Two years ago after Verizon Wireless workers in Brooklyn, NY stood shoulder-to-shoulder with 36,000 other Verizon workers to win a union contract,the Communications Workers of Americahave come to a tentative agreement with Verizon on a four-year contract extension!The new breakthrough contract will include:
Members will participate in the annual merit based process in the same fashion as similarly-situated employees, but the pool availablecannotdrop lower than:
3% effective June 2020
2.75% effective June 2021
2.5% effective June 2022
2.5% effective June 2023
One-time ratification bonus of $900 for full-time Brooklyn workers ($450 for part-time) given outwithin 30 daysof signing the new contract.
Input on improvements to scheduling– Quarterly meetings will be held between Management and the union to discuss further improvements that can be made to scheduling.
Less arbitrary scheduling –Members will now be able to challenge arbitrary changes in scheduling, vacations, holidays, or personal days through the grievance and arbitration process.
Better standards for overtime scheduling– managers will be required to seek volunteers for overtime work when additional coverage is required. If there are no volunteers, managers will be required to select the employee who has had the longest time since being required to work overtime.
Brooklyn VZW workers meton Tuesdaynight to go over the new contract details and there was a palpable excitement about these huge victories – but sticking to union democracy, a vote to ratify the new contract will be held over the next few weeks, with results coming onAugust 10.
It hasn’t been an easy victory, but the wage increases and the ability to have a say in our scheduling and work life was worth the fight. Joining a union has paid off for us – it can pay off for you too.
RachelVZW Retail Workers Score Huge Victories in New Union Contract!
Verizon Wireless workers in Hazelton, PA voted in an overwhelming majority this morning to join the Communications Workers of America, becoming the latest group of VZW workers to join the movement that’s spreading throughout the country. Taking the first steps to organize and join a union are never easy – the Hazelton crew was faced with an intense anti union campaign, and were subjected to near constant meetings with high level managers.
But they stuck together, and stayed strong. They insisted on a voice at work to address a lack of job security, favoritism, and diminishing commissions, and knew that by standing together they’d have the power to fight back, gain a voice in their work, and help build this movement.
“I voted for a union because Verizon Wireless workers like me deserve a fair shake,” said Thomas Leshko, who’s been with Verizon Wireless for four years. “Through a union, we’ll be able to stand together for good, family supporting jobs at our store. Verizon is enjoying huge profits and a big tax break. Now it’s time for the company to invest in Pennsylvania workers and customers.”
We’re getting bigger, and getting stronger. With each new set of workers that takes the step to join together and fight for their voice on the job, we all get that much stronger. The Hazelton workers took that step – you can too.
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