The CWA 1105 tape on 718-904-1105 was updated Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM
In 2007 Verizon sold its landline operations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont for $2.7 billion to Fairpoint Communications. Fairpoint took a profitable land line business and ran it into the ground resulting in Fairpoint declaring bankruptcy in October of 2009. This had a serious effect on the thousands of former Verizon workers many represented by CWA and IBEW.
Since April of this year CWA and IBEW have been bargaining with Fairpoint to try to reach an equitable agreement before their contracts’ expiration. From the beginning Fairpoint has demanded $700 Million in concessions. On October 14, 2014 CWA and IBEW struck Fairpoint and Fairpoint responded by freezing the pensions of 2000 union workers who built New England’s telephone system.
On day 23 of the strike, Saturday, November 8, 2014 the striking workers were joined by their brothers and sisters in Portsmith, ME from the surrounding Verizon territories including a delegation from CWA Local 1105. “This fight is our fight…” said CWA Local 1105 President Keith Edwards, “…what Fairpoint is attempting in New England is a preview of what we can expect from Verizon in our upcoming negotiantions.”
Applications for the CWA Joe Beirne Foundation annual scholarship are now available at www.cwa-union.org/pages/beirne_scholarship_application
We need all members, their families and friends to call the New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) on 888-701-0493 to urge them to require the build out of FIOS across the state as well as to redefine “Basic Service” to include broadband and cable television.
GOOD NEWS- INCREASES TO DEPENDENT CARE REIMBURSEMENT FUND, SUMMER CAMP, AND PENDANT PROGRAMS FOR 2014
The Regional Work and Family recently approved increases in the current programs. The following description outlines the program enhancements.
Dependent Care Reimbursement Fund (DCRF): The weekly reimbursement is increasing from $50 to $100 effective June 1, 2014. Members will submit their paperwork in July. An email notification to participants announcing the change is planned.
Summer Camp: This summer 2 children will be eligible for 2 sessions of summer camp. The reimbursement will be increased from $200 per session to $300 per session. Each child is eligible for a reimbursement of up to $600 for both sessions. A family could receive up to $1,200 in reimbursements for 2 children.
Attached is information about the summer camp program , the application and the request for reimbursement form.
Pendants: Members will now be able to receive reimbursements for 2 family members. Current participants will be notified via e mail of this change in the near future.
August 2, 2013 -
In November 2006 Verizon unilaterally modified the Absence Control Plan (ACP); eliminating steps, changed the accepted definition of “satisfactory” under the ACP and introduced suspensions as part of the plan. CWA filed grievances regarding the numerous ways the company’s changes negatively impacted our members.
On May 22, 2011 the arbitrator’ decision denied in part and sustained in part the claims made in our grievance.
The arbitrator ruled that:
1. The Company did not violate the just cause provision of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).
2. The Company did violate the “1983 Freije letter”.
3. The Company did violate Article 44.02 of the CBA (Article 44 of the CWA 1105 CBA).
4. The Company did not violate Sec 8(a)(1) or 8 (a)(5) of the National Labor Relations Act.
The Arbitrator ordered the parties to meet to address and remedy the violations the arbitrator had identified. Under his ruling if the parties could not reach an agreement, he would retain jurisdiction and rule on the remedy to be applied. The parties failed to reach agreement and the case went back to the Arbitrator for further review.
On May 5, 2013 the Arbitrator issued a new ruling. This ruling reinstates the extra step to the ACP for employees that have 25 or more years of service and while preserving the company’s new definition of “unsatisfactory” under the ACP for purposes of justifying the suspension provisions of the modified plan which begin at Step 3, it does not allow the company to deny movement under the Specified Posted Vacancy (SPV) plan until an employee reaches Step 4 of the modified ACP.
Both arbitration rulings appear to the right on this web site.
June 20, 2013 – CWA rallied in front of 140 West St. to protest Verizon’s decision to abandon lower Manhattan. Verizon received over 100 million in federal dollars after the collapse of the World Trade Center damaged 140 West St on September 11, 2001 as a result of a terrorist attack.. They received addition tax breaks by relocating workers to the 140 West St. site as part of the downtown rebuilding effort following the attack.
Over 1100 CWA Local 1105 and 1101 workers were displaced from 140 West St. following hurricane Sandy which flooded lower Manhattan. Now Verizon is looking to convert 140 West St. to retail shops and luxury condos. Once again workers are being asked to uproot themselves and be relocated so that Verizon can reap windfall profits made possible by federal rebuilding funds.
District One Vice president Chris Shelton, CWA Local 1105 President Keith Edwards and CWA Local 1101 President Keith Purce addressed the rally urging Verizon not to go back on their pledge to be part of the permanent rebuilding effort of lower Manhattan following the cowardly attack on innocent Americans. The CWA leadership was supported by various speakers including New York City Mayoral candidate Bill de Blassio, Julie Meinn, candidate for Manhattan Borough President and Leticia James candidate for New York City Public Advocate.
All Verizon Leave of Absense status requests including:
FLMA (Family and Medical Leave Act) Leaves
Anticipated Disability Leaves
Care of Newborn Child (CNC) Leaves
Enhanced Educational Leaves
Family Care Leaves
must be made by calling MetLife on 855-814-9344