Workers Ratify New Four-Year Deal With Verizon Agreement
Includes 11.2% Wage Increases and Stronger Retirement Benefits
CWA Local 1105 Tape Updated Friday, August 10, 2018 4PM
Verizon workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions and at Verizon Connected Solutions voted to ratify a four year extension of their current contracts, which were set to expire in August 2019.
The extensions provide for additional wage increases and enhanced retirement benefits. The agreement, which extends the contracts through August 5, 2023, will deliver an 11.2% wage increase over the additional four years and covers over 34,000 Verizon workers, including call center workers, and central office and field technicians.
â€śThis agreement builds on the success of the 2016 strike, and it will ensure a better future and good, family-supporting jobs for thousands of Verizon workers," said CWA District 1 Vice President Dennis Trainor. "This agreement reflects the more constructive relationship between CWA and Verizon that has developed since the strike. â€ś
Separate agreements were ratified covering 40 Verizon Wireless retail workers in Brooklyn and 7 workers in Hazleton, Pa., who voted last month to join CWA. The Brooklyn agreement provides for a $900 signing bonus for Brooklyn Wireless employees, creates a first-ever floor for the merit pay pool, creates a new Labor-Management committee to address further improvements in scheduling, and strengthens the grievance procedure. Additionally, about 90 Verizon Wireless technicians will receive the 11.2% compounded wage increases over the term of the extension and will have improved language regarding transfers by seniority.
"We saw the early negotiations with Verizon as an opportunity to make improvements for our members while avoiding the lengthy conflict we experienced two years ago. This is a solid contract for Verizon workers that will improve wages and raise the living standards of our members across the region." said Ed Mooney, Vice President for CWA District 2-13, which covers Pennsylvania to Virginia.
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By mutual agreement, negotiations on the contract extension were limited to wages and benefits and the length of the new agreement. The wins for Verizon workers come amid a wave of worker actions to raise wages, improve working conditions, and hold corporations accountable. Like the successful teacher strikes this spring, Verizon's willingness to come to the table early and agree to this contract is yet another testament to the power of working people standing together.
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Several years in the making CWA and Verizon reached an agreement to improve telephone and internet service quality through out New York State. CWA's effort to have the company attend to and upgrade copper facilities, remove double poles and built out the fiber network began in 2014. The staff of the PSC has endorsed the terms of our agreement and will recommend the PSC Commissioners grant final approval.
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Verizon workers along the East Coast overwhelmingly voted to ratify new contracts that were negotiated following a historic 45-day strike by nearly 40,000 workers.
Voting separately, CWA members in the New York-New England region (CWA District 1) and the mid-Atlantic (CWA District 2-13) and in New Jersey overwhelmingly ratified four-year contracts.
Workers represented by IBEW Locals 827 (mid-Atlantic) and 2213, New York, and T6 in New England also overwhelmingly ratified the contracts.
Verizon Wireless technicians ratified a separate agreement by an overwhelming vote. That contract covers about 100 VZW technicians in New York, and contract gains include a 10.9 percent wage increase over the four-year term, a $1,250 signing bonus, new paid parent leave benefits and improvements in stand-by pay.
For Verizon Wireless retail store workers in Brooklyn, NY, and Everett, Mass., who overwhelmingly approved a separate contract, the first-ever contract makes major improvements in job security and other areas. The contract provides a first-ever grievance and arbitration procedure, protections against arbitrary discipline and firing, and restrictions on the companyâ€™s ability to subcontract work. In a big gain, $2,000 of performance-based pay now will be guaranteed as part of workersâ€™ base pay. The contract also gives workers the right to swap schedules, enabling workers to better balance their work and family lives.
Workers at Verizon Connected Solutions also ratified a separate four-year agreement that provides for the same benefit improvements as the core wireline agreement, and in a big gain for workers, maintains a key job title that ensures that these workers will receive wage raises according to the negotiated pay scale.
The ratification votes were conducted by local unions between May 31 and June 17th. The local votes were conducted through mass membership meetings, mail-in ballots, or walk-in voting at various polling places in proximity to major work locations.
â€śThe ratification of these hard-won contracts cements an incredible victory for the nearly 40,000 courageous workers who put everything on the line to protect the good jobs for their families and for all American families,â€ť said Dennis Trainor, Vice President, CWA District 1. â€śWhen working people come together as a union, we can make a difference in improving wages and providing stability for families.â€ť
â€śIt was a tough strike, but this contract, which secures good jobs in our communities and preserve workersâ€™ standard of living shows what can happen when we stand together. I am so proud of our members for standing up for themselves, our communities, the customers and their families," said Ed Mooney, Vice President, CWA District 2-13.
On April 13, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers from Massachusetts to Virginia went on strike to fight back against the growing outsourcing, off-shoring and contracting out of good jobs by the company. It was the largest strike in recent history, and ended after 45 days with a groundbreaking agreement that will create good jobs, significantly raise pay for tens of thousands of working families, and secures the first contract ever for Verizonâ€™s wireless retail workers. The terms of the new contracts were described in the New York Times as a â€śreal shot in the arm for unionsâ€ť and by other media outlets as a â€śhuge victory for all workersâ€ť and proof that â€śstrikes still work.â€ť Experts on modern working standards said it showed â€śthat the labor movement can expand and thrive in todayâ€™s economy.â€ť
Highlights from the ratified wireline contracts include:
â€˘ A 10.9 percent raise over the next 4 years with compounded interest, including 3% upon ratification, and 2.5% on each anniversary of the contract.
â€˘ $1250 signing bonus in the mid-Atlantic and a $1000 signing bonus plus $250 HRA in the North East, and a minimum of $700 in Corporate Profit Sharing payments in each of the next four years.
â€˘ All call centers that had been threatened with closure in the mid-Atlantic region will remain open. Three of the five threatened call centers in upstate New York will also remain open; the six workers affected in the other two centers will be offered jobs locally in the company.
â€˘ An increased percentage of customer service work will be handled by unionized workers. As a result, Verizon will add 1,300 call center jobs, 850 in the mid-Atlantic and 450 in the Northeast.
â€˘ Several major contracting initiatives will be reversed, sustaining work for union members in their communities and returning a significant amount of pole maintenance work to the unionized workforce in New York State. There will be a 25% increase in the number of unionized crews doing pole work in New York State.
â€˘ Existing job security language is preserved, as is existing language on transfer and seniority protections for retirement incentives. All of the companyâ€™s proposals on forced interstate transfers of technicians were withdrawn.
â€˘ There will be three 1% increases in the Defined Benefit pensions over the life of the agreement.
â€˘ The company agreed to terminate a performance supervisory program (known as QAR) in effect in the five boroughs of New York City that workers found extremely abusive, and both parties will work with an outside consultant to develop a non-punitive program. This was a major issue for NYC-based technicians.
â€˘ The parties agreed to changes to active and retiree healthcare that generate savings to the company while protecting excellent plan designs for medical care.