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BACK TO WORK AGREEMENT
For CWA District 1 NY and NE
May 29, 2016
Employees whose tours begin Tuesday night, May 31, 2016, and extend into Wednesday, June 1, 2016, will report to work for those tours.
All other employees will return to work for their tours that are scheduled to begin Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Returning employees will return to work on the same tours to which they were assigned immediately prior to April 13, 2016.
In unusual circumstances, the Company will excuse employees, without pay, from reporting for a reasonable period not to exceed 72- hours from 5:00 pm, May 31, 2016. Members in this situation need to notify their supervisor prior to the start of their tour.
Employees on approved leaves of absence, approved medical leaves, suspensions or scheduled vacations shall report to work following expiration of such leaves, suspensions or vacations.
For two weeks following the return to work date, the provisions of the Collective Bargaining regarding overtime caps will not be in effect in order to reduce the work backlog resulting from the strike. Overtime will be assigned with due consideration to the safety and health of employees.
No employee will lose service or pension credit or life insurance as a result of participating in the Strike.
Unused vacation days and Excused Work Days remaining from 2015 which were still available on April 13, 2016, and which were not paid in lieu of during the Strike, may be taken pursuant to normal scheduling no later than September 30, 2016.
Floating holidays that were scheduled during the Strike may be rescheduled no later than September 30, 2016 and taken no later than December 31, 2016.
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.
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
CWA members on strike against Verizon Communications may be eligible for emergency financial assistance from the Verizon Striking Families Solidarity Fund. This emergency assistance is based on availability of funds and need, and it is available to members in good standing.
Completed applications should be returned to the Local's Member Relief Fund Coordinator.
We are in the process of setting up a District wide committee which will be comprised of local representatives from NY, NE and NJ. This committee will review the applications, determine hardships and distribute the funds.