[Marxism] Fwd: Bargaining Update

Andrew Stewart hasc.warrior.stew at gmail.com
Sat Feb 6 16:39:12 MST 2016

I previously wrote on this topic for CounterPunch (

*Regional Bargaining Report*

*Friday February 5, 2016*

As you know from prior bargaining reports the CWA District 1/IBEW Local
2213 and IBEW New England Regional Committees made a proposal which
addressed needs of both the Company and the Union. One of the critical
issues for the Company is the cost of healthcare. The Union addressed this
in our proposal which would *save the Company over $200 million* during the
term of the contract.

Another critical issue for the Company is workforce flexibility and the
Union made a proposal to help the Company reduce the workforce in a way
that would not hurt our members.

Two weeks ago the Company rejected the Union’s proposal and gave the Union
another unacceptable proposal which did not address any of the Union’s
critical needs.

Over the last week there have been more high level discussions where our
Union leadership told Verizon executives that since we addressed the
Company’s needs, we expect the Company to address our needs.

We went back to the bargaining table yesterday to receive another proposal
from Verizon. The Company still has many retrogressive demands on the table
and has failed to meet any of the Unions needs.

Earlier today Marc Reed put out another deceptive e mail about the status
of bargaining. He stated that the Company has “presented proposals that
would provide the Company greater flexibility in managing the work and the
work force while recognizing current job security provisions”. What their
proposal really means is that the Company will withdraw their Job Security
proposal if the Union agrees to all of the following:

   - *Transfers*: Close centers and transfer workers up to 99 miles.
   - *Force Adjust Plan*: Change the way the Company declares surpluses
   which could be done by Article 8 area or organization (impacting thousands
   of members)
   - *Temporary Transfers*: Ability to transfer employees anywhere in the
   footprint (Virginia to Massachusetts).
   - *Article 8*- Destroy the definition of our Article 8 units.

*Giving the Company the ability to move you wherever and whenever they want
is not how the Union defines Job Security.*

In New York, Verizon’s Vice-President Jay Beasley implemented a new process
called QAR, where managers are required to sit employees down and question
them for hours about their daily activities. We demanded that they stop
this practice of intimidation and harassment and told them if they want a
new process in the future they must bargain over the issue.

It is clear to your Bargaining Committee that this enormously profitable
company- which made $18.3 billion in profits in 2015 and paid its top five
executives $44.5 million in 2014- is determined to gut our contract and
destroy the working conditions that CWA and IBEW have fought so hard and
earned over the last 50 years.

 We need every member engaged in this fight.  It is more important than
ever that we take this fight to a new level.

*Ready to STRIKE for a fair contract!!!*

Best regards,

Andrew Stewart

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