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It has come to our attention that any member with a verizon.net email address has not been receiving email updates from admin [at] ibew824 [dot] orgAfter contacting Verizon Online Security, we were told the issue will be fixed within 72 hours.  We are not sure why this happened after 25 months of sending emails from our server but at least it will be resolved soon.  We are sorry about the inconvenience. 

IBEW/CWA ON STRIKE

A statement from President Ed Hill from the IBEW.ORG website:

Northeast Verizon Workers Strike

 

Company Refuses to Move off Extreme Demands and Negotiate in Good Faith

                  In the face of continued demands by Verizon for contract concessions that would take much of its unionized workforce back to 1960s levels of wages, benefits and working conditions, members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America tonight went on strike.

Six weeks of negotiations between the IBEW, CWA and Verizon produced no progress as the contract covering 45,000 workers from Massachusetts to Virginia expired at the stroke of midnight.

“If Verizon had shown any good faith effort to negotiate honestly, our members would still be on the job,” said IBEW International President Edwin D. Hill.  “Instead, they turned their backs on any attempts to reach a reasonable settlement.  We cannot stand by while one of the richest, most successful corporations in the world joins the race to decimate the middle class of this country. We remain ready to meet with Verizon to work out a fair agreement, but at this point, we had no choice.”

Verizon has revenues of $100 billion and net profits of $6 billion. Verizon Wireless just paid its parent company and Vodaphone a $10 billion dividend.Verizon Chairman Ivan Seidenberg is paid 300 times what an average worker earns, and other top executives have been paid lucrative compensation packages.

The IBEW represents 12,800 workers at Verizon primarily in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey, with smaller units in Pennsylvania and upstate New York.


Below is a statement off the CWA Local 1103 website:

The current round of negotiations with Verizon has been unprecedented,

both in terms of the scope of Verizon’s attacks on the middle-class jobs
of our members, and in terms of the company’s absolute refusal to engage
in serious collective bargaining towards a new contract.
 
There has been absolutely no movement by the company at the table since
talks began on June 22nd. Over 100 concessionary company proposals
remain on the table. We have never seen anything like this in 50 years
of bargaining with Verizon and its corporate predecessors.
 
As a result, CWA and IBEW have decided to take the unprecedented step
of striking to force management to stop its Wisconsin-style tactics, and
to start bargaining in good faith.
 
45,000 CWA and IBEW members walked off the job at midnight to demand
that a company which made $19.5 billion and paid its top executives $258
million over the last four years start bargaining in good faith and stop
its attack on middle class jobs.
 
If and when the company agrees to bargain, then we will return to work and bargain until a fair agreement is reached.
 

IBEW/CWA Rally in NYC

The contract for our IBEW/CWA brothers and sisters in the Potomac and New England areas expires on August 6th.  The video below is the news coverage of the rally held Saturday in New York City.  Approximately 15,000 union members filled 2 1/2 blocks to listen to several speakers, including members of the Union's bargaining teams.  Local 824 members Robert Prunn, Erik Jones, Danny Alfonso, Michelle Agne, Pam Elleby, John Riddlebarger, Tom Huston, Noah Kaaa, and Wendell Greenhalgh attended the rally representing and showing the support of our membership.



To see how many members were in attendance, check out the news clip below:

Verizon Workers Rally In NYC: MyFoxNY.com

Bargaining in Potomac and Northeast

We have received numerous calls about New England and the Potomac area bargaining with Verizon.  The contracts between the IBEW/CWA and Verizon expire on August 6th.  If you would like to keep up to date with the progress at the bargaining table, you can go to ibew2222.org and click on the bargaining updates link.  There are quite a few updates and also Verizon's Opening Statement from the first day of bargaining.  Feel free to share any updates with your brothers and sisters before or after work.

There will be a rally this Saturday, July 30th, at the NYC headquarters where a very large turnout is expected.  There are several Officers/Board Members of Local 824 that will be in attendance at this rally to show our sisters and brothers they have support in Florida.

