration under the provisions of Article G25 of our contract.  Should you have any question please call the Union office.

Volunteer Period:  November 26 – December 10

Last Day Worked:  December 21

Off-Payroll Date:  December 22

Job titles & locations are as follows:

1 SST Smithfield

1 OPT Smithfield

1 SST East Providence

2 SST’s Portsmouth

2 FNT’s Providence

3 COT’s Providence (Frame)

2 EIT (COEI)

1 Translation Admin

 

 

POSTING START DATE: Oct 2, 2019 12:00:00 AM
POSTING END DATE: Oct 15, 2019 12:00:00 AM
COMPANY: Verizon New England Inc.
TITLE: SPLICE-SERVICE TECHNICIAN
JOB OPENING NUMBER: 530129 ( 3 Opening(s) )
UNION: IBEW Barg-Unit: IBEW PLANT – (MULTI-LOCALS) Local 2222
DEPARTMENT: WFO NENG FiOS CXM NE
LOCATION: 173 Boston St Dorchester, MA 02125
DESCRIPTION: 40 Hours Per Week
SHIFT: Regular Full Time
TOP PAY: $1762.50
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Initial Assignment: Permanent day tour will be 7A-4P or a temporary optional compressed 40 hr. work week (Mon-Thurs or Tues-Fri 6:00AM – 4:30PM)

COMPANY: Verizon New England Inc.
TITLE: SPLICE-SERVICE TECHNICIAN
JOB OPENING NUMBER: 528375 ( 1 Opening(s) )
UNION: IBEW
Barg-Unit: IBEW PLANT – (MULTI-LOCALS) Local 2222
DEPARTMENT: WFO NENG FiOS CXM NE
LOCATION: 125 Lundquist Dr Braintree, MA 02184
DESCRIPTION: 40 Hours Per Week
SHIFT: Regular Full Time
TOP PAY: $1762.50
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Work tour hours are 7:00AM – 3:30PM Monday – Friday with a 30 minute lunch break.
MANAGER: Campbell,Ronald R
TEST REQUIREMENTS: Field Operations Assessment