Regional Bargaining Report # 3
June 24, 2015
IBEW New England/ New York and CWA District One Regional Bargaining Committee met with the company today, on several occasions, in Westchester, NY. The first session of the day focused on the questions the bargaining committee had for the company on some of their proposals. In addition to the questions, we also requested information regarding their proposals.
During the second session, the Union Committee made it abundantly clear, to the Company with a proposal on job security and emphasized how important this issue is to the Union and our Members. We pointed out numerous examples where the Company has declared surplus after surplus, as they continue with their plans to contract out work our Members perform. We also expressed our disgust for their proposal to eliminate job security. We believe every member should have this protection and rather than continue to contract out our work, allow our members to perform it.
This round of bargaining is not going to be easy and the only way for us to be successful is for our membership to be UNITED and to MOBILIZE so the greedy executives at Verizon understand we will do whatever it takes to gain a fair and just contract.
Please be sure to wear RED tomorrow and join in the informational pickets
Regional Bargaining Report #1
Monday June 22, 2015
CWA Districts 1, 2-13 as well as IBEW New York (NY), New England (NE) and New Jersey (NJ) opened negotiations with Verizon today. CWA District 1 and IBEW NY and NE are negotiating for new contracts at the Rye Town Hilton in Westchester County. CWA Districts 2-13 as well as IBEW NJ are negotiating for new contracts in Philadelphia. Dennis Trainor, Vice President District 1 gave an opening statement to the Company at the Regional Bargaining table in NY. Dennis closed his statement by stating, “We are united in our commitment to grow with Verizon. The Company cannot keep claiming surplus after surplus while hiring more contractors or moving our work. It is not fair to our members and your employees to tell them there are too many of them but yet you need contractors to do their work.
We are united in our commitment to fight for fairness – we are the foundation upon which the success of Verizon rests. We have helped to boost the company’s earnings and productivity even through a global recession. It is now our turn to share equitably in that growth.
When workers at Verizon improve their living standards through collective bargaining, all of our communities also benefit.
When CWA and IBEW members succeed at the bargaining table, when we secure a better standard of living for our members, we help to boost the entire U.S. economy.
Verizon- it is time to stop the greed. Enough of the givebacks. It is time to negotiate a contract that is fair to your employees, one that protects good union jobs and that gives our membership the opportunity to grow with the company.
Verizon- it’s time to set the right priorities in these negotiations. This means meeting its responsibilities to employees, as well as investors, executives and consumers.”
After opening statements, Verizon gave the Unions an insulting and retrogressive comprehensive proposal. In addition to the proposal, Verizon also began their propaganda campaign in the media and with direct emails to our members. The Regional Bargaining Committee has adjourned for today and will resume tomorrow to review the Company’s proposal.
The Regional Bargaining Committee attended a rally tonight at the Rye Town Hilton, which was hosted by Local 1103. The rally was a huge success and was attended by hundreds of CWA and IBEW members from New York State and New England.
I was unable to attend tonight’s rally at 234 Washington St but I’ve been told it was a successful turn-out. I want to thank all of the members who took the time to attend. It is imperative that our members continue to mobilize for what may be the fight of our lives with this greedy corporation.
Bargaining for a new contract with Verizon is scheduled to begin today. Both the IBEW & CWA bargaining teams are committed to bring back a fair contract. Over the next coming weeks, no doubt many rumors will circulate, we ask to stay informed with factual information. In addition to the union website and information tape a Facebook page has been started for IBEW New England members. Please take a moment to like this page and keep informed.
To kick off the 1st day of bargaining with Verizon IBEW & CWA locals throughout the region will be holding Rallies to show Verizon we are UNITED and committed to getting a fair contract. Please make every effort to attend and show support.
June 22, 2015
234 Washington St – Providence RI 02903
Election Judge Tim Beaudry has notified the Union of the results of the 2015 Election results. Congratulations to all those elected to serve, and thank you to those who submitted their names for nomination.
Contested Race Outcomes:
Metro Unit Winner
Business Manager / Financial Secretary
Plant at Large
IBEW Local 2323 has started a campaign to give Verizon Wireless workers a voice in their workplace. We invite our members to please take a moment to visit and like the campaigns Facebook page (see below). If any of our members have friends or family working at Verizon Wireless please encourage them to contact the Union office.
May 17th First Annual Solidarity Motorcycle Run
On May 17, 2015, IBEW Locals 99 and 2323 will be hosting the First Annual Solidarity Motorcycle Run. This is open to all riders and non-riders but we are specifically attempting to pack the event with Union Members from every corner of the Labor Movement.
You can be involved in many ways. Your Local can become a sponsor for $125.00, which will include: recognition, 2 ride/cookout tickets, and 2 American Made/Union made T-shirts or your local can make a straight donation. All individual members are also very welcome to attend. If you don’t ride, but still wish to be involved, we also welcome you in that capacity. We will be holding a general information and planning meeting at the IBEW Union Hall at 22 Amflex Drive in Cranston on March 5, 2015 at 5:30 PM. Anyone interested in being involved in the final planning or helping out in any way is invited. A healthy turnout for the event is extremely important in order to make an impact in showing the public what Solidarity means, and what Unions supporting the community is all about.
All net proceeds of this year’s event will benefit Pink Heals RI, which is a 100% volunteer, local charity that provides support to cancer patients and their families. We will have the Pink Heals Fire Truck on site the day of the event also, which all cancer survivors are encouraged to sign.
The Company has notified the Union of a surplus. The total number of surplus in IBEW Local 2323 stands at 16. Volunteer period will be: 5/19 – 6/2, Last day worked: 6/13 with an off-payroll date: 6/14
2 – Administrative Assistants – 21 Business Park Drive Smithfield (Demetra Santos)
5 – Central Office Techs – 234 Washington St Providence (Nelson Rodriquez)
8 – Customer Service Assistants – 1 Greene St, Providence (Nelson Rodriguez)
1 – Outside Plant Tech – 21 Business Park Drive Smithfield (Paul McManus)
a mobilization rally is being held May 7th at 5:00pm in front of 234 Washington St. Please make every effort to attend and show solidarity. August 1st is rapidly approaching.
May 31st IBEW Local 2323 Annual Golf Tournament
This year’s golf tournament will take place at the Swansea Country Club in Swansea, Massachusetts. The tournament was moved to the Swansea Country Club in an effort to accommodate our members who are traveling from Massachusetts. The tournament will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a shotgun start. The price is $125 per person or $500 for a foursome. Included in the price are 18 holes with a cart, driving range, and dinner.