Dependent Verification Process

On Monday, June 27th, Verizon will begin mailing information to all employees and retirees to verify all dependents for healthcare benefits.

All employees and retirees must provide documented evidence their dependents are eligible for coverage based on the eligibility criteria for the Plan in which they are enrolled.  Verizon believes there is dependents that are being covered whom an employee or retiree should not cover.

For information and a Q&A sheet, please click the link below:

Eastern FNFT's

The Company notified the Union in writing last week that there would be a force adjustment of 15 FNFT's from Eastern Division, which would have taken effect Monday, May 22nd.  We were hopeful that with the Company now providing Orlando local television stations to customers in Polk County, orders would increase and the force adjustment would be called off or delayed.  Order activity has increased, so the force adjustment has been cancelled as of today.  The order activity and headcount of FNFT's in Eastern will be re-evaluated in approximately 30 days.  We will keep you notified.

UPDATE:

The Company notified us today that due to the lack of work for the FNFT's in Eastern Division, the force adjustment mentioned above will take effect on Sunday, July 10th.  In the next couple days, FNFT's will be notified where they will report next month.

Special Events Team

The Company notified us today that they intend to create a separate work group of FNFT's to staff the Special Events Team.  All FNFT's region-wide will be canvassed, by seniority, to fill these positions.  The canvass is to begin on Friday and end next Wednesday, June 29th.  There will be 1 work group with 2 reporting locations - Seminole work center in Pinellas County and Causeway work center in Hillsborough County.

Announced Surplus/ISP Offerings

Late yesterday afternoon, we were notified of a surplus in the following classifications and that the affected groups would be offered an ISP:

Assignor/Dispatcher (Jim Welford - Manager)   1 of 2 - will be Voluntary

Business Response Generalist (Jim Welford - Manager)   2 of 43 - will be Voluntary

Business Office Clerk (CSSC)   1 of 3 - will be Involuntary

Facility Provisioning Specialist (Clearwater and Tampa)   6 of 23 - will be Voluntary

CZT I (NPC - Temple Terrace)   1 of 13 - will be Voluntary

All employees in the above classifications/workgroups will have info mailed to them.  The window will open on May 20th and close on June 2nd.  For those electing to leave the Company, the off-property date will be June 18th.

If anyone in the above classifcations/workgroups does not receive their packets by May 20th, please contact your HR Rep.

2nd Annual Solidarity Day at the Trop

The 2nd annual Solidarity Day at the Trop will be on Sunday, August 21, 2011 with the Rays hosting the Seattle Mariners.  Please click on the RAYS link for ticket info.  Remember, if you want to sit with your friends in the same row please provide your information at the same time.


2011 Kindness Campaign

Our Local Union and Verizon are working together on the 2011 Kindness Campaign.  Working together, we will be assisting many families within the Tampa Bay area be able to put food on their tables.  All of our donations will be going to the Feeding America Tampa Bay, which is the nation's largest charitable domestic hunger relief organization.  The Tampa Bay chapter works with fellow food banks and various food distribution networks to feed over 400,000 people in our area.

We are asking every member to participate by bringing non-perishable food items to one of the following locations:  Tampa Main building, Tampa EAX, Westside CO, St. Pete Main, any Verizon Plus store or a work center when you come to work.  Collection bins have been placed in all of those locations. 

This is an excellent opportunity, as Union Members and employees of Verizon, to show that we care about the communities that we live in.  There will be advertisements in the newspaper that state that IBEW and Verizon are involved in this community event.  Excerpts from the print ad:

It's a powerful promise that can bring hope to the hundreds of thousands of people in the Tampa Bay area who rely on food donations from Feeding America Tampa Bay for their meals. 

Join the members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 824 and employees of Verizon to give the gift of Kindness.  We can all do it.  Today!

There is also a commercial running on chanel 8 (NBC) and periodically throughout the FIOS network stating the same. (If you have not seen the commercial, you can email your Rep at the hall and they will email you a copy)

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