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Job Postings

We were notified this afternoon that Verizon is posting 45 positions in the CSSC, effective this afternoon.  These positions are Customer Contact Sales Associates, located in wage schedule D1A.

The location is downtown Tampa.  After all internal (Verizon Core) bids are exhausted, employees in LiveSource, Supply and Buried Wire will be able to bid before any external candidates can be awarded these positions.

4th Quarter Surplus/ISP

The Company notified the Union yesterday evening that there would be a 4th quarter surplus announced today for the following classifications:

  • Service Representative - Located in St. Pete Main

      5 out of 120, all voluntary

  • Truck Driver - Verizon Supply

     3 out of 10, all voluntary

Employees in these classifications were mailed packages yesterday (10/26) and the window opens on November 2nd and closes on November 15th.  The last day on property for those that elect to leave will be December 3, 2011.

If anyone in these 2 classifications have not received their packages by November 2nd, they need to contact their Human Resources Business Partner.

Verizon Supply Chain Services Contract

The members of Supply Chain Services overwhelmingly voted to accept a new 3-year agreementThe new agreement went into effect on September 25th, 2011 and will run through September 20th, 2014.

National Group Protection - Supplemental Benefit Plans / Open Enrollment

IBEW Local 824 is pleased to announce a new Supplemental Insurance program for all of its members.  These voluntary benefits were designed to enhance and compliment your existing employer’s benefit package.  The Local has made available several benefits to help members protect their financial well-being.

  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Whole Life Insurance

This program is only available to active members of IBEW Local 824.  You will need your membership number to access the enrollment system.  Premiums will be conveniently collected via monthly bank draft so please reference a check to determine your Account and Routing Number.

Please click the link below for information and to enroll:

The Online ID is your ibew membership number (located on the postcard you received, highlighted in gold)
Password - ibew824

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS FROM OCTOBER 1-31.


If you have any questions regarding the open enrollment, please contact National Group Protection at (800) 344-9016.

Verizon Supply Chain Services Tentative Agreement

On Monday, September 12, 2011, the Union and Company reached a tentative agreement on a new 3-year agreement.  Click the link below for the Tentative Agreement Summary.

August 30 IBEW/CWA Bargaining Update

Bargaining Update - This message comes from the Unity website

Regional Tables: Aug. 25

Both the North and Mid-Atlantic Joint Regional Bargaining Committees are scheduled to meet in Rye Town, New York on Wednesday, August 31st to reconvene bargaining with Verizon. This “reset” of the company’s bargaining position was made possible by the mobilization efforts of our members up and down the East Coast. Our members made it clear that they would not allow this Verygreedy Corporation to destroy our collective bargaining rights nor would they allow them to destroy more middle class jobs.

Now your bargaining teams will return to address your issues at the bargaining table. While we have returned to work, this fight is far from over. We still have members who have been disciplined for strike related activities and we will not forget them. We must continue to keep the pressure on Verizon.

Bargaining Begins Wednesday

By George Bloom, President, CWA Local 1104
reprinted from The Hub, www.cwa1104.com

We would like to quell any rumors that the CWA or the IBEW asked to come back to work because our members were crossing picket lines. Nothing could be further from the truth. It was Lowell McAdams and Larry Marcus who asked if we could end the strike and work under the current agreement indefinitely so the company could go back and review all of its concessionary demands. There was no quid pro quo other than to take down the picket lines. The union has not sold out and has not agreed to any retrogressive demands. We did agree that we would resume negotiations in the near future and would review the companies’ new proposals. As we have stated the corporation has blinked because we hurt them severely in wireless stores and Spin Doctor Marc Reed can tell all the lies he wants to the press; we know the truth our resolve is stronger than their commitment. All members should read the op-ed on our website by Ralph Nader “Verizon Goes From Wireless to Shameless”. I think he nailed it. Send a copy to friends and family.

IBEW/CWA Bargaining Update

The Unions and Company reached an agreement this morning for the members to return to work on Tuesday morning.  There has not been a tentative agreement reached at this point, but the bargaining committees believe there has been progress made in recent sessions.  As we get more information from the Union's bargaining committee, we will pass it along.  After speaking with Myles Calvey this morning, we will continue to accept donations for all IBEW members in the Northeast.  We will have a total of all contributions made from our members and across the TCC-2 available soon.  The Union's bargaining committee expressed their gratitude this morning for everything that Local 824 members did and the moral/financial support that was received.  Again, thank you for your contributions.

IBEW 824 Member Comments regarding Verizon Strike

This first letter was written in response to a letter one of our members sent to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam.  I believe that Verizon's upper management knows that our members are paying attention and getting educated on the issues on the table in the Northeast.  We have to...this is our future as well:

Dear Sir,

 

I appreciate your reply.

 

How much are the top executives in Verizon willing to give up in salary and benefits?  What will Ivan Seidenberg give up?  Why does it fall to the employees at the bottom rungs of the corporate ladder?  Perhaps the managers who are now forced to do some of our jobs can convey just how difficult it is to do our jobs well within the constraints placed on us.  Maybe they will give you some idea of the knowledge and skills necessary to do our jobs.  Additionally, if we were empowered to satisfy the customer and given the tools to make that happen, we would not be losing customers at the rate they are leaving us.

Yes, some of the loss can be attributed to newer technology.  However, we are harassed every day to produce more work (even when quality suffers) and sell, sell, sell to the point of unethical behavior by some in order to meet the numbers, keep their jobs and keep their coaches off their backs.  It is embarrassing and quite honestly, more the cause of attrition than the reasons you like to cite.  Satisfying the customer and saving the line does not count for much if you do not do it in the allotted time and/or with a sale.  If you really want to save customers, re think your focus and allow us to do our jobs properly.

IBEW 824 Member


This next letter was emailed to me recently and further shows that our members understand the severity of the bargaining going on up North:


Many people in the United States look at us in unions as spoiled employees draining a company of their profits.  Why should we be privileged or entitled to still receive a pension, good health care benefits and decent pay while other nonunion hourly American employees’ sacrifice.  

After all, look at what the greedy UAW did to GM.  For those anti-union supporters, I have this thought.  We do not work in an industry of dated technology.  We are in a progressive technological field that is evolving.  

When the telephone was invented it was a great technological breakthrough in the way the world was going to communicate.  As the Ma Bell companies streamlined the telephone into the public hands, it dominated the way we communicated for 100 years.  In the 1980’s, another new means of communication emerged (wireless) which was funded from the profitability of our traditional landlines.  

Today, we are in the middle of a third generation of mainstream telephony, fiber optics.  As a FTTP technician, I know first hand that our fiber plant is superior, less expensive and faster compared to any twisted pair of copper wire that’s out there.  I’ve worked on both sides of the plant and fiber will eventually put copper to its grave because it’s easier to maintain and requires a lot less repairs.    We are in no way compared to the UAW because at the end of the day a car will just be a car.  No matter how you package the automotive industry, until something new is invented it’s the same old technology.

We are in an industry of technological advancements and now it time for wireless (which our union brothers and sisters in landline helped funded) to support the building of our new fiber optic plant. When the fiber optic plant is completed and ONT’s are hanging on hundred of thousands of customers walls it will literally be a "flip of a switch" to activate customers in and out of service.  

Verizon profits in the billions and they have been in the process of creating a fiber optic plant that will one day potentially employ less than half of its current union work force we see today.  Landlines may be losing money today, but its replacement, Fios, will be profitable just like wireless today.  What we, as union members, give up at the negotiation table during contact time will never return just like the thousands of union members Fios will eventually be retiring in the future.  

There’s nothing wrong with a superior technology changing our profession for the better, but there is something wrong when corporate greed uses the platform of old technology as leverage to convince the American people that unions drain profit.   This is my personal view and frustration of a company that’s turning their backs on union employees that financially assisted wireless while it got off the ground. Now it’s time for wireless turn to return the favor while landlines give way to the profitability of Fios. 

 

IBEW 824 Member

 



 


